"It was good to just step back and reflect on everything I was doing."

Music

6.12.2017

DJ Dyro is Back

After a year-long sabbatical of sorts, Dyro has returned in 2017 with not one, but three brand-new singles dropped in quick succession: “Alive”, “Anomoly” and “Surrounded”. And though he wasn’t completely out of the spotlight (BTS, it was largely business as usual for his work as a producer), the change in Dyro’s sound is apparent: in his own words, he’s latched onto a much more “diverse” sound. It’s a broad term, but the music holds it well; much more developed and masterful than before, each track is open for interpretation by its listener, while at the same time demanding a certain authority over the mood of his chosen audience.

We sat down with Dyro on the heels of the “Surrounded” vid, and it’s since dropped; check it below, then keep scrolling for our full interview with this global EDM icon.

So you’re back after a year long break, and you have three singles out already this year. How do you feel like you’ve evolved? What have you spent that year doing with your sound?

I mean, I didn’t stop producing, so I kept making music. It was good to just step back and reflect on everything I was doing. Basically, what came out of it was me being more diverse, doing whatever I wanted to do—because before that year I was stuck on making one type of sound, and I came out of it doing more diverse stuff, so it’s been fun.

What was the catalyst for wanting to do that and change things up a little bit?

I don’t know, I get very tired of doing the same things pretty quickly, you know? I’ve been in the scene for six years now, so it just felt like the right timing.

Let’s talk about your label, WOLV. What is that like, being able to have complete creative control over everything you come out with?

Yes, that was one of the main reasons to do it. As a starting artist, I got a lot of opportunities from DJ colleagues and friends, and this is my chance to give back to the current talent, you know? So, I have a couple of guys signed to the label right now and they’re making really good music. The next song we’re releasing is by Lucas and Goja, I signed them both to the label.

Goja from your track “Alive”, right?

Yeah! The first one of the year.

Amazing.

Yeah, they’re really really talented—they’re two Italians, and then the other guy is Lucus, he’s a long friend of mine, we’ve always made music together. He’s very talented too, so it made sense to make a song together. It’s really cool.

So do you feel attached to their success, because they’re under your umbrella?

Yeah! I feel responsible for them, and I help them out a lot. They’re so talented themselves, that a lot of the times they wow me more than the other way around.

And do you go out kind of scouting for more artists to sign for WOLV?

Yeah, it’s more scouting than listening to demos and signing. The first year and a half of me having the label, we were just basically responding to demos and just releasing singles. But now we want to focus more on artists’ careers and that’s why we’re signing the actual artists rather than just the songs. So we can focus more on developing them and have more planned.

As far as the festival circuit, are you playing a bunch this year?

Yeah, definitely. Like every year I’m doing Tomorrowland again. One of my favorite festivals, Paradiso, at the Gorge, I’m doing again. There’s a bunch more; I think when I go back I’m doing Summerburst in Sweden. There’s so many festivals, so it’s impossible to keep track of all of them.

What is it like just being able to control the mood of a massive crowd of people?

It’s a very special feeling. The best feeling is just to spend hours in the studio making a song and then you’re at a festival with like 10,000 people who are in front of you to play it. It’s the best feeling for me.

How does your set change for a nighttime versus daytime performance?

So with a festival, it’s more like a showcase. So there’s a lot of pre-planning, it’s more of my own music, and with club shows it can go in any direction. But with clubs it’s more intimate, you work more to the crowd that you have in front of you. But with festivals, it’s basically just a showcase of “this is what I do,” you know?

What really got you started in this world? Have you always wanted to be involved in music?

I didn’t really want to be a DJ, I wanted to be a music producer. So I was only making music in the beginning, and then Hardwell picked up my music in the beginning and started releasing it. And then that’s when people wanted me to play clubs and festivals, so I kind of got thrown in the deep end. I just had to, basically—they put you in front of a crowd and now you just play a couple of songs. That’s how I started. But I mean, I’m having fun. But I like making music better than DJ-ing, to be honest.

What’s in the pipeline for you for the rest of the year?

Definitely a lot of music. I have the entire year to make music so we have so much music going on. It just needs to be finished. I’m working on a song with GTA right now. Big fan of their music, play a lot of their songs, so it’s cool to work with them. So that’s nearly finished. And just a bunch of other music, too much to say now.

When you’re doing American crowds or European, is their any difference in what you would play?

Oh yeah, definitely. In America I play more mashups with hip hop songs, more base-y, and then in Europe it’s more house-y. In Asia—no one really knows what to do in Asia yet because it’s so new there. So you’ve gotta like, literally look at what they like and just play off of that. So yeah, it just depends where you are.

Any memories or moments that really stand out to you?

Wow. Definitely the first two bus tours that I did in my career with Hardwell and DANNIC you know, we were really good friends back then. To be able to tour with your good friends on a bus for four weeks and just partying every day is a lot of fun. That’s one of the good memories.

Amazing! I feel like you have a really busy year ahead, with all the festivals coming up this summer.

Yeah. It’ll be fun. I’m used to it now.

Do you ever get a break?

I do. It’s just the traveling that’s just, terrible. I flew into Toronto the other day then I was traveling for 25 hours to get from one festival to the other.

Wow.

Yeah, it’s terrible but, you know, it’s part of the job I guess.

It’s like a blessing and a curse. 

Exactly.

Because people would kill to go to all those places, but you’re exhausted.

Yeah, but they don’t know the downside of it. I won’t post, like, “Look at me, I’m traveling 25 hours.” People only post pictures with crowds.

The glamorous side.

Yeah, exactly. Ninety percent of the time that’s not what it is.

Do you have any advice you would give your younger self, when you were starting out?

I really wish that I got my big break a little bit later than I did.

Interesting.

Because I was 18, 19. I’m 25 right now. So, I felt like I was still developing as an artist. I didn’t know who I was yet, what I wanted to make, but I did want to make music and play it. So, I have music out that right now, I wouldn’t stand behind anymore, you know? I wouldn’t support it anymore. But you know, you still generate fans over the years that might like it and are expecting you to do that right now. So I would give as advice to myself, just wait another year or two.

Well, I mean you never know, you might hate what you’re doing now five years from now. [Laughs]

[Laughs] Yeah, might be that too.

Images courtesy of DJ Dyro

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