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Disclosure video shut down for depicting drug use

By | Published on Monday 14 October 2013


Oh dear, Disclosure have been faced with some online criticism again, though this time round nothing to do with playing an unlive live show. This time the criticisms were targeted at the EDM siblings’ new ‘Settle’ video, ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’, which resulted in the promo being removed from YouTube in record time on the orders of the duo’s own label, PMR Records.

In an explanatory note, PMR said that the promo had prompted complaints over its “referencing the use of drugs”, adding that “PMR feel very strongly against the glamorisation of drugs in any capacity and as such we have made the decision to remove the video”. The relationship between dance music and drugs, given recent drugs-related deaths at New York festival Electric Zoo and Manchester club The Warehouse Project, is increasingly ‘hitting the headlines’ again, which perhaps explains the label’s heightened sensitivity re the imagery in the clip.

What isn’t clear is why the label didn’t have these concerns before the complaints came in. Nor what the Disclosure boys themselves think.

But the label also said: “The video for Disclosure’s new single ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ was revealed this morning and as with previous Disclosure videos, it was about the connection of people having a good time, something that Disclosure want associated with their music and what we hope people have done when they’ve seen the band live or while listening to their music. Unfortunately the video has received a few comments referencing the use of drugs within the video”.