“VIBE ZOO” Exclusive: Claude VonStroke

Every week leading up to Electric Zoo 2012, VIBE will introduce you to a banger-producing-party inducing DJ that will make Randalls Island shake like a polaroid picture on speed come Labor Day Weekend. This week on the decks is Claude VonStroke.

Detroit bred, San Fran buttered Claude VonStroke has been dropping EPs like they’re hot since 2005 on the dirtybird label. Claude has headlined almost every major club, festival and basement after-party in the world. And now the electronic producer-DJ brings his flava to Randalls Island for Electric Zoo 2012 this Labor Day Weekend. Meet the man before he mans the decks in two weeks.

VIBE: Describe your sonic style for an EDM novice in one sentence:
Claude VonStroke: Detroit strip joint meets $30 California street-art T-shirt.

What does being on the lineup at Electric Zoo mean to you?
It means free trip to NYC! I’ll take that any day.

Who do you draw inspiration from?
-DJ: Gaslamp Killer, Green Velvet
-Singer: Curtis Mayfield
-Hip-Hop Artist: Tribe Called Quest
-Band: Subtrkt

If you could choose any artist in the world (living) to collaborate with on a track who would it be?

Who are you listening to you on your iPod right now?
Lone, Eprom, Slaughterhouse, Kimbra, Dimlite, the Roots, Breakestra

Finish this sentence: “Electric Zoo is a festival that…”
I request to play every year because the crowd is amazing and the East Coast deserves to have some huge raves like this.