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Claptone: Through a mask darkly

We took a trip inside the strange, mysterious world of Claptone

  • Words: Paul Sullivan | Photography: Andreas Waldschuetz
  • 29 October 2015
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Although most of Claptone performances are DJ sets, a live performance has been carefully developed and road-tested in the last year with the help of Oscar-nominated film-maker Peter Martin (Gorillaz, Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop). Called Immortal Live, the show features elements of the past and the future, and is open – as might be expected – to interpretation.

"The live show needs a big team to bring it onto the stage, so we usually play it at festivals as they have the big lights and LED walls," explains Claptone. "The general direction of such shows, especially in the EDM scene, is to be more colourful, more exciting, but we've tried to slow things down a bit and develop a story. We even start off in black and white."

There's one more question to be asked. The album's title, 'Charmer' – where does it come from? There's a pause during which we're sure we can hear another voice, maybe several, maybe even hundreds, chuckling in the background. "It's because I'm a genuinely charming person. Not only do I open normally locked doors, but I put a spell on people too…"

Claptone 'Charmer' is out now on Different Recordings

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