In a now long forgotten world, many generations ago, a bird like shape emerged from wooded dark- ness, floating and fluttering, drifting and dreaming. Backlit by a bright glow of iridescent light, the undecipherable form wore a dazzling golden mask. Its long beak swooped down like an inverted horn and since then, people have referred to the mythical being simply as Claptone.

Years spending wandering medieval landscapes have informed Claptone’s view of the world, experi- encing both magical mystery and muted melancholy he enchanted onlookers with occult instruments and beguiling sounds. Forever surrounded by a sense of intrigue, the world soon cottoned on to the elusive yet enchanting musical powers of this otherworldly beast. The results are that today his sha- manistic sonic powers take him all around the world.

Whilst Claptone has continued to roam in his own circles, 2012AD proved to be a year dominatedby his infectious ‘Cream’ track. It became an immediate hit, topping new world charts at Beatport and RA, whilst the sonic conjuring of the ‘Night On Fire’ EP also lured all those who heard it, with the result another Top 20 hit. But that’s not all, for the creativity flows freely in our hero, and his ‘Another Night’ also proved to be just as successful on the dancefloor. Deep and woozy, the Claptone sound pairs theatre with tragedy, feel good vibes with acute melancholia and imbues each groove with a Rhodes laced funk, an organic string hook and myriad earthy elements.

Up to the present day, Claptone releases have been birthed on Germany’s influential Exploited label, picking up props from the likes of Pete Tong, DJ Sneak, Soul Clap, DJ Hell, Jesse Rose, A-Trak along the way. Who or whatever Claptone is, it is alive, with a life of its own, evolving and revolving in equal measure, exploring new sounds naturally and forever taking inspiration from long gone and occult worlds.
So far, esteemed and influential dancefloors at clubs in Berlin, London, Paris, Melbourne, Shanghai, New York and many others around the world have fallen under the sonic spell of this secretive alche- mist. The future is unpredictable for Claptone, but a new release ‘Wrong’ including the track ‘No Eyes’ with the inimitable JAW from French funsters dOP is on the horizon. Beyond that, your guess is as good as ours...

Steve Huerta

Steve Huerta is a self-trained DJ/Producer based in Los Angeles, California. Huerta debuted his first EP “Take Me Closer” in July of 2012 on Montreal-based Amadeus Records. The EP was met by high praise amongst many within the underground house community, putting his name into the public eye as an artist to watch.

His sophomore release with the Canadian house duo Prince Club entitled, “Can’t Let Go” proved to be a great follow up to “Take Me Closer”. The release garnered support from the likes of Catz n’ Dogz, Sinden, Droog, Joyce Muniz, Homework, KRL, Broke One, Waze & Odyssey, and Dirt Crew.

The two track EP received repeated radio play on the world renowned KCRW and has been featured on immensely influential media sites such as XLR8R and Gotta Dance Dirty.

2013 is set to be a big year for the young producer. With EPs already scheduled for release on petFood (Miami), Dirt Crew Recordings (Berlin), and Avotre (Berlin).

Bells & Whistles

Bells & Whistles is the musical collaboration between Zack Yakovlev and Yanick Weitlisbach. Djing separately around San Diego where they both grew up, it was not until they met up in San Francisco that they started working together. Shortly after joining forces and taking on the moniker “Bells & Whistles”, the two started their first monthly party on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. With shimmering chandeliers, a breath taking view of the entire city, and a service staff dressed in tuxedos and bow-ties, DRESSCODE offered a new home to a sound often kept underground. Bringing in artists like Bruno Pronsato, Claude Vonstroke, Catz N’ Dogz, Alland Byallo, Justin Martin, Franklin De Costa, Tim Green, Maetrik, Jan Krueger, J. Phlip, Soul Clap, and Mikael Stravostrand to name a few; DRESSCODE quickly became an established and respected party in San Francisco. While Djing will always be at the heart of Bells and Whistles, it is music creation, not performance, that has been taking much of their recent time. Being able to create the sound they share is the main focus for the young duo.

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EARS WIDE OPEN featuring Claptone (Berlin) with Steve Huerta, Bells & Whistles

Saturday, May 25 · Doors 9:00 PM at Monarch

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