Claude VonStroke on Internet-Era Music: "There's Only Beatport or iTunes Albums"
City life is wild. After zigzagging through clogged streets, you spend all day crouched over some desk until your nerves are so frazzled you end up spitting hot coffee in the poor cleaning lady's face. Unless, of course, you're the cleaning lady.
Face it -- you're an animal. You need a release or you'll lose your damn mind. That's why Claude VonStroke exists. It's also why he just dropped the ten-track sonic escape Urban Animal, an ode to this violent, stressful, crazy city life.
We here at Crossfade recently spoke with Claude, just as he was hitting the road in support of these new sounds, on his way to give Miami's asphalt jungle cats the release they need with a rare live set at Grand Central on Thursday, October 17.
Crossfade: Congrats on the new album. How long were you working on it?
Claude VonStroke: This one took me about six months, maybe eight.
From the beginning of the year, after Holy Ship?
Yeah, pretty much after Holy Ship. I didn't have any tracks to play from it on Holy Ship, so yeah.
It's a nice record -- slick, really tight work. You made it with the listener in mind. I'm not a DJ, so when I listen to an album, I appreciate that the songs have beginnings and ends, and move. A lot of producers sound like they make songs for DJs to mix in and out of. Why did you approach Urban Animal in this way? Did you do that consciously?
Just like the second album, [2009's Bird Brain], I wanted it to be more than a dance-music DJ tool. There are tracks on there that you can DJ, but I purposely tried to have some stuff that is not really made for DJs, just songs that were interesting to me. I feel like when you do an album, you can do stuff that doesn't have to be for the club, which is awesome. I'd like to not only do dance music tracks if I can.