Tour Dates Friday 5th April: Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay Friday 5th April: The Met, Brisbane Saturday 6th April: University of Wollongong, Wollongong Saturday 6th April: Masquerade, Sydney Saturday 6th April: Fiction, Canberra Sunday 7th April: Habitat Garden Party, Perth Thursday 11th April: Electric Rush, Queenstown Friday 12th April: Mandalay On The Water, Auckland Saturday 13th April: Masquerade, Melbourne Saturday 13th April: Bloom Geelong
A creative enigma in his own right, Claptone is the producer and DJ who has amassed a global following in his 7-year career. Although the extent of what we know about Claptone is that he is German, his identity acts not as a hindrance, but rather adds to his allure. His original productions which are laden with warm synthesizers, unique vocal samples, and boast strong foundations in house and electronic music, have earned him sets at Tomorrowland, Elrow, and Hideout Festivals. Whether listening to his earlier releases with 2015 album ‘Charmer’, or his most recent works with ‘Fantast’ released in 2018, Claptone’s work remains consistently upbeat, intoxicating, and entirely refreshing. With a large following wherever he travels, his huge Australian fanbase gets ready to welcome Claptone back over 10 national headline shows.
In a now long forgotten world, many generations ago, a bird like shape emerged from wooded darkness, floating and fluttering, drifting and dreaming. Backlit by a bright glow of iridescent light, the undecipherable form wore a dazzling golden mask. Its long beak swooped down like an inverted horn and since then, people have referred to the mythical being simply as Claptone. Years spending wandering medieval landscapes have informed Claptone’s view of the world, experiencing both magical mystery and muted melancholy he enchanted onlookers with occult instruments and beguiling sounds. Forever surrounded by a sense of intrigue, the world soon cottoned on to the elusive yet enchanting musical powers of this otherworldly beast. Despite the best efforts of the hungry masses, the mysterious Claptone still remains a mythical, little known figure who slips in and out of the shadows, leaving in his wake lasting musical experiences.
Since hatching in 2012, he has continued to send people into a frenzy with his DJ sets, which are underpinned by supple grooves from the house world, are coloured with real soul and can jack you up or zone you out depending on the mood. To stay so private and unknown in the visual modern world of likes and photos is no mean feat, especially considering he plays more than 260 shows around the world each year. In 2017 he brought his own immersive and otherworldly ‘The Masquerade’ events with special guests including Black Coffee, Claude von Stroke, MK and Pete Tong all joining the fun to various places around the world. Besides appearing in Los Angeles, Rio, Berlin, Paris, New York and Barcelona, Claptone brought ‘The Masquerade’ back to Ibiza, with highlights including two all night long joint venture shows with Elrow at Amnesia. They saw him spellbind the audience for seven straight hours and were the first sold out shows of the year for the club today, his shamanistic sonic powers take him all around the world… Furthermore, there were ‘The Masquerade’ stages hosted in Brazil, at Melt Festival, and in LA for Halloween, and Claptone also hosted an arena at the giant Tomorrowland where four million people tuned in to the live stream that saw him play with invited guests and friends. Because of his strong shamanistic powers, Claptone always leaves people lost in music, rather than concerned about who or what it is they see before them. For that reason, he still remains proudly anonymous.