Chlorine - Graeme Hopper
Multi-instrumentalist Graeme Hopper was born and raised in Sunderland, he now lives and works in Gateshead.
From a young age Graeme was always interested in rhythm and sound, at 15 he got his own cheap second hand drum kit, started making music with like minded people, listening to a lot of Sonic Youth, Stooges, 90s hip hop and rave music.
He travelled to Holland for a holiday when he was 19 and ended up staying there for 4 years after finding work. This adventure had a huge influence on his musical tastes and approaches. Each payday was spent in the local record store buying experimental and electronic sounds. It was an inspirational time.
At 26, Graeme began DJing back in England and started to think more and more about creating music again. Many years passed and eventually Graeme was able to buy some nice equipment to continue his passion for recording and creating the music he wanted to hear.
In 2010 the idea for Chlorine was born and in 2014 he played his first gig. Combining his own playing of drums, guitar, bass, piano, synths alongside a very strong percussive element, Graeme began developing his own style, incorporating field and location recordings, his own personal samples, tape loops and vocals to fit along and inside his exciting methods of production.
Chlorine could be put under the Experimental Sound umbrella, but if scratching the surface, repeated listens will find hooks, melody, pulse and and hidden accessibility to most of Graeme’s works.
Graeme has released 7 albums through a variety of record labels and has a host of digital releases to explore further.
2020 will see Graeme explore more of the local area, recording and creating sounds from walks and empty buildings, while also using his own drumming experience to influence and develop his programming and production skills.