Discopolis Interview

Posted on July 6, 2011


It’s probably fair to say that Discopolis were pretty unknown before the announcement was made for T Break a short while ago.

Since gaining a prestigious slot at our largest festival the trio has become hot property, but it seems that they are taking it all in their stride.

Discopolis already have an impressive catalogue of tracks, that more than match the hype, and they have emerged as one of the most exciting prospects in the country.

It’s only 4 days till the band close out T in the Park, and while I’m sure they are extremely busy, the guys took some time out to answer questions for the blog.

If you had to introduce folk to Discopolis in one tweet (140 characters or less) what would you say?

We are the electronic 3-pieced Discopolis, featuring luscious walls of sound,  gnarly rhythms and haunting melodies.

I have to ask, how is the name pronounced: Discopolis, as in sounds like metropolis? or, Disco Polis, as in a fun dancing party + how bams say ‘police’?

Dave: Credit for the name has to go to the unbeatable combination of an awesome track by Lifelike and Kris Menace with Lily Tenue. It’s Discopolis as in rhymes with metropolis, though we will do our best to police the Scottish disco music scene.

The band seemed to appear out of nowhere recently, can you give us a bit of a background on you?

Dave: We have been going for almost a year now. We spent more than six months trying to find a sound that we were happy with – one that was salvaged on numerous occasions in a frenzy of fruity synths and distorted guitars. The dynamics of the band was quite tricky, especially because there was no live drummer.

Laurie: Fergus and I went to school together but didn’t speak to each other. It was only when we met at T in the Park in 2007 that we became BFF’s. We began writing together under the guise of ‘Ryan’s Mothership’, a four-piece guitar band. At the same time Dave was scratching the surface of Edinburgh’s electro/DJ/club scene. Originally, the notion of the three of us joining forces met wide criticism, undeterred, we powered through and by the time we had written our first song (’Timber Merchants’) all doubt was laid to rest.

You are of course playing at T in the Park on Sunday, what was the reaction when you heard you were selected? and what has been the impact on the band?

We’re very humbled to have the opportunity and are doing our best to ensure that we give whoever turns up a reason to go home feeling a smidgen more ‘Discopolized’…

In terms of an impact on the band, there has been major pulling of fingers out of certain orifices…

What are your plans for the weekend? who do you fancy checking out?

Our one plan for the weekend is Beyonce. We also may check out Metronomy and Deadmau5 to keep up our indie cred.

You’re debut single, Lofty Ambitions, is coming out on Eli and OZ, what can you tell us about the plans for the release?

A solid date hasn’t been established yet, however we can say that the end product will have a few wee surprises besides the track itself.

It seems like things are getting very busy for the band, what are the plans for the rest of the summer and beyond?

We have plenty of gigs lined up throughout July that we’re really excited about. However ultimately we are really keen to lock ourselves away ‘Justin Vernon style’ in Laurie’s cabin and continue writing music.

If your music could be the soundtrack to any film or TV show, which would you choose?

Dave: You, Me and Dupree. 21705556

If you could steal a song from an unsigned act and have it as your own, which song would you take?

Laurie: Crank Resolutions by Meursault

Fergus: American Kids by Angel Range

Dave:  Polarity by Suxx (Polymath Remix)

And finally, random question from Little Fire: Why is the Lone Ranger called ‘Lone’ if he always has his Indian friend Tonto with him?

Fergus: Because Tonto refuses to look at him during.





Live Dates:

July 10th – T in the Park – T Break Stage (10pm)

July 15th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s

July 23rd – Glasgow – Stereo

August 20th – Edinburgh – Electric Circus

September 2nd – Leslie – Greenside Hotel

Top Photo by Caitlin Delves

Middle Photo by Lorn Macdonald

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