Meet the counselors of Dirtybird Campout East: Louisahhh

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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.

Since the inception of her teeth-clenching RAAR techno imprint alongside Maelstrom in 2015, classified as “a techno label for punk rockers, a punk rock label for techno-heads,” the French luminary Louisahhh has transcended the modern techno space and situated herself as one of the most unique, hauntingly evocative acts in the world.

Louisa Pillot is unmistakable in her earth-shattering deliverance, intertwining brutal, blistering elements of punk rock and techno not for the faint of heart. Her releases frequently splice her own vocals throughout, where she delves deeper into the cataclysmic world from which she exudes.

Presently, Pillot’s surpassed the aforementioned adverse nature of her previous tunes with a new EP, RAAR08 – A Trap I’ve Built,  which acts dually as her heaviest sonic embracement and deepest introspective work to date. It’s lead single, “Trap,” for example, wades through the dark cultural aspects many pass on confronting entirely in dance music realms. Pillot, rather, chooses to directly confront elements of rape culture, addiction, masochism, and deprivation, respectively. These are the very worlds through which Louisahhh!’s music explicitly bleeds, in fact, in spite of. Louisahh’s music is a sonic ambush.

“It is my intention that listening to these songs[her new EP], or DJing them, should be an experience that leaves the audience a little shaken up, something they can feel in their teeth,” she said of A Trap I’ve Built.

Louisahh will be shaking up listeners at the Dirtybird Campout East this year. Ahead of her performance, she took the time to chat with Dancing Astronaut about her sonic inspirations, some defining moments, camping essentials, and even shared a gnarly camping memory.

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What has been your proudest career accomplishment thus far?
“Starting the label RAAR with my partner in noise and disruption, Maelstrom, is probably the thing I’m most proud of thus far. I feel like being forced to live by the ethos of the label (benevolent anarchy, disruption for progress, creative innovation) makes me behave in a way that is more courageous and has more creative integrity.”

Where do you find the most inspiration to create new music?
“Life is always the engine for work; it’s been a slow learning process that I must go out there and live in order to have fodder for new music; that it’s important to be ‘in life’ and not just on the job constantly. At the moment, all the songs seem to be about sex and death and what it means to be a spiritual warrior.”

Describe a defining moment/time that inspired you to keep going down the road of electronic musicianship?
“Getting kicked off the decks in South Beach, Miami, on New Years Eve 2012-13 was really eye opening. I was still playing all vinyl and the promoter told me I wasn’t playing commercial enough after 3 tracks, and booted me. This was quite painful, but it really helped me assert why I do this, (and it’s certainly not to make bottle service clubs pop off), ultimately pushing me farther into making music that is challenging and brave and beautiful and aggressive, not just crowd-pleasing. This experience also made it clear that I couldn’t say no when the offer to move to France came a week later.”

What essential camping items can you not live without?

“I’m both a total wuss and a bold ruffian; as long as I can go running and stay hydrated, I’m pretty happy, but I don’t like bugs or carrying things. I’ll go with sneakers, water, and shelter. Maybe a kindle would be nice also; it takes forever for the batteries to die so one could be pretty content for a while without electricity.”

How would you survive if you were stranded in the woods for a week?
“I actually spend a lot of time thinking about this! I’m a vegetarian, so I eat mostly leaves anyway – the most important thing would be to find a fresh water source and make sure to check for ticks. I would try to use the time to write songs, meditate, work on my tree-climbing skills. If I could find a horse to befriend/steal, I might never go back to civilization.”

What are you looking forward to most about Dirtybird Campout East?
“My dad told me yesterday that he might join me in Florida for the campout, which if real, will be totally nuts. If that doesn’t happen, I’m really looking forward to spending time with peers and heroes and fans and spending time away from abysmal Paris winter.”

What is your craziest camping memory?
“Speaking of dads, we used to go on an annual father-daughter camping trip in Delaware with my school, and I brought home pet frogs twice (Tenta and Friday were their names). There was also a hectic canoe trip in which joyous leaps overboard were interrupted by the realization that the water was teaming with eels! Nightmare!”
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
“I am a huge fan of Tiga and Green Velvet, so they’re at the top of my list. There are so many friends playing that I’m pretty certain that there will not be a dull moment, musically or socially. I’m super stoked.”

 

 

Photo credit: Marilyn Chambers
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The early bird gets the worm, but the lucky bird wins the opportunity to complete a three-legged race with OG Dirtybird tech house spinner, Worthy, at Dirtybird Campout East 2018. Dancing Astronaut and Dirtybird are offering one fan of the tech funk collective an exclusive meet & greet experience with Worthy, as well as a pair of tickets to Dirtybird’s inaugural East Coast Campout. Enter below for your chance to fly south with the Dirtybird crew.

