WILL CLARKE- THE CUDDLE CLUB
SAT · SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
Like many artists Will Clarke's sonic palette comes his experiences and influences from home and afar. The roots of his sound stem from both his home town of Bristol, and his seasonal home in Ibiza, which have forged Will's style; a style that fuses the best of Bristol's bass elements with the upfront house music sensibilities of the white isle.
Having been committed to his studio for many years 2014 saw Will's productions step up a level and he has started gaining the notice his hard work deserves. Having previously released on labels such as Southern Fried and No Brainer among others, Will signed an EP to Worthy's Anabatic Records at the start of 2014. The EP featured a track titled 'Big Booty' that became an underground 'must play' record for many DJ's last summer. It became a regular track for Jamie Jones who opened his BBC Radio 1 'Live from Glastonbury' set with it. Further plays from MK, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, and further BBC Radio 1Xtra plays from Mista Jam & Hannah Wants made sure that this was a track that had caught the attention of all the right players. With the hype growing 'Big Booty' was then picked up and licensed by Ministry of Sound Australia, who then organized Will a tour of Australia in the fall of 2014.
With the hype growing around Will and 'Big Booty' other labels started to take notice, and it wasn't long before Exploited had signed 'Gunna Give You' which was released in November 2014. Finally to top off a great year, Claude VonStroke then contacted Will and signed 'Badness' to the 'Dirtybird 10 Years' compilation album that dropped in January 2015. Will was taken under the wing of the label and released his first Dirtybird EP 'The Boogie Woogie' in March 2015 drumming up plays on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show, Nemone's BBC Radio 6 show and Shadowchild's Rinse FM show. Further releases are scheduled with the label later in 2015. To add to all of this, Will's remix of Azari & III's 'Reckless (With Your Love)' is set for release on April 20th on Tiga's label Turbo Recordings and later this summer you can expect to see Will's remix of Claude VonStroke's 'Never Forget' released.
Talking of his approach to productions Will says "I make music for clubbers, not DJs. I sample a lot of old school rave tracks from the 90s, with 21st Century production techniques." Then add those little influences from Bristol and Ibiza and you will understand why Will's music holds such a broad appeal and is often supported by the right DJ's.
Will Clarke is a talented, skilled, young producer who is making strides in the dance music business with his own sound. He has an impressive list of quality productions and remixes that is growing month by month and a great track record at his club residencies and guest gigs. You know you can trust him to come up with the goods in the studio and in the club. So if you love a Big Booty… Make some Noise!
option4 is a house music warrior. With releases on Ninja Tune, Nurvous, Club Sweat and more besides, his music packs a significantly bigger punch than your average house cut, incorporating tribal rhythms, intricate melodies and fierce low-end to produce a style that is never short of mesmerizing.
Recently named by US legend MK as one of his producers to watch for the year ahead, tracks like ‘Vibe On’ and ‘Rise Of The Cat Lord’ – released by seminal NYC imprint Nurvous and Club Sweat respectively – have made an impression in all the right quarters.
2017 will see releases on some of the world’s most respected labels as well as live appearances around the world. Get used to hearing his name and music wherever you go.