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CLO 9

Born in London to parents of Nigerian descent Clo was no stranger to multiculturalism. Spending the first year of his life in Deptford before moving to the neighbouring area of Catford where he still lives today. 

In his early years, Clo was exposed to a multitude of musical sounds from Nigerian folk music & Afro beats to more western sounds like Hip-Hop and R&B. Reaching a more mature age, he began to expand his curiosity, soaking in influence from Reggae which stemmed from an interest in the ideologies of Bob Marley. Rock Bands like Linkin Park & Limp Bizkit had their fair share of influence which grew from an interest in skateboarding. He also claims that he always had a love for 8O's Pop Superstar Phil Collins before even knowing his name as Collins was the mastermind behind several musical compositions heard across multiple Disney movies. Clo's interest in Hip-Hop was long term. It wasn't until he started memorising the lyrics of his favourite songs that he realised he had a passion for rapping.

The phenomenon of chills or goosebumps that come from a piece of music (or from any other aesthetic experience) is called frisson, and it's been one of the big mysteries of human nature since it was first described. This exact phenomenon is what fuels Clo's creativity. 

"If it doesn't give me goosebumps, then it's not complete" - Clo 9

His music resembles the constant search for this feeling, digging into the depths of his vulnerability and the vulnerability of others alike to find it. Diving into the minds of Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci, Quentin Tarantino also drive such a sensation for Clo, proving that creativity is endless and nothing but an extension of our emotion.

Today Clo 9 still covers the entire musical process independently and continues to stretch his artistic talents to creatively direct and design his entire repertoire. Just as music has done for him, he plans to bring influence from all walks of life to inspire his audience to hear his words and to understand, relate and react.

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