Claude VonStroke: "My Dream Has Always Been to Make Tracks With Rappers"
Claude VonStroke, the Claudefather of Dirtybird records, the big guy behind the ghetto-booty-tech madness that defies genre limitations, is enjoying some highly-deserved time in the spotlight. He's built his empire from the ground up for years, and 2013 has seen him reap serious benefits.
But it wasn't always that way. Just a few years ago, most people had never heard of Dirtybird or VonStroke. Put him on a big stage among big names, and he all but fell into the cracks of the sidewalk. With much dedication, perseverance, and oodles of talent, he's turned his luck around and taught American masses to stray from the shallow end. But now, he wants to make moves again - into the rap game?
We submit to you part two of our recent Claudeversation.
Crossfade: It seems like you've been coming to Miami a lot recently. Where is this coming from?
VonStroke: I don't know, because I used to never go to Miami.
I think you've been here at least 3 or 4 times already if not more.
Well, we had our DB party at the winter music conference in march
And New Years.
Oh yeah, we had New Years there, you're right. Two before March is even over, and then I played at Story, and then maybe somewhere else or no? Then Story two times, I think?
And then I'm playing Grand Central for the album tour. So yeah, that's way more than I could ever imagine being in Miami. But this is important, because I'm actually trying to become more of a USA-based DJ. In the beginning of my career, I sent everything to Germany and England, and I wanted to be big in Europe. That actually worked out really well because that's where all the scene was, and I got reimported back into America, kind of in a reverse way. But I live in America, so at the end of the day, I actually would rather play in America. It makes a lot more sense to try to make it in America, because that's where I'm from.
I've heard a lot of act, not just dance music, will catch a break in Europe first because maybe it's an easier market to break into.
I don't know if it's easier. It's just they're more accepting of underground dance music. That's what it is, and I knew that so I sent all the music there, you know what I'm saying? It's easier market for independent music, so I guess it is easier.
The first time I saw you play was at EDC Orlando which was almost like three years ago, and it was a small crowd for you and right after that was Calvin Harris who had like a bajillion people, and it's funny now because you're playing clubs like Story more times than you can even remember, almost the same crowd Calvin would be getting, not the same people coming to your show...
I don't think it's the same crowd. I think the crowd that recognizes our sound has gotten bigger. They're willing, which is crazy. I can't believe it.