Claude Vonstroke and Green Velvet bring their super project Get Real to a Brooklyn warehouse. Good times ensue. Relive the fun, here.
Holy Ship departed for its first 2018 voyage on January 6. Fans aboard the chaotic dance music ship typically report a swarm of unexpected performances — Porter Robinson capped the weekend off with a surprise Virtual Self set, for example. Out-of-this-world b2b sets also took place, with weekend one finishing off with headliners A-Trak, Kaskade and Claude Von Stroke throwing together quite an energized start to Sunday’s festivities.
— Trizz Nathaniel (@atrak) January 7, 2018
Photo Credit: @holyship/Instagram
Claude VonStroke‘s first love was hip-hop, and as is said, “you never forget your first love.” In an effort to hone in on his love for the genre, VonStroke released a debut LP under his own name, Barclay Crenshaw, in January of 2017 and as the year went on, he released a satiating slew of extraterrestrial-friendly hip-hop, and honeyed-jazz, leading listeners on tantalizing trip-hop odysseys.
In October, Barclay Crenshaw played a cavernous, bass-saturated set at the Dirtybird Campout. After delivering what was largely regarded as one of the best West Coast bass sets of the year, Crenshaw’s now shared the near hour live mix and its an appeasing culmination of unrelinquishing, dirty bass and hip-hop opulence.
Speaking on the mix on his SoundCloud he said,
“Alien visitors have chosen to send messages across our channels of abandoned technology. Our old phone lines are currently running complex data formulas that have allowed enemy visitors to take control of all “A.I.” devices such as Alexa and Siri. This “A.I.” is now fully controlled and the brainwashing of the human population has commenced.”
Continuing, “Barclay Crenshaw took a stand last October somewhere off the grid in Bradley, California – shielding 4,000 listeners from the imminent takeover. The DJ set was actually a series of bass waves deconstructing the brainwashing process. Please listen now to this recording especially if you feel like you are no longer in control of your life. Save yourselves.”
Dancing Astronaut’s top radio shows of 2017 are…
Words by: Christina Hernandez, Katie Daubert, and Kanvar Koli
Today’s electronic music scene is a blessing and a curse. Accessing music across all genres and subgenres has never been easier; same goes for making it. However, with such abundance comes saturation; where to even begin seeking out new music that speaks to the soul?
Such daunting task is thankfully made much easier thanks to radio shows, many of which are generously bestowed upon the public by DJs who go the extra mile to bring their sounds to the masses. These regular occurrences not only shine a glimpse into the artist themselves, but also provide a more concise stream of neatly-organized music to look forward to, and fall in love with.
Given the importance of such shows in the electronic sphere, Dancing Astronaut has chosen 10 radio shows, in no particular order, that have particularly stood out in 2017.
Radio Wonderland (Alison Wonderland)
Alison Wonderland’s refreshing radio show started quite recently, with the first installment of Wonderland’s radio imprint airing on May 1, 2017. Having already featured guests like Slander and Valentino Khan, Radio Wonderland has already established itself as a platform for quality music.
Deadbeats Radio (Zeds Dead)
In addition to being a prime source for all things Deadbeats-related, the show also made waves with its nostalgia-ridden 17th episode, which featured a slew of tracks that inspired the influential and well-loved bass duo that we see today.
The Birdhouse (Claude VonStroke)
Claude Vonstroke maintains his reputation as a dance pioneer with his weekly radio show: THE BIRDHOUSE. This year, the show provided an extension of Vonstroke’s carefully-curated musical output where he continues to showcase some of the finest and latest independent house, techno and bass music producers and DJs. Not only did the show celebrate its two year anniversary in the 105th episode with a live mix from the host himself, but also featured a delectable range of legendary and up-and-coming artists like Tensnake, Sacha Robotti, MIJA, Claptone, and more.
Diplo & Friends
Diplo & Friends is easily one of the gold standards when it comes to radio shows. Even after half a decade, Diplo & Friends continues to impress, as it handed mix debuts to breakout stars Illenium and Ekali while also featuring some of Diplo’s best live sets— including his performance at Afrikaburn in South Africa.
AM Only & Sirius XM joined forces in 2016 to create The Cookout as a way to showcase the next generation of dance music icons. Since then, the weekly show has become a fixture within the electronic scene for its impeccable selection of talent joining on for mix duties. This year witnessed another bountiful slate of caliber music, curated by the likes of TOKiMONSTA, Malaa, Giraffage, and Whethan, to name a *very* few. It’s safe to say that this podcast is a “must-follow.”
