Clem Lo
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Clem Lo

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF | AFM

New York City, New York, United States | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Hip Hop Alternative

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Dec
01
Clem Lo @ The Bowery Electric

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Sep
21
Clem Lo @ Caffeine Underground

Bushwick, New York, United States

Bushwick, New York, United States

Jun
08
Clem Lo @ Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, United States

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, United States

Jan
12
Clem Lo @ Squat 59 Rivoli

Paris, Centre, France

Paris, Centre, France

Jul
13
Clem Lo @ Faneuil Hall

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Jun
16
Clem Lo @ The Red Room @ Cafe 939

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Apr
07
Clem Lo @ The Crane Room

Medford, Massachusetts, United States

Medford, Massachusetts, United States

Feb
23
Clem Lo @ Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Nov
15
Clem Lo @ Radio City

Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Valencia, Spain

May
11
Clem Lo @ Webster Hall

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Aug
06
Clem Lo @ Le Zorba

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Paris, Île-de-France, France

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"Clem Lo in Boston Voyager"

Today we’d like to introduce you to Clem Lo. Him and his team share his story with us below.

Please kick things off for us with some background on Clem’s story.
Originally from Paris, France, Clem evolved through the Parisian Jazz scene as a drummer, and the Hip-Hop scene as a rapper, drummer and producer. Currently getting a degree in Electronic Production and Sound-Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, his projects keep growing. In 2017, he founded ClemLo x TheVessel, a band that sits between multiple influences of Jazz, hip-hop, and Fusion.

Clem has performed and recorded with over than ten different independent and signed artists including Anne Etchegoyen, Lick Neon, Mosie, Sarathi, Halfstepper, Gyldmark.

After playing throughout Boston, Spain, and France, his band is working on an album: “Grind” composed and produced by Clem, also collaborating with artists such as Trey Khams, giant QUEEN and more. Clem’s most recent collaboration is with Mosie on the franco-american song: Magnifique, available on all platforms.

Clem, can you give our readers some background on your art?
My music is the expression of my deepest feelings on my life experience and critics of society vehiculed by poetry, rap and black music.

My influences come from Jazz and Hip-hop and they are music’s that were constantly related to protesting and innovating. Taking risks and speaking openly with my music is essential as it is my strongest experience of freedom.

I also feel like it is my duty as an artist to raise people’s consciousness as I elevate my own. My main message is that you can accomplish anything you want in your life, no matter how strong is the pressure that society and people put on you, no matter how hard the path is, you can be who you want to be.

And I apply this notion to my music by being WHOEVER I want to be when I make it. If I want to tell you a dark and shocking story, I will as well as if I want to talk about love and passion. I am basically using music as my canvas and rap as my brushes. I can paint anything I want.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
One advice that is worth a thousand: believe in yourself and always aim for bigger.
When you think you reached your maximum, you just arrived down a taller, unknown hill, that hides marvelous things on its top.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a website clemlomusic.com. People can listen to me on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, Apple Music and other streaming platforms. The best way to support my work is to come to my shows that I post about on Facebook and Instagram and mostly share the music with your friends and family. But most importantly, I want my listeners to sit down and really try to get as much understanding of what I am talking about in my music. - Boston Voyager


"Lyrical Lemonade Review"

Here to make his presence known on the Lyrical Lemonade pages today, an artist by the name of mikefellow is back to unveil his brand new single, “Safe Mode,” alongside Clem Lo. Low-fi in sound and certainly eccentric in regards to flow, this offering immediately strikes listeners with a hazy atmosphere, communicating an off-the-wall style that simply you can’t help connect to in an oddly captivating way. In additional, lyrically, “Safe Mode” is illustrative, consistently painting a picture with its clever and oddly relatable lines, one after another. At its core, the otherworldly appeal of this release is certainly hard to put into words, so I’ll just let the music speak for itself here. - Lyrical Lemonade


"French Rap EP review"

Tell us how you build up the tune for this song.
I got back from work and I had been listening to Asap Rocky…


I had his sororities on my mind and I sat down to make a beat. I started hearing this line: “French rap… fresh trap” and thought there weren’t any French rappers that openly represent French trap, as its own thing. So I decided to make a whole flex song about French rap.
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Tell us the best means of becoming a famous artist and selling more records.
The one and only requirement to me is an unconditional love and passion for music.


If you wake up every morning and the first thing you think of is making music… you should probably think about a career in music.


No matter how much money you make from music – you have to dedicate as much of your time as possible.


Then there is networking… You have to like people, meet people, and share your love for music with them. And stuff will happen that you never thought was possible.
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Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.
So far people have been very enthusiast and they want more French rap!
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Explain how to deal with fear on stage.
To be confident on stage you have to be hella prepared. If you rehearse to the point you have no doubts about your ability to do your set front to bottom, then your amount of stress will be reduced.


People with stage fright, the only advice I have is to force yourself to perform as much as you can until this irrational fear leaves your body.
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Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.
I think people in the industry tend to appreciate a clean sound nowadays. – Meaning, flawless production and mix, with very digital sounding songs but also few elements in the song.


Back in the days it was more about big orchestration and longer songs (Quincy Jones type production). Also music used to have more dynamics than today and the early 21st century.


But music consumers still like the raw music out there. That’s why some artists still provide a very DIY, raw production (Mac DeMarco or Kiefer for example).
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Tell us any interesting experience in your music career that is significant.
Moving to the United States is definitely a highlight of my career. I have changed my way of doing music and I have experienced a lot more since I am here.


