Matthew Hemerlein doesn't exactly strike us as a guy who goes by the stage name Lo-Fang. For one thing, this chiseled 30-year-old constantly looks like he just stepped off the cover of GQ (or could be a star in a television series like "True Blood" or "Vampire Diaries"). For another thing, he's a classically trained musician and well-known world traveler. And his story? It's about as unique as he is.
Hamerlein's career literally started as a 40-minute-long mixtape that was nothing more than a compilation of ideas and samples he'd put together on a whim. It was recorded using his own violin, guitar, banjo and vocals. And he did what many other up-and-coming artists do (and often fail at) – send it out to a handful of record labels. One of them, EMI, came back with a publishing deal.
April 2012 was Hemerlein's turning point, as he worked with composer and producer Francois Tetaz, the man behind Gotye's megahit "Some That I Used to Know." Hemerlein didn't know it at the time, but he was putting together what would ultimately become the debut project of his 'alter ego' Lo-Fang. The project would be called "Blue Film," and before long the record's first single, "#88" found its way to Australian radio and beyond.
Lo Fang quickly found a fan in New Zealand's Ella Yelich-O'Connor, aka Lorde. And after she proclaimed "#88" to be her second-favorite track of 2013, she invited him to open for her North American tour. Since then Hemerlein has been embracing all his newfound success, with fans anxious to see what he'll do next.
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