 

 

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Dirtybird Campout East shares staggering final phase of inaugural lineup

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The nest for Dirtybird Campout’s East Coast edition is finally full, with the complete lineup for its inaugural Dirtybird Campout East set to feature label forerunners, Barclay Crenshaw, Justin Martin, and Shiba San. Crenshaw, Martin, and San round out the St. Cloud, Florida-based event’s lineup, the third and final phase of which further expands the festival’s already massive talent roster, making for an alluring assortment of tech house, house, and tech funk tastemakers ready to take the decks from February 2-5.

Campout East’s Showcase Stage Takeover series also sees artist additions in the third phase, with Keinemusik’s &Me, Rampa, and Adam Port, Crew Love’s Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, Pillowtalk, and Nick Monaco, This Aint Bristol’s Billy Kenny, BOT, and MaximonoBrazil Team’s Bruno Furlan, Ciszak, DJ Glen, Danny Kolkand Lalaland’s Green Velvet, Prok & Fitch, Walker & Royce, and Get Real joining the festivities.

Accompanying Campout East’s third phase is the ensuing news of the Dirtybird Campout East Compilation, due out on January 19 on the collective’s sister label, Dirtybird Select. The special edition compilation will feature music from Nick Monaco, BOT, Justin Jay, and more. Birds seeking to migrate to St. Cloud with an exclusive Dirtybird release in tow can pre-order the compilation here.

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In lieu of their traditional end of year New Year Special compilation, Dirtybird has instead released one final funktastic track to cap off another illustrious year: “Nasty” by Ryan Forever. Forever test drove the track, his debut Dirtybird release, while spinning at the 2017 Dirtybird Campout‘s notorious Family Set, enrapturing both the crowd and label patriarch, Claude VonStroke, himself.

“Nasty” is a highly-stylized, techno, house and breakbeat cocktail. Laden with quirky, 8-bit sampling and jungle-themed, hip-shaking percussion, the track is a paragon of its respective label.

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Ahead of his performance at Minimal Effort New Years Eve, Ardalan has released an exclusive mix chock full of invigorating melodies, world influences and nostalgic, inspired bass lines. True to his nature, the mix is somewhere between a heady space journey and thunderous dance floor concoction.

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A producer of booty shakin’ beats, Clarke crafts a remix that functions as much as an attitude-infused flip of the original as it does an invitation to writhe to the song’s dark house glow on the dance floor. Airy synths ascend and fall as Clark splices the original, foregoing the majority of the song’s lyrical work to loop Rihanna’s second verse, “Let me cover your sh*t in glitter I could make it gold.”

When played to a live audience, Clarke’s take won’t fail to provoke an anticipation surrounding the song’s build, and a comparable satisfaction taken in its descent, Clarke orienting the remix’s fluttering build and drop around the lyric. Clarke puts forth a remake that is sure to shimmer among the various songs in his set lists.

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Downtown San Diego’s CRSSD Festival has cultivated a reputation for curating emergent and established talent alike, the production’s lineup for its 2018 iteration materializing as yet another impressive installment in the event’s booking history.

Situated directly within the festival’s house and techno wheelhouse, the Spring roster features an array of dominant techno influencers, among which Cirez D, Nicole Moudaber, Sasha, and Camelphat can be found. Claude VonStroke’s California based Dirtybird collective will lend flock members Walker & Royce, Shiba San, Sebastian V, and Kyle Watson to the CRSSD initiative, flavoring the festival with tech funk tones sure to unite bodies on the dance floor. Heavy hitters in the house domain, Nora En Pure, Mark Knight, and Gorgon City will spin to the crowd assembled at CRSSD’s long term home at Waterfront Park. Empire of the Sun and Tchami will deliver special performances, while Gorgon City, Bonobo, and Rodriguez Jr. will present live sets.

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Gift Guide: 10 artist merch items perfect for holiday gifting

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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.

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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.

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Malaa Mask

 

Who is Malaa? With this signature balaclava, it could be you.

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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.

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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.

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Mija’s FK A GENRE RIP GENRE TEE

 

Mija’s ‘FK A GENRE’ ethos has taken the EDM world by storm. She’s got a DIY-punk-rock mentality and the sick merch to match.

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Claude VonStroke Jenny Necklace

 

We really can’t think of a better way to rep the Dirtybird daddy than this VonStroke ‘Jenny’ necklace.

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Kill The Noise Tweeter Paper

 

Freshin’ up AND read some tweets with your very own Kill The Noise ‘Tweeter Paper.’

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Frank Ocean Endless Vinyl

 

Our love for Frank Ocean is Endless. Celebrate this year’s slew of satisfying surprises with this exclusive vinyl.

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(All of) Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Merch

 

Kung Fu Kenny undebatably dropped the hottest tour merch of 2017. It’s had us saying DAMN. all year… so get it before it’s too late.

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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.

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Claude VonStroke delights in exclusive Club Space Miami mix, kicking off the Get Real tour

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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.

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Black Cat – Trevino – Bride
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Mode – Jansons (Richy Ahmed remix) – Four Thirty Two
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Brav – Jagerverb & Danny Daze – Omnidisc
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