Clarian

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Biography

  • Clarian, a pioneer in melodic driven techno and e-pop, is championed globally for his signature sound, sought after DJ sets and synth focused live performances.
    A key part of launching and contributing to the vision of name-stay club labels, Clarian's contributions can be noted from the volcanic deep emergence of Detroit’s Visionquest, the melodic legacy of Kompakt, to the surgical and darker spectrum of Life and Death. Clarian’s distinctive influence has shone through for both club effectiveness (from DJing at legendary Amsterdam's Trouw) to the simple joys of car listening pleasure (BBC Radio 1 Essentials). With work ranging from the deeper hues of Ibiza’s Rumors showcased by his “Fear And Self Loathing EP” to creative techno fixtures such as Kompakt and Turbo Recordings are all testaments to Clarian’s signature influence and sound. Clarian’s longstanding work as a mixing and mastering engineer in analog studios (from Lost Star to Gateway Plus) has furthered his own sound quest by creating unique chains and parallel compression techniques studied by thousands of students all over the world in over 90 countries (cited by Udemy). An avid fan of author’s such as John Brunner and Phillp K Dick, Clarian’s fascination with Science Fiction and its relationship to electronic music has inspired his pursuit into production and unconventional engineering techniques. Clarian was, in effect, the first artist in the world to release an album as an NFT ahead of Kings Of Leon. Introduced to rave electro culture during the late 90s in Montreal, Clarian was drawn and compelled with artists such as Kraftwerk and the outlasting timelessness of such labels as Daniel Miller’s Mute Record. An obsession for synthesizers and drum machines shortly thereafter developed. These obsessions extended to explorations of atmospheric tonalities from Sci- Fi movie scores and cosmic composers such as Bernard Fevre and Vangelis. These influences resonate overtly with open nods on his debut ambient based synth pop album, “Television Days” released on Balance in 2018. Clarian’s discography delves between techno and synth pop fused techno crossovers with numerous legendary collaborations. Collaborations include visionaries such as Tiga with his extensive coproduction and mixing on Tiga’s “No Fantasy Required” LP for Ninja Tune’s Counter Records among others. Browsing through Clarian’s past work in Footprintz and mentorship from Ewan Pearson to his more recent ambient/techno based Eps on Kompakt such as his well received “Ankh” EP in 2017, further underlines this singular yet rare versatility and passion for finding a balance between progressive, synth hooks, and minimalism. As a live performer and DJ, Clarian’s global performances zone in on a journey that explores both late night feels while being grounded in peak time functionally. Combining well crafted and precise mixing with dreamy and spacey noir brushes throughout. Years of honing 12 hour and plus DJ sets in Berlin’s more notorious electronic palaces of escape and nefarious intrigues such as Wilde Renate, Chalet, and Kater Blau has ignited and morphed Clarian’s DJ storytelling into deeper sonic diving and galactic blends. This flexibility and selections interweave hypnotic acid and progressive journeys into dreamy techno poses instilling a magnetic club atmosphere. All the hypnotic ingredients to lose oneself into unlikely grooves and time travel through connections between the past and future on a night out on the town. Clarian’s live sets are often unforgettably emotive and synonymous with peak time euphoria as well as late nights and sunsets. Illustrated at Burning Man in 2018, Clarian performed an album of exclusively crafted and composed spaghetti western inspired electronic music live with a backing band. The band lineup included Who Made Who on guitar and drums as well as an electric violinist performed live on Robot Heart during the Man Burn yielding an ethereal and cathartic experience. Clarian tours extensively both live and DJ at festivals and club circuits from Europe and Asia throughout the USA and South America with returning showcases in DEMF, ADE, Off Sonar Piknique Electronique, WMC and BPM to name a few. After a series of singles and an LP on Visionquest as one half of Footprintz, and following his own release “Chemical Gardens”, Clarian served as a creative backbone and A&R for Seth Troxler's indie label Soft Touch as well as the launch of Play It Say It with the release of “Dinosaurs In Space” featuring Paul Ritch on remix duties. Their collaborative work with the label went on to including showcases in New York, Amsterdam’s legendary Trouw (year before closure), as well as Miami and Ibiza. Clarian also contributed on both Guy Gerber’s Supplement Facts and the launch of Rumours, while living and working in Los Angeles with Guy Gerber in 2012. This inspired musical friendship also lead to collaborations on Guy Gerber’s critically acclaimed Fabric CD, and engineering duties for 11:11, the brainchild of Guy Gerber and P-Diddy. In 2016, After returning from an ambient field recording project in South Africa (Time Safari came out on Kompakt 2019) Clarian teamed up with Chicago’s sonic mastermind, Felix Da Housecat. Soon after Founders Of Filth Records was born consisting of a deep- nit crew of music rug rats based in Montreal. Clarian has been acting as co-producer, along with mixing and mastering duties on the label which has included recent features collaborations and releases from Jamie Principle, Louie Vega, and Felix Da Housecat among others. Clarian has produced and collaborated with legendary artists and labels throughout many pivotal changes in dance culture while consistently delivering his own signature meaning of getting deep in the club.
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    Selected discography

