EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Dutch DJ & Producer Superstar – DYRO
Dyro’s journey to the upper ranks of the electronic music scene marks him out amongst his peers as one of the most talented artists to have emerged from the new generation of Dutch house artists currently taking over the industry.
Crowned #27 in the DJ Mag Top 100 Poll 2014, a feat he repeated in 2015 confirming his strong, stable output, the last few years have seen this enigmatic young DJ come of age as he continues to take the world by storm!
We at the UFO Network were honored the opportunity to chat to Jordy, this is what he had to say…
Jordy, thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with us! Tell us about your rise to fame; about that first track that put you on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since.
I’m pretty much self-taught from the start. I learnt the basic skills and just had a huge passion for this, even before I knew how to properly construct beats. Hardwell was digging an early demo of mine and we ended up connecting. I was one of the first artists to sign to his label Revealed Recordings which was really the start of everything. Things have changed a lot since then, I was only 18 or so when I first started gaining traction and your tastes change a lot in your early 20s and beyond. I now make more trap-leaning productions and harder edges of EDM, I guess you could say.
“Latency” with Martin Garrix on STMPD RCRDS has hit nearly 2 million views on Spotify already, congratulations! How was it working with Martin?
Thanks! It was so much fun, Martin and I had been bouncing ideas around for the better part of a year and I was really excited for this to finally see the light of day! He’s insanely talented and I’m glad people are digging the track.
Listen to ‘Latency’ on Spotify!
How do you get a track started? Tell us a bit about your production process. How long does it take you to complete a track on average, do you ever get writer’s block and which vocalist has been your favourite to work with?
It really depends but more often than not, it’s just studio experimentation; working with a bassline or processing drums. I don’t work with vocalists on tracks regularly, but Splice etc has some great resources for samples and stocks of vocals for use that you can then adapt. Dynamite MC was one of my favourite dudes to have on vocal duties on WOLV in the last few years, he’s originally a junglist MC from the UK working with guys over there in the live bass scene, he’s a really prominent name and to have him jump on one of my tracks was super cool.
You obviously spend a lot of time being creative as a producer as well as hosting the WOLV Radio with Dyro – what do you do in your off time to unwind?
WOLV is still my priority as part of the bigger picture of what I’m doing but, for now, we have a few things to realign and refocus before releasing more music and signing more artists. Time off? I relax with my girlfriend and buddies in Amsterdam, I really love this city, having a few beers just like anyone would on a day off!
You studied engineering in college – do you ever see yourself going into that in the future?
I hope to work in music forever, so a line of studio engineering, maybe! Haha but to be honest, no, I cannot see myself ever having a normal 9-5 job now.
What artist/DJ/producer do you think the world should love as much as you do?
Loopers, he’s totally dope and working on some of the wickedest tunes around.
Tell us something we wouldn’t normally find out about you.
My music was first played out at Electric Zoo before anyone even knew who I was!
The relationship between the audience and the DJ is crucial, and yet it seems to be a fragile one – how do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
You have to read the crowd on the night – you don’t wanna completely flip what they’re expecting, that’s not what it’s about. It’s a give and take when fans are spending their hard-earned money to see you, but you’re right, the relationship is crucial and important.
What tours / residencies / upcoming events do you have coming up that you are super excited about? What are you busy working on at the moment?
I’m about to set off on a mini-US tour which is always fun, the states has always been good to me! And then I’m off to Malaysia, Tokyo and China in December – another favourite region of mine is Asia, the fans are dope, the food is crazy and the culture just blows my mind – an exciting end to the year!
Fan question – “You are playing at Tomorrowland 2019: what’s the one song in your set you plan to make the crowd lose their minds with?”
‘Latency’, of course!