What a sumptuous weekend of music lies in wait for Dublin’s clubbing faithful (and further afield for those who will venture to the nation’s capital). The good fellows at Pod along with some help from up and coming promoters Sense have prepared quite the audio feast for the coming Halloween festivities. The Button Factory is the venue of choice with a pair of lineups that will satisfy all manner of music lovers. First up on the Friday is German house enigma Claptone. He will be followed on the Saturday by the joint talents of garage and breakbeat legend Zed Bias as well as the fast rising Woz.
It’s no secret we here at WWD are fans of the mystique that surrounds Claptone. A act that has carved out a definite niche in the house realm, the music of Claptone caters to both sides of the spectrum. Moving from thumping remixes of George Morel to indie favourites Metronomy, Claptone manage to cover a wide range of bases without ever sacrificing that core sound that has endeared them to fans the world over.
Having cultivated a degree of mystique using the widely recognisable golden mask, the name Claptone has been on our radar since the early days of 2012 when club hit Cream struck a chord. Since then smashes like No Eyes featuring Jaw and Wrong have cemented their position as house masters and led to work with bands such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and RÜFÜS. The latest in the long line of successful releases was the much lauded United which smashed in at number 1 on the Beatport Deep House chart and once again brought Claptone to the forefront. With a host of new music about to drop there is no better time to catch Claptone in a live setting.
With all the hullabaloo about the forthcoming Halloween Weekender we thought it might be a good idea to get a few brief words straight from the source. Here’s the latest from the mysterious Claptone!
Q) What a year it’s been for Claptone. Give us one highlight that stood out above all else in 2014?
Claptone’s life has been aglow with highlights throughout 2014. I feel a surge of warmth towards the growing crowds and every weekend has been a new high. We know that Ireland is going to surpass it all as you understand the power and connection we all share
Q) Your remix for Metronomy has been making some big waves, is remix work something you enjoy and how was it working with one of the most interesting electronic groups out there at the moment?
When music comes easy from the soul into sound I know that it has been touched by magic. Our kindred spirits at Metronomy allowed for an easy birth and we are happy that it’s already touching people all over the world. This was a special one for me.
Q) We know you have been busy in the studio over the past few months. When can we expect to hear everything and how has your sound been developing?
Always busy and always moving. Claptone hears the spirit on the wind and sometimes it sings to me. This year that song has been stronger and we have been compelled to document its intricate sound. Chapter after chapter have been brought together and next year I hope to release a collection for everyone to enjoy.
Q) You’re no stranger to Dublin with a number of visits over the years, which has been your favourite so far and what can the Irish public expect this weekend at The Button Factory?
The welcome from the Celtic islands has always been strong and filled me with an energy that we share together on the dancefloor. When I return I always feel powerful and I know this next performance will be electric. Autumn is always good to me. The long nights….
Tickets: Halloween Weekender featuring Claptone on Oct 31st and Zed Bias + Woz on Nov 1st