In this day and age of music cross-pollination, Claude VonStroke sits at the forefront of all that is good, proper and most importantly, fun. He is just the same at home remixing Kenny Larkin or London Grammar as he is dropping multiple underground hits. DJ wise, his relentless touring of every major city, festival and basement after-party around the world has only enriched this unique perspective on music.
Raised in Detroit and now based in Venice Beach, Barclay Crenshaw created the quirky alias “Claude VonStroke” in 2005 and went on to become one of the most well respected label owners and DJs in dance music. His first release, ‘Deep Throat’ was a hit putting his imprint on the decks of DJs around the globe. But the real breakthrough came with double-header ‘The Whistler/Who’s Afraid of Detroit?.’ The 12” cemented Claude’s reputation as a producer to be reckoned with, crossing borders, genres and musical ears and is now known as one of the classic dance releases of the decade.
Since then, VonStroke has released three original artist albums, a remix album and several high profile mix compilations. Highlights include a collaboration with the legendary P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins as well as a few number #1 & #2 hits on Beatport. Most importantly, VonStroke has kept it original, fun and funky.
As the owner of the record label, DIRTYBIRD, VonStroke also built an impeccable A&R roster signing (and even naming some) acts like Justin Martin, Julio Bashmore, Catz n Dogz, Riva Starr, Tim Green, Breach, Eats Everything, Justin Jay & Shiba San well before they broke out of their hometown scenes. Today, the DIRTYBIRD label continues to surprise and innovate in the underground dance scene, releasing an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty-bass and electronica. Staying true to Crenshaw’s Detroit heritage, DIRTYBIRD donates 10% of its profits to a children’s music school in Detroit.
A lot of the success of DIRTYBIRD and VonStroke can be attributed to a good attitude. Claude VonStroke does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and he truly loves his fans. He is grateful to be doing music for a living and he knows that the reason people go to parties is to shake their ass and have fun. Catch him play at numerous festivals, clubs or even better at his legendary DIRTYBIRD BBQ series of outdoor events.
Justin initially pricked the ears of the electronic music community in 2003 with his first record 'The Sad Piano' on Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly label. Everyone in the electronic music food chain got involved, from the A list DJs like Derrick Carter and Pete Tong that were playing the track, to the international music press that were raving about it. It even translated to the German underground, with Poker Flat licensing it for Steve Bug's 'Bugnology' compilation. Like someone that goes bowling for the first time and gets five strikes and a turkey, Justin couldn't really have hoped for a better entrance.
Feeding off the energy of the San Francisco underground and mentored by fellow super producer Claude VonStroke, Justin was intrinsically involved with the development of dirtybird records, appearing on its first four releases. Justin was soon ready to take flight, releasing a string of solo EPs which flaunted a very unique sound and garnered still more respect among fellow DJS and heavyweight's of the scene.
As well as his formidable arsenal of original productions, Justin is now equally known for his collaborations with his brother Christian as The Martin Brothers, producing such hip-hop influenced hits as 'Duckface', 'Stoopit', 'Dum'. Justin has also made his mark remixing such bona fide classics as Radiohead's 'Nude', Marshall Jefferson's 'Mushrooms', and TG's 'Revox', firmly establishing himself as the man to make big tracks even bigger.
Demand for Justin's skills behind the decks has skyrocketed with his bookings schedule constantly crammed to capacity. With bookings confirmed everywhere from Piknic Electronik (Montreal), to Exit Festival (Belgrade) to Panorama Bar (Berlin), Justin's diary is reading like the dreams of a professional raver. Stateside he continues to be a regular fixture at the dirtybird events in San Francisco and beyond.
