Guy Lawrence is someone who really needs little introduction. As one half of British electronic duo Disclosure — along with his brother Howard — he has achieved two consecutive UK number one albums and a handful of Grammy nods, not to mention helping revolutionise the house genre over the last decade. Here he tells Headliner how he’s been sharing his production secrets with Twitch’s burgeoning music production community, why it’s changed his creative process, and why oeksound plugins have been a complete game changer.
Lawrence finds himself a “Covid refugee” as he likes to refer to it, after I ask him where he’s joining our Zoom call from on a snowy February day in London.
Turns out he’s in sunny Miami, where he’s resided for most of the past year after fleeing L.A. - right before the pandemic took a proper hold.
A household name amongst millennials (and some of you strange Gen Z folk), Disclosure nailed a world tour of 40 cities and every music festival imaginable following the success of their debut studio album Settle in 2013.
Holding hope that venues would fully reopen before the music dropped, and beset by shifting release dates, the dynamic duo eventually released their third studio album Energy in August 2020. In any normal situation, they would’ve been hitting the festival circuit hard, and it’s that part of being a musician that Lawrence has been desperately missing.
“It’s been a transition of creativity that I wasn’t expecting last year, and it’s also looking that way for 2021,” he begins. “I spend half the time in the studio making music for myself and Howard and other artists, so that side is alive and well. It’s the part that I’ve been doing since I was a little boy – playing drums on stage and performing - it’s just gone.”
Certainly not one to rest on his laurels, getting creative and thinking of new ways to use his new found time has been a priority for Lawrence. He came across Twitch, which he noticed a few producers were jumping on during lockdown - live streaming their music production workflows and studio setups:
“I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, and I thought it might just be the right year to start giving something back, so to speak. Teaching tricks or just showing people how I make my songs; it’s nice to feel like a little bit more of an honest artist and to show people the whole process. And so I decided Twitch would actually be the best place for us to do that, mostly because it’s full of nerds like us!”