- Top 100
May 1, 2012
Claude VonStroke Slays Habitat by K.Lea
Last Thursday night, Claude VonStroke touched down in Calgary at Habitat Living Sound, Calgary’s home of house music. Bringing his bass heavy 4/4 along, he had the club packed and bouncing for the better part of three hours.
Over the course of the last few years I have had the opportunity to see several members of the dirtybird roster. Calgary has been graced with Justin Martin, J Phlip and Worthy in the past. With each member of the label I see, my respect has grown immensely. I have been extremely stoked on seeing the label’s proprietor Claude VonStroke since the show was announced a couple of months ago.
On top of being a really talented producer and businessman, Claude VonStroke is also an interesting person. Hearing his house music you would never know that he got his start playing cello, then being a rapper in high school, and moving on to play drum and bass in Detroit – a city known for its rich history in house and techno. Perhaps it is his experience in other genres of music that keeps his house from being boring and cheesy, a complaint I often seem to have with the genre. I also have mad respect for the almost punk rock DIY sensibilities he used in his quest to skyrocket his label into popularity. He got the addresses of famous DJs, packed up vinyl and CDs, and sent his releases right to their doorsteps. Genius! He also used his DIY skills and made a documentary about house and techno, producing the soundtrack as well. Claude VonStroke also owns another label called Mothership. He donates the majority of the money he makes from Mothership to a Detroit charity … come to think of it, Claude VonStroke is pretty punk rock!
The show was nothing short of amazing. When I heard he had already started before I even arrived I was anxious I would only see 30 to 45 minutes of his set. I couldn’t have been more wrong, as he played until the ugly lights came on sometime around 3 a.m. My night started off pretty terribly as my Canon Rebel got soaking wet somehow, but the tunes pasted a smile on my face that seriously did not leave until sometime Friday afternoon. The greatest moment of all was sometime around last call when Claude VonStroke dropped DJ Zinc’s Super Sharp Shooter … who says jungle and house don’t mix?
My concluding thoughts are that my anticipation will only build from now until Shambhala Music Festival. I simply cannot wait to hear what this guy can do on a giant sound system. Big ups to all the good people at Habitat for this one, what a fun show!