As we rapidly approach this year's Titania Festival, we couldn't resist catching up with headliner Dyro, who will be performing alongside the likes of Nicky Romero and Yellow Claw this october.
Having cemented himself at #27 in the DJ Mag Top 100 Poll in both 2014 and 2015, Dyro's success can be attributed not just to his enigmatic stage performances but also his technical brilliance in the studio. Now broadening his sights on his new label venture WOLV, he has become one of the pillars of the electronic music scene in the Netherlands, across Europe and far beyond.
You released your latest EP Set Me Free earlier this year. Are you already setting your sights on more releases or are you taking a break to focus on touring?
I will still be touring just not as intense. I’ve been working hard on new music ever since Set Me Free – I probably have about 8 tracks fired-up and ready to release. I think they are some of the best work I’ve ever done. I’m working on a new rebrand with my teams before my new music is released, it feels like the right time.
Can you see yourself moving into different niches of electronic music or do you think your heart will always be in the electro house scene?
I try not to stick to one genre which I think you can really hear in my livesets. My sound has progressed on a lot from the releases I did at the start of my career and I listen to a lot of rap, trap, hip-hop, as well as guys like Knife Party - they are some of the best in the game. My new stuff is definitely darker, harder, more dubstep-influenced and experimental.
The Netherlands is known for its incredible electronic scene. What would you say distinguishes your music from a lot of the other Dutch producers out there?
I take risks and don’t like to follow the blueprint of others who have been successful before. A lot of typical Dutch producers/ DJs can fall into a routine of playing certain tracks from certain labels, sticking to a certain sound. I wanted to break away from that and do my own thing, from who we sign to WOLV right down to the art direction of releases.
Can you pick out a single festival memory that stands out for you?
I was lucky enough to play the mainstage of ULTRA in Miami this year, I got to road-test new music, the sun was out, one of my highlights of Miami Music Week and an honour for sure.
You are performing at Titania Festival on 15th October alongside Nicky Romero and Yellow Claw. Do you find there is a healthy rivalry between you and some other headline acts the more you play with them?
We make music that heads in different directions but because we are in the same world, I think healthy rivalry is good! It’s always great to catch up with Nicky and the rest of the guys, I’m looking forward to headlining Titania alongside them!
You consistently rank in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs. Is this something that helps drive you to be the best or is it just a happy by-product of doing what you love?
It is most definitely a happy by-product. It’s amazing to place in the Top 100 