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Get A Peak Behind The Scenes From Claude VonStroke’s Latest Video “Maharaja”

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In a dimly lit warehouse somewhere in LA, twisted minds are creating twisted visions of “Maharaja”.

Here is a Behind-The-Scenes look at how Claude VonStroke‘s latest music video came to life.


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.

Always looking to blend and shake things up, Claude’s recent headline set at Movement included special edits of previous Dirtybird tracks, 7 brand new tracks signed just for the mix, and one new jam specifically for this performance: “Maharaja”.

Claude VonStroke BTS Maharaja
Behind The Scenes at Claude VonStroke’s “Maharaja”

Inspired by the classic electro break sound of his Detroit heritage, the official video for Claude’s “Maharaja” features mind-bending visuals and dancers evoking imagery of a cross between Salvador Dali, Tron, and Beat Street.

The video was shot in the Arts District in downtown LA, inside a massive, past-its-prime warehouse. With a skeleton crew and a handful of extremely talented movement artists, the team was able to capture dance in a totally new perspective.

Claude VonStroke BTS Maharaja

Director and producer for the project, Damien D’Amico, gave us the exclusive run down on his inspiration for the project:

“[I] was really inspired to try and blend the motifs together – Detroit Retro/Parliament/Beasty Boys/MC5 – all with a bit of a “Maharaja” theme: Elephants, Gold, Eggs.”

I was really inspired to try and blend the motifs together - Detroit Retro/Parliament/Beasty Boys/MC5 - all with a bit of a “Maharaja” theme.Click To Tweet

“I utilized the slit scan effect (which is an old effect), but really choreographed. I hadn’t seen a slit scan that was really choreographed – a cool effect but kind of messy and unorganized in other examples I had seen.

I wanted to make it very deliberate, so the dances were planned with [slit scan] in mind, instead of just dropped on after the fact. I also wanted to have the camera moving, which was complicated because the slit scan really works with a locked shot. So we had some challenges to overcome.”

Check out our BTS photos from the “Maharaja” music video shoot below:

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