5Qs with Claude Vonstroke - Friday Oct. 17th at Marquee
Shiba San blew up this summer, Justin Martin is topping charts on Beatport. Why do you think your sound is really starting to take off now?
It’s just a never-ending cycle, sometimes we are popular and sometimes we are the kid no one talks to in the room. The trick is just to stay with the sound you believe in and grow as a group through the good and the bad. That’s what I think makes a good record label.
You’ll be DJing with Kill Frenzy on Friday at Marquee. How did you start working with him, and what’s your take on his new album “TAYLR SWFT” on dirtybird?
I LOVE this album!! And if you ask my friends I don’t love a lot of music. This album is serious but it’s also fun. It’s my favorite combination. I met Seb (killfrenzy) via his track that I signed a while back, then he literally sent me 30 so-so tracks after that. But none of those are on this album. I think he just had to settle down and decide what his message was to the world and what his sound would be for his career. Once he did that the tracks were all bangers. Hot hot.
Your own “CaliFuture” EP got a big response this summer. What’s coming up from you as far as original music goes?
It was actually the flip side that did all the damage on that EP, “Eye I Eye”. But you know with me, the bigger record is always on the b-side for some reason. I don’t know why that happens but it happens almost every time in my career. I don’t want to say too much but there is something in the works with one of my friends whose name rhymes with Sheen Belvet.
We read in an interview recently that your most recent album would probably be your last album. Do you believe that artist albums aren’t crucial anymore? How so?
It’s not that I don’t believe in the album, it’s more that I have made my peace with house music. I did what I set out to do. So when something magic happens and I come up with a great house track I will do the single. But I don’t want to sit in a room anymore and say, “OK, now it’s time to make 10 CVS house tracks. Let’s ignore everyone for 6 months and become a recluse and grumpy and do it.”
You’ve always been firmly planted in the underground but this year you played some shows with Skrillex and other “bigger” acts, among other achievements. As someone who’s been in the music game for so long, how does it feel to see something that was always on the periphery being accepted by so many?
Everyone who is bigger that I play with is someone I like as a person and someone I believe is doing music for the people. I play my style always. Last week, this kid posted on my Facebook that dirtybird was dead because he saw a photo of me and a more commercial act together and I was like, “Really?” Those kind of fans are the people i want to stay away from in my life. That kind of small attitude isn’t welcome at my house. I am me and my music speaks for itself. I will hang out with Wang Chung or Flavor Flav or Kaskade or whomever I want to hang out with.
Claude Vonstroke plays with Kill Frenzy this Friday at Marquee New York.