Dirtybird Campout East will not return for 2019 iteration

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Dirtybird Campout East will not return for 2019 iterationClaude Vonstroke Djing Dirtybird Campout

Dirtybird Campout East will not be in session for a 2019 iteration. The Dirtybird brand first flew south last winter, to descend upon St. Cloud, Florida in February 2018, where the collective would host the inaugural Dirtybird Campout East. Although many East Coast Dirtybird enthusiasts might have expected Dirtybird Campout East to become an annual electronic event listing, the festival will not return for a 2019 followup, as per a statement newly released by the Dirtybird team.

“We’re sorry to announce that after many months of research and countless avenues explored we will not be able to execute the best possible East Coast Campout in 2019,” Dirtybird tweeted on December 27. “We know that February’s 2018 East Coast event was not perfect, and we want to be absolutely sure that when we come back, the quality of our production is not compromised.”

The Dirtybird flock was forced to suspend all Campout East programming on February 2, 2018, following permit-related issues. While Dirtybird ultimately succeeding in restoring the music from February 3-4, thereby allowing Dirtybird to finish out the initial East Coast experience, festival organizers were nevertheless required end both ensuing nights of the festival early, which led to shortened set times, and a slew of cancelled sets. Dirtybird Campout will continue its West Coast tradition in 2019, and eyes 2020 as the year of its impending East Coast return.


— Dirtybird Campout (@DirtybirdCamp) December 28, 2018

Dirtybird Campout releases massive lineup ahead of flagship West Coast edition

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Dirtybird Campout releases massive lineup ahead of flagship West Coast editionClaude Vonstroke Djing Dirtybird Campout

After hosting the inaugural iteration of Dirtybird Campout East back in February 2018, Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird collective will return to California for the West Coast edition of its now bi-coastal Dirtybird Campout experience. Expectedly, it’s all fun, games, and booty shakin’ bass this year — the upcoming Campout event will see the return of its Games HQ, complete with color teams led by Dirtybird signees. Games will range from sack races to archery to costumed boat races.

With a myriad of games and outdoor activities, Dirtybird Campout’s recreational offerings are so varied that the event’s lineup seems more like an added bonus. Campout will occupy the Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds in Central California, where attendees can expect sets from veteran Dirtybirds and friends including Walker & Royce, Green Velvet, FISHER, Barclay Crenshaw, EPROM, and many more. The picturesque views of Yosemite National Park — just miles away from Dirtybird campgrounds — will provide a lush natural landscape for Campout West’s 2018 edition, slated for October 5-7. Tickets to Dirtybird Campout West are now available, and can be purchased, here.

Listen to Will Clarke’s entrancing Dirtybird Campout East set [Stream]

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A live set sure to inspire fervent ID searches, Will Clarke’s performance from Dirtybird Campout East has arrived, just ahead of the Dirtybird collective’s 2018 edition of its flagship Dirtybird Campout West.

Rife with gritty bass, entrancing loops, and penetrating transitions that take listeners from one Will Clarke catalogue staple to another house heater, to yet another unidentified dance floor filler, the unpredictable set is a masterful exposition of both Dirtybird and Clarke’s sonic personalities.

Claptone transfixes in newly released Dirtybird Campout East set [Stream]

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A new Dirtybird Campout East set has arrived, and it comes ‘straight outta’ the St. Cloud sonic archive.

As the Dirtybird collective sets its sights on the 2018 edition of its flagship event — the San Francisco-based West Coast Campout —organizers of the newly bi-coastal festival released Claptone’s Campout East set, spun live from The Birdhouse.

An enthralling outing that meshes Claptone’s soulful, noir groove with the distinct funk of the Dirtybird brand, Claptone’s set from the inaugural East Coast edition is a transfixing look back at East Coast Campout, and a glimpse towards the tones that can be expected on Claptone’s sophomore album, FANTAST, due out on June 8.

Read Dancing Astronaut’s exclusive pre-album release interview with Claptone, here.

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Booty shakin’ bass abounds on Fisher’s latest single, ‘Crowd Control’

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Fisher’s latest single will have fans “movin’ up and down, side to side, like a rollercoaster.”

The Dirtybird label cohort channels the palpable energy from previous releases like “Ya Kidding” and “Stop It” onto “Crowd Control” — a production that fully materializes what Fisher does best. With its entrancing, looping mini-monologues and hypnotic beat processions, the track slowly catalyzes into pulsating tech house.

A fixture in ID form at Fisher’s Dirtybird Campout East, “Crowd Control” sent festival attendees clamoring to social media platforms in an effort to get their hands on the tantalizing track after the event.

Now released —to a collective “finally!” on behalf of Dirtybird fans nationwide — “Crowd Control” will now inevitably make its official and mesmeric foray into listeners’ playlists.

The resilience of Dirtybird: How the grassroots collective overcame their biggest hurdle yet

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I did everything humanly possible,” Barclay Crenshaw, known by most as Claude VonStroke, says in an older Billboard interview — circa 2015 —  on the focus that led to the genesis of the Dirtybird record label. After having moved out west to San Francisco from Detroit, VonStroke makes mention of the immense amount of focus that was required to build tech house’s finest and funkiest incubator.

He’d made a DJ documentary at a film house recently after he set out across the Mason Dixon, during which he learned how to avoid many of the pitfalls in music by working directly with distributors and other services. “I even shipped bundles to something like 100 DJs with handwritten notes,” he told Billboard. Vonstroke’s personalized signatures are just one of the innumerable outward testaments to Dirtybird’s embedded authenticity: the very nest in which its zany ethos was built.

