Nexus Artists and 2K Deep proudly present
Sunday Night Mass ft. Claude VonStroke, J.Phlip and more!
188 Main Street
Burlington, VT, 05401
Doors 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Dirtybird Records // San Francisco, CA
Raised in Detroit and based in San Francisco, Barclay Crenshaw created the quirky alias “Claude VonStroke” in 2005 and went on to become one of the most well respected label owners and DJs in dance music worldwide. His first release, ‘Deep Throat’ was a hit putting his imprint on the decks of DJs around the globe. A manifesto of sorts, it was the rare dance floor bomb that sounded as much fun to make as it was to dance to. But the real breakthrough came with double-header ‘The Whistler/Who’s Afraid of Detroit?” The 12” cemented Claude’s reputation as a producer to be reckoned with, crossing borders, genres and musical ears. The Whistler was embraced by the bass crowd, and at the same time sitting just as easily on the more 4/4 floors. Similarly, Who’s Afraid of Detroit? (a social comment about the unfounded fears of suburbanites visiting downtown Detroit) is now known as one of the classic dance tracks of the decade.
In 2009, he recorded a mix for Fabric’s venerated compilation series and released second album “Bird Brain”, which encompassed many diverse aspects of dance music and beyond. It included collaboration with the legendary P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins as well as two tracks that went to number #1 & #2 on Beatport respectively.
His label, Dirtybird, continues to surprise and innovate in the underground dance scene. The label features an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty-bass and electronica. Since the creation of Dirtybird, Claude has continued to be the dedicated A&R man, signing over 100 EPs and demonstrating his incredible ear for what works on the dance-floor. Staying true to Crenshaw’s Detroit heritage, Dirtybird donates 10% of its profits to a children’s music school in Detroit.
A lot of the success of Dirtybird and VonStroke can be attributed to a good attitude. Claude VonStroke does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and he truly loves his fans. He is grateful to be doing music for a living and he knows that the reason people go to parties is to shake their ass and have fun.
In this day and age of music cross-pollination, Claude VonStroke sits at the forefront of all that is good, proper and most importantly fun. He’s just as at home remixing Kenny Larkin or Infinity Ink as he is dropping multiple #1 Beatport hits. DJ wise, his relentless touring of every major city, festival and basement after-party around the world has only enriched this unique perspective on music.
This September, a much anticipated third artist album will come from the Dirtybird chief – this time perhaps a slightly more moody effort but overall still just as exciting and innovative as previous works.
“Urban Animal” mirrors the way VonStroke Djs – a wide range of house music with sprinkles of drum n bass, funk and soul. The album will be followed up by a massive world tour this fall starting in North America and traveling to Australia and Europe over the winter months.
Dirtybird Records // San Francisco, CA
Jessica Phillippe is diehard, born with true grit and skills to pay the bills. Despite her success with the Dirtybird gang, she's still out there in record stores on the regular... digging, uncovering precious gems and weaving them into her dynamic sets with panache. She's a hard-working, dedicated lady who refuses to compromise and aims to rock the dance floor without relying on the most obvious tracks.
Production-wise she's just as fearsome, lacing her tracks with a tough yet bouncy flavor. Her prowess in both disciplines combined with her infectious sense of fun and mind-boggling depth of knowledge make her one of the most revered DJs on the global circuit today. Ever since the purchase of a cheap set of belt-drive decks and a mixer on her 19th birthday she really hasn't looked back and, after completing her studies in Engineering, the straight-A student jumped head first into her true passion, music.
She won a DJ competition in 2005, toured the USA and moved from her hometown, Champaign, Illinois, to the birthplace of house music, Chicago. In the Windy City she endured the struggle that many musicians go through on their pathway to glory but never lost sight of her dream.
A move to San Francisco resulted in more hard times, but it wasn't long before her determination and natural talent won through. Phlip's refusal to give up eventually led her to connect with the world famous Dirtybird crew and make some real progress. Club and festival tours are now a regular occurrence, while releases on Claude VonStroke's highly respected imprint, and elsewhere too, have established her as a reputable source of dance floor killers.
People from Skream and Tiga to techno dons, Surgeon and Dave Clarke and a bunch of other influential heads threw their weight behind her first truly analogue workout, 'Coefficient', while her latest tech-heavy banger 'Say My Name', has been doing immense damage to clubs all over the world, has peaked the interest of Eats Everything, Danny Daze and Huxley on the floor, and taking to the airwaves courtesy of B.Traits, Monki and 1 Xtra’s MistaJam. All that hard work has put her up there with the industry's female elite; Nina Kraviz, Heidi, Maya Jane Coles & more...
Hear J.Phlip in action and experience a full booty workout and your mind blown. You'll be surprised, energized and occasionally weirded out. This is a lady who knows her stuff, yet continues to refine her craft. Her aim is dance floor lobotomy, all the while taking the greatest pleasure in seeing the people get loose. A DJ not afraid to put her vision out there, Jess is to thank for passing Eats Everything’s mighty “Entrance Song” to Voitek and Greg (Catz n Dogz) at Pets and the later introduction to Barclay (Claude VonStroke) and Dirtybird. She's embarked on several tours of Europe and the US, attracting an ever-growing fanbase with each electrifying performance.
Spending 3 years living and DJ’ing in Berlin has helped Phlip to gain an understanding of the European market – she was only supposed to be there for 5 months, but ya know, there's some kind of time warp in Berlin that does that to people.
2014 involves more action than a James Bond movie with another tour of Europe in full swing, dates all over the United States including three residencies: Detroit, Miami and San Francisco – plus there's plenty more production work in the pipeline.
Hold tight for yet more analogue awesomeness. Don't take our word for it; go check her out yourselves when she returns to the Sunday Night Mass stage @ Metronome on November 9th 2014. That's what's up…