Kill Frenzy (aka Sébastien) is a young dj producer from Limburg, Belgium. He worked his way into the production game rather fast after at age 17 discovering the fast dirty booty house tracks comming from Chicago and detroit. He started to make his own nasty tracks and was one of the first European juke (booty house) producers to release several booty house tracks on the infamous Dust Traxx label (Chicago) and the lengendary Dj Godfather's label Juke trax (Detroit)
Not wanting to limit himself to just one style he started working on producing various styles including;House,techno,tech-house,minimal etc… His first ep was picked up immediatly by Joshua Harvey, better known as: Hervé of The Count of Monte Cristal. Harvey signed Kill Frenzy to his well known and well respected Cheaper thrills(UK) label. He then released several EP's and remixes on Cheap thrills and Midnight Munchies, always keeping some of that original booty shaking flavour in his tracks and now with his release on Dirty Bird records(USA) he is making booty's clap from east to west.
Walker & Royce
New York City’s Sam Walker & Gavin Royce have been producing their emotive, subdued and groove-heavy deep house for just two years— but almost from the start, they were touted as future stars. Now it’s official, thanks to a certain UK tastemaker— not to mention a string of stellar productions and remixes." -Bruce Tantum: Nightlife Editor, Time Out NY
"Walker & Royce" started when Sam and Gavin, having known each other in and out of the dance scene for years, finally began working together in 2011. As things usually go, it was a bit of luck that got them off the ground: Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus noticed one of their very first releases, a remix of SAARID's "Future Lately", on Nervous Records. He began playing it in all of his sets and reached out to the duo for more. The result was the Crosstown Rebels EP "You're Not Welcome" and with that, Walker & Royce was launched into the dance music mainstream.
Around the same time, Walker & Royce released a track on an OFF Recordings compilation that started as a sleeper but went on to become a house anthem: "Connected". The song quickly became a mainstay in Solomun's performances. This and subsequent releases, such as those on Moda Black and Pets Recordings, have set the stage for a diverse range of sounds from the pair.
Since then, Walker & Royce's music has been supported by Sasha, option4, Maceo Plex, Pete Tong, Need & Necessity, Catz N Dogz, Danny Daze, Tensnake, Jaymo & Andy George, Maxxi Soundsystem, Hector Romero, Jozif, Kolombo, Treasure Fingers, and Waifs & Strays, to name a few.
DEEP JACKING GROOVES, WARM RUMBLING SUBS, SWEET SHARP PERCUSSION, DELICATE VOCAL TREATMENT… WHATEVER IT IS ABOUT HOUSE MUSIC THAT STIMULATES YOU THE MOST, YOU'RE GUARANTEED TO FIND PLENTY OF IT ON A WEISS RECORD.
After a spectacularly successful intro to the scene which saw Weiss (pronounced 'Vice') being championed by the likes of Groove Armada, Loco Dice, Green Velvet, Kenny Dope, Pete Tong & more, the hit single 'My Sister' rotating on BBC Radio 1, whilst staying strong in the Beatport top ten chart for over four months, and countless gigs all over Europe, it was plain to see that Weiss was here to stay.
Following this lead, Weiss has risen to even greater heights, with his releases inspiring support from the most respected & freshest names in the industry, including Gorgon City, Shadow Child, Shiba San, Claptone, Hot Since 82, Claude VonStroke, Tensnake, Bontan and more.
'Guitar Man' stormed up the Beatport charts and remained an essential in clubs for months after its release; whilst Pete Tong continues to champion Weiss' remix of Green Velvet & Riva Starr's 'Robots'. The 'Weiss City' series have been picks of the summer, with tracks like 'I Feel Better' proving to be fan favourites at the likes of We Are FSTVL. Similarly, his remixes of MK's iconic 'Always', Tube & Berger's soulful 'Come On Now (Set It Off)' and Deadmau5's anthemic 'Raise Your weapon' have set the industry alight with accolades from all corners of the scene.
With the new year comes an even stronger sound, 'Our Love' follows on from where 'I Believe' left off, a driving onslaught of Jackin' beats with that irrepressible Weiss bass rumbling through, premiered by Pete Tong on Radio 1 with a frenzy of hype around its release.
Trends in dance music will always come and go, and during a peak in the deep synth sound Weiss is an ambassador for real House music, championing the original Jackin' Chicago house sound, and with a string of exciting projects, collaborations and hotly tipped releases on their way, expect nothing but the hottest and most underground cuts from this rising star…