Marc Houle debuts on DIRTYBIRD with acidic EP

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The past few months have been a time of evolution for the DIRTYBIRD brand, which has been consistently stepping outside its status quo to feature an array of new artists and sounds. Their latest signing comes from seasoned veteran Marc Houle, who’s instilled his hardware mastery into a blistering two-tracker dubbed Min And Soda. What he’s come up with manages to fit in well with the label’s explosive aesthetic, while standing out as a unique and rather left-field addition to the catalog.

“Min And Soda” shows no mercy as the EP’s A-side. Synth stabs thunder down upon the listener, breaking into the skull to allow for more stripped-back, yet effective percussions and touches of acid to invade and remain stuck in there long after finish. This track is more than likely going to be heard on the wide festival and club circuit during the coming months. “Car And Driver,” on the other hand, hits hard on the low end, melting the mind with vibrating acid lines and pops of retro synths—a sneaky beast, indeed.


Order a copy of ‘Min And Soda,’ out now, here

Claude VonStroke launches wacky new video series, ‘Stroke Show’

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The Dirtybird label boss has launched a brand new video series called “Stroke Show.” Based on its premiere, the series will follow the weekly endeavors of Claude VonStroke, whether it be in the office or on tour. However, the techno DJ is known for his wacky personality, a trait that coincides with the video’s framework. It also appears to be a play on late night talk shows, with VonStroke as the host (yet more Eric Andre style for those familiar).

For Episode 1, he interviews a special guest AKA his personal assistant “since we’ve never done a Stroke Show before and have no viewers”. They talk through his experiences on Holy Ship! 2019, which consisted of 5 a.m. elevator interviews with attendees that were asked to make weird noises, losing money on poker, live pirate skits that weren’t exactly rehearsed, dubstep headbangers, and more. VonStroke adds additional context in the description: “Thanks for tuning in to the first ever weekly episode of Stroke Show. As you can tell, I had a great time on Holy Ship. I also interviewed my assistant, Maddie and my dog Q-Tip. Every week I will interview a guest and show a part of my crazy life as a DJ, Dad, Art Enthusiast, Music Producer, Event Promoter, Clothing Designer, etc.”

See a full list of upcoming tour dates here.

Grill and chill with Claude and company: Dirtybird announces 2019 summer BBQ tour dates

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An indelible pairing, like mustard and hot dogs or ketchup and french fries, Dirtybird beats and sweet, sticky barbecue is a classic summer combination. Come May 2019, Claude VonStroke will once again rally the Dirtybird flock and grease the grill for a five-date Dirtybird BBQ mini-run. The San Francisco-born collective will bring their blend of booty shakin’ bass and house groove to the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, and Brooklyn to kick off the summer swelter.

As in years past, Dirtybird will host its Best In Show contest, to award prizes for best costume, best dance moves, best custom creations, and overall best in show. The tasty tradition will also offer attendees standard barbecue fair and vegetarian options with the purchase of a BBQ Feast Ticket. Tickets to all Dirtybird BBQ events will go on sale on February 4 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Purchase tickets here.

Dirtybird Summer 2019 Tour Dates:

Bay Area, May 4 – Alameda County Fairgrounds
Los Angeles, May 5 – LA Exposition Park
Austin, June 1 – Carson Creek Ranch
Denver, June 8 – Fillmore Outdoors
Brooklyn, June 16 – Brooklyn Mirage

Photo Credit: Lisa Lee Photos

H/T: Mixmag

‘Along Came Polly’ producer Rebūke continues hot streak with ‘Jump Ship’ on DIRTYBIRD [EP Review]

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Hot Creations had an instant classic on its hands in “Along Came Polly,” an infectious jam that would put Rebūke’s name on the map and eventually hold the top spot of Beatport’s Overall Chart for quite some time. It’s clear the aforementioned producer had found a magic formula of mixing past and present tech house elements into veritable hits that would be warmly received by mass audiences. He continues to strike this balance on Jump Ship, his next release on DIRTYBIRD that is already making its way around the festival circuit and proving to be somewhat of a break for him across the pond.

