CLAPTONE

If you don’t know Claptone yet, then you are not alone. Even though many people 
 
have heard of him, no-one truly knows who or what he is. The only certainty 
 
however, is the captivating music he makes. It never fails to bind those who hear 
 
it under his spell. And from then the mysterious being becomes even more 
 
intriguing. He has never openly courted people’s attention - or even shown them 
 
his face - but what he has done is offer up some of the most compelling club 
 
sounds of recent years. They have come in original and remix format, and each 
 
and every time he serves up one of his missives, people fall ever deeper in love.
 
Claptone’s greatest spell yet is his forthcoming full-length album. Charmer is 
 
something inspired not by a current hit formula or a token trend. Instead it is 
 
informed by the eons of music that he has soaked up during his travels, 
 
wandering through the ages. It comes not as a quest for fame, but as a way of 
 
expressing emotions, of touching people on a deeper level. It aims to evoke 
 
something in those people without dictating what that should be. “Laughing can 
 
be very close to crying,” says Claptone. “...and crying can be very close to 
 
laughing. Songs can be melancholic and beautiful whilst still making you smile.”
 
Even more, Charmer is driven by an insatiable musical desire; a passion that has 
 
compelled him to collaborate with songwriters Jimi Tenor, Peter, Bjorn and John, 
 
Nathan Nicholson (The Boxer Rebellion) and Jay-Jay Johanson amongst others. 
 
Together, their spirits add up to a most full, absorbing and engaging album that 
 
adds another layer of intrigue to the Claptone story. 
 
Of course, Charmer is still relevant in the club too, because that is where 
 
Claptone’s spirit was first unlocked many moons ago. A steady pulse of house 
 
underlies everything on it, and so the album serves as living proof of how music 
 
that makes you dance can also go further, no matter how big the crowd or 
 
wherever the setting is. This has always been his aim, both when cooking up 
 
tracks but also when conjuring up his Claptone Immortal live shows at places like 
 
SW4, Melt festival, Ultra Music Festival and many other key gatherings. The 
 
results manage to captivate and confound, to touch and amaze audiences in 
 
equal measure.
 
Yet really still nobody knows Claptone. “Am I a bird or a human being? I can't 
 
say, but I can say this: I am a sonic being. Like most spirits I am part of the earth 
 
and nature itself. As a sonic being I feed on the vibrations that surround me, the 
 
noise that is wind, waves, animals. These inspire me to create music.” What we 
 
do know then is that he is a masked, philosophical figure who bridges the gap 
 
between form, fun and function, drawing upon on musical influences that “reach 
 
back in time.” Claptone has “an attitude and open-mindedness towards music” 
 
that means his ears are always open “to all the noises that you can hear on our 
 
planet.” It is this openness that helps him infuse his tracks with a strange 
 
ambiance, strong emotions and an ever-evolving sense of narrative.
 
Part of the reason we still know so little about Claptone is that he cherishes the 
 
value of mystery and intrigue and loves to keep people guessing. “I love secrets. 
 
Secrets are part of all our lives. As much as we want to find out information, 
 
some questions need to stay unanswered, some pages need to be left blank and 
 
some experiences cannot be communicated. But allow me to give you a piece of 
 
advice; let those secrets thrill you, allow them to fascinate you and enjoy the 
 
excitement they create within you, but accept them as what they are: secrets.“
 
In this world in which we live, Claptone is a rare being: he is not bound by genre 
 
or scene. He does not care for the cult of celebrity, but instead values his privacy 
 
and keeps his cards close to his chest. Even aside from the mask, the several 
 
hundred years of wandering and the refusal to “answer dumb questions – or even 
 
clever questions”, Claptone and his musical statement charmer can stand on 
 
their own. They don’t need explaining, they just need to be heard, and when they 
 
are, everything seems to make sense.