Mysteryland USA Artist Spotlight: Claptone

Posted by on April 14, 2016


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The third iteration of Mysteryland USA is right around the corner, and as we count down the days until June 10th, there’s a lot to plan, and even more to listen to. The ID&T-produced festival has already unveiled two phases of its stand-out lineup, and this year promises to be the biggest and best edition of the festival in America to date. Over the course of two days, nearly 100 artists will call Bethel Woods home, from headliners like ODESZA, Skrillex, and Bassnectar, to stellar undercard offerings like Gesaffelstein, Claude VonStroke, REZZ, amongst others, spread across six stages of bumping music. With so many can’t-miss artists to see, and even more activities to do at the festival, it’s tough to decide which artists take priority, and which ones will fall by the wayside, and schedule conflicts only serve as yet another source of anxiety before the festival.

In a new editorial series leading up to this year’s Mysteryland USA, we’re spotlighting an artist on the lineup that we consider can’t-miss for the weekend. Whether its because of a phenomenal live show, a brand new album, or stellar DJing skills, we hope that this spotlight series will help you wade through some of teh schedule conflicts easier. You can get your tickets to Mysteryland here.

This week’s Mysteryland USA spotlight is the masked man, Claptone.

You may have seen pictures of Claptone around and thought to yourself he was a masquerade performer, as the French producer is most easily recognized thanks to the gold mask with a long beak that he dons before his performances. Known for his anonymity, Claptone is fiercely protective of his anonymity, so much so that rumors of the masked man actually being masked men have been swirling around the music industry, but have yet to be confirmed.

However, when you have music as strong as Claptone does, it’s easy to put on a mask and let your music speak for you. The mysterious producer stormed onto the scene with his piano-driven brand of French house, delivering a stellar slate of remixes like his take on Sirens of Lesbos’ “Long Days, Hot Nights,” before dazzling everyone with his debut album, Charmer.

Since then, Claptone has developed his own live show called IMMORTAL LIVE, which he’s promised would hit the road this year on tour, making its way to festivals like Coachella, and potentially Mysteryland. If Claptone’s set is an IMMORTAL LIVE set, this instantly jumps to the top of the can’t-miss list at Mysteryland.

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