Mark de Clive Lowe
MARK de CLIVE-LOWE (MdCL) is one of the most innovative producers and live performers you will find anywhere – equal parts jazz musician, electronica artist and DJ.
Anchored by the duality of his Japanese and New Zealander parentage and ignited by a love of playing piano at the age of four, this multi-national phenom has seen his natural gifts blaze across the globe from NZ to the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Cuba and South Africa. Whether you call him artist, producer, composer, pianist, performer, DJ, or selecta, titles are impartial to Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL). You can try to classify this impressively fertile music journey, but to identify with only one label belies the scope of the ride. The piano set the course, the keyboard is the vehicle, and with the drum machine as the fuel, the relentless skill of MdCL is underscored by a rare sonic sensibility. He’s an accomplished musician, originally sowing his oats in straight-ahead jazz, before taking the music far beyond.
A devastating live performer, the MdCL experience is marked by impromptu studio production created on stage from scratch, using drum machines, keyboards and on-the-fly sampling. The end result: live remixes birthed on stage for each and every gig. With bold chops like this, to call him “prolific” is an understatement, having contributed to over 250 releases and being a first-call collaborator for a wide range of artists, including Jill Scott, Jody Watley, Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye/Michael Jackson/Maxwell), Harvey Mason, DJ Spinna, amongst a slew of others.
Based in LA for the past 7 years after a decade entrenched in the cultural epicenter of London’s broken beat scene, MdCL leads his live band with his party CHURCH (also the name of his latest album); performs solo live electronic sets for the dancefloor; educates with masterclasses and workshops; and collaborates with a broad range of artists and creatives.
Melding the beat-making and technology with musicianship and tradition, MdCL’s potential is beyond convention. He takes it all on the road like no one else, with a solid fan base that bridges cities as far reaching as LA, NYC, Atlanta, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Tokyo and Sydney.