is a collective of musicians who have been performing electronic music
in the Philippines since 1999.
CLONE was started by keyboardist/arranger Lionel Valdellon in reaction
to four years of being in a cover band. The idea was to perform music
that was his own, music that was electronic yet still soulful, even if
it meant going it alone. Luckily enough, after one gig as a solo artist,
CLONE became a duo with its its first
recruit: manic prog-jazz drummer Andre Quimpo.
___ The group found a booking at an arts cafe venue called OraCafe for
3 weeks straight in February of 1999. The first two nights with Andre
on drums and Lionel on keyboards. Then a third recruit entered the picture:
samplist/noise enthusiast Karlo Samson.
___ By May 1999, with an impending major gig at the Music Museum, a fourth
member was recruited, soulful vocalist and psychic Sheerin Castillo who
became CLONE's voice.
___ CLONE has been performing since 1997 with various permutations of
its line-up, even including guest vocalists such as Goya Bulahan, guest
musicians such as Armand Quimpo on guitar, and numerous guest poets doing
spoken word performances.
Recently however, with an intentional change in direction from performing
vocal-heavy, song-based material to playing full-blown groove-based dance
music, CLONE is more often than not the duo of Karlo and Lionel.
ACTIVE CLONE PERSONNEL:
Lionel Valdellon on keyboards
and laptop programming.
on samplers, groovebox and keyboards.
Ria Mariano on vocals.
Sheerin Castillo on vocals.
Andre Quimpo on drums and percussion.
Find out more about CLONE at our F.A.Q.