Claude VonStroke does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and he will be nice to you and your friends. He is grateful to be doing music for a living and he knows that the reason people go to parties is to have fun. If you want to act cool and not have any fun then please do not book him.
The name “Claude VonStroke” was a random joke that caught on after a series of tracks grabbed the attention of underground dance music in 2005. His very first record, “Deep Throat,” was an unusually quirky affair that caught fire worldwide and he has been blessed with similar success stories ever since. Claude’s real name is Barclay Crenshaw, a guy raised in the suburbs Detroit who wanted to be a filmmaker but always had a knack for music. After several different film careers of varying success and with some help from his friends, VonStroke started the “dirtybird” label at the very late age of 32.
Since 2005, dirtybird has carved out a niche as a premiere American label and has released over 40 EPs. VonStroke has released two artist albums as well as a Fabric mix and over 25 remixes for a wide range of commercial and underground artists from Indy rock group “The Rapture” to Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson.
In an effort to give something back to the community VonStroke unveiled a new label “mothership” in 2007. A large percentage of the label’s proceeds go to a music school for children in Claude’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan. This label features more euro-flavored techno and house featuring groups like Catz ‘n Dogz, Maetrik and Voodeux.
Tour wise, Claude has headlined almost every major club, festival and basement after-party in the world. The outdoor dirtybird parties in San Francisco’s scenic Golden Gate Park have also become a legendary summer destination point for both locals and international travelers.
But like we said at the start, Claude VonStroke is only coming to see you if you want to enjoy yourself and get sweaty and nasty. If you want to wear a sweater and frown in the VIP section, he is not the right DJ for you.
Radio One Essential Mix:
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1. Public Enemy - Countdown To Armageddon (Def Jam)
2. Akira Ifukube - Godzilla Theme (La La Land Records)
3. Justin Martin & Sammy D - Yum (Cadang / Dirtybird Re-Issue)
4. Frederic Galliano - Woualai (Soul Designer Remix) F-Communications)
5. Italoboyz vs. John Coltrane - Bahia (mothership)
6. John Coltrane - Bahia (Prestige)
7. DJ Deeon - Da Hoez (Freak Mode)
8. Sagat - Fuk Dat (Maxi Records)
9. Mike Dunn - So Let It Be House (Westbrook Records)
10. Detroit Grand Pubahs - Sandwiches (Throw)
11. Claude Vonstroke - Who's Afraid Of Detroit (Claude Vonstroke Underground Dub) (dirtybird)
12. Duoteque - Logo
13. DJ Koze Vs. Sid Lerock - Naked (DJ Koze Remix) (Cereal Killers)
14. Robag Whrume - Pelagia (Musik Krause)
15. Kevin Rocks - Maravillosso (Rocks Playground)
16. Marshall Jefferson - Mushrooms (Justin Martin Remix) (Airtight)
17. Ptoile - Tigre Della Stella (Channel Records)
18. Todd Bodine - Secret Edge (Mothership)
19. Martin Eyerer & Anthony Collins Present Starsniff - Manifestation (Le Bien Et Le Mal)
20. Voodeux - The Curse (Mothership)
21. Frankie - Mash (Donk Boyz House Remix) (Frankie Rec.)
22. Khia - My Neck (Acapella) (Direction)
23. Manic Minds - Trans (Fafa Monteco Remix) (Brique Rouge)
24. Ranier Weicheld - Bamboo (Great Stuff)
25. The Martin Brothers - Full Moon (dirtybird)
26. Style Of Eye - The Big Kazoo (dirtybird)
27. The Pack - Vans (Zomba US)
28. Mr Rogers Clip
29. Claude VonStroke - The Killer (Dirtybird)
30. Michal Ho Feat. Lil Dirty - Break Free (Moon Harbour)
31. Tim Green - Revox (dirtybird)
32. Style Of Eye - Hide (dirtybird)
33. John Tejada - Timebomb (7th City)
34. Italoboyz - Zinga (Get Physical)
35. Henrik Schwarz Robert & Dornroosje (Not On Label) (contains sample From Robert Hoods Track Minus From The Album Internal Empire (Tresor 27).
36. The Detroit Experiment - Think Twice (CVS Re-Edit) (Ropeadope Records)
37. Reverend Tickle Clip
38. Burnto Bertolucci - Bake Me Dome Tonight (Claude V Unofficial Smiths Remix) (White Label)
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