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Raised in Detroit and based in California, Claude VonStroke is an alias created in 2005 by Barclay Crenshaw, who 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 that put his imprint on the decks of DJs around the globe. But the real breakthrough came with 2005’s double-header, “The Whistler/Who’s Afraid of Detroit?”, which cemented Claude’s reputation as a producer to be reckoned with.
Since then, VonStroke has released three original artist albums, started a collaborative project with Chicago’s Green Velvet and remixed everyone from Rihanna to the Chemical Brothers. He also lays down his favorite tunes on his weekly Birdhouse radio show. Most importantly, through it all, VonStroke has kept it original, fun and funky.
As the owner of the record label DIRTYBIRD, VonStroke has also built an impeccable A&R roster with acts like Justin Martin, Julio Bashmore, Catz n Dogz, Eats Everything, Shiba San, and Walker & Royce well before they broke out of their hometown scenes. Today, DIRTYBIRD continues to innovate in the underground dance scene, releasing an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty-bass and electronica.
A lot of VonStroke’s success can be attributed to a good attitude. He is grateful to be making music for a living and knows that the reason people go to parties is to shake their ass and have fun – and he’s more than happy to provide the soundtrack.