Since it dropped last month, Claptone’s new single ‘In the Night’ has been picking up considerable steam, becoming Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune on BBC Radio 1 and notching up a quick 1m Spotify plays. Recently, he teamed up with director Patrick Lawler to create a choreographed night-time vignette set in downtown LA. In three minutes, Claptone dashes around Grand Park in central Los Angeles whilst apparently executing a one-take feat.
Apparently Claptone has become one of the biggest names in electronic music whilst himself remaining in the shadows. He has however constantly sought to deepen his own distinctive world, creating a rich tapestry, which tells the Claptone story.
In his second artist album ‘Fantast’, the Claptone universe is at its deepest and most vivid. He is the master of his domain and in his most artful offering yet, the 13 tracks of 'Fantast' come together to create an album full of varied colours and atmospheric textures.
In music he apparently seeks to create a world of great depth and intrigue. With a desire for creativity and thirst for new music, he has brought together a diverse group of collaborators such as Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Blaenavon, Tender, Jones, Zola Blood, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis, The Boxer Rebellion’s Nathan Nicholson, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Joan as a Policewoman and Matt Simons.
Claptone: “Over the last two years it has been a great pleasure to work on this album as a counterpoint to the hectic world of travelling as a DJ. To lose myself when making music, to dive into and create my very own realm of beauty. I admit it's a dreamy, a heartfelt, at times a naive and surely escapist album, but what to do if one - on the quest for his soul - develops a strong desire to go back to his roots, back to nature? Did I find myself on that journey? Rather not. But I found some beautiful moments in the green, out in the woods, out in the fields, under the moon and in the night, moments, which I want to share with you. And there is one thing I learned and now it can be told, I am and have always been a ‘Fantast’.”
You catch a glimpse of his ambition to produce a body of work in his debut artist album 'Charmer' which has scored over 60 million streams and counting, but it’s in 'Fantast' that he really delves deeper into the art of songwriting.
2018 will see another intense year of touring as a DJ with Claptone taking his immersive 'The Masquerade' event experience further, having built momentum over the last 18 months hosting events and stages in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Melbourne, Barcelona and New York and at festivals like Tomorrowland, Melt Festival, Elrow at Amnesia Ibiza, Green Valley in Brazil.