As one of the most talented up and coming artists within the dance music spectrum, excitement has been building around London for a while following the announcement Disciples would take to the stage of the city’s most iconic club, Ministry of Sound. The English trio, made up of Nathan Vincent Duvall, Gavin Koolmon, and Luke McDermott, first formed in 2013, attracting the attention of Pete Tong.
Having then released their first major hit “They Don’t Know” on Tong’s label, FFRR Records, in 2015, it was always clear this trio were destined for stardom, with some sections of the industry’s media labeling them the “English House Mafia” – a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Swedish trio. Whereas the Scandinavians took a more commercial ‘EDM’ career path, Disciples have largely stayed true to their underground routes, producing hits leading up to their “The Following” EP.
The group then gained international recognition through their collaboration with Scottish superstar Calvin Harris on “How Deep Is Your Love” which later peaked at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart, and was nominated for both “British Artist Video of the Year” and “British Single of the Year” at the 2016 Brit Awards. And so, with a repertoire of huge floor-fillers under their belt, Amnesia Ibiza‘s dance brand Together and Ministry of Sound, came together to host Disciples’ “The Following” – a huge night of house at the superclub in Elephant & Castle, with the London trio themselves headlining the event.
From the off, it was clear that this was going to be no ordinary night. With a stellar cast including Camelphat, Icarus, and Danny Howard on the billing, this was a crammed event with tickets in short supply at the famous venue. Lasers flew around the club to the crammed attendance in “The Box”, whilst over in”The 103″, Apres got things off to a heavy start, his beefy-bass filled tracks echoing around the club’s smaller side-room. Back in the main-room, UK duo Icarus, who were recently announced to support Galantis on their UK gig in at Brixton’s O2 Academy, were getting the party started, as they and fellow support acts, Camelphat, and BBC Radio One‘s Danny Howard, sandwiched the house-hungry crowd either side of Disciples set with a series of progressive bangers throughout their set-lists. A particular highlight coming from “Constellations”, the Camelphat track that relies on a mythical flute-led melody to steer the audience into a trance-like state of euphoria.
And with fans now grooving along with the BPM controlling their heart rate, Disciples themselves emerged, displaying all the suave production skills we have come to expect from this talented group. The producers blitzed through a collection of phenomenal cuts including a number of their own hits, including David Guetta collab “No Worries”, pumping their fists in the air to every hard-hitting kick drum that reverberated around the club and bobbing their heads in unison. And so, with their bustling fanbase now under their spell, it was time to drop “On My Mind”, the group’s new release which has all the makings of one of 2017’s biggest tracks thanks to its thumping bassline and catchy vocals.
“The Following” night at Ministry of Sound was without a doubt one of the most sought-after events of 2017 so far, and with a huge brand like Amnesia Ibiza‘s Together at the helm, it is unsurprising this night was such a gigantic buzz. The dance giants, who recently revealed their massive line-up for Tuesdays at Amnesia Ibiza this summer, always play host to world-class music, and production. As for Disciples, you are looking at a truly huge act who will only continue to soar in this industry. We are not yet sure what the months ahead contain for this mega-trio, but with live sets of this quality, we absolutely cannot wait for their next release and next event!
Photographs: Here & Now Photos & Ministry of Sound