Disciples on Moving Past the Biggest Hit of Their Career

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What do you do once you've already seized the hearts and ears of millions around the globe? For those lucky few who have ascended to pop stardom, this is a predicament that has — and likely always will — pose a steep challenge for the newly minted Biebers and Swedish House Mafias of the world. For the British trio Disciples, the answer would appear to be simply hunker down and finish what it started: namely, conquering North America. The electronic group, which thoroughly dominated international charts last year with its Calvin Harris collaboration "How Deep Is Your Love," will bring its crowd-pleasing brand of deep house to our side of the Atlantic come this month. Along the way, the group will stop by Miami for a DJ set Thursday at Bardot.

"We've all been there before," group member Gavin Kool says of the trio's preexisting relationship with Bardot. "We're actually fans of the venue, and we've come to Miami quite a lot over the last few years." Promising a more club-oriented set (as opposed to a bigger, more digestible mix befitting of an outdoor festival), Gavin, alongside partners Nathan Duvall and Luke Mac, have come to feel quite at home in Miami in their time as gallivanting, well-traveled producers and DJs. Just last October, the three took their talents to LIV, a Miami staple that requires no introduction. Pressed for a memorable Miami anecdote or particularly wild tale of hedonistic triumph, Gavin could only offer a knowing chuckle.

While Disciples balance their time between ongoing production work (the latest single, "Daylight," was released in mid-August) and demanding tour schedules, Gavin says, the three are keen on forging a distinct identity for themselves. As grateful and proud as they are of the group's hits with the likes of Calvin Harris and David Guetta, it's only natural that they'd like to take their momentum and run with it.

"In general, the majority of our tracks are going to be written, produced, and [sung] by ourselves as a group," Gavin says. "So we're really trying to push our own brand, which is how we came onto the scene. Globally, we got known from the Calvin Harris collaboration, but we were also releasing music and making moves before that, so we're just going to carry on doing us."

As Disciples endeavor to make a mark on the broader musical landscape, Gavin maintains they don't concern themselves with any labels affixed to them or their work. Even with the popularity and opportunities made possible by the staggering success of "How Deep Is Your Love" — which just took home the VMA for Best Electronic Video the group rejects the perceived limitations of being deemed a strictly "pop" or "house" act.

"I wouldn't say that we're first and foremost pop — I would say, first and foremost, we're just Disciples," Gavin says. "We make house music, but people will come to learn in the future that we make a lot of different styles of stuff, so I wouldn't want to sort of pigeonhole ourselves into one of those genres."

In Gavin's estimation, Disciples' triumph can't be chalked up to the group's occupation of a particular niche or fulfillment of a widespread musical need, whether it be in the realm of house or in the wider world of pop. Rather, he views the trio's ever-increasing popularity as the natural result of a sincere and powerful connection forged between the group and its listeners, both live and on record.

"There's a lot of bells and whistles you can put around it, whether it's lighting or vocalists or whatever else you want to add to the show," Gavin says of Disciples' live approach. "But it's really about you yourself, as a person, connecting to the audience with your music."

Disciples. 10 p.m. Thursday, September 1, at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-5570; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $15 to $20 via showclix.com.

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