Claude VonStroke Wins Award for America's Best DJ
If there's one word to describe San Francisco's Dirtybird label it's humble.
Claude VonStroke, real name Barclay Crenshaw, has been fighting the good fight with Dirtybird for over 10 years now. With the label's special brand of tech-house featuring power players Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Justin Jay, Ardalan, and many more, Claude Vonstroke has helped to curate a sound that is palatable to a broad range of audiences.
America's Best DJ Award presented by Pioneer DJ and DJ Times gives the power to the people by having fans cast their votes at 20+ events across the country, including EDC Las Vegas, Moonrise Festival, Movement Electronic Music Festival, and more. By having the fans vote in-person as opposed to online, America's Best DJ Award aims to keep the prize clean and free from the influence of money.
As a thank you to his fans, Claude uploaded a special message to his Facebook page:
My fans have truly lifted me up with their giant hearts and I want to hug each and every one of them.
I never would have thought that a DJ like me could be on the top of a list like this, but it just goes to show that our family and community is stronger than commercial records and corporate dollars.
Today I’m celebrating the underground spirit of the fans and the 100% independent record label we started back in 2005. Thank you everyone for voting for me for America's Best DJ. I am so happy to be doing what I love for a living.
Claude Vonstroke took the title away from 2015's winner Steve Aoki.
TheTop 10 American DJs rank as follows:
Winner: Claude VonStroke
Runner Up: Kaskade
3rd: The Chainsmokers
6th: Dillon Francis
8th: Markuz Schulz
10th: Porter Robinson
The award will be presented to Claude VonStroke at the America's Best DJ Award Ceremony on September, 30th in San Diego.
Photo courtesy of electronic Vegas
Cut my teeth with the Detroit techno scene before moving to Denver to see what the mountains have to offer.