Claude VonStroke Prepares to Dive into Splash House
There's a reason why Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird Records won best Indie/Underground Label at this year's International Dance Music Awards at Winter Music Conference in Miami. The Detroit born Barclay Crenshaw started the label almost a decade ago producing consistently high quality, original underground house tracks. He just recently celebrated the 100th release of the label with his third artist album Urban Animal and its remixes album was released just last month. Based in San Francisco he's been bringing the sick Dirtybird party vibe all over the world with his label parties and his own stage at events like HARD Summer with label mates like Justin Martin, Worthy and J. Phlip.
After killer sets at Lightning in a Bottle and Movement in Detroit where he premiered tons of new music including his new single "Eye I Eye," it's all coming full circle for the man who's been playing underground house music for over a decade. With the popularity of deep house in the states today things are only getting bigger for the original Bird Man. He has upcoming gigs at EDC Las Vegas, Paradiso in DC, Creamfields in London and Tomorrowworld in Georgia, yet he still finds time to be a family man. He's even bringing his wife and kids to Splash House this Sunday as he closes out their three day Palm Springs takeover at the Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, Hard Rock Hotel and Saguaro.
OC Weekly (Alejandra Loera): Congrats on the release of Urban Animal RMXS. How did you choose artist for this project?
Claude VonStroke: It was mostly people who I thought were kind of living outside of the box. Thinking of new ideas and pushing their niche. Innovators for the most part. Some of them were on my wish list like Photek and some of the drum & bass guys like Oakland Rope. They've created their own sound.
You had a big Memorial Day Weekend at Lightning in a Bottle and Movement. How was that?
It was one of the best weekends of the year. Those two festivals are totally different but both amazing. Lightning in a Bottle is incredibly creative looking, production is amazing. It's the most California camp out you could get for a festival because it's a destination. Movement is like a Midwest downtown techno festival based on heritage music that's grown into something bigger. The people that are going are just different. Everything was great and the crowds were really receptive. It's always nerve wrecking playing more than 60% of new stuff. It sounds so much different at your home studio. So u don't know whats going to work.
You mentioned California has a lot of camping festivals. How does it compare to Europe's scene?
I'm into the California rave scene. I think it's awesome. I think it's the best rave scene because no one else has the weather to do a good rave scene all year. Even in Spain they don't have outside raves. They kind of do here and there, but it's not a THING. There aren't freaky weird traveling people setting up felafel shops all around Spain bringing their fucking fire twirler. I think it's so cool California is the only state that has people that go to outside festivals all the time.