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Los Angeles, United States (2013 – present)

Matthew Hemerlein, better known by the stage name Lo-Fang, is a singer-songwriter and classically trained musician. The stage name came up while driving through Sedona, Arizona on his way to Los Angeles. He chose it mainly because of the symmetry of the letters and his attempt to balance the feminine and masculine elements in his music.

At age 5, Lo-Fang began playing violin.

During the latter years of the 2000s, Lo-Fang began teaching music to kids and performing in galleries and museums. He had been with his sister Mallory to performed as part of the Family Hemerlein, a variety show featuring musicians and comedians.

In 2011, he released an album Hot Nickels under his birth name and opened up for British folk duo Smoke Fairies in London. After performing in a a gospel in Berlin, Lo-Fang was offered a publishing contract by EMI.

Lo-Fang signed with 4AD in late September 2013. He wrote “Blue Film” as he traveled around the world to Cambodia, Bali, London, Tokyo, and elsewhere. While developing “Blue Film” from a mixtape to a full-fledged album, Lo-Fang collaborated with Grammy-winning producer François Tétaz.

He currently is the opening act for Lorde, with her picking his song “#88” as her second favorite from 2013. He also made a cameo appearance on the ABC drama Revenge.

His debut album “Blue Film” was released on February 25, 2014, by 4AD.


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