Night Owl Radio (Insomniac)
Insomniac has stretched far beyond being simple promoters. The behemoth brand, ran by Pasquale Rotella, launched Night Owl Radio in 2015 alongside Sirius XM. It has since become a well-loved happenstance, known for its diversity in guest selection and consistency in quality. This tradition continued on relentlessly throughout the past year, inviting guests like Flosstradamus, Shiba San, and more, and also earning points for its Kaskade takeover.
Radio One residency – deadmau5
Another radio show inaugurated in 2017, deadmau5’s BBC radio one residency has been nothing short of spectacular. The Canadian legend made full use of the platform available to him, helping to break through new Mau5trap talent, reviving his dormant testpilot alter-ego, and consistently delivering some memorable techno/progressive/electronica sets. Though the residency has come to an end, fans were delighted at deadmau5′ announcement that in 2018 he’d be launching a brand new show on his own podcast.
Global Trance Grooves (John 00 Fleming)
John 00 Fleming’s Global Trance Grooves has become a stalwart in the underground trance scene throughout its decade-plus of existence, bringing the best and most underrated talent and songs into its fold each month.
What sets this series apart from others is Fleming’s unrelenting drive to remind the masses of trance’s true ethos, in a time where he feels it’s been diluted and mischaracterized. Everything under the sun is covered, from lush progressive, to Goa, to subtle hints of uplifting. Having amassed a powerful lineup of guest mixes over the past 12 months, including Hernan Cattaneo, Airwave, and Sean Tyas, 2017 has certainly been the year of Global Trance Grooves.
EPIC Radio (Eric Prydz)
This year saw the return of EPIC Radio on Beats 1, curated by the renowned Swedish icon Eric Prydz. A seasoned vet in pushing the boundaries of electronic music, Eric Prydz keeps things interesting in his highly-acclaimed mixes by featuring a medley of exclusive tracks, unreleased bootlegs, and private remixes. Only a few months ago, he used his radio show as a platform to debut eight new IDs in the eighteenth episode of his Beats 1, EPIC Radio, inciting excitement from fans and heightening the anticipation of new music to come.
Fool’s Gold Radio (A-Trak)
A-Trak‘s launched his Fool’s Gold Radio show six years ago, and has since stood as a revered platform of today’s biggest and brightest sounds in dance music – all curated by the famed turntablist himself. Earlier this year, the Fool’s Gold label celebrated its 10-year anniversary, followed by the producer’s return to the Beats 1 lineup on Apple Music with a brand new open format for his Fool’s Gold Radio show which now supports a rotation of news, interviews, and music from his label and music contemporaries.
Phoenix, Arizona is quickly becoming one of the nation’s hottest music festival destinations, drawing an increasing number of top-tier artists and events to the Valley of the Sun year after year. This year was perhaps Phoenix’s biggest yet, hosting events like the debut installment of Lost Lake Festival and Hundred Waters‘ annual FORM at Arcosanti, an artistic community about 30 minutes outside the city. But for ravers and hip-hop heads alike, one event’s talent roster may have stood head and shoulders above the rest, with Goldrush Festival also delivering its inaugural lineup, stacked with genre-hopping talent. Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Migos, Claude Vonstroke, REZZ, Lil Uzi Vert and a slew of the year’s most sought-after artists flocked to Arizona just as the state’s sweltering temperatures began to break, only to heat things back up again for two days of festival chaos wild west style. Here are Dancing Astronaut‘s top five takeaways from the inaugural Goldrush Festival.
Baauer and A-Trak’s highly anticipated b2b set
Lined up for only a handful of joint shows to close out 2017, Baauer and A-Trak finally joined forces for the back-to-back performance we all deserve, and boy did they deliver. With Baauer’s ever-variant track selections and A-Trak’s brilliant scratch routines, the pair put together a set that hit the crowd from every angle, complementing each other like they’ve been playing together for years. The chemistry was definitely there, it was like watching Carlos Santana and Slash trade solos for a full hour. The Fool’s Gold Records veteran and his LuckyMe counterpart delivered one of the best sets of the weekend and are hopefully planning to bless fans with additional back-to-backs in the very near future.
