Dirtybird label boss, producer, and DJ Claude VonStroke continues to surprise and innovate in the underground dance scene after 15-plus years. Releasing an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty bass, and electronica across the label, there’s a lot more to Claude than meets the eye. In addition to the Claude VonStroke project, his alter ego Barclay Crenshaw has been making waves and keeping people talking.
It’s All About the Roots
2022 has seen Claude return to his roots and the small, dark, dance floors that shaped him. With his ‘Your Dad Plays Great Music Tour’, he’s been playing intimate nightclubs all across North America. Unaccompanied by openers or closers and without flashy LED screens or visuals, Claude VonStroke plays the first and last record every night as he did when he first started, DJ’ing from open to close.
Amidst his nearly year-long tour, Claude VonStroke’s alter-ego Barclay Crenshaw has made several rare appearances. What started as a side project to Claude VonStroke took on a life of its own crossing across multiple genres and championing funk and bass. Barclay Crenshaw tracks have featured hip-hop vocalists such as The Underachievers, The Cool Kids, and Cam & China, as well as collaborations with Mr. Carmack, Salva, and Eprom.
To top it all off, Barclay has also built impeccable A&R roster signing acts like Julio Bashmore, Shadow Child, Justin Martin, and Shiba San well before they broke out of their hometown scenes. He is truly a man of the underground.
Dirtybird Campout, the Summer Camp for Music Lovers
In addition to the Claude and Barclay projects, this powerhouse of an artist also hosts a festival called Dirtybird Campout. Picture first a place with endless opportunities to explore, good vibes all around, and not a worry in the world. Now, paint that place onto a canvas of incredible music, vibrant culture, and creativity that transcends the boundaries of imagination. Located in California, Dirtybird Campout is a summer camp, a festival, and a remarkable place to find yourself. There are games, sports, arts and crafts, swimming, and music… need we say more?
Dirtybird Campout “shines through as the best boutique festival in the world, where wild ones and weirdos, music heads and party animals come to create their own destiny.” As their website states, It’s true. If you’ve never been there, we highly recommend it.
Check out his music and let us know what you think. Or, if you’re already a fan of Barclay, head to the house music genre and give Claude VonStroke a listen!
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