Words: Joe Roberts
Hidden by a gold-beaked mask and top hat, Claptone is the mysterious deep house DJ and producer who has soared above his contemporaries.
Originally announcing his presence to the world through Berlin's Exploited label, with club hits such as his 2012 Wu-Tang Clan-sampling 'Cream', October heralded the release of his debut album 'Charmer' (out now on Different Recordings).
He's remixed Laurent Garnier, Photek, and Deadmau5, and last year he set up his very own imprint 2Swords, and now London producer Copy Paste Soul has dropped a brand new single on Shir Khan's much-loved house label, Exploited. To celebrate the release, that was premiered by BBC Radio 1 selector Annie Mac last month, we sat down with Copy Paste Soul, to find out the top five Exploited releases currently filling his record bag.
Ultra Music Festival has just revealed the second phase of it's up line-up. The seventeeth edition of the iconic festival, now just a month away, is bringing some major heavyweights this year. The Live Stage located at the Klipsch Amphitheater is set to host the likes of instrumental super-group Big Gigantic, electro-funk duo Chromeo and Norwegian nu-disco extraordinary Todd Terje who will be making his Ultra debut.
Tube & Berger are a DJ/producer duo from Germany. The guys have stormed the Beatport charts on numerous occasions in recent times with tracks such as 'Lovebreak', 'Set It Off', 'Imprint Of Pleasure' and many more...
After a successful 'Deeper Sessions' tour in the US, Tube & Berger are bringing their show to London on the 21st of Febuary with some very special friends. The line-up includes the elusive Claptone, Suara boss Coyu, Weiss, in.deed and many more...
Exploited records is an independent record label based in Berlin, the label is home to some huge names in dance music including Adana Twins, Claptone to name a few. What a year its been for the Exploited Crew. Their key artists have travelled the world, headlining festivals and played the worlds coolest parties.
Claptone is dance music’s golden beaked conundrum. Flying off the German Club Charts in 2012 with 'Cream', a hypnotic deep house debut, and directly into our aural G-spot, where the enigmatic artist remains permeating. Once inside, there’s no getting the bird-esque beatsmith with mystique out of your brain – not that we’d want Claptone to fly away.
Part mythical being, part bird, part massive golden hooter, ALL DJ: the mysterious mask-wearing house-weaver Claptone has levelled up once again. After charming 2018 with his highly anticipated second album ‘Fantast’, he dived beak-deep into 2019 with a whole flight of major league remixes – Florence & The Machine, Mark Ronson, Marina & The Diamonds, Michael Kiwanuka – and one of the most intense and hectic schedules of his career so far.
Amid his 250-show schedule, the anonymous Berlin-based artist took his feel-good house sound across the world and back. Many of these shows were at his own party The Masquerade where he held events from Melbourne to Montreal via Lima, London, Paris and of course Ibiza, where his vibrant event had another successful White Isle season.
Held every Monday at Pacha, with thoughtfully-curated line-ups comprising legends such as Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry, Maya Jane Coles, Basement Jaxx and MK, the events were one of the island’s biggest success stories this summer and represent just why Claptone’s been on such a wild accelerated rise since he first emerged in 2013. Long may this continue.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Watch out for each other and watch out for ourselves.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“Yes. I try to book as many great female artists as possible on my events The Masquerade.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“Uber less, walk more.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
A FEW WORDS FROM CLAPTONE...
“What time is it and where am I?” These are questions I find myself asking repeatedly lately. Yesterday, I flew into Toulouse after playing a string of cities including Guadalajara, Mexico City, El Paso, New York – and it occurs to me – I’m now on the train to Barcelona.
Swooping in with the pinpoint accuracy of a hawk, dance music fans have quickly fallen prey to the siren sound of Claptone. It was a delectable edit of Wu Tang's "C.R.E.A.M." that first made the half-bird, half-DJ dominate club play and top the German Club Chart in 2012. This nostalgia for hip-hop’s most recognizable piano keys, fused delicately with deep house, remains a favorite amongst the mystery producer’s hyper-expanding fan base to this day.