Alex Clare

From November 16, 2017 - 07:00 PM
to November 17, 2017 - 12:00 AM
Mod Club
722 College St. W
M6G 1C5, Toronto

Born and bred in London, England, Alex Clare grew up engrossed in his dad's jazz and blues record collection. Before long, he developed a fascination with U.K. garage, punk rock, and funk, igniting a creative spark that would eventually earn him worldwide fame. After tinkering on the trumpet and drums as a kid, he eventually taught himself how to play piano and guitar and started performing at open mic nights in London's vibrant club scene. Clare's collection of strikingly honest songs landed him a deal with Island Records in 2010. After linking up with renowned producers Diplo and Switch, Clare unearthed a knack for pairing his soulful songwriting with heavy bass lines. The result was 2011's Lateness Of The Hour, a debut album that's rooted in blues and jazz but also borrows from dubstep and jungle funk. The Diplo-produced track "Too Close" blew up in the US thanks to featured spots in a Microsoft ad campaign and during TV coverage of the London Olympics. The song peaked at No. 4 on the UK singles chart and No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100, earning him a nomination for Best British Single at the 2013 BRIT Awards. In August 2014 Clare released his sophomore album Three Hearts, which was critically praised for its blend of alt-rock jams and power pop anthems.

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