Dirtybird Campout releases massive lineup ahead of flagship West Coast edition

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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!

 

Meet the counselors of Dirtybird Campout East: Ryan Forever

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Ryan Forever

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.

West coast Dirtybird Campout attendees witnessed the vehement ascension of Ryan Forever, born Ryan Farber, at last year’s Family Set. Farber threw on his highly-stylized cut “Nasty,” which oozes eccentric, 8-bit sampling and jungle-themed, galvanizing percussion and the crowd lost it. Truly an ambrosial encapsulation of the zany Dirtybird ethos, Farber went on to sign and officially release the track on Dirtybird — his first — and is now slated for a full set at February’s Dirtybird Campout East.

Despite being a recent addition to the Dirtybird nest, Farber’s involvement in the music scene runs deep. In his mid-twenties, the Philadelphia artist is already a celebrated photographer — known best for his raw story-telling of musicians, music festivals, and the club scene. With a website tagline that reads “simple pictures of complex humans,” it only makes sense that Farber holds the same complexity as his subjects. The same stripped-down view of humanity that’s seen in his images also seeps into his musical output.

DA was lucky enough to touch base with Farber ahead of his appearance at the first annual Dirtybird Campout East, where he’ll surely be capitalizing on his various modes of creativity. If his moniker hadn’t already served as some indication, it’s likely we’ll be seeing much more of Ryan Forever.
What has been your proudest career accomplishment thus far?
I feel like I’m just getting started to be honest. All my life I’ve been doing creative work for other people but now I’m trying to do me. So that’s a proud moment.

Where do you find the most inspiration to create new music?
I try to listen to a wide spectrum of music and eventually the memory of it all blends together into an amalgamation of rhythms and sounds which I regurgitate. Also I’m inspired by text, like words and quotes and stories.

Describe a defining moment/time that inspired you to keep going down the road of electronic musicianship?
Right now. I’m surrounded by a lot of driven people who all want it so badly, and that drives me harder. I’m not even sure what “it” is, but…you just keep going till your either dead, or ascended to a higher plane of existence

What essential camping items can you not live without?
Dr. Bronners soap cause you can also brush your teeth with it.

How would you survive if you were stranded in the woods for a week?

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What are you looking forward to most about Dirtybird Campout East?
I am the judge for a lap dance competition.

What is your craziest camping memory?
Never been camping before!!

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
Roni Size, LTJ Bukem, Pearson Sound

Meet the counselors of Dirtybird Campout East: Rampa

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Rampa

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.

The name “Rampa” bespeaks a caliber of musical production and an attention to detail that is continually evinced by the releases stamped with the name. Since 2009, the German producer has grown to become a marker of musical mastery and dexterity in the electronic sector, with his music appearing on a diverse body of imprints, including Cocoon, Innervisions, Kompakt, 2020 Vision, and Crosstown Rebels, among others.

A constituent of the three-part Keinemusik collective which defines itself as a “little DIY cosmos,” Rampa is joined by Adam Port and &ME as they work to spread the musical message of their brand & label of the same name. Rampa’s individual productions, but also as a stimulating collaborative platform for the trio. One particularly memorable release of theirs is their first album, Are You Safe, which came out in November of 2017.

Rampa’s prowess as a producer is not only powerful, but potently so — hence his inclusion on the lineup for Dirtybird Campout East’s inaugural iteration. His recent increased focus on the intricacies of music production can be expected to seamlessly translate into a live performance at St. Cloud that will be nothing short of complex, and nothing less than stunning in its construction.

What has been your proudest career accomplishment thus far?
To be able to cancel all shows, stay home, chill and create music that is relevant to me.

Where do you find the most inspiration to create new music?
By being offline and chill…the less I have on my ‘to do’ list, the easier the ideas come. Being bored for me is a positive thing. I wish the whole world could shut the f*ck up a few days per year. Imagine how dope that would be. After that, we party hard again of course 😉

What essential camping items can you not live without?
That’s a nice question…the answer is maybe not so thrilling: a knife, a lighter, and a drum.

How would you survive if you were stranded in the woods for a week?
Easily. I grew up on a farm in the blackforrest. I’d build a hut, hunt, and would enjoy one week of quiet chill time.

What are you looking forward to most about Dirtybird Campout East?
To listen to nice music on a nice sound system in nature.