I played with a lot of bands, including Lick Neon, Lo Artiz, and GiantQueen and I have been playing my music in a lot of different cities.


My favorite experience was to go to Detroit. We went to jam one night at this jazz bar called Bert’s market place. My homie Wada went to play sax and he killed it so they asked us to come the next week to play a gig. It was the best Jazz show I played on drums in my life. The people of Detroit are very welcoming and I loved having that opportunity.
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Tell us how you come across the lyrics of this song.
My writing process is hard to describe but the way I started getting to the lyrics of this song was by just mumbling and scatting some melodic and rhythmic ideas. Then it was just a matter of time and reflection for the words to stick to the rhythms.
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Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.
Rap, Poetry, Drums, Bass, Keys…. Music is the best way of expressing myself.
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Tell us your opinion on using music to deliberate on issues affecting people like corruption, immoralities, politics and religion.
I think music can change people’s way of living and thinking. The stories you can tell through music can touch anyone. It’s very powerful as it is relatable.


Music is a healer, but also a catalyst for change. Music is informative, but it can also be used for wrong purposes. Many times in history people used music as a tool for propaganda and spreading dangerous ideologies.


In the end, I think of music as a great platform to debate and say what you think, what you truly want to express. By speaking your truth you can touch people in a very special and powerful way.
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Discuss how you plan to create a timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.
By speaking TO them and FOR them with what I consider to be the undiluted truth.


I speak to my audience to challenge their thinking. I want people to listen to my music in 50 years and get something out of it.


I grow with my music and I think other people can grow with me.
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List the names of individuals you can point out as legends and state your reasons.
Muhammad Ali: A huge inspiration to me. His fearlessness, hustle, and fights are constantly reminding me of how I have to run towards my goals, and be a good person.


J Dilla: The G.O.A.T.


Miles Davis: The one and only. Miles’ music transported me in twenty different dimensions.


His music will never die and the people that he touched with his sound will never be the same.


I have not been the same since I heard him play. His unwillingness to be behind his time and constant effort to make some new sounding music is a huge part of what made me who I am.
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Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.
It’s ignorance. People who discriminate are ignorant.


Education at home and in school changes the way a human being behaves towards another.


If we teach our kids to love one another and see a brother and a sister in anyone, it will be the most important thing they’ll learn.


The education system is lacking an actual understanding of history and the truth is hard to find in a lot of school books.


A lot of media spread fake news and kids spend more time on their phone absorbing BS than they spend time trying to see the world with their own eyes.


It’s dangerous because this is how people become secluded and stuck in extreme beliefs.


The evidence is in front of our eyes with the current administration here, in the US, in Brazil and in European countries voting for far right leaders.
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Tell us your favourite books and state your reason.
Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire
The deepest and richest poetry book I have read. It is very personal too; you can follow the poet’s state of mind throughout years. His prose is amazing.


La Republique by Plato
The best philosophy book I have read. It opened doors to understanding the art of rhetoric and other important concepts.
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Tell us what triggers your creativity.
Life and anything that surrounds me – I can be on vacation and record a sound I like, then go home and make music with it.


I can read a book and get inspired to write a song.


Everything is art to me so I am always making stuff.
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Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.
I make a drum loop, to set the tempo I am feeling, and then I start messing around with my keys, or my bass, sometimes, but less often, I will start a song with my guitar. (I suck at guitar that’s why it’s less common).
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Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.
I don’t have one but I will say ‘So What’ by Miles Davis on the Kind of Blue album. It’s almost unbeatable… The recording has this magic that never leaves. No matter how many times I listen to it.
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Tell us how you compose your song.
Ableton is my favorite software to make music with.
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Elaborate on the song.
French Rap is a big up to… French Rap. It’s talking about how far we can take French Rap, and how ambitious I am to bring the music to the top of the charts one day.


I wanted to feature at least one French song that I could put in the club in any country and that everyone would be able to sing the hook and go totally nuts on it.
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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
Clem Lo is a short and easy for people to read and say my name right. My real name is Clement Leau. Leau means water in French but Clem Water sounded wack so I used the same sonority than Leau in French which sounds like “Lo”. Everyone calls me Clem and not Clement so Clem Lo was an obvious choice for me.


The EP is called French because it’s my first integral EP in French. Usually I rap in both English and French. - Broadtune


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

Multi Instrumentalist rapper producer Clem Lo is based in NewYork. Originally from Paris, he went to the US to study at Berklee College of Music. Member of the Underground Collective, a DIY collective of musicians in Boston including giantQUEEN, Mosie, Lick Neon, Goldspace, Lilacs, and many more artists. He is also part of the Parisian collective "La Hutte" with Foton, Crispy Cat, and other talented French artists. 

After experimenting with Boom Bap for his early years making music by himself, he decided to focus more on trap to later incorporate it into his own sound, that is now more unique, as it is a blend of both french, english, jazz drums and trap hihats with samples of odd music. Live he varies from being with a full jazz band with him playing drums and rapping, and being by himself accompanied by his Dj setup, going from SP404 sx to Roland DJ808 and his mic.

The poetry behind what he writes is highly influenced by authors like Jean Genet, Baudelaire, rappers like Oxmo Puccino, Slum Village and IAM, and producers/musicians like JDilla, The Soulquarians, Kenny Beats.

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