Dirtybird Records founder and label boss Claude vonStroke, 43, knows what moves Detroit. He should. He spent his formative years roaming the Motor City’s mean streets after moving there from his childhood home of Cleveland, Ohio. Fast forward to 2006, his landmark single “Who’s Afraid Of Detroit?” was the best expression of that sound so far, capturing the deep, dark, sweaty vibe of Motown’s industrial, after-hours warehouse scene. A few months back, the LA-based DJ producer known to his close friends and family simply as Barclay Crenshaw closed out the Beatport stage on Saturday night at Movement 2014. As you’d expect from CVS, it was his usual signature mix of dance music including ghetto-tech, booty bass, and jackin’ house hits.
If you happened to attend the dirtybird Players BBQ during this year’s Winter Music Conference in Miami, you were likely treated to Breach’s “Jack” during a very special B2B set with label bosses Claude Vonstroke and Justin Martin. After the second I want your body/Everybody wants your body /So let’s jack line, everyone, myself included, was shouting the lyrics and acting them out—in a rather suggestive manner. And when Laidback Luke played it during his set at Ultra Music Festival, the song became the unofficial anthem for the music week.
Whether it’s the memorable bassline, or the even more memorable lyric, “Jack,” which made its way into our Top 10 just days after its release, is just one of those tracks that has “instant classic” stamped all over it. We caught up with the Brit behind the song, Ben Westbeech (aka Breach), who is currently posted up in the Netherlands, to talk about making hits, studio tricks, and the dream that inspired the infamous “Jack.”
Sometimes it sucks being young. Case in point: LA producer Justin Jay, who got his first break in 2010 when he won a DJ contest sponsored by DJ Mag, but was turned away from playing the honorary gig because he was under 18. But that’s not gonna hold him back, of course, and at just 19, he’s proving quite a worthy member of the dirtybird crew.
Justin Martin and Eats Everything have been making a splash on Dirtybird label for a while now, but last year’s successful solo releases, BBC Radio 1 Essential mixes, and non-stop touring schedules accompanied by a summer residency in Ibiza have just further cemented their—and their label’s—place amongst dance music’s finest.
Although work of such caliber shouldn’t need a formal introduction, we think it’s appropriate that everyone get a closer glimpse into the life and tunes of house-techno phenomenon Luca Lozano. The British-born Berlin-based record-label owner, producer, and DJ set the bar for his career first by releasing “Berlinetta” on Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird Records. Since then, Lozano has gone on to produce a large amount of original EPs and remixes on his own Klasse Recordings, as well as Trapez and OFF.
Describing his own sound as somewhere in between house and techno with jazz and old hip-hop influences, Lozano’s style never ceases to surprise and wow crowds all over the world. We had the opportunity to chat with him about his background, his Klasse Recordings, and his hopes for the future.