At the inaugural Dirtybird Campout East at the start of February, Crenshaw and co. did everything humanly possible once again in order to save the the brand from a potentially tarnished reputation in the live events sphere. They’d unintentionally made a crucial mistake in violating their sound permit on the night before their permit officially began, and the city pulled it right from under them. Even the most stringent event organizers face similar obstacles from time to time; but in the Fyre Festival era, the label simply couldn’t handle such a PR blow. So, they fought back.

“At the 11th hour,” says an official press release regarding the incident. “Dirtybird Campout East reached out to Leslie Jose Zigel [Pitbull’s attorney] who together with his partner Joe Geller of Greenspoon Marder persuaded County officials to agree to a compromise in reducing the hours and decibel level of the music to allow the festival to go on.” The festival reached out to virtually everyone they could, including Zigel and, oddly enough, Marco Rubio, among other key Florida figures.

News that the festival was back on didn’t break through social media, though. Rather, in true Dirtybird fashion, Crenshaw took it upon himself to parade through the festival and camping grounds in a golf cart announcing the label’s feat of victory via megaphone.

His omnipresence served to be a common theme throughout the weekend, too, as he would often pop up casually in the crowd during other DJs sets, and could reasonably be caught participating in camp games such as dodgeball, beatboxing or stand up comedy. Crenshaw’s brand of familial belonging is a stark divergence from the traditional, often contentious, DJ culture of major festival players.

The feat was a turning point for both Dirtybird and their DoLaB collaborators, whose reputation as event producers could have been sorely damaged in the process. More than that, though, the fiasco elucidated Dirtybird’s resilience.

As a label whose innate structure lies on its carefree idiosyncrasy, both in their live programming and label releases, the success of Dirtybird Campout East is the grandest testament to the funk, passion, and hard work that has driven the beloved collective deep into the hearts of its devoted fanbase.

In a landscape of simultaneous festival vapidity and superfluousness, resisting trends and adhering to one’s own mindset is the ultimate risk, though it’s proving to be absolutely necessary. Undoubtedly, Dirtybird has built itself from the ground up in a calculated remedy of risk and love for bringing others joy. Had the campout not been a success, the fans would still remain (literally and figuratively), and for good reason.

Though Dirtybird may be small, its resiliency is mighty — and if the campout has taught the music industry anything, it’s that a flock joint together by a shared love of getting down on the dance floor will do anything humanly possible for their kin.

Photo Credit: Brittany Hallberg


Meet the counselors of Dirtybird Campout East: Ciszak

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Dirtybird Campout has grown past a simple gathering and into a phenomenon that has gained national interest. Claude VonStroke and his flock have created a truly unforgettable experience that harkens back to childhood memories while also offering an immersive transformational festival experience — complete with an endless supply of rage-worthy music. 2018 marks a milestone year, in which the Campout ventures eastward for its first time to enjoy a sunny jaunt in Florida amidst the winter months. Ahead of its East Coast debut, we assembled a batch of artist “counselors” from the roster and grilled them on camping memories, their careers, and more.

Ciszak boasts an entirely new breed of tech house mainstays. His rinsing in the genre from an early age in Brazil saw that he embarked into the musical sphere early on, with releases on both 303Lovers and Go Deeva. His insatiably danceable style stuck instantaneously, as both tunes went onto top Beatport’s tech house charts.

Come 2015, Ciszak had gained the attention of the zaniest flocks of birds. Dirtybird’s nest overseer, Claude VonStroke, released the off-kilter “Hypnose” number on the label and the tune soared to the top of the Beatport charts yet again. Since Ciszak moved into the label, he’s solidified his eccentric M.O.  with releases on a number of labels, including Mihalis Safras’ Material Music, Green Velvet’s Cajual Records, and with the rising UK outfit Suah.

Ciszak is perhaps best known for his 2016 Dirtybird hit “I Want,” though, which laughed the label’s brand new sister label, Dirtybird Select. He’s continued to delight in a number of EP’s since and released two just last year. Both I’m Down and Pants On Fire continue to see Ciszak’s fitting in just fine with the Dirtybird flock.

We had a chance to catch up Ciszak ahead of his promising fervent deliverance at the inaugural Dirtybird Campout East where he touched on the simple moments that make him happy, defining moments, his lack of support for spiders, and more.

What has been your proudest career accomplishment thus far?
“There have been so many moments. Each moment in one phase of my life and career. in each phase, that acomplishment was my proudest thus far so its hard to determine only one, but signing my first track with Dirtybird is definitely at the top of the list.”

Where do you find the most inspiration to create new music?
“For me, the most simple moments in my life turn into inspiration for new music. Happy moments with friends, moments with my family, etc.”

Describe a defining moment/time that inspired you to keep going down the road of electronic musicianship?
“Receiving a lot of support from fans and other artists in the electronic world. Recently I saw a fan with a homemade t-shirts with my lyrics on it, really inspired moment for me.”

What essential camping items can you not live without?
“Any kind of speakers, a flashlight, some insect killer (I can’t support spiders haha)”

How would you survive if you were stranded in the woods for a week?
First thing I would do is look for water, next scope out what food might be around and lastly something to defend myself. Once you have that, you should be fine!

What is your craziest camping memory?
In Brazil we dont have the habit of camping. Can you believe that I never camped in Brazil? So i really don’t have much experience camping outside of the Dirtybird Campouts.

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
Hard choice, we have so many good artists this year. I really want to see PillowTalk, Prok & Fitch and of course, Get Real.

Join the camping fun and find out more about the lineup here

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!