I think you can expect more stages, maybe not a million stages, but a few. I thought Tomorrowworld was great. I kind of got there right before I went on, as you know, but I thought playing on that stage in the forest with my friend Cajmere was really cool. I thought it went really well. It was fun.You’ve just released your third album, Urban Animal, and you’re on the Urban Animal tour. What are you looking forward to while on tour?
I’m looking forward to doing my own thing for a minute. I do so much Dirtybird stuff that it's awesome to do a Claude VonStroke project for a second and change it up for a little bit. Maybe get some interesting ideas on tour and just have fun with promotions and getting behind the album. It’s in America, so it’s closer to my house and I’m not traveling 22 hours every weekend, so that’s awesome.The Urban Animal Tour flier says that more stops may be added.
Chicago and New York got added, and there will be another in Baltimore, but that should be it.Excellent, you’re hitting all the main cities. Any city you’re excited to go back to or perhaps play in for the first time?
Yeah, there are a bunch of cities and states I’ve been to but never played in, such as Buffalo, Birmingham, Vermont, and Tampa. Those should all be interesting. I’m excited to break into those newer markets and I’m always super stoked to go back to Detroit—see my parents and chill with my buddies from there. I’m going to try my best to end up in Detroit on Halloween.A lot of dance producers elect to release EP’s instead of albums. As a label boss, why is that the case, and what are the advantages and downfalls of such a practice?
Yeah there are both of course, but there are not really any downfalls if you’re releasing music. The difference in what happens, in my opinion, is an EP has a quicker lifespan. It’s not that much shorter, but its typically shorter and you wouldn’t necessarily do a tour off an EP. I wouldn’t at least. Some people would, but I wouldn’t. It’s just kind of more disposable from a record label standpoint. An album takes six months just to release. There is way more infrastructure behind it, way more press, and way more structure. From the public relations standpoint, it’s just a much bigger entity. There’s way more behind an album than maybe even four EPs, if that makes sense. An EP takes $1500 or $2000 to release, and it takes maybe ten weeks to do the entire thing. An album is tens of thousands of dollars and six months. It’s a totally different thing.Mothership—your label that donates some of its proceeds to music schools for children in Detroit. How did that project come about and how is it going?
Well, unfortunately Mothership has gone a bit quiet in the last year or so. We’ve started paying the Detroit Youth Foundation straight from Dirtybird. It’s not just a school that does music. It’s an afterschool program where you can learn fashion design, video editing, and lots of different things. It’s $25 per year to attend and it’s funded entirely by the public. There are many benefactors to the school. It’s just a cool place that you can learn things you can’t really learn in regular school if that makes any sense. The donations came about because my dad did something with them a while ago and he told me about it, then my friends told me again and it just kept popping up. So it became my thing—it just happened.Well we certainly appreciate it and I hope that public education follows suit and further embraces the arts. Considering your work in the motion picture industry (Intellect: Techno House Progressive ), have you ever entertained pulling a Daft Punk and scoring a motion picture?
I wouldn't turn down anything that seems interesting to me, but I have no idea. Tron isn’t calling me right now, so I don’t know if that’s going to happen. I’m just down to try out anything and that sounds cool.You’re living in Los Angeles now. Has that contributed to your musical direction?
It hasn’t necessarily contributed to my music, but it’s where all the music business is, so it’s been contributing to my career.Should we expect more Dirtybirds to follow suit and make the move down to LA?
I think they do a lot of shows here already, but that’s a good question. I was just thinking whether I would start a hometown Dirtybird party down here as well, like our parties in San Francisco. You never know. I haven’t decided anything.We’re looking forward to more shows with you and our very own LA-local, Justin Jay. What other up and coming talent excites you?
There are a million people, but I don’t know. We have a big CD coming out in January that will be more of a fresh faces EP and you can check out all the new people. It’s going to be a compilation. We try to do one at the start of every year that’s just a mixture of the old guys and all the new people. That will be out and you’ll get a chance to check out all the new stuff but I don’t want to hype anybody up before it's out.We’ll be looking out for that. Times are changing and technology is developing, but if you could travel back in time and work with any artist, who would it be?
James Brown. I’m not sure if that would be a great collaboration, but I would love it.I’ll have to call my time traveler guy. What should we expect from you and your remarkably well-hedged beard after the Urban Animal Tour?
I’ll pop over to Australia for Stereosonic and then I’ll do my European tour. From there, we’ll crack into Miami for the Winter Music Conference and get our year started again. Just like the whole thing, back to square one once again [laughs]. Traveling, festivals, and everything.Thank you for taking the time to sit down with us. Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Come see the show! Come see the tour!