‘Freaks and Beaks’ is the fourth artist album and sixth full-length project from Claude VonStroke. He approached the album with a new process: committing to daily creative time, experimenting with a lot of new hardware, and having fun making a huge amount of sketches. Ultimately, he used many levels of gear all the way from complex modular synths to simple drum apps on his iPad. Keeping it all DIY, he sampled his own voice and his two children on several tracks as well, allowing himself to breathe while creating over 130 ideas which were whittled down to the finished 11 album tracks.
Listen carefully for a nod to the inspirations that underpin VonStroke’s world. Inside jokes between him and Justin Martin (Flubblebuddy), unused experimental live sessions (Session A), vocal samples from loved ones (All My People In The House), playful noodling on synths (Alpine Arpline), obscure French producers (Frankie Goes To Bollywood), championing new talent (Youngblood), irreverent self-aware humor (Birthday Messages), and genre inspirations that ranging from ghetto tech and drum n bass to hip-hop and breaks. This is VonStroke’s love letter to the vibrancy and diversity that have made DIRTYBIRD such a singular label.
Beyond the album, VonStroke is celebrating Dirtybird’s 15 years the only way he knows how - working and providing for his fans. Today, he releases the buzzing Dirtybird book, designed by Bay Area artist Jeremy Fish - featuring never-before-seen photos, interviews with the founders of the label and more. Available as a box set or solo, check it out via the Dirtybird store.
This year, VonStroke will throw two dozen-plus parties, three festivals (including the famous Dirtybird Campout and the new Birdhouse Los Angeles and CampINN), host his traveling Dirtybird BBQ series in major cities across the US, publish a coffee table book, release a seasonal clothing line, stage art shows, and continue his fly-on-the-wall video documentary series. Check out all the Dirtybird 15 year programming here.
We’ll see you on the dancefloor!