What is DIS-LAB?
DIS-Lab is the new YouTube series where gaming, music, art and culture collide. Each week Billy Davis and Sam Peckett come together to expose the madness of our current reality. Viewers can watch, enjoy, and indulge in the acid trip that is the modern world.
Our hosts come from two different corners of the internet but are united by their love of gaming, pop culture, apparel and cool weird shit.
Billy is a legendary Melbourne-based music producer who’s worked with some of your favourite artists. Peckett has been in the gaming sphere seemingly since birth - working behind the scenes with Australia’s most well-known creators and players.
Raised by the internet, the two came together to create DIS, a brand that merges culture and gaming.
Why did they create DIS? What do the boys have planned? What the is DIS anyway? Let’s find out together 🙃
How would you describe DIS in one sentence?
BD: An escape from reality.
SP: A platform for creatives, a place to tap out of reality.
You’re both co-founders of DIS? How did it come about? What is your role?
BD: Two years ago I lost my mama, and a year later lost the biggest musical tour of my life and got thrust into covid lockdown. I played a game called Warzone for a year and made friends with a community while I was at my lowest of lows. That’s when I met Peckett. Turns out we were both into fashion too, so that’s when the seeds were planted. Peckett and I eventually partnered up to co-found the DIS brand. A way for people to tap out of reality. We’re connecting both of our worlds. I’m bringing in my fashion and music friends into this world where they can connect with arts and gaming too.
SP: Me and some friends originally founded ORDER and I met Billy through that connection. The first thing created (and it’s what completely sold me on this idea) was the flower logo. It reminded me of the fun we had first developing ORDER all those years ago. Dazey is a chilled, cheeky, creator. Dazey can be a bit of a trouble maker, but will always support those who follow their passions.
Why is DIS important in a ‘world gone mad’?
BD: Having a place where people can check out from everything that’s going on in the world and just chill is important. DIS is one of those rare brands championing that. Everything is just so intense at the moment, everyone feels like they need to be grinding and I’m like get some sleep bro, play a video game and relax, you know what I mean?
SP: There’s a lot of stigma around gaming, and having a brand like DIS that combines it with music and art is important because it acknowledges people that play games come from all different walks of life. They aren’t just living in their basements and smelling bad.
What do you think the future holds for DIS? What are you looking forward to?
BD: DIS will be one of those brands that launches a whole movement, being a means of connecting so many people from different worlds, and setting the tone for a collective culture. I really want to do a live music tour with DIS, I reckon that’d be sick, and I’m excited for clothes, I’m always excited for clothes.
SP: The future of DIS is limitless: we’re only limited by our creativity which I think is the coolest thing about it. I see it being a very important brand that bridges the gap between different subcultures of the internet and celebrating those communities. I can see us putting on large-scale live productions, creating entertaining shows with unique combinations of guests and hosts, and having a presence at physical events.
What is DIS-Lab, what can audiences expect?
BD: Peck and I sitting down at a table, getting random guests who have to endure whatever comes out of our brains. Who knows what it could be? Could be absolutely ridiculous, but it will always be a good time.
SP: We both bring different kinds of people together to discuss a world gone mad and react to things or complete activities that are catered completely for the guest. It’s a really fun project that everyone at DIS has their hand in, and I think it’s a good way to showcase what the team can do.
In terms of reference points, where does DIS-Lab pull from?
BD: The Eric Andre show, I wanna see someone cringe and crumble in front of my eyes. I haven’t had the opportunity yet, but I can’t wait.
SP: Podcasts that are hosted by comedians, I watch so many podcasts, it’s ridiculous, it’s my main form of entertainment. I really enjoy watching people being entertaining on camera, being funny, making people laugh, anyone who does that is an inspiration to me.
What are you passionate about? What motivates you when nothing else can?
BD: I’m very passionate about seeing artists, whether they’re in music, fashion or whatever else, get recognised and help them create a platform so they can shine. I’ve done a lot of that through my music, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that through DIS-Lab as well.
SP: Fashion and entertainment are two areas that I’ve really connected with throughout my career, and building communities with people from those spaces has been really important to me. I want to be able to make cool stuff, working with those talented people, getting inspired from them, and hopefully they get inspired by me, and we all grow together.
What game and song would you recommend to someone?
BD: I dare anyone to come and play Call of Duty: Warzone against me. I’ll smash you, I’ll teach you a good lesson in humility. For a song, it would have to be ‘Please Do Not Lean’ by Daniel Caesar ft. BADBADNOTGOOD.
SP: Lately I’ve been playing a lot of Valorant, but also Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, it reminds me of my childhood and it feels good to play. I can’t pick just one song, but anything by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is good, a lot of good music comes out of Melbourne.
‘Reality is Over’ - where does this come from and what does it mean to you?
BD: It’s one of the statements that defines the brand. For me, it’s a nudge of encouragement that it’s okay to chill out and take a step back from the craziness sometimes. It’s really important to do that.
SP: It really feels like it is over, especially after the last three years that we’ve all gone through, and because of it, It’s really easy to relate to that statement and connect with it.
The DIS-Lab season premiere featuring special guest DJ Spell is now available on YouTube.
And while you’re there, check out DIS-Tracks - Billy’s live beat battle show featuring world famous music producers judging audience submitted sample flips.
In fact, just subscribe to DIS. We have so much cool shit planned you literally have no idea.