From: “Planet Earth.”
DJ style: “House.”
Best known for: “Apart from my music? I guess showing up in appropriate wardrobe at any event.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Fisher ‘Losing It’.”
Breakthrough DJ/ producer of 2018: “Fisher.”
International man-of-mystery Claptone has been leaving his mark on nightlife since 2013, when he first came to prominence through the subtle charms of his massive release ‘No Eyes’ featuring Jaw. He has spent much of 2018 taking his large-scale event The Masquerade to the major cities of South America, the US and Europe. He also managed to squeeze in an Ibiza summer residency and gigs at Defected at Eden, Pacha, Cuckoo Land at Ibiza Rocks, Glitterbox at Hï Ibiza and indeed played at “more mind-blowing festivals and clubs than any regular human being ever could”.
2018 also saw Berlin resident Claptone front our annual Croatia magazine, and release of his second artist album ‘Fantast’, following the success of 2015’s ‘The Charmer’. ‘Fantast’ is a 13-track affair full of rich musical textures, pristine production and collaborations with artists including Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Nathan Nicholson, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Zola Blood and Joan As Policewoman. Claptone also released a series of strong singles and remix packages from the album which have kept the masked man at the very centre of the action all year long.
Words: HAROLD HEATH