Part mythical being, part bird, part massive golden hooter, ALL DJ: the mysterious mask-wearing house-weaver Claptone has levelled up once again. After charming 2018 with his highly anticipated second album ‘Fantast’, he dived beak-deep into 2019 with a whole flight of major league remixes – Florence & The Machine, Mark Ronson, Marina & The Diamonds, Michael Kiwanuka – and one of the most intense and hectic schedules of his career so far.
Amid his 250-show schedule, the anonymous Berlin-based artist took his feel-good house sound across the world and back. Many of these shows were at his own party The Masquerade where he held events from Melbourne to Montreal via Lima, London, Paris and of course Ibiza, where his vibrant event had another successful White Isle season.
Held every Monday at Pacha, with thoughtfully-curated line-ups comprising legends such as Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry, Maya Jane Coles, Basement Jaxx and MK, the events were one of the island’s biggest success stories this summer and represent just why Claptone’s been on such a wild accelerated rise since he first emerged in 2013. Long may this continue.
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Watch out for each other and watch out for ourselves.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“Yes. I try to book as many great female artists as possible on my events The Masquerade.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“Uber less, walk more.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
What’s your guilty pleasure?