|Birth name||Klejdi Llupa|
|Also known as||Claydee|
|Born||June 7, 1985|
|Genres||Pop, dance-pop, house, RnB|
|Occupation(s)||Producer, singer, songwriter, music executive|
|Labels||Down2Earth, Ultra Music, Sony, Minos-EMI, Universal,|
|Associated acts||Eleni Foureira|
Klejdi Llupa (Greek: Κλέιντι Λούπα; born 7 June 1985), professionally known as Claydee, is a Greek-Albanian singer, songwriter and producer. His song "Mamacita Buena" became the first Spanish pop song on YouTube to receive more than 27,000,000 views within a year after its release. He has produced works that fall into the dance-pop, RnB and house music categories.
Life and career
Lupa was born in Albania and moved to Athens, Greece with his family at the age of four. Graduating from high school, he pursued a degree in Audio Engineering at SAE (International Technology College) that he completed in 2006. A year later, he obtained a BA in Recording Arts from Middlesex University. After concluding his degrees, in 2008, he went on to work at MTV Greece.
Lupa released his first personal track "Call me" which was awarded the Best Dance Video Clip at the MADTv Awards in 2011. His second track, "Deep Inside", was a pop/dance track. In the summer of 2012 he released the international hit "Mamacita Buena" which became the first Greek song to have the most views on YouTube and reached No.1 at the airplay chart in Greece while simultaneously being released internationally by Ultra Music. He was nominated for Best Greek Act Award at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
His "Sexy Papi" reached the No.1 in the airplay charts in countries such as Greece, Poland and Serbia while Coca-Cola in Greece chose him to go on tour with the brand for the summer of 2013. He performed in a number of countries, including Cyprus, Albania, Serbia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Canada, United States, Sweden and Italy, and at Athens Arena.
In 2010, Claydee co-created "Down2Earth", a music industry consulting and artist development company, with his friend Evan Klimakis. It launched Down2Earth Records, a mainstream dance label.
Producer and songwriter
Experience he gained while working for MTV Greece led to work as a producer and a songwriter, under his alias Beetkraft, beginning with the song "The End" by Reckless, which was released by Sony Music Greece and reached a top-rank position in the UK Club Charts. He went on to write and produce, under his real name, "Last Summer" sung by Nikos Ganos, the Track of the Year at the 2011 MADTv Awards. The track was released by Heaven Music in Greece and in 35 countries internationally.
In 2011, he co-wrote "Tonight" with Playmen, sung by Tamta, which reached No.1 in the airplay charts in Greece. Songs under his alias Beetkraft include "Agries diatheseis" by Kostas Martakis, "Niose tin Kardia" by Tamta (in which he raps as well) and "To allo sou miso" for Sakis Rouvas, featured in his double platinum album Parafora. Using his real name, he wrote the music for "Taxidepse me", a hit of Stratos STAN Antipariotis, co-wrote "Hey you!" for Nikki Ponte, "Na m'agapas" and "Thelo" for Dimension-X, "Chiki-Chiki" and "Heleya" for Nicole Paparistodemou aka Nikki Lee.
Some years after his establishment in Greece, Lupa legally took the name Nikodimos. He is also a professional Latin dancer. He's also father of a two-year-old son.
Producer and/or songwriter
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