Disclosure may have just topped the UK charts with their album ‘Settle’ but that’s not the only reason they are making headlines today. Amidst their commercial success, a photo emerged of their recent performance at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball. Those paying close attention have aptly noticed that their equipment doesn’t appear to be plugged into, well, anything at all. In response, they released the following statement on their website.

Hello to everyone who is talking about the photo that recently surfaced of us playing the capital summertime ball. So…here is how and why this happened. It was incredibly frustrating and horrible for us to hear our music in such a legendary location and not actually be able to play it ourselves, as anyone with any knowledge about disclosure knows that we always play fully live seen here… AND can mix… But we were invited to be at this event and the only way Capital would allow us to play was if we used backing track with a live vocalist. Capital have been amazing to us and they play our songs roughly 400 times a week across their various networks and we wanted to thank them for all the support by playing this show.
They said that they had to trigger the tracks themselves to sync visuals. We clearly prefer to play fully live or mix with no visuals but that option was just not given to us. You will also notice this was the same for a lot of the dance acts playing that day if you look at their instruments.

Notice also that we didn’t try and make it look like we were mixing. We left the fucking plug on the floor on purpose, didn’t even plug phono leads into the master out, turned all the EQs fully down and the master out AND DIDNT EVEN TAKE HEADPHONES for god sake!! LOL if at any point we touched the mixer it was…well, you try standing infront of 80,000 people and not touching the mixer… go on… its really hard hahaha! We weren’t trying to fool anyone… we accept what we were doing was not credible, but it was a one off thing and just something we had to do.

I would also like to point out that people like David Guetta etc who have also been accused of pretending to mix, actually try and cover it up and pretend to blend tracks into one another and hide it… but with us, we played three songs with vocalists with gaps in between each song, so even if we had been mixing, there would have been no beat matching involved anyway + we didnt try and hide it at all!!

But yeah it was a very strange experience and one we will not be going through again and Capital have agreed that we can play live as we always do, if we do another event for them.

Much love and thanks for everyone who understands where we are coming from and that sometimes these things have to be done in order for us to get our music to connect with people who would otherwise not hear it like the listeners of Capital.

Disclosure’s response is both funny and classy (although they do kind of throw David Guetta under the proverbial bus). The duo explains they were faced with an uncomfortable situation and did their best not to deceive their audience by putting as little effort as possible into the appearance of a live performance. Sometimes you’ve just got to take one for the team.

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