Claptone is achieving greatness across the globe. From his irresistible live shows to countless award-winning productions, the internationally-renowned artist has reached stratospheric recognition.
Even from behind his trademark Venetian guise, there’s no masking the love Claptone shares with an audience. As shown in the success of The Masquerade, alluring crowds of thousands to sold-out venues across L.A, London, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Bogota, Santiago de Chile, San Francisco, Madrid, New York, Melbourne as well as Buenos Aires, which was with more than 20,000 people attending the biggest The Masquerade show to date. After a massively well-received first Ibiza season in 2019, which welcomed MK, Diplo, Purple Disco Machine, Duke Dumont, Kerri Chandler, Basement Jaxx and many more to the idyllic shores of the White Isle for a string of majestic parties, Claptone has brought his spellbinding event concept, back to Pacha Ibiza for a second season this summer with the weekly run of parties - now on Saturday night.
Expanding his global status, Claptone has also launched his own label, Golden Recordings, with a string of scorching singles including ‘The Big Easy’, ‘Flashdance’ with New York legend Man Parrish, and ‘Euphoria’, which has gained over two million Spotify streams. The new label is releasing music to “celebrate House Music and its everlasting golden era”, in the words of Claptone himself.
Meanwhile, the festival fun never stops. Swooping in at Tomorrowland for a fifth year with two sets, the DJ enigma took the legendary Belgian festival by storm playing the main stage and All4House Stage alongside comrades Vintage Culture, Meduza and James Hype . Claptone keeps flying higher and farther, headlining prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Rock in Rio, Hideout, Creamfields, Sunrise, Beyond Wonderland, Big Burn, IleSoniq, Ultra Music Festival, Mysteryland, Afterhills, Melt! and Lollapalooza; fans fall prey regularly to Claptone at Elrow events worldwide, including his Las Vegas debut which led to a Sin City residency.
It doesn’t stop there for the busiest being in nightlife. Delivering consistently electric DJ sets and infectious tunes across the genre spectrum are merely how Claptone gets the tip of his golden beak wet. With 50+ weekly live streamed sets across 2020/21 that reached a staggering total of 100 Million combined views on YouTube, Claptone also won the vote for ‘Highest House DJ’ four consecutive years in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs.
In past years the man of mystery played over a staggering 275 shows per annum, all the while receiving international praise for his production excellence. On his third album, aptly titled “Closer” (fall 2021), he put forth a musical journey that connects listeners sonically and emotionally to the enigmatic artist more than ever before.
Along with support from shrewd talents, Claptone enlists timeless vocalists from myriad eras such as Barry Manilow and Seal, fresh-faced acts like James Vincent McMorrow and Mansionair, as well as repeat collaborators Nathan Nicholson and Peter Bjorn and John (to name a few), creating a veritable rap sheet of names hand-picked by the masked avenger, then hand-delivered to the masses in the form of a 14-track, indie-pop-oriented magnum opus.
Co-produced by Stuart Price (whose production credits read like a red-carpet VIP list having worked with everyone from Madonna to The Killers), the collaborative spirit of “Closer” salt and peppers Claptone’s confection to something you might not expect but will devour in one sitting... which is exactly the point of art that truly resonates.
Having risen to fame with chartopping originals such as ‘Cream’, ‘No Eyes’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Under The Moon’, ‘The Drums (Din Daa Daa)’ and many other notable standouts include his remix of Mark Ronson’s ‘Don’t Leave Me Lonely’, the enlistment of Mylo to release Claptone’s epic single ‘Drop The Pressure’, reaching the third spot on Beatport’s Top 100 Best Selling Tracks 2020, which followed Claptone’s hit remix of Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘You Ain’t The Problem’- a tune that captured the ears and hearts of everyone - even snagging Barack Obama’s vote when the 44th American President elected it to top his 2021 Summer Essential Playlist.
Demand for a Claptone redub doesn’t stop there. He has chopped up hits for Sir Elton John, Gregory Porter, Depeche Mode, Disclosure, New Order, Bastille, Gorillaz, Pet Shop Boys, Florence & The Machine, Marina & The Diamonds as well as Purple Disco Machine’s ‘Body Funk’.
In addition to creating “Closer,” last year saw Claptone on remix duty for new spins on Dua Lipa’s ‘Physical’, Ava Max’s ‘My Head & Heart’, Storm Queen’s ‘For a Fool, and Trans-X ‘Living On Video’ as part of Unidisc’s 20th anniversary in February, 2021.