The title track captures attention right away with pulsating bass and tightly mixed tribal drums that eventually lead into absolute mayhem post-break. Hollow, seven-note bursts function as lasers that, when targeted at the dance floor, prompt uncontrollable dancing. Meanwhile, “The Pipe” takes on a more hypnotic profile, but equally chaotic nonetheless. It chugs forward like a sine wave, with micro peaks and valleys manifested once again through bassline and hollow synth bursts enticing listeners to move up-and-down alongside the music. This action has been evidenced in videos circulating around of the tune being rinsed at high profile festivals like Holy Ship!, where reception looks to be wide open.

Not too shabby of a release for a producer who only just broke into the house sphere a year ago.


Order a copy of ‘Jump Ship’ here

Good Morning Mix: Barclay Crenshaw’s ‘Transmission 004’

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Claude VonStroke is back to his low-end antics under his real name, Barclay Crenshaw. The DIRTYBIRD boss introduced this new (or old, should we say) ego to the world in early 2017, proving his prowess in the non-4/4 realm. He subsequently began his Transmission series of mixtapes, showing off the fruitful results of his deep dives into bass and hip-hop.

The fourth edition of Transmission has now arrived, and it’s arrived in the form of Crenshaw’s Dirtybird Campout West set. It goes down overwhelmingly smoothly, with an expansive tracklist that includes everything from new edits of tracks by artists like TLZMN and Kurei, to glitchy and powerful numbers by Seppa, Gucci Ba$$, and more. Of course, a number of Barclay Crenshaw originals are also weaved in for a full-bodied listen. The chilled atmosphere makes it a perfect morning listen.

 

Will Clarke & Nick Monaco empower in ‘Like A Girl’

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DIRTYBIRD is off to a strong start for the year. Its first release, “Like A Girl,” comes from two of its strongest players, Will Clarke & Nick Monaco. The result is an extra-terrestrial heater, whose laser shots take on the form of pointed synth progressions and whose low-end is positively destructive in the best of ways. It’s hard not to feel abducted by this pair’s immensely catchy tune.

Beneath the catchiness is something a bit more nuanced, however. “Like A Girl” features lyrics penned by Nick Monaco, who’s known for championing radical equality and fluidity across his art. They speak of doing various actions, “like a girl,” giving off a Madonna, “What It Feels Like For A Girl” tone of empowerment. Deep as it is fierce, we imagine the collaboration is already positioned to be one of the strongest DIRTYBIRD records of 2019; and that’s saying a lot.

 

 

Order a copy here

Claude VonStroke announces Double Dip mini tour

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Claude VonStroke is heading into 2019 at full speed, announcing a new tour concept he’s calling Double Dip. Starting February 1, the DIRTYBIRD Records boss will head out on a three city trip that promises to deliver more than a standard mini tour. Each stop in Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco will include two back-to-back dates where club goers have a chance to get double the dose of his notoriously upbeat style.

VonStroke’s first stop in Chicago will also be a monumental one as he brings his show to the iconic venue The Mid as its last two shows before it closes for good. The good vibes from DIRTYBIRD house, techno, and bass sounds will see the venue out with a bang.

Tickets for the Double Dip tour will go on sale January 7 at 10 AM local time.

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Seeing into ‘The Future’ with Tom Flynn [Q+A]

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House music caught Tom Flynn‘s ear at a young age. Internet radio brought the sounds into the Birmingham native’s bedroom, quickly catching his attention with its grooves and its inspiration from disco and funk with which he grew up. By 16 years of age, he found himself at his first-ever gig: a new year’s party in his home town. It felt like destiny to the young artist, who’d already been set on learning decks and turntabling from childhood. With his adoration of cutting edge dance music and hypnotizing crowds with expert mixing and selection sealed, his lifelong career in dance music had officially kicked off.

Years behind the decks eventually bred curiosity in Flynn to try record production himself. Taking his DJ instincts into the studio and studying hardware intently, he was soon outputting a steady stream of singles that caught the ears of Pete Tong, Steve Lawler, Roger Sanchez, and many others. A few accomplishments to the quiet juggernaut’s name are being named “Breakout Artist of the Year” in 2013 by Pete Tong and Radio 1, his own radio show, and releases on Innervisions, Mobilee, Hot Creations, and of course, DIRTYBIRD. Not to mention, he’s got a number of discreet aliases whose records are appreciated across the underground.

