Mark de Clive-Lowe, musician, composer, producer, first hit my radar in the late 90s through the means of Soular Grooves, a radio show I produced and hosted on KPFT for 20 years. His sound had a pure uniqueness to it and was to be classified as "broken beat."
Fast forward to 2013 when I released One Hundred: on my way to Los Angeles to promo the record I was referred to him for a potential booking at his monthly party, Church. It wasn't going to be a good fit, coming in to play as a DJ- as opposed to more of the "Live PA" or live musician set up.
It is Summer of 2015 and on a trip to NY I'm invited to join Nickodemus on his boat party which featured amongst the guest: Mark de Clive-Lowe.
I was introduced by Dave Winsett, in a former NY life known as DJ Swingsett. As Mark and I discovered that besides music we had two other things in common: we were both dedicated fathers and had Asian heritage in our ancestral charts (Mark is part Japanese, I have Chinese heritage).
It took two more quick communications to establish a booking date for him to play at The Flat: done! Mark brings his talents to Houston for the first time on Saturday July 18th.
Back to the boat party: after chatting it up for a good half hour, I witnessed his set on the Hudson as we passed by the Statue of Liberty and the NY skyline. His rendition of Soho's "Hot Music" was nothing short of stirring and moving. His set had me plotting a booking for Houston- the music lovers who attend The Flat for good music needed to be treated to another unique and quality experience: done!