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Interview

Worthy on his debut Disbehave: "I pushed myself and tried to create my own sound"

By Jason Black
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SF-based Dirtybird OG crew member Worthy is quite a cool, chill customer. Growing up in Washington DC area, the 36-year-old electronic DJ producer (born Sean Williams) got inspired from an early age from the nascent East Coast rave scene mixed with local ’80s-’90s hardcore punk bands of the day like Bad Brains, Minor Threat (later Fugazi), Dischord Records’ heavyweights Nation of Ulysses, and many more. Later, he moved to New York where he started playing records across a myriad of dance genres; from techno and breaks to hip-hop and drum & bass. Whatever was fresh and exciting sound-wise. Then, in 2001, he flew out west to San Francisco where he linked up with Claude vonStroke and Justin and Christian Martin, becoming one of the original four founding members of the Dirtybird collective. Impressive. Recently, Beatport News editor Jason Black sat down with him over an IPA or two at the roguish Toronado dive bar located in the infamous Lower Haight district to chat about being an original founding member of the Dirtybird crew, the recent release of his debut Disbehave, the formation of his artist-driven Anabolic label, and growing up in DC with a diverse musical fervor for LTJ Bukem, Stacey Pullen, and Ian MacKaye.

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Festivals

Movement 2014 draws over 100K to Detroit, reveals 2015 dates

By Beatport News Editors
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Movement 2014 just released its total attendance for 2014 and it was another banner year for the Detroit electronic music festival. The ninth annual edition that took place over the Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26) inside downtown’s Hart Plaza attracted over 107,000 revelers from all over the world. Movement 2014 presented over 130 acts, including notable performances from Richie Hawtin, Underground Resistance, Claude VonStroke, Tiga, Just Blaze, and Marco Carola, among many others.

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D&B don DJ Krust hand-picks his top three studio tools

By Beatport News Editors
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Roni Size and Reprazent collaborator DJ Krust (born Kirk Thompson), 46, definitely knows his way around a studio. The Bristol-based producer has been at it over the past two decades. Most recently, he released a stellar remix of Claude vonStroke’s “Oakland Rope” for his Urban Animal RMXS album. In this new Fact article, the drum & bass don delivers his three favorite pieces of gear including the Roland V-Synth, the Emu E64 Sampler, and, of course, lots of experimenting during his unorthodox creative process.

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Movement's after-parties heat up Detroit this weekend, see the whole list

By Beatport News Editors
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If you’re a dedicated fan of techno (or any style of underground dance music, really), you’re likely well aware of Movement, Detroit’s longstanding Memorial Day Weekend festival that celebrates the city’s place in the pantheon of dance music. Of course, the lineup is a stellar one, seeing the likes of Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Bonobo, DJ Sneak, Claude VonStroke, and tons more perform at Hart Plaza over the course of three days. But, as with any festival of this stature, there is a host of side- and after-parties taking place throughout the hallowed home of techno, and Resident Advisor has rounded up a number of them.

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Claude vonStroke, Cajmere, and Annie Mac kick-off Corona SunSets festival tour at IMS 2014

By Beatport News Editors
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Nothing says summertime like sun, surf, sand, and the enchanting sound of the beach in idyllic Ibiza. During IMS 2014 that takes place this week, Claude vonStroke, Cajmere, and UK tastemaker DJ Annie Mac played a rare B2B2B set poolside on the beach at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza for the launch of Corona SunSets, the first ever global beach festival tour, celebrating the sun on the world’s greatest beaches.

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Watch Claude vonStroke's parents dance across Detroit

By Beatport News Editors
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Smiles inside. It’s heart-warming to see that Claude vonStroke has fun-loving, supportive parents, as evidenced in a new, short video floating around the web today. Just as the dirtybird label boss is set for his Movement 2014 appearance this Memorial Day weekend on the Beatport stage as well as the recent release of his latest Urban Animal remix LP, you can catch his lovely parents dancing across Detroit to their son’s 2013 single “Lay It Down.”

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Claude VonStroke sources Solomun, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, Photek, and more for Urban Animal remix album

By Jason Black
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In 2013, Claude VonStroke released Urban Animal, his most personal and dance-eclectic LP to date. Now, he’s following up his second LP with a curated selection of new remixes dropping on May 5th. Like-minded electronic artists like Solomon, Eprom, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, and label-mate Justin Jay, among others have added their deft studio touch to standout selections like “Dood,” “Oakland Rope,” and “The Clapping Track.” The dirtybird don himself even delivers a deep, electrofied reworking of “Can’t Wait.”

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The 10 Best Beards In Dance Music

By Beatport News Editors
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Studies say that women may find men with beards more attractive than those with freshly shorn faces—but does that make bearded DJs more appealing as well? You’d have to ask the fans of these scruffy sonic saviors for the answer.

With Todd Terje’s newly formed patch, and his awesome new LP, It’s Album Time, on the way next week, it got us thinking about our 10 favorite heavily haired DJs who deserve a look and a listen.

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Ready for Miami? Here's your must-hit party list

By Beatport News Editors
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Miami Music Week is, of course, one of the most important weeks all year on the dance-music calendar, so if you’re heading east (or maybe that’s west, for our European friends), you’ll likely be scheduling out your plans far in advance. Allow us to be of some assistance to you with this handy guide to the best parties in Miami this March. Check out some Beatport Miami essentials here and keep coming back to this listing for more updates throughout the weeks to come.

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