Once the representatives from Dirtybird Records touched down at Goldrush, the endless shuffling began, and the massive cloud of dust didn’t settle over the venue until well after the weekend’s final performance. Claude Vonstroke and his Dirtybird cohorts undoubtedly ruled the roost at Goldrush’s debut weekend. The band of (mostly) California-based house heroes including Walker and Royce, Christian Martin, and more descended upon the desert to deliver some of the weekend’s top highlights. From the label head’s double duty playing by both his Vonstroke and Barclay Crenshaw monikers to Shiba San‘s top-billed performance, Dirtybird Records took over the party with a commanding presence and the swelling Arizona crowds knew exactly what to do.
Curation and programming
For a new event concept in an emerging festival market, it can be difficult to rope together the perfect blend of talent for a debut lineup. Beyond that, there’s an additional set of difficulties in nailing the festival’s overall programming, though Goldrush navigated these challenges impressively well in its inaugural installment. The lineup included hip-hop and dance music’s top-tiered and newly emerging talents alike, pairing acts like RL Grime, Excision and San Holo with Rich Chigga, Lil Pump and G-Buck. The lineup showcased well-rounded bookings that spanned the spectrum, from Flatbush Zombies to Jeremy Olander, Öona Dahl to Justin Jay offering up a balanced blend of talent with a clearly electronic-leaning focus. Beyond the lineup’s composition, the rest of the event’s overall complexion was a highlight worth its own mention. While the wild west motif came off a kitschy at times, with fans panning for gold and old timey saloons selling neon shutter shades, it generally came off as well-intentioned, well-produced thematic appreciation for Arizona. The western town venue was spacious and open, and while stages experienced some clustering at times, the event’s layout generally held sway. Ahead of Decadence New Year’s festivities at the same venue, Goldrush tested the grounds and successfully delivered a wild west experience that comfortably accommodated thousands of attendees.
Plenty of music festivals opt for cashless alternatives, though few execute as smoothly as Goldrush did. Communication with attendees was thorough and clear, and assistance at the festival was prompt and efficient. The event was strictly cashless. Once an attendee’s personal payment information was secured, wristbands with magnetic tokens managed the sale of concessions, merchandise, and more. The event that was so heavily authentic to its wild west themed production, though Goldrush also directed the proper amount of time and resources at ensuring a safer and swifter experience between performances. It is easy to overlook the small details of such large-scale events, but Goldrush managed to nail down the little details that made the dusty main drag of the micro-western town replica venue an amusing open-air marketplace packed with buzzing ravers.
Los Angeles is undoubtedly the foremost incubator of electronic talent in the U.S., but only a few hundred miles east sits Phoenix, which has also been called home by some of today’s top-tier DJs. Goldrush did a credible job of including local Arizona talent on the lineup, but seeing heavy hitters like Mija, Drezo, and Ghastly come home and play before their hometown crowds made for some of the weekend’s most memorable moments. Longtime local fans will remember Mija’s resident sets at dance clubs downtown, while droves came out to support dark house protege Drezo as he continues to carve out his own brooding, club-rattling house fare. Goldrush ensured that Phoenix is on the map, and it brought strong representation along to promote the hottest new stop on the major festival circuit. Among waves of internationally touring talent, Arizona’s brightest exports came home to round out a successful event with some special, personalized touches.
Images: Jacob Tyler Dunn
10 Artist Merch Items perfect for Holiday Gifting
Each year hundreds of artists go above and beyond in their merch releases, putting in creative efforts that offer their fans the opportunity to show their love in a vast variety of ways.
This gift guide celebrates the unmissable, unique merch of 2017. From ‘Tweeter paper’ to a limited-run comic book, this complete collection of product prowess is the perfect place to finish out the Holiday gifting. And while there’s sadly no longer an opportunity to “Have Dillion Francis Babysit Your Kid” or buy Diplo‘s limited-run “Cowboy” shirt, we’ve gathered an impressive merch array sure to bring plenty Holiday cheer.
Words by Grace Fleisher
Daft Punk Robot Helmet Ring
Robot rock? No — but a robot ring might do. The GM08 Helmet Ring is the only ring left in stock, but be sure to snag this sterling silver keepsake sure to withstand the most alive of raves.
OWSLA No. 2 Mystery Gift Box
With three t-shirts, one fleece, two hats, and one accessory, OWSLA’s No. 2 mystery gift box — or the other two available options — is surely the No. 1 gift for the OWSLA lover in your life.
Lane 8 Long Sleeve
2018 will be Lane 8’s year. Daniel Goldstein’s releasing his second studio album in mid-January and this delightful floral graphic arrives just in time for the highly-anticipated release.
