It's not what the video was about, and it doesn't feature any people actually taking drugs, but if people were seeing it that way then of course it's right to take it down. We don't want to associate ourselves with that. I think part of the reason people had that reaction is when the label uploaded it they had this massive parental warning label on it.
Were you automatically drawn to the records that had that parental advisory sticker slapped across them growing up? I know I was.
Not at all. I had a lot of hip-hop that carried that sticker but ... it was all about music for me. Even with hip-hop, I was never listening to the words. I listened to the music and the production and the beat-making. I didn't care about the message behind the music. I'd buy all the albums as instrumentals if I could, basically.
I'm guessing your recent dealings with Azealia Banks (who called Disclosure “rude”) haven't soured you on hip-hop?
Nah. Her music is not the kind of hip-hop I'm into, really. I don't listen to a lot of modern hip-hop. I still like to listen to the J Dilla [and] DJ Premier era of stuff. Actually, there have been a few really good rappers lately that have sparked my interest — people like Kendrick Lamar and A$AP [Rocky] and this guy called Vic Mensa. He's from Chicago so you might know about him. So, yeah, I really like hip-hop again. Not so much her, but everyone else.
Were you taken aback when she called you out in the press?
I'm not surprised. That's what she does. That's her thing [laughs].
How uncomfortable is it for you to have media attention that's only tangentially related to the music? In general, it seems like you guys prefer to keep a low profile.
Definitely, which is why I'm not going to talk about it anymore. We're leaving that [bleep] behind us now, man. It's all done.
What was the first sense you had that “Latch” was catching on with a larger audience outside your circle of family and friends?
I think when it started getting regular plays on Radio 1, which is the national radio station in England. [Radio] makes such a difference, really, and you don't realize it until you experience it. Even though it's quite an old technology, it's still so important and so relevant, and “Latch” was our first experience of that in action.
Can you remember the first time you heard yourself on the radio?
Oh yeah. The first song I heard played on the radio was “Blue You,” which is one of our really old songs.
When you heard it that first time, did you turn up the volume?
I turned it up, yeah. I was in the car, so I turned it up loud and I drove fast. It was a really good feeling, man.