What is your craziest camping memory?
Not super crazy but the only memory…I went camping only one time in my life. Second day I met this girl, she stayed in a hotel nearby…lucky me, rest of the trip I slept in the hotel too

 If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
Uff that question is a little mean…I see &ME and Adam [Port] all the time anyways, so it would be DJ Tennis, Green Velvet, and Seth [Troxler] I think

Meet the counselors of Dirtybird Campout East: Abi Getto

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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.

Dirtybird wouldn’t be the same without its behind-the-scene family members that help it grow and thrive. Abi Getto is one such figure, working as part of the brand’s management team to ensure operations run smoothly and that its artists are happy.

She wears more than one hat, however; aside from her management skills, Getto also helped co-found Nap Girls, and is now cutting her teeth as a DJ. She recently began picking up the art, and soonafter took to the underground circuit to show off her skills. In November, she was one of the key performers at the Wine & Cheese party’s anniversary soirée, and by January, she’d been announces as one of the performers of Dirtybird Campout’s inaugural East edition.

Getto’s sets span across a vast amount of the house spectrum, touching on sentimentality with more melodic cuts, creating a carnal effect with tribal house, and keeping the party going with raunchy tech — much of which comes from the label where she works. She dives into her inspirations in her pre-Campout interview with DA, as well as her career in general, her camping essentials, and more.

What has been your proudest career accomplishment thus far?
I’m at a pretty interesting cross-section of my career right now — first and foremost, I’m a manager, and that aspect of my career comes with so many day to day challenges and wins. I’m honestly proud every single day to be keeping up and holding my own in such a competitive and predominantly male part of the industry. As a DJ, seeing my name on this lineup was definitely the most surreal moment for me — I don’t know if I can count it as an accomplishment until I’ve played a set that I’m proud of, but this is definitely the most exciting opportunity of my career. Actually, the proudest moment I can think of that encompasses both aspects of my career would be doing stand-up comedy at Campout a few years ago. It was a pivotal moment that made me realize that it pays off to be fearless in all aspects of my life and career. I don’t think I would have felt comfortable diving head first into DJing as much as I have, or taking risks in my management career without that specific reminder of how much fearlessness pays off.

What labels do you look at most when digging for tunes to play in your sets?
I think it really depends on the type of set I’m playing – my go to labels tend to be Katermukke, Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, and Afterlife but I have the most fun when I’m digging through individual artists that inspire me and seeing what music inspires them. I find a lot of music through deep-dives of related artists on Spotify and YouTube – I get into some weird internet holes that way.

Describe a defining moment/time that inspired you to work full time in dance music?
When I was 17 I was lucky enough to see Daft Punk on their Alive tour at Lollapalooza. I did’t have much of an interest in dance music then, but that completely changed everything for me. It piqued my interest in not only dance music as a genre, but the concept of music production. It wasn’t quite a straightforward road from there, but there was something about that show that marinated in the back of my mind, and I honestly attribute my passion for music Discovery (no pun intended, heh) and every job I’ve had in the dance music-sphere to that show.

What essential camping items can you not live without?
My water bottle — I literally always have it in hand at camping festivals, even if I’m holding 15 other things. It’s like a totem reminding me to stay hydrated.

My bathroom light — I think it’s a reading light from Amazon actually, but I wear it around my neck and it’s perfect hands-free light for any camping experience – whether peeing in a portapotty or in nature.

My sleeping bag!!! I love my sleeping bag more than most things. My friends know this. I have definitely slept in my sleeping bag in my own bed before, and I’m not even ashamed.

How would you survive if you were stranded in the woods for a week?
I think I’d enjoy it for a day or two until I run out of snacks and things to occupy my mind…then I’d be pretty screwed. I could make a fire and build a camp and hang out in my sleeping bag, but I think the boredom would get me after a while. Or bears.

What are you looking forward to most about Dirtybird Campout East?
The Bunkhouse…. the weirdest shit always happens there late at night. And during the day. It’s totally the hidden gem of Campout!

What is your craziest camping memory?
I can’t think of anything too crazy that’s happened to me while camping. Recently I was camping at Joshua Tree with a friend and a coyote made a home at our campsite. It was a little unnerving unzipping our tent and being face to face (well, face to tail) with a coyote in the middle of nowhere, but once he was done sniffing around he trotted away. He was pretty cute, to be honest.

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
Other than all the Dirtybird classics…

I’m a HUGE fan of the Keinemusik guys (&ME, Adam Port, and Rampa) so I’m really stoked for their showcase.

MadamX is always the best time, her sets are always super original and so much fun!!!

George Fitzgerald has been one of my favorite producers for a while – his sets that I’ve seen have all been on point in terms of selection, so I’m really looking forward to seeing him again at Campout!