REZZ’s Mass Manipulation Comic Book
REZZ’s 60-page psychedelic comic book is the most artistically sound, unique merch release of 2017. Not only is it true to her vision, it cements both her poised takeover of music and Planet Earth alike.
It’s hard to believe that Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet‘s Get Real collaborative project began as a mere accident. But with their seamlessly integrated sets and similar midwestern backgrounds in mind, the real mystery is why this institution’s inception hadn’t happened earlier on.
Each artist propels their penchant for deep and tech house in the Get Real project. Presently, the two are taking Get Real on a tour of the U.S. Ahead of their performance at Art Basel, which officially kicks off the Get Real tour, VonStroke’s released an exclusive Club Space Miami mix. Surely, the mix is a delightful testament to the mastermind and in the hour-long journey, it’s music that’s plenty easy to get real lost in.
All Night – DJ W!LD – the W label
An Evidence of Time – Rodriguez jr. – Claude VonStroke Remix – mobilee
Luos Onhcet – Marcos In Dub – snatch! Records
Ghosts – Berkson & What – Pokerflat
Black Cat – Trevino – Bride
Butterflies – Jamie Anderson – Klang Elektronik
Mode – Jansons (Richy Ahmed remix) – Four Thirty Two
The Right Moves – MANIK (Kim Ann Foxman Remix) – vIVA music
The Connection – Tim Baresko & Shiba San – basement Leak
Brav – Jagerverb & Danny Daze – Omnidisc
Under Pressure – Gene Ferris – Ferris Wheel
Love Express – Magit Cacoon – Upon You
Deadmau5‘s struck an underground gold mine, and luckily, he’s happy to share the wealth.
After an exciting string of announcements amidst the mau5’s final BBC Radio 1 residency show, the big cheese has thrilled fans with a more immediate gift. Fans of deadmau5’s radio show can relish in a complete collection of the music the artist slung out over the course of the last year thanks to the amusingly-named Spotify playlist “for a lack of a better playlist.”
From the music of Pryda, Gallya, ATTLAS, No Mana, Josh Butler, Rinzen, and many more, Mau5trap‘s gathered together the show’s complete 207-track long list that’s plenty easy to get lost in for 22 hours and 42 minutes if one feels so inclined.
Mau5trap’s looking towards an eventful new year. With fresh music from Joel Zimmerman, a new show, new signees, and more, it’s a good time to be a fan of the label, indeed.
The illustrious artist has seen the likes of many flock to his musical coop. Deservedly so, for VonStroke weaves together an idiosyncratic array of deep, melodic, and tech house with a seamless interjection of booty-poppin’ bass and off-kilter electro.
Presently, fans of the virtuoso can revel in his expectedly colorful 90-minute Dirtybird Campout West set.
A fluid display of his electric essence, VonStroke’s enthralling set douses its listener in a thrilling amalgamation of booty-shakin’ house, all the way to its interjection of acid-tinged tech house. The experience is nothing short of iconic for the Dirtybird camp.
Dirtybird Campout will hit the east coast February 2-4 in St. Cloud Florida and feature a performance from VonStroke as well as many more. Tickets are available here.
The Dirtybird brand is flying south for the winter.
The San Francisco label founded by Claude VonStroke in 2005 has steadily attracted the attention of “tech funk” fans each year via the collective’s massive West Coast campout. Now that Dirtybird’s flagship event has concluded after a three-day spree in Bradley, California, Dirtybird’s founding father has unveiled the first phase of the East Coast Campout’s lineup.
Slated to touch down in St. Cloud, Florida from February 2–4, the inaugural East Coast Campout extravaganza will see VonStroke double as headlining artist and camp counselor, flanked by label heavyweights, Christian Martin, Ardalan, and J. Phlip. Tiga, Claptone, MK, and Fisher will likewise make their debut at the East Coast Campout, joined by a host of additional performers on the first phase of the camp roster.
Boasting a solid lineup of first phase DJs ready to take the decks come February, the East Coast Campout will feature a mardi gras meets voodoo campout theme that channels the trademark “quirks, charm, and character” of the South. The Florida based campout will offer attendees a one of a kind Super Bowl viewing party experience, along with a series of camp oriented activities, ranging from Tug-O-War to a Beat Boxing Competition.
Hosted at a working summer camp, the East Coast Campout is situated closely to both Miami and Orlando, making the event all the more accessible. Tickets to the 21+ event will go on sale Wednesday, Nov 4 at 10 AM. Visit Dirtybird’s official website for more information.