Where snow meets dust: Minus Zero Winter Sport & Music Festival has evolved into a creative experiment

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In just four years, Minus Zero Winter Sport & Music Festival has transformed from a one-day, west coast gathering to a full-fledged soirée that takes place each spring in Vermont. While dancing, skiing and snowboarding has always been a part of Minus Zero’s DNA, the fest has since branched out to the art world in an effort to diversify its offerings.

2018 saw the introduction of a brand new experience at Dover’s Mount Snow Resort – a quaint mountain lodge along Vermont’s southern tip that played host to the inaugural X Games in 1995. By day, Mount Snow operated as a normal ski resort with supporting sounds from artists like Brooklyn-based Erika Mysti and Maria Ton. Come 4pm, the resort seamlessly transitioned into a music festival lover’s stomping ground flowing with food vendors, art, and local shops.

Additions to this year’s experience also included a slate of Burning Man-esque art installations, revamped stage designs and a special sunrise set at the very top of Mount Snow. Read on to learn more about Dancing Astronaut’s top moments from this year’s edition of Minus Zero.

Photo courtesy of ANDK Images w/ Ded Agency

Tipper brings a fully customized show to Minus Zero

By 10pm, the temperature has dropped to a mere 21 degrees and billions of microscopic ice crystals are plummeting to the ground. Thousands of attendees are camped around Minus Zero’s main stage, braving the elements as Tipper makes a dramatic entrance as one of the final acts of the evening. From customized visuals courtesy of visual artist Jonathan Singer to a deluxe stage setup inclusive of projection mapping, an LED wall and a laser show produced by Photon7, Tipper pulled out all the stops for his Friday closing set. A series of blue, red and green lasers penetrate each individual snowflake to create cones composed of glitter.

Photo courtesy of Alec Donnell Luna of Ded Agency 

Claude VonStroke heats up The Barn 

Though normally used to store the resort’s iconic Bluebird lift chairs, Mount Snow’s Bluebird barn axed the chairs in favor of a den fit for Minus Zero’s day-into-night programming. Adorned with locally sourced wood cut into a series of hearts and two dancing figures, The Barn served as an indoor reprieve from Dover’s snow-soaked grounds and chilling temperatures. With Dirtybird head Claude VonStroke at the helm – along with other notable acts like Walker + Royce, Danny B and Human Resources – The Barn showcased the complete gamut of house, techno, tech house and funk.

Photo courtesy of Ded Pixel of Ded Agency

And at sunrise, we dance

A sunrise party at the tip of a snowy mountain is just one of the more special moments Minus Zero had to offer. At 3,586 feet tall, pedestrians could only reach the Summit Stage by way of a breezy, 15-minute ski lift trip. Featuring special guests hailing from the Brooklyn electronic music scene like Catori, Orijins and Holmar (formerly of Thugfucker), Sunrise Session provided an expressive outlet for fans more attuned to Burning Man culture. The sky is golden as festivalgoers clad in fur coats whisk the morning away to the sounds of melodic house and techno.

Photo courtesy of Alec Donnell Luna w/ Ded Agency

In dust we trust

This year, Minus Zero expanded its scope by tapping Killington, Vermont art collective Playa Vibes to spearhead the festival’s art programming. With the help of other communities deeply ingrained in Burning Man culture like Heavy Meta, Trifucta, Orijins and The Hive, Playa Vibes created an all-inclusive playground that tipped its hat to art of all mediums: photography, live art, painting, light and music. Veterans and newbies alike were able to get a taste of the dust during Minus Zero’s first-ever creative experiment, which consisted of art installations, a yoga and wellness area, an artist gallery and an art car straight from the Playa.

Photo courtesy of NDK Images w/ Ded Agency 


Dirtybird BBQ announces dates for Austin, Oakland, and Los Angeles

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Years ago, the beloved Dirtybird crew assembled around a grill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park over a mutual love of full gullets and outlier records. The space began a safe place for the original Dirtybird Players to let their inner weirdness shine and has since grown to welcome an extended family of thousands. The family style cookout quickly became an annual side show affair, traveling to select cities like Denver, Brooklyn, Portland, Seattle, and Chicago.

This summer, label boss Claude VonStroke plans to wrangle the Dirtybird crew to roast up three brand new US cities for a summer of barbecuing and house music shenanigans. In 2018, the BBQ tour will make its debut in Los Angeles, a nesting ground that has grown into a sister city for Dirtybird over the years. The tour will also touchdown in Austin, Texas, one of the homes of BBQ. The final stop in Oakland promises to be an ultimate homecoming jaunt back to the Bay Area.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

‘Bass dads’ Claude VonStroke and EPROM bring the heat on ‘Grenade’

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After dropping off the absolutely mental ID at Dirtybird Campout East and live on THE BIRDHOUSE, Claude VonStroke has finally released his massive collaboration with the bass god EPROM.

Though EPROM has a storied history with the Dirtybird flock, his off-kilter productions were yet to meet VonStroke’s directly, until now.

