Disciples deliver incredible performance at LIVE Koko show

Since catching the eye, and ear, of legendary BBC Radio 1 tastemaker Pete Tong, who then snapped the trio up to his FFRR label, UK house act Disciples have become one of dance music’s most refreshing, and pioneering talents, of modern times. Amassing over 600 million Spotify streams across their array of previous releases, the three-pronged act, made up of Nathan Duvall, Luke McDermott (aka Mac), and Gavin Koolmon hit London’s legendary KOKO venue for their first ever LIVE show – with electrifying consequences.

The venue, set in the heart of Camden Town, a suburb of Northern London still heavily associated with the punk revolution of the 1970’s, is like few left in world music, with a small and compact dancefloor giving way to row upon row of lofty balcony terraces; an arena using rustic charm to combine a cross-feeling of both theatric, and operatic, undertones. With the most vertigo-inducing terrace towering high over the now birdseye-view of the stage, Disciples had sold out the 1,400 capacity, and you could soon tell, with eager ravers bustling and bursting over every crevice.


Having dominated the touring and festival circuit in recent years with with sold-out shows at Electric Brixton, and Ministry Of Sound, the guys also hosted their own boat party at Hideout, an igloo party at Snowbombing, as well as their own stage at SW4 over the summer, and a coveted spot at the Together residency at Amnesia Ibiza. But for the trio, this was uncharted territory. With a full live band, backing vocalists, and instruments prepared for their stage arrival, the brave act of combining electronic music, with live music, was one that Disciples were about to smash – little did they know.

And speaking of ‘They Don’t Know’… it was the haunting opening chords of their breakthrough hit which first echoed around the towering walls of KOKO through a fog of mist and green laser lights. Led by the superbly rich vocals of both Duvall and Mac, the trio soon moved, effortlessly, into their underground smash ‘Daylight’, which was entirely written, produced and mixed by the trio, displayed their magnificently moody house style.


With Nathan taking the role of the band’s ‘front-man’, the soulful vocalist was soon bouncing with mic in hand, offering the crowd their chance to lyricise their hero’s hits, embodying rockstar elements as he addressed the cheering faithful. Latest single ‘48HRS‘, which looks set to truly act as the dominant sound of the 2018 summer, having already been heavily supported by Annie Mac (Hottest Record), was met with rapturous applause, whilst beautifully crafted ballad ‘Jealousy’ offered a crisp blend between the melancholic, and thunderous, fusing heartfelt vocals with a deep electronic bassline.

With KOKO now caked in sweat from the opening hour of rhythmic floor-shaking beats of Disciples’ rumbling drums, and powerful keyboard sounds, the time had come to unleash the monstrous ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, the Calvin Harris collaboration that really catapulted the Croydon trio into the mainstream’s consciousness, soundtracking the summer of 2015 and amassing over 500 million Spotify streams.

Ending the show with their ever-popular 2017 banger ‘On My Mind’, Disciples are the most refreshing act in world dance music right now. Managing to effortlessly balance the fine line between respected underground electronic sounds, with more mainstream appeal too, Disciples LIVE encompassed another string to the bows of the highly personable trio.

Working towards the release of their debut album, Disciples’ material shares a core production sound and an immediately identifiable hooky angle. With 2018 looking like it will be the biggest year thus far in the glittering careers of the highly personable trio, they have firmly established themselves as dance music’s most exciting crossover talents. You can check out what Nathan Duvall had to say after the gig with this emotional video posted via his official Facebook page below:

Your REWARD is on the other side of FEAR.

Posted by Duvall on Friday, February 23, 2018

And of course… Be sure to check out Disciples new single, 48HRS (below) – This one, is going to be HUGE!

(BA Hons Journalism), 30, London. NCTJ-accredited journalist and dance music lover specialising in interviews, features, editorial work, and reviews. www.journojake.com