Dirtybird has been dropping basslines and creating smiles on the dance-floor since January 2005. The innovative American house music label has become synonymous with quirky ideas, bass driven funk and a crew of humble characters who like to have fun. The bird logo came from a drawing Barclay Crenshaw (aka Claude VonStroke) used to draw when he was a kid to make his little brother laugh in church. Since creating the label, VonStroke has A&R’d some of the most influential house music producers in the world. A short list includes Justin Martin, Catz ‘n Dogz, Julio Bashmore, Riva Starr, Breach, Shiba San, Eats Everything, J Phlip, Killfrenzy, and many many more – most of whom had their very first records and even created their artist names on dirtybird.
The fun family vibe of the dirtybird label can be traced back to a free event started in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. A couple of years prior to the record label, Christian Martin (big brother to dirtybird super producer, Justin Martin) sacrificed his credit cards and purchased a sound system so he and his friends could play the music they wanted to hear. This new kind of house music went against the smooth vocal house that was popular at the time and derived its influences mostly from Hip-Hop, Drum n Bass, and American funk. The free outdoor Barbecue party was very rough around the edges but eventually became legendary amongst the people of San Francisco. The event was also a very influential factor in the decision by Claude VonStroke to start the record label.