Susanne Alt
Susanne Alt

Presenting: Saxify musicians - Michael Clip Payne

(Photos by S. Alt at Paradiso, 2010)
Michael "Clip" Payne is the lead vocalist of "Susie Saxophone". (Backing vocals by himself, Tracey Lewis and Bianca Boom; E1 Ten does the other part of the lead vocals). The title was originally "Suzy Saxophone", dedicated to th daughter of a friend called "Suzy", but I had to change it because still too many people write Susanne with "z"...  and this would be too confusing.

I met Clip for the first time in 2007, when he performed with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at Hilversum Alive. All of a sudden, this charismatic man with the big warm smile stood next to me in the audience, greeting my friends who have been knowing him for a long time.
It can be challenging to capture him onstage because he's always "hiding", since his role is diverse; often doubling the lead vocals, leading the backing vocals and commenting/echoing the lead vocals. Sometimes on stage, sometimes singing from backstage or in the audience.

Why is he called Clip? He used to wear a paper clip as a nose piercing.
He has a spade tattoo on his left cheek. It was done by famous tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher. Clip's friend E1 Ten has the same tattoo. E1 Ten and Clip are credited together as "spade brothers" on "Saxify".

(left: Susanne+Clip, right: Greg Thomas, Susanne, Clip. Photos by R. Glass; taken 22-07-2016 after George Clinton's 75-Birthday concert at Paradiso)

What I found about him on Wikipedia:
Michael "Clip" Payne (born William Michael Payne on September 25, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American musician. He has been a member of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective since 1977. First credited on Parliament's 1979 release "Gloryhallastoopid" with "Choir Chours", he has appeared on over 20 Parliament-Funkadelic collective recordings primarily as a vocalist and keyboardist. Payne, who is sometimes called "The Man in the Box", typically acts as an on-stage commentator during Parliament-Funkadelic's live performances.

Payne's first professional work was the recording of Edwin Starr's "Twenty-Five Miles" with producer Norman Whitfield.
In addition to his work with George Clinton and P-Funk, Payne has performed with DRUGS, Cadillac Heights, The 420 Funk Mob, Stoney Clove Lane, and Cacophonic FM.

Payne founded WEFUNK International in the late 80's as a vehicle for his solo projects which became WEFUNK AD2k Records and Filmworks in 1999. Payne is listed as the CEO of the company which is based in Woodstock, NY. Currently associated with label are the groups DRUGS, 420 Funk Mob, and Cacophony FM, all of which are led by Payne, as well as Stefanie Keys, Joey Eppard, and Stoney Clove Lane. There is no stated relationship between WEFUNK AD2k Records and Filmworks and WEFUNK Radio featured on Montreal's CKUT.

Here's a bit of Clip on lead vocals:

Opolopo's remix of "Susie Saxophone":

Michael "Clip" Payne Links:
Discography Wikipedia   
Official Facebook Page          

on 21/03/2017


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