Claude VonStroke

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Claude VonStroke
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Background information
Birth nameBarclay Macbride Crenshaw
Born (1971-07-07) July 7, 1971 (age 49)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresHouse, tech house, deep house, minimal, ghettotech
Occupation(s)DJ, Producer
Years active2003–present
LabelsDirtybird Records, Mothership, Get Real (with Green Velvet)

Barclay Macbride Crenshaw (born July 7, 1971), who is known by the stage name Claude VonStroke, is an American house producer based in Los Angeles. He owns Dirtybird Records based in San Francisco. In July 2006 he released his debut album, Beware of the Bird.[1] He has produced a 'Fabric' mix,[2] which was released in May 2009, and has also appeared on Pete Tong's Essential Mix Radio show in 2007,[3] 2013,[4] and 2020.[5] In 2009, he released his second studio album, Bird Brain.[6] In 2016, he was named America's Best DJ in Pioneer DJ and DJ Times’ annual poll. The rankings, which are based upon fan votes, both online and in-person, favored the beloved Dirtybird ringleader over global powerhouses such as Kaskade, The Chainsmokers, and Bassnectar.[7] In 2017, he was nominated at the Electronic Music Awards for both DJ of the Year and Radio Show of the Year for "The Birdhouse".[8]


Barclay Macbride Crenshaw was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lived there until he was in seventh grade. His family then moved to Detroit.[9][7] Having his own radio show in high school, Crenshaw had an interest in hip-hop music at first, but then embraced electronic music.[10] Later he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked on numerous movie productions as location scout and production assistant.[9] From 2002 to 2003 he worked on the documentary Intellect: Techno House Progressive, for which he interviewed more than 50 well-known DJs.[9]

In the early 2000s, Claude met up with "The Martin Brothers," Justin Martin and Christian Martin. In January 2005[11] he formed the Dirtybird Records label. His wife, Aundy, helped fund the original start of the Dirtybird label under the holding Company Crenshaw Creative, of which Aundy is now the chief operating officer and chief marketing officer.[12] She gave him one year to turn it into a successful record label and would have cut him off if the label did not succeed.[7] The Fabric imprint invited Barclay early in his DJ career to do a mix, and he accepted saying, "Fabric called me, and of course I agreed without hesitation. I have wanted to mix one of the Fabric series since I started DJing house. I feel like it is a nice achievement for a DJ, something that says, 'OK, this person is legit.'"[7]

Dirtybird records[edit]

Crenshaw's record label, Dirtybird Records has been recognized as one of the top independent electronic music record labels in the world.[12] In 2017, Mixmag named Dirtybird "label of the decade,"[13] and Billboard Magazine named the label one of "the best 5 independent dance labels of 2017."[14] Notable artists from the label include Justin Martin, Steve Darko, Walker & Royce, and Green Velvet.

Recent projects[edit]

Claude remains as dedicated as ever to his own music and his label but that hasn't stopped him from exploring new projects.

In 2014, Claude joined forces with Green Velvet (another veteran artist who grew up in the Mid-West), to form a side project known as Get Real. With both having a noticeable impact on both the house and techno scenes, many wondered why this duo didn't happen sooner. In reality, the project was by accident. A recent interview with Claude revealed that the duo met for only their second time during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. There, the two were accidentally scheduled simultaneously and they decided to make the best of the situation. It couldn't have turned out better. Their first release came out as an EP on Dirtybird, with the appearance of “Mind Yo Bizness” and “Snuffaluffagus". Claude has stated, “Nobody is trying to steal the spotlight or take over the project which isn’t always the case in a duo. We each represent our style but we make a new style by working together.”[15][16]

Claude also debuted another project (this time in 2015) which he has continued with til today – Barclay Crenshaw. His self-titled debut album kicked off his "left-field departure from his better-known alias, Claude VonStroke" by delivering "slowed-down, emotive collection of collaborations and instrumentals" or otherwise touted as 'alien hop hop music'.[17] [18]


Studio albums

  • 2006: Beware of the Bird
  • 2009: Bird Brain
  • 2013: Urban Animal
  • 2017: Barclay Crenshaw
  • 2020: Freaks & Beaks[19]


  • 2006: The Whistler
  • 2006: Deep Throat
  • 2006: Who's Afraid of Detroit?
  • 2007: Groundhog Day
  • 2008: Scarlet Macaw
  • 2009: Beat That Bird (with Justin Martin)
  • 2009: Vocal Chords
  • 2009: Monster Island
  • 2010: California (with J Phlip)
  • 2012: Ignorance Is Bliss (with Eats Everything)
  • 2012: Le Fantome (with Jaw)
  • 2018: Walay (My Bae)
  • 2018: Raw Nerve
  • 2018: Maharaja
  • 2019: Comments (with ZDS featuring Ke)[20]
  • 2020: All the People in the House[21]
  • 2020: I'm Solo (featuring Barry Drift)[22]
  • 2020: Fly Guy (with Marc Houle)[23]
  • 2020: Raggadagga (with Catz 'n Dogz)[24]