While it was merely a matter of time that these two self-proclaimed bass dads would join forces, “Grenade” is most definitely not your dad’s idea of dance music. A crushing club-detonator, “Grenade” is even more dynamite than we’d imagined. It’s a bombastic bass-ridden beauty that begs for more from this brand new joint force to be reckoned with.

Minus Zero Festival brings the heat with complete 2018 lineup

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For the past three-years, winter sports and music compatibly converged in Vermont under the auspices of the Minus Zero Festival.

The winter sports and music festival will host its annual fourth edition at Vermont’s Mount Snow Resort, offering attendees the unique opportunity to hit the slopes of Vermont’s Green Mountains in between sets spun by renowned electronic artists. Slated for April 6–8, Minus Zero’s 2018 edition will see festival headliners ODESZA, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, Tipper, Jai Wolf, and Rezz bundle up to bring their beats to Mount Snow Resort. More than 50 acts will provide support, including Pierce Fulton, Liquid Stranger, and Walker & Royce.

Minus Zero ticket holders will have access to at least two official after-parties each evening, a larger main stage, an increased number of bars and drink stations, and art installations curated by Incendia, TRIFUCTA, The Hive, and local Vermont collective, Playa Vibes. Attendees will also be able to experience The Barn, Minus Zero’s new indoor stage, complete with its own house oriented lineup.

Those interested in attending Minus Zero’s icy fourth iteration can purchase passes to the festival, here.

Photo Credit: @minuszerofest/Instagram

Elements Lakewood announces 2018 lineup featuring Claude Vonstroke and Jamie Jones

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Elements Lakewood has announced their 2018 lineup featuring Dirtybird head honcho Claude Vonstroke and Paradise Records tech house maestro Jamie Jones, among a diver plethora of artists spanning a variety of electronic genres. The festival takes place in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, deep within an expansive summer-camp-esque property in Lakewood. Green fields, lush forests and lakeside views are all touchstone landscapes that will serve as a heady backdrop for the fest.

Also announced are Maceo Plex, REZZ, TroyBoi, Shpongle, Lee Burridge, Chris Lake, Desert Hearts and Jai Wolf, as well as 50 additional touring DJs, live bands and regional talent. BangOn!NYC continues to foster a singular, familial festival landscape to satisfy the insatiable desires of fest goers.

Photo Credit: Chris Lazzaro/Freedom Film

Claude Vonstroke & Bruno Furlan release magical video for ‘The Book Is on The Table’

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Dirtybird Campout East releases 2018 set times

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Dirtybird Campout is set to embark on a new chapter with the inaugural edition of their East Coast Campout. The festival — which features sets from Walker & Royce, Justin Martin, Biz Markie, and the bird boss himself Mr. Claude Vonstroke.

Now, campers can begin planning their weekends as the festival has released their official set times and activity schedule for 2018. With sets from Dirtybird heavy hitters bleeding into early morning, and activities such as tye dye, kayaking and volleyball occupying the sun filled hours, the first East Coast Campout will likely never have a dull moment.

The festival is set to feature showcases from Green Velvet (La La Land), Billy Kenny (This Ain’t Bristol), Crew Love (Soul Clap), Brazil Team (Bruno Furlan) and Keinemusik (&ME).

Start planning your schedules!


Movement Festival releases unparalleled 2018 lineup

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Though the start of festival season is still some months away, lineups announcements have begun in earnest.. From the recent additions of Alesso and Alison Wonderland to this year’s Tomorrowland lineup, to the announcement of REZZ’s headliner status at Shambhala Festival, 2018 is easily rounding out to showcase the brightest acts within the music industry.

Adding onto the anticipated list of high-profile events, Movement Festival unveiled an unprecedentedly packed and diverse 2018 lineup. Following the pursuit of festivals utilizing a variety of genres to pique attendees’ interests, this year’s headliners include Dirtybird founder Claude Vonstroke, an exclusive b2b set between Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers, and the venerable Wu-Tang Clan called upon to close out the event.

Not only marking a special 20th anniversary of Paxahau, the mastermind behind Detroit’s electronic music bookings, the landmark event has shown true to their techno roots by boasting acts like Dubfire, Seth Troxler and, Tiga amongst a handful of other performances.


Taking place over May 26-28, weekend GA and VIP passes are available for purchase online.

Ever After Music Festival drops stacked 2018 lineup

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Ever After Music Festival will be returning to Kitchener, Ontario for its fourth installment this June, and yesterday the festival dropped a stacked bass-heavy lineup. Basshead highlights include Excision going b2b with Datsik, Getter, Flux Pavilion, Illenium, and essentially the entire rest of the lineup. Claude VonStroke will be there bringing it in for the techno crowd adding some diversity of the lineup.

The festival will also have a waterpark, rides, and camping. Tickets can be purchased here.



Claude Vonstroke and Green Velvet get real in Brooklyn

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Claude Vonstroke and Green Velvet bring their super project Get Real to a Brooklyn warehouse. Good times ensue. Relive the fun, here.