The Many Hats of Claude VonStroke
Cover Photo courtesy of EDM Tunes
Opening day of Electric Forest Weekend 1 was hectic, to say the least. Storms raged all Wednesday night and into Thursday afternoon, delaying the opening of the gates and performances. In spite of delays, people remained in good spirits. Bullet Music had the privilege of catching up with Barclay Crenshaw, better known as Claude VonStroke, Thursday evening.
Aside from being a world-renowned music producer, the LA-based DJ juggles two DJ aliases, family life, a record label, and organizing an annual festival. The Claude VonStroke moniker represents the Detroit-influenced house and techno he produces, but Crenshaw also produces what he refers to as “metaphysical slow jams.” He performed under both aliases at Electric Forest Weekend 1. Claude VonStroke took the Tripolee Stage Thursday at midnight and Barclay Crenshaw enchanted The Observatory stage in the Sherwood Forest into the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Crenshaw has a lot of support from friends and family, especially his wife, Aundy, who manages PR and is the co-founder of the record label, Dirtybird Records. Aundy was very excited to show us the new merch Dirtybird is releasing this summer. Small and enthusiastic, she asked for our opinions and was delighted to share them with her husband. The L.A. based couple were also excited to share with us news of Dirtybird Camp, the music festival organized by the Crenshaws in California.
This year marks the third year of the festival, which boasts music, art, and summer activities. “I took all my favorite pieces and put them into this. This festival is created by artists for the people,” Crenshaw explains.
Like Dirtybird, he wanted to create a festival where he and his friends could come together and have fun. The couple discussed the new location Dirtybird Camp. Until this upcoming year, the festival had been held in Oak Canyon Park, in Southern California. In order to accommodate the enormous growth, DBC has been relocated to San Antonio campground in Bradley, California.
“People were a little disappointed I think, but once they see it, they’ll love it,” Aundy said.
If you’re in California this October, make sure to check it out!