  • 2006: Soul Avengerz Feat. Javine – Don't Let The Morning Come (Claude Von Stroke and Justin Martin Remix)
  • 2006: Fedde Le GrandPut Your Hands Up for Detroit (Claude Von Stroke Packard Plant Remix)
  • 2006: Andy Caldwell – Warrior (Claude VonStroke Sharp Toof Mix)
  • 2007: Samim – Heater (Claude VonStroke Remix)
  • 2007: The Rapture – W.A.Y.U.H. (Whoo! Alright – Yeah ... Uh Huh) People Don't Dance No More (Claude's Vocal Pantydropper Mix)
  • 2007: Mighty Dub Katz – Magic Carpet Ride (Claude Vonstroke 'Sucker Free City Edition')
  • 2009: Kevin Saunderson – The Human Bond (Claude VonStroke Rave Recognize Rave Mix)
  • 2010: Chilly Gonzales – I Am Europe (Claude Von Stroke Take A Trip Mix)
  • 2010: Cajmere – Percolator (Claude VonStroke Remix)
  • 2012: Kimbra – Old Flame (Claude VonStroke Remix)
  • 2015: RihannaBitch Better Have My Money (Claude VonStroke Remix)
  • 2015: The Chemical BrothersGo (Claude VonStroke Remix)
  • 2015: DisclosureOmen (Claude VonStroke Remix)
  • 2017: Rodriguez Jr. - An Evidence of Time (Claude VonStroke Remix)
  • 2018: Elderbrook - Capricorn (Claude VonStroke Remix)[25]
  • 2018: Tom Flynn featuring Amp Fiddler - The Future (Claude VonStroke Remix)[26]
  • 2020: Marc Houle - Arizona (Claude VonStroke Remix)[23]


  1. ^ "Beware Of The Bird (Album) from DIRTYBIRD on Beatport". Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "fabric 46". Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Radio 1's Essential Mix, 10/11/2007". BBC. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Claude VonStroke - Essential Mix 2013". NEST HQ. December 16, 2013. Archived from the original on May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Radio 1's Essential Mix, Claude VonStroke". BBC. Retrieved April 30, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Bird Brain from DIRTYBIRD on Beatport". Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Claude VonStroke: Man or Machine?,, access date July 17, 2014
  8. ^ "The Electronic Music Award Results Are Out". Ministry of Sound. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Claude VonStroke Bio,, access date July 20, 2014
  10. ^ Andrew, Rafter. "10 Moments that defined Claude VonStroke". DJMag. Retrieved January 4, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Dirty Bird". Archived from the original on August 14, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ a b Kocay, Lisa. "Meet the Women Running One of Electronic Music's Biggest Labels". Forbes. Retrieved January 30, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "The Top 50 Labels of the Decade". Mix Max. Retrieved January 30, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "The 5 Best Independent Dance Labels of 2017". Retrieved January 30, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Claude VonStroke & Green Velvet are taking Get Real to the next level". Dancing Astronaut. January 12, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  16. ^ "Claude VonStroke and the future of dance music in America". Mixmag. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  17. ^ "RA: Barclay Crenshaw". Resident Advisor. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  18. ^ yokarpow (June 1, 2017). "Claude VonStroke Debuts "Alien Music" At Movement Under His Real Name Barclay Crenshaw". Your EDM. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  19. ^ Kocay, Lisa (February 21, 2020). "Claude VonStroke on 15 years of Dirtybird and Freaks & Beaks". Forbes. Archived from the original on March 1, 2020. Retrieved March 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Sani, Niko (June 29, 2019). "Claude VonStroke and Zombie Disco Squad release 'Comments' featuring KE". Archived from the original on July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "All My People In The House by Claude VonStroke on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved January 23, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "I'm Solo by Claude VonStroke on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved April 10, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ a b Stack, Chris (May 30, 2020). "Claude VonStroke serves Dirtybird twofer with Marc Houle, 'Fly Guy'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020. Retrieved June 21, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ Stone, Katie (August 28, 2020). "Claude VonStroke and Catz 'n Dogz drop eclectic new EP 'Raggadagga'". Archived from the original on October 19, 2020. Retrieved October 19, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ Manganiello, Anthony (October 30, 2018). "Claude VonStroke unleashes fierce new remix of Elderbrook's 'Capricorn'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on October 29, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ "The Future (feat. Amp Fiddler) - Single by Tom Flynn on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved December 29, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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