2008 was a breakout year for dirtybird on the international dance music scene. The independent San Francisco tech-funk imprint managed to throw sold out label showcases in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, and Moscow. Locally in San Francisco, the outdoor dirtybird parties in Golden Gate Park became even more renowned as a destination point for international clubbers. The dirtybird night party also grew by leaps and bounds consistently selling out in venues holding 1,000+ and label boss, Claude VonStroke was even hand picked by P. Diddy to play at his Miami showcase event.
In addition to the great events, dirtybird tracks also appeared on the season premiere of CSI, a T-mobile ad campaign and both Lincoln Mercury and Nike web campaigns. One of Claude VonStroke's music videos clocked over 1.2 million views on YouTube and several tracks were licensed to big cd compilations.
Even though both house and techno music originated in the US, the last 10 years have witnessed a shift from America to Europe. In 2005 the dirtybird label began its quest to bring the music and respect back to the states. In the first year, Claude VonStroke managed to sell 11,000 vinyls of his debut record, "Deep Throat." Since then, the label has managed to garner spins from every major DJ talent from Pete Tong to Derrick Carter to Bad Boy Bill to Richie Hawtin. Dirtybird artists Claude VonStroke & Justin Martin have both toured all over the world and Claude has even been asked to mix the prestigious Fabric #46 next year. Over 4 years dirtybird has released over 25 oddball techno and house gems and will soon release its 5 year compilation at the end of 2008 as well as new artist albums from both Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke.
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