Barclay Crenshaw created the quirky alias "Claude VonStroke" as a joke in 2005 but ended up becoming 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. A manifesto of sorts, it was the rare dance floor bomb that sounded as much fun to make as it was to dance to. But the real breakthrough came with 'Who’s Afraid of Detroit?,' a 12” that cemented Claude's reputation as a producer to be reckoned with, crossing borders, genres and musical ears. The track was a social comment about the unfounded fears of suburbanites visiting downtown Detroit and is now known as one of the classic dance tracks of the decade.
In 2009, he recorded a mix for Fabric’s venerated compilation series and released second album “Bird Brain”, which encompassed many diverse aspects of dance music and beyond. It included a collaboration with the legendary P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins as well as the smashing "Beat That Bird" and euphoric ‘Vocal Chords’ both which went to number #1 & #2 on Beatport respectively.
His core label, dirtybird, continues to surprise and innovate in the underground dance scene. The label features an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty-bass and electronica. Since the creation of dirtybird, Claude has continued to be the dedicated A&R man, signing over 100 EPs and demonstrating his incredible ear for what works on the dance-floor. In 2007, he set up a second label, “mothership” with a slightly different focus (more euro-flavored techno and house). Apart from moving into different musical corners, all of the label’s revenue is contributed 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. This attitude permeates throughout the label, events and all the artists involved.
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. With a new album and live tour on the horizon for 2013 Claude VonStroke is ready to break out to an even larger base of new fans.