DJs; producers; club headliners, festival regulars: Golf Clap are Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones, a Detroit duo with an unmatched passion for house music and a seemingly endless supply of studio and club-focussed creativity. And with releases on some of the world’s most influential house labels already under their belts, along with a lauded Boiler Room session and an Essential New Tune ‘nod for Bout That’ alongside Eyes Everywhere, they’re only just getting started.
With roots in the Detroit underground, booking local and international DJs to play at their own parties, Golf Clap have established themselves as in-demand artists and performers in their own right, via an irresistible combination of hard work and talent.
Releases on Toolroom, Relief, Simma Black, their own Country Club Disco imprint and Kerri Chandler’s Madtech have announced Golf Clap as a musical force to be reckoned with, with fans including Carl Cox, Oliver Heldens, Claude VonStroke, Danny Howard and Green Velvet. And early in 2017 this recognition peaked with Pete Tong naming their collaboration with Eyes Everywhere ‘Bout That’ as his Essential New Tune. After playing the track four weeks running on his BBC Radio 1 show, ‘Bout That’ will be released as part of Toolroom’s Ibiza album, due out May 2017.
It’s behind the decks that Golf Clap originally made their name, and their energy and passion for the craft of DJing shows no signs of abating. 2017 will mark their 4th straight year at Electric Forest (performing at both weekends of the festival). They have also performed at festivals Movement and Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, and are adept at crafting highly creative, energetic sets across four decks: masters of live remixing, tweaking and layering up effects and of teasing out the music for maximum dancefloor impact.
Whether they’re playing clubs, warehouse shows or at an impromptu after-party – which they more than likely arranged themselves – the sheer love these guys have for playing records and making people dance is evident. Recent highlights include Holy Ship!, where the guys earned themselves hundreds of new fans while tagging with GRiZ, Mija and Will Clarke. Add to this a three -hour b2b session with Skream in Detroit, opening for Disclosure and Get Real performing at the Dirtybird BBQ and playing at Ministry of Sound for Doorly & Friends, and it’s been a quite incredible 12 month period for Golf Clap.
As with every movement worth being a part of, Golf Clap’s self-made community started small: a group of like-minded artists and fans giving one another exactly what they needed to throw incredible parties. But as their profile has increased, word has spread both across the US and internationally. Go to any electronic music festival now and you’ll find a strong showing for their Country Club Disco merchandise and an ever-growing army of fans. And with a tour of the US’s major cities kicking off in May 2017, there’s never been a better time to see what all the fuss is about.
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