His relationship with the label and its owner Claude VonStroke began nearly a decade ago. The two bonded over their likeminded beliefs in life and music. Shortly after, Flynn signed his first record onto the label. Now, after quite some time apart, he’s made a triumphant return with “The Future.” The sultry deep house record tapped Amp Fiddler’s help on vocals, resulting in a standout piece that breathes diversity back into the DIRTYBIRD fold. VonStroke remixed “The Future” as well, taking inspiration from across the pond for an open-air tech house piece with a nuanced edge.

Curious to know more about Tom Flynn, we sat him down for a chat about his methodology in DJing and production. An outspoken mental health advocate, Flynn also provided a couple key things he’s learned on his journey that can also help others.

 


It’s been nearly a decade since your last DIRTYBIRD release; what brought you back to the label?
Wow really? Actually i had a release in that time but we had to pull it down due to a sample. What brings me back to this label is always the fun positive vibe the put out. The music is always on point, and as a label and crew, they are on it, professionally, they account properly, do press properly, the whole nine. That speaks volumes for me.

How have you evolved artistically since that last release 9 years ago?
I think I’ve just become more well rounded to be honest. I’m always writing different things and i think that helps you as a producer. I think its important to be able to write all sorts, you learn so much from different genres, from film scores to ambient to techno; you’d be amazed how much crosses over.

Expand a bit on your relationship with Amp Fiddler; how’d you meet and begin working together on “The Future?” Did you guys send each other stuff back-and-forth when making the song, hop in the studio together, etc?
For this one I actually sampled Joseph and chopped it up, sent it to him and he loved it, pretty simple really.

Can you pinpoint an exact song or record that got you into dance music, or was it exposure to the club/party scene at a young age? When you were DJing as a teenager, could you tell that early on that you were meant to do this for a living?
I knew from about 11 or 12 when I first heard turntablism that this was what I wanted to do. I remember listening to Tim Westwood’s Radio 1 rap show and I was just so into the whole scratching and turntablism stuff. I think I heard someone like Mix Master Mike, or someone on there. After that i found Pete Tong and then the dance wave had full engulfed me.

As a teenager yeah for sure, I was obsessed. I saved for decks, practiced religiously on vinyl, everything. I was mixing cassettes to cassettes or mini disc.

You’ve advised in the past that you like to listen for the key in a song rather than using software to ID it. This is quite hard for the average Joe; are you trained in music theory? Seems like you might know your way around the piano? Tell us about your musical upbringing.
Someone taught me when I first got into DJ’ing that you need to know your records properly, so the key and the BPM. So I would sit there and count the beats in 60 seconds then times it by some figure, I forget now, and that gives you your BPM. I cant remember what the calculation is now, ha! And for the key, you just play the record, then sit at a piano or keyboard and play the scale up and down until you hear the note that sits with the record, that gives you the key. Then i would write those on the vinyl sleeve in big letters so i could see in clubs. Now its a bit different. Everything is done for you: BPM, key software, etc. so it saves time.

But to be honest, I think you should know your records that well that you just know what’s going to work next. Mixing in key isn’t everything — selection is king. It’s no good playing the next record in key if its the wrong vibe for the party.

Is there a ‘method to your madness’ when it comes to producing? Do you like starting in a certain place while writing tracks, for example?
I have loads of methods, but I rarely do the same thing twice. I have 3 artist names, and they each have very different approaches.

Any new and exciting toys you’ve been playing with in the studio?
Cable guys have been doing some good stuff, but I’m not really one for buying loads of things, I believe the less you have the more creative you are. You don’t need 6 synths, you can make a damn good track with a drum machine and 1 synth.

