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Disclosure Unplugged: Cheating Fans Or Just Part of The Music Industry?

So Disclosure are number 1 in the UK album charts with their debut album ‘Setttle’, but unfortunately this post isn’t about their album. But it is about their performance Capital FM’s Summertime Ball.

It’s clear, to even the most untrained eye, that both CDJs aren’t plugged in. Now, we’re not here to throw mud but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect a paid performing artist to play live when they’ve been booked for a concert.

Of course, there are exceptions and situations where, with the best will in the world, playing live isn’t possible for whatever reason.  But on the face of it the duo were doing a Live PA with CDJs at a normal concert – on the face of it there doesn’t appear to be any reason for not playing properly.

It might be the case that their management are applying pressure on the duo to play as many gigs as humanly possible – but there’s no excuse for shortchanging fans. It doesn’t benefit Disclosure nor does it benefit their fans.

It’s nothing new, of course, for artists to be caught faking performances, it happens all the time whether it’s lip synching or performing on TV where this slight of hand trick is often used.

But let’s be honest, this isn’t a TV performance, nor are the duo performing a meticulous dance routine – it’s basically a lazy performance by a duo who aren’t really in control of what they’re doing, or, worse, don’t really care.

Disclosure are clearly incredibly talented and have taken it upon themselves to play the majority of their shows as a full live band, but all the benefits of that decision have seemingly been washed away in an instant with this less than stellar performance.

Is this kind of thing acceptable or is it just part and parcel of the music industry as a whole? Wade in and let us know your thoughts below.


The Disclosure boys have kindly explained the unplugged situation below. It seems like it wasn’t their decision and they weren’t exactly happy they weren’t allowed to properly play live.

Hello to everyone who is talking about this photo… so. here is how and why this happened. Capital FM made us do this show with a backing track playing but allowed the vocalists to sing. They said that they had to trigger the tracks themselves to sync visuals. We pleaded with them for weeks and weeks to let us play fully live or at least let us mix but they just weren’t having it. You will also notice this was the same for a lot of the dance acts playing that day (i.e. the duke dumont pic you posted)

It was incredibly frustrating and horrible for us to hear our music at Wembley and not actually be able to play it ourselves, as anyone with any knowledge about disclosure knows that we play fully live seen here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THeSe3XqObQ AND can mix…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTAhk7FXb-I

Notice also that we didnt try and make it look like we were mixing. We left the fucking plug on the floor on purpose, didnt 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!

I would also like to point out that people like David Guetta ect 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 b2b with gaps in between, 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. 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.

Guy x

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.