REWIND! Claude VonStroke at North Cost Music Fest

[REWIND! is a weekly feature where Hugh Voltage and Ray De Ation dig through the archives of previous concert coverage. The original words and photos are published as is… with modern commentary about what they think now.]


Hugh: I want to say that “Claude VonStroke is the DJ version of Action Bronson,” but it’s so much more than that. He’s larger than life. He’s stupid good at what he does. He knows how to get a crowd riotous. But he’s also really good at making you feel like you’re part of something.

Ray: I just recall this day being incredibly hot and sticky… and vodka. Lots of vodka and energy drinks. My earplugs weren’t even doing their job at this set. It was brutally loud, but a good brutally loud.

Original review follows:
Having a set at a younger audience festival like North Coast in between sets from Benny Benassi and Green Velvet (on the same stage no less) would terrify most DJs – but not Claude VonStroke. VonStroke strode onto stage and did what he does best, tore the place up. Switching between tracks off his own “Beat that Bird” and Dirtybird (the label he started) artists Justin Martin & Ardalan “Mr. Spock”, Von Stroke waxed nostalgic with all the sounds and emotions that put him, his labels, and Chicago on the map for house/electronic/bass music.

Regardless of how great the song “Percolator” is, it had been part of just about every DJ rotation so far and we were reaching the breaking point and we weren’t alone. But hearing him work it in amidst all the tracks was like everyone in the audience simultaneously experiencing it for the first time all over again. Any DJ that can make you part of a combined experience like that needs beach balls, puffs of smoke, and energy. He got it unanimously, the ultimate testament to his ability.

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