One of your off-kilter, but successful tips is to take your gear out of your studio and play it in different rooms/locations around the house. Is there a particular room in your house where you feel the most material ends up spilling out? What about some other bizarre locations you might have traveled to for this reason?
I wrote a track on a balcony once in Ibiza before I played — stunning view, chilled vibe, everything was great, but the track sounded terrible. I’ve done great things on trains and planes, my couch is often great for sketching ideas out. I go to our sun lounge at the back of our house when I bring hardware home. My fiancee hates it as I end up with cables and stuff everywhere for ages, but you would be amazed how much you learn from this.

You’re pretty outspoken about mental health in the music industry; how do you find balance and sanity amid a busy tour schedule, and what’s the most vital thing you’ve learned in terms of dealing with fatigue/anxiety/depression?
Balance comes with age. I used to go hard, now not at all. I took a break from playing myself because of anxiety, so I’m actually looking for a new agent and manager right now. But, simply, its all just in the mind, its nonsense. I’m no expert but for me, gym, eating healthy. Its pretty simple really. The one thing I struggle with is rest. I don’t stop much at all, so I’m learning to try and have a day off here and there.

On that note, what are your tips for overcoming social media addiction?
Delete the apps. Seriously. Delete them and get into real life! I did this a while ago. I just deleted all social media apps and found my productivity went up so much. It’s so easy to look at people on Instagram and think, “oh wow look how amazing their life is” – its a fake world you’re looking at and comparing yourself too, which dents your confidence. Who cares how many likes you got? Look at Helena Hauff — no social media at all, yet one of the biggest artists in our scene, and rightly so. She’s awesome.

I also think that showing everyone every little detail of your life is bad for an artist. Think about it, if you know what your favorite artist had for breakfast, then saw where they go to the gym, then saw them in their studio, etc etc…eventually the magic is lost. You no longer look at them or listen to their music like “oh wow i wonder what they’re doing now, or I wonder how he wrote this track?” The magic is gone because you’ve seen everything they do in their private life and studio life. We are over sharing.

Any big plans for the upcoming year that you’re able to share?
New EP’s on HotTrax, Soul Clap records, Sci+Tec, Ovum, Culprit, Circus. I’ve just released the first Last Train To Brooklyn record on Kompakt and I have another psuedonem for more fast, raw electro techno that will see EPs on Maceo Plex’s label and R&S and a top secret, invite only label run by one of the worlds finest DJs.

 

Pick up a copy of ‘The Future’ here

 

Photo credit: Supplied by Tom Flynn

Minimal Effort announces stacked lineup for upcoming NYE event

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Following a successful All Hallow’s Eve event, Minimal Effort will once again take the reigns at downtown LA’s Belasco Theater on December 31. In its four year run, the event series has made a notable dent in LA’s underground club scene, holding events bi-annually on Halloween and New Years Eve. Their All Hallow’s Eve event proved nothing short of spectacular, with a headlining set from Boys Noize and support from Louisahhh, WhoMadeWho, Audiofly, and others, who tore up Belasco’s main room.

To ring in 2019, Minimal Effort will bring famed international artists to the spacious, ornate theater, including Grammy-nominated Sasha, English producer Skream, house connoisseur Will Clarke, one of DIRTYBIRD’s crowned jewels Justin Jay, and many more. In addition to its performers, The Belasco’s multiple stage atmospheres, lounge areas, live art, and stationed local vendors make it the perfect destination for celebrating the New Year.

Purchase tickets here.

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PEZNT rouse listeners with ‘Breakfast’ single on DIRTYBIRD

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DIRTYBIRD‘s newest signees — Croation duo and top selectors, PEZNT — have paid hommage to their favorite meal (and activity) of the day: breakfast. In a bout of cheeky, double-entendre-laced ecstasy, a low-pitched vocal outlines all sorts of breakfast-related lyrics whilst PEZNT get to work on the low-end with a grooving bassline and techy percussion. It’s a jubilant, jumpy piece that works effectively in jolting listeners awake; much like a sonic cup of coffee. It’s no wonder fans of the label have been on the hunt for this one since Spring, when Claude VonStroke began giving it a good rinse in his sets.

PEZNT have been rising quickly in the tech house sphere for their infectious original productions and penchant for unearthing powerful records for their set. Their work has been charted by the likes of Brian Tappert (owner of Traxsource), Todd Terry, Claptone, and beyond.