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A Los Angeles native, Clovis is one of foremost underground DJs to rise from the city within the past decade. His commitment to the avant-garde edges of house and techno have led him to dance music’s most forward-thinking hotspots: Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, and more. As a DJ and producer, Clovis’s passions range far beyond the kick-drum, expanding into deep explorations of the tones, forms, and shapes of sound—the timbre of a woodblock, the rustle of a castanet, the snap of a snare. Yet he can deftly move a packed dance floor, delivering peak-time sets in which elements of dub and complex patterns shine through soulful, driving tech-house. A versatile selector, Clovis is as at home expanding minds at Berlin’s Club der Visionaire as he is moving bodies on Los Angeles’s Standard Rooftop.
The musical sophistication Clovis displays is due in no small part to his past. Of French and Japanese heritage, his father was a voracious collector of music, a true aficionado who opened the first all CD music store in Los Angeles in the late 80s. DJing from the age of 20, Clovis befriended the Droog collective in 2007 and found a group of like-minded individuals intent on bringing modern european house music to the west coast. Via their successful Culprit imprint they encouraged his first production work, while also having him as a resident at their series of parties. Clovis was able to hone his unique sound DJing alongside such respected influences as Magda, Matthew Dear, Three, and Jan Krueger, in addition to being an after-hours favorite.
In 2013 the desire to grow further brought him to Berlin, where he spent the year exploring the city’s thriving scene and touring throughout Europe. Over months of memorable dates, a highlight was a spot at Romania’s Sunwaves. The back-story is pure magic: a chance encounter at the BPM festival turned an empty opening slot into a 4 hour back-to-back daytime session with Rhadoo. Together the two went on a musical journey through their influences—from Isolée to Fred P, the black and yellow Perlon days to the latest of [ar:pi:ar]. Five months later he was playing at the famed festival on the Black Sea coast alongside the best of the Romanian underground. 2014 sees Clovis back in California, hard at work on new music for Lessizmore and Moscow’s BodyParts.
A gentle soul and urban sophisticate, Clovis can be found wherever dance music isn’t just bass drops and breakdowns, but an art form deeply reflective of our modern times.