The Rotterdam institution is hitting the road in 2017, with stops in Amsterdam, London and Berlin.
Started in 1992, Clone is a Rotterdam institution encompassing a record shop with a distribution wing and a web of record labels and sub-labels. The Return Of The Future tour starts with a hometown gig on February 24th at BAR in Rotterdam, before finishing up on April 22nd at Oval Space in London, with stops along the way including Sub Club, Panorama Bar, Le Sucre, FUSE and Shelter.
Clone founder Serge Verschuur will be play all of the 18 gigs, and he'll be joined by a rotating cast of Clone affiliates including Legowelt, Alden Tyrell, Space Dimension Controller and Gerd.
We caught up with Verschuur via email to discuss Clone's anniversary year.
What's it like running a shop, label and distribution entity in 2017?
I'm the biggest customer. I'm not really running it, the guys handle it for me mainly. My focus is on the label and some work behind the scenes.
How important is the physical Clone shop to your operation now?
As important as it ever was. So not much difference between now and before.
What are you most excited about this year, musically?
We're starting the year with a 20-year anniversary release by Detroit's Le Car, followed by Aleksi Perala's Colundi Sequence Vol. 2 album and a new album by Conforce's Versalife project. There is a new release coming on the Clone Aqualung series which is very exciting. Alden Tyrell will release a special project of four 12-inches on the Clone Basement Series. Joe Lewis and Jovonn will have new releases on Clone Classic Cuts, Legowelt will be back on Clone Jack For Daze. Of course there are new releases on Clone Royal Oak and the Clone Basement Series, all scheduled for the first half of the year. We will do some classic Clone reissues spread over the year of old titles from the catalogue that have been out of print for years, and in the second quarter of the year we will start a super exciting project which we will inform you about ASAP!
Feb 24 Clone Records 25 Years: Return Of The Fu.., BAR, Rotterdam Feb 25 Clone Records 25 Years: Return Of The Fut.., Fuse, Belgium Mar 04 Clone Records 25 Years: Return Of The.., Sub Club, Glasgow Mar 10 Clone 25, Berghain | Panorama Bar | Säule, Berlin Mar 11 Clone Records 25 Years: Return O.., PIP Den Haag, The Hague Mar 17 Clone Night: 25 Years Party, Le Sucre, Lyon Mar 18 Clone Records 25 Anniversary: A Made.., I-Boat, South West Mar 24 Clone Records 25 Years: Return Of The Futu.., PAL, Hamburg Mar 25 Clone Records 25 Years: Return Of Th.., Rote Sonne, Munich Mar 31 Clone Records 25 Years: Re.., Shelter Amsterdam, Amsterdam Apr 01 Clone Records 25 Years: Return Of The .., Nitsa, Barcelona Apr 07 Clone Records 25 Years: Return Of Th.., Under Bron, Sweden Apr 08 Clone 25 Years: Serge & Gerd, Kaiku, Finland Apr 13 Clone Records 25 Years: Retu.., Doornroosje, Other regions Apr 14 Oost - 25 Years of Clone Records wi.., Oost, Other regions Apr 21 Clone Records 25 Years: Return Of The.., Hope Works, North Apr 21 Clone Records 25 Anniversary Show, Plano B, Porto Apr 22 Oval Space Music x Clone 25 Years wi.., Oval Space, London