Mark de Clive-Lowe

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Mark de Clive-Lowe
Mark de Clive-Lowe in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Jan Prunk (2013).JPG
Mark de Clive-Lowe performs live on 54th Ljubljana Jazz Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 6 July 2013
Background information
Birth name Mark de Clive-Lowe
Origin New Zealand
Genres jazz, R&B, dance, electronica, pop
Occupation(s) music producer, musician, deejay, record producer
Instruments keyboard, piano, electronics
Years active 1995-present
Associated acts Sy Smith, Jody Watley, Nia Andrews
Website Mark de Clive-Lowe Official Webpage

Mark de Clive-Lowe (born August 16, 1974) is a half-Japanese, half-New Zealander musician, composer and producer raised in Auckland, New Zealand, now based in Los Angeles, California.


Born in Auckland, New Zealand, de Clive-Lowe was raised bi-culturally by his Japanese mother and New Zealander father. He started learning piano at age 4 and developed an in interest in jazz through his father's record collection and oldest brother's own piano playing. As a teenager in New Zealand he got his first production and electronic music experiences collaborating with local hip hop and R&B artists. He cites the Tokyo jazz club scene as being a key factor in his decision later to really pursue jazz music.

De Clive-Lowe came to international prominence during his decade living in London, UK. From 1998-2008 de Clive-Lowe was a regular collaborator with a community of producers including Bugz in the Attic, 4Hero and Restless Soul. He is a veteran of the UK's broken beat movement, blending jazz, electronics, funk and percussion-heavy world music. He has been involved with over 200 releases, collaborating artists including Lauryn Hill, Jody Watley, Shirley Horn, UK soul singer Omar, percussionist Sammy Figueroa (Miles Davis), bass player Pino Palladino (D'Angelo/The Who).

Having recorded two locally released solo albums for New Zealand independent Tap Records in the late 1990s (plus an album as a member of the group Jazz In The Present Sense), his third album Six Degrees was released worldwide in 2000 (Universal Jazz/emarcy). De Clive-Lowe released his next full-length album Tide's Arising 22 March 2005 on ABB Soul/Antipodean and Columbia in Japan. The album features Pino Palladino and Bembe Segue. Tide's Arising was cited as one of the most groundbreaking new jazz albums from the UK in 2005.[1]

Mark de Clive-Lowe's 2012 solo album, Renegades,[2] was released 14 November 2011 on Tru Thoughts. The album features Omar, Sheila E., Nia Andrews, Tawiah, Ovasoul7 and Sandra Nkake. The Why featuring Nia Andrews was released as the first single in early October 2011. His 2013 album is a collaboration with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra big band 'Take the Space Trane' (Tru Thoughts Records) recorded live at De Doelen, Rotterdam Netherlands. He has also produced all tracks on the studio album for US singer Sy Smith, 'Fast and Curious' released in March 2012, and all tracks on the studio album for US singer Sandra St. Victor of The Family Stand, 'Oya's Daughter' released September 2013.

The 2014 album CHURCH features guests including Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Nia Andrews, Robin Eubanks, et al and showcases the clubnight party CHURCH de Clive-Lowe founded with Nia Andrews in Santa Monica, CA in 2010. A mixture of jazz club, dance club and live remix experiment, the event has been resident in LA, NYC and done pop ups in Chicago and Philadelphia. The album was remixed by international DJ/producers for the 2015 'CHURCH Remixed' release. In 2016, de Clive-Lowe released his tribute to Blue Note Records with #bluenoteremixed vol.1. Recorded live in one take, the mixtape style release sees de Clive-Lowe remixing samples from the Blue Note Records catalog on the fly, joined by guests including Illa J, Bambu, John Robinson, Pino Palladino, Nia Andrews and Nomad Pendergrast.

2017's release 'Live at the Blue Whale' was recorded at downtown LA's Blue Whale jazz club with de Clive-Lowe on piano, keyboards and live electronics and drum programming along with Josh Johnson (sax), Brandon Eugene Owens (bass) and Gene Coye (drums) paying tribute to his own inspirational favorites: Yusef Lateef, Sun Ra and Ahmad Jamal.



  • Live at the Blue Whale (Mashibeats/Ropeadope), 2017
  • #bluenoteremixed vol.1 (Blue Note), 2016
  • Church Remixed (Mashibeats/Ropeadope), 2015
  • Church (Mashibeats/Ropeadope), 2014
  • Take the Space Trane (Tru Thoughts), 2013
  • Renegades (Tru Thoughts), 2012
  • Leaving this Planet (Mashibeats), 2011
  • Journey 2 the Light (Freedom School), 2007
  • Freesoul Sessions vol.1 (Mashibeats), 2007
  • The Politik (Antipodean), 2006
  • Face (Columbia Japan), 2006
  • Tide's Arising (ABB Soul), 2005
  • Tide's Arising [Japan edition] (Columbia Japan), 2005
  • Melodius Beats Vol. 1 (Antipodean), 2003
  • Six Degrees (Universal Jazz), 2000
  • Island of Nuvonesia (Kog Transmissions), 2000
  • Vision (Tap Records), 1997
  • Tokyo Trio (Live In Japan) - release withheld
  • First Thoughts (Tap Records), 1996


  • Freesoul Sessions EP03 [Antipodean Records]
  • Freesoul Sessions EP02 [Antipodean Records]
  • Freesoul Sessions EP01 [Antipodean Records]
  • Tide's Arising Album Sampler [Antipodean Records]
  • Day by Day/El Dia Perfecto remixes - [Universal Jazz]
  • State of the Mental/Traveling Remixes [ABB Soul/Antipodean Records]


  • Moonlight (feat Blu)
  • Twilight (feat Lady Alma)
  • Keep It Moving (feat Lady Alma)
  • Mezmerized (feat Lyric L)
  • 4.y.v.
  • Relax....Unwind (feat Abdul Shyllon)
  • The Way That It Goes (feat Maiya James)
  • Nites Like These
  • Move On Up (feat Cherie Mathieson)
  • Better Days/Chocolate Sunday
  • Truth (with Sy Smith)
  • Lovergirl (Syberized) (with Sy Smith)
  • The Why (feat Nia Andrews)


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