Claude VonStroke Details 'Works Well With Others' EP, Dirtybird Campout's New Home
The Dirtybird founder also expands on the corporate foothold in electronic music & crowns “party slogans” to some of his label’s hard-partying artists.
One of dance music’s most beguiling personalities and rump-shaking producers, Claude VonStroke, real name Barclay Crenshaw, has captivated fans all over the world with his one-of-a-kind events like the city-hopping Dirtybird BBQ, Claude’s Birdhouse stage installments — inspired and named after his radio show of the same name — and the annual adult summer camp Dirtybird Campout. Not to mention, an in-demand roster of artists whose careers have been launched by the boss birdman.
In a recent video interview with Billboard Dance, VonStroke discussed the inspiration behind his new collaborative EP Works Well With Others, released Friday (Aug. 4), alongside labelmates Will Clarke and Sebastien V. “I get a lot of stuff in from the guys on our label, and sometimes I’m like, ‘What if they just did this and this and this?'” He further explained: “I never used to do any collaborations, but I had just done this hip-hop project under my real name [Barclay Crenshaw] where it was almost all collaborations and I got over the hump. And I’m like why don’t I just do some house stuff with our guys? So a couple beats came in — Will’s thing was a lot more finished, but I just rearranged and moved stuff around. I didn’t even go to the studio, we just kind of went over email and the phone and stuff like that and it just came together really quick.”
As for his alias, Barclay Crenshaw, who dropped his self-titled debut album at the top of the year, he jokes about a musical identity crisis, laughing, “We do. It’s an alias, but it’s my real name.” Claude best sums up his real alter-ego as “future ’90s. It’s like old-school but with modern production, and then some futuristic stuff also thrown in. I’m influenced by like EPROM and Wu-Tang Clan.”
To see Claude VonStroke’s full interview with more details on this year’s Dirtybird Campout, the corporate foothold on dance music and the party mantras he gives to his cohorts Justin Martin, Billy Kenny and more be sure to watch the video above. Works Well With Others EP is available here or streaming on Spotify below.