Disco Montego

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Disco Montego
Also known asKaylan, Studio 347
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresR&B, dance
Years active1995 (1995)–2005, 2010
MembersDennis Dowlut
Past membersDarren Dowlut

Disco Montego (earlier known as Kaylan) are an Australian R&B and dance music performance, song writing and production duo. The Dowlut brothers Dennis and Darren, formed Kaylan in Melbourne in 1995. They released an R&B album No Commandments in 2000, which reached No. 23 in Australia and spawned three Top 50 singles. In May 2001, they became the studio based group, Disco Montego, and released further singles followed by Disco Montego in September 2002. Their production work included remixing Mariah Carey's "Boy (I Need You)" in 2004. The duo's music career was cut short when Darren died of cancer on 5 August 2005, six weeks after being diagnosed with a chest tumour. In 2010, Dennis revived the Disco Montego name with Michael Abdul and released "Hearts on Fire" to celebrate the FIFA World Cup. 2010 Dennis released his new band, Electric Empire's Album independently. Electric Empire have sold over 30,000 copies of their debut album worldwide independently. With releases in the UK, Japan and France and touring the world with shows at Glastonbury Festival and Royal Albert Hall supporting Beverly Knight.


Dennis Dowlut was born in ca 1974 in United Kingdom, his younger brother, Darren, was born in ca 1978 in Mauritius.[1][2] The Dowlut family relocated to Melbourne, Australia. By 1995, Dennis and Darren formed Kaylan as a R&B performance group, it was named for a nephew.[2] Their parents returned to Mauritius. In 1996 the band signed with Warner Records.[1]

From 1998, Kaylan started recording tracks with Rockmelons' Ray Medhurst, Bryon Jones and Jon Jones producing. Their first release was "Rock Me All Night" in March 2000, which peaked at No. 14 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Singles Chart.[1][3] "Shake It" followed in August (No. 15) with the album, No Commandments (No. 23 on the ARIA Albums Chart), appearing in September.[3] A third single, "Because of You" was released in March 2001 (No. 50).[1][3] While working on No Commandments, the Dowlut brothers also wrote two tracks for Bardot (2000) the debut album by winner of reality TV contest Popstars, the pop group Bardot.[1] They performed a dance role for Baz Luhrmann's film Moulin Rouge! (2001).[1] Kaylan toured nationally in support of Vengaboys, then Destiny's Child and followed with a tour supporting Bardot.[2] A bonus disc of five tracks remixed by Studio 347 (Darren Dowlut, Dennis Dowlut and Tony Vass) was released with No Commandments in Australia. Studio 347 remixed tracks, "These Days" and "ASAP" for Bardot and "When We Were Young" for pop vocal group Human Nature.

By May 2001 Kaylan was renamed as Disco Montego, a dance music group, and released "We Got Love" in mid-year, well ahead of their album Disco Montego which appeared on WEA in September 2002. Kaylan's song "Because of You" was re-recorded and remixed by Disco Montego, Studio 347 programmed and remixed tracks. Two songs feature Katie Underwood (ex-Bardot) on vocals, including the single "Beautiful" released in May. It reached No. 9 and was certified as gold by ARIA.[4][5] The track reached No. 10 on the ARIA Dance Singles Chart for 2002.[6] The duo joined with Underwood to perform on the Rumba festival which toured Australia and New Zealand in September, headlined by Bon Jovi.[7]

"Magic", the next single, also featured Underwood, reached No. 22. The final single "U Talkin' to Me" peaked at No. 17.[4] "Beautiful" was nominated as 'Best Pop Release' and 'Best Video' at the 2002 ARIA Awards.[8] "U Talkin' to Me" won an Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Award for 'Most Performed Dance Work' during 2003 at APRA Awards of 2004.[9] The track "Autumn Breeze", written by the Dowluts, was recorded by German pop group No Angels for their second album Now ... Us! (2002), which achieved popularity in Europe.[10][11]

The Dowlut brothers ran Bomb Music with partner George Said and were developing the career of Jeremy Gregory (ex-Rockmelons) who signed to Warner Music in the US.[12] The group remixed a Mariah Carey track "Boy (I Need You)" from her 2002 album Charmbracelet after Carey was aware of their Australian success. They performed a remix of "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word" by Elton John and Blue in 2003.[13] They wrote "What Will They Say" for Jimmy Barnes' album Double Happiness (2005) – a duet with his brother John Swan – they also produced the track.

Disco Montego were planning to relocate in 2005 to Los Angeles to take advantage of their higher profile. However, Darren Dowlut was diagnosed with a chest tumour and died six weeks later on 5 August of the cancer, aged 27.[14] Carey was among performers who sent condolences.[15]

In 2009, Dennis Dowlut, Jason Heerah and Aaron Mendoza created a funk, R&B and jazz fusion band, Electric Empire, which released their debut album, Electric Empire in September 2010.[16] In June, Dowlut revived the Disco Montego name with the help of friend and fellow music producer Michael Abdul. They released "Hearts on Fire", a celebration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in association with Nando's to raise awareness for the 'United Against Malaria' campaign, which was distributed through Varrasso PR.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[18]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2003 "Beautiful" – Disco Montego featuring Katie Underwood – Katie Underwood, Darren Dowlut, Dennis Dowlut Most Performed Dance Work[19] Won
2004 "U Talkin' to Me" – Disco Montego – Darren Dowlut, Dennis Dowlut, Robert Woolf Most Performed Dance Work[20] Won

ARIA Awards[edit]

The annual ARIA Music Awards are presented by the Australian Recording Industry Association since 1987. Disco Montego has received three nominations.[21]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 "Beautiful" Best Pop Release Nominated
Best Video Nominated
2003 Disco Montego Best Dance Release Nominated


Kaylan (1995 (1995)–2001), Studio 347 (2000 (2000)–2002), Disco Montego (2001 (2001)–2005, 2010)

  • Darren Dowlut – vocals, song writing, programming, mixing, producing, guitar (1995 (1995)–2005) (d 5 August 2005)
  • Dennis Dowlut – vocals, song writing, programming, mixing, producing (1995 (1995)–2005, 2010)
  • Tony Vass – re-mixing (2000 (2000)–2002) as member of Studio 347



Year Album details Peak chart positions
as Kaylan
2000 No Commandments 23
as Disco Montego
2002 Disco Montego
  • Released: 9 September 2002
  • Label: Bomb Music / Warner Bros. Records
  • Format: CD


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
[4]Peak chart positions for singles in Australia:
  • "We Got Love": "The ARIA Report issue 587" (PDF). The ARIA Report. 28 May 2002. Archived from the original on 21 February 2002. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  • "Good Times": "The ARIA Report issue 668" (PDF). The ARIA Report. 17 January 2003. Retrieved 26 June 2016.


as Kaylan
Rock Me All Night 2000 24 No Commandments
Shake It 15
Because of You 2001 50
as Disco Montego
We Got Love 2001 98 Disco Montego
(featuring Katie Underwood)
2002 9 AUS: Gold [22]
(featuring Katie Underwood)
Good Times
(featuring Katie Underwood, Selwyn, Peta Morris, Jeremy Gregory)
52 non-album single
U Talkin' to Me 17 Disco Montego
Hearts on Fire 2010 - non-album single


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  2. ^ a b c Failla, Annemarie (September 2000). "Kaylan Interview". Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Discography Kaylan". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d "Discography Disco Montego". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – End of Year Charts – Dance Singles 2002". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  7. ^ Australian Associated Press (AAP) report on Rumba festival 9 September 2002
  8. ^ AAP Report "This Year's ARIA Award Nominees" 13 October 2002
  9. ^ AAP Report "Winners of 2004 APRA Awards" 24 May 2004
  10. ^ "Austrian Certification: Platinum". Ifpi.at. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  11. ^ "German Certification". Ifpi.de. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  12. ^ Undercover.com.au Disco Montego's Darren Dowlut dies of cancer 8 August 2005 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 August 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2005.
  13. ^ Undercover.com.au "Disco Montego remix Mariah Carey" 14 March 2003 Archived 9 July 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Star-maker dies at 27" Melbourne Herald Sun 9 August 2005 page 15
  15. ^ Contact Music report on Darren Dowlut's death
  16. ^ "Electric Empire Album Launch". Wentworth Courier. News Community Media. September 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  17. ^ Tim Burrowes, ed. (7 June 2010). "Nando's launches single with Disco Montego in lead up to World Cup". Mumbrella. Focal Attractions Pty Ltd. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  18. ^ "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  19. ^ "2003 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  20. ^ "2004 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  21. ^ "ARIA Awards 2010 : History: Winners by Artist: Disco Montego". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 5 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2002 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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