The irony is that the van is playing "No Eyes," his 2013 hit. This is exactly what gives us the opportunity to reflect on the steeply growing popularity of this producer from comparative obscurity to one of the most notable characters in the global deep house scene. Puffing and vague sounds come from the speakers - sampled by "Cream" Wu-Tang Clan or "Wrong" by Dr. Dre, or "Ghost" featuring Alec Onsworth's band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, which only emphasize that Claptone has an almost mystical ability to make contagious and very neatly recorded house music.
It's easy to imagine him in the studio, wearing a top hat and white gloves and waving a magic wand like the conductor of a shaman orchestra, but as soon as we start to relax, the music turns off, the van stops and its door slides open. We disembark and walk through several doors, through some nooks and crannies and further down the stairs, until we are covered by the smell that usually stands in damp tunnels, after which we stop abruptly. Then there is a knock on the door and a juicy bass says: "Come in." Inside our eyes are untied. We see that we have arrived in a tiny dark brick basement, lit only by a couple of candles. One is on the table next to an empty chair. Another illuminates, but very faintly, a man sitting in a golden mask at the other end of the table. We can say that we got along with him face-to-beak. “Great fellows who went through this maze,” he says, gesturing with a white-gloved hand at an empty chair. Please sit down.
When the door closes behind us and the water pipes overhead begin to gurgle muffledly, we cannot help but ask a question related to his hidden identity: is this a game or is it serious? “Both,” he replies, and his impeccable English has a subtle German accent. - I released the first disc anonymously, because all the time before that I had been doing different music, and when I wanted to do something different from this, I tried not to associate myself with it. It was fun, but along with it I got the freedom I wanted. By the time I released Cream, I had already received several requests for DJ performances, which meant coming out of the gloom. So I became Claptone and started wearing a mask.