    Founders Of Filth Volume 8 EP Believe (Clarian, Felix Da Hosuecat, Jamie Principle) Plus Remixes Founders Of Filth 2018-11-30 BUNK UP EP Groj - Bunk Up (Clarian’s Island 88 Remix) Microcastle 2018-11-16 Believe EP Believe (Clarian, Felix Da Hosuecat, Jamie Principle) Offline 2018-10-26 Intergalactic Plastic (The Remixes) Luttrell - Intergalactic Plastic (Clarian Remix) Anjunadeep 2018-07-27 Stay Cool Remixes Beton, Gerd Janson, Eats Everything Remxies Turbo Recordings 2018-07-13 !Kollections 06: Summer in the Club Stay Cool !K7 Records 2018-06-29 Television Days Remixes Guy J, Tim Engelhardt, Analog Stars Remixes Balance Music 2018-02-23 Stay Cool EP Tiga, Clarian Turbo Recordings 2018-03-16 Television Days LP Television Days Album Balance Music 2018-02-23 CLARIAN SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY (2012- 2019) TITLE TRACKS INFO LABEL RELEASE DATE Under The Gun Remxies Tiga, Michael Mayer, Clarian Balance Music 2018-01-26 Founders Of Filth Volume 3 EP Felix Da Housecat, Clarian, Agata Founders Of Filth 2017-11-24 Kompakt: Total 17 Ankh Single Kompakt 2017-09-01 Sunset Lovers Remixes Petit Biscuit - Sunset Lovers (Clarian Remix) Petit Biscuit Music 2017–08-04 Founders Of Filth Volume 1 Aphrohead, Felix Da Housecat, Clarian Founders Of Filth 2017-06-09 Ankh EP Ankh, Old Miami, Alienated Kompakt 2017-01-27 Derail The Reptile Revolution EP 6 Track Ep Culprit 2016-11-18 She Thought She Would Last Forever Remixes Tuff City Kids, Vessels, Kasper Bjork Biologic 2016-11-14 Kompakt: Total 16 The Orb, The Field, Lake Turner Komapkt 2018-08-06 John Digweed - Live in Montreal Finale Space Noir Bedrock Records 2016-05-27 Shadows Of Rigadon Ep Los Suruba - Shadows Of Rigadon (Clarian Remix) Suara 2016-02-15 Mission To Bars EP Mission To Bars, Space Noir, Ver 11AM Kompakt 2015-11-24 Old Streets EP Clarian, Benoit Sergio Soul Clap Records 2015-11-13 Fear and Self Loathing EP Clarian, Huntergame, Christian Burkhardt Rumors 2015-10-23 Kill For Love EP Clarian, Anjunadeep 2015-07-17 Visionquest Ultraviolet I Ewan Pearson, Clarian, Henrick Schwarz Visionquest 2015-06-15 Get Physical Music Presents Hausmusik Open Your Eyes Get Physical 2015-05-29 Trances Remixed Trances - Trances 5 (Clarian Remix) Turbo Recordings 2015-02-23 Castaway EP Henry Saiz, Clarian Natura Sonoris 2015-02-16 CLARIAN SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY (2012- 2019) TITLE TRACKS INFO LABEL RELEASE DATE Chinese Whispers EP Before We Are Strangers Again - Single Rumors 2014-12-15 Wasting Away Again in Moderation EP Unrest, Wasting Away Again in Moderation My Favorite Robot 2014-11-03 Is There Light At The End EP Is There Light At The End, Mirror Of The Sun Soft Touch 2014-10-13 Ma Shiva EP Ma Shiva, Dystopia Multi Culti 2014-09-14 New Jack Tribal EP Inuit - Clarian Turbo Recordings 2014-09-08 Dinosaurs In Space EP Clarian, Paul Ritch Play It, Say It 2014-08-11 Road To Recovery EP Sei A, Iron Galaxy, Clarian Turbo Recordings 2014-08-04 Favourite Addiction Remixes EP Groove Armada, Jey Kurmis, Clarian, Digitaria Hot Creations 2014-07-28 Night Falls Again Digitaria LP Clarian Collab Hot Creations 2014-07-21 Reality Remixes Henry Saiz - Reality (Clarian Remix) Natura Sonoris 2014-03-31 Amnesia EP Speaking Minds - Amnesia (Clarian Remix) My Favorite Robot 2014-01-27 Love Mythology Remixes Legowelt, Clarian, Henry Saiz Natura Sonoris 2013-10-21 The No.6 EP Ataxia and Clarian - No. 6 Culprit 2013-08-05 Criminal Love EP Climbers - Criminal Love (Clarian Remix) Culprit 2013-07-10 Ibiza Sessions 2013 Sasha, Mark Knight, Clarian Ministry of Sound 2013-06-09 B.O.A.T.S Clockwork, Clarian Life And Death 2013-04-15 Chemical Gardens EP Clarian, Guy Gerber Visionquest 2013-02-25 Some Things (Fall) Shine (Light The Sun) Comp Life And Death 2012-10-15 Steady Midland, Guy Gerber, Clarian Supplement Facts 2012-10-15 Teen Collection Hot Jam All Over All Kinds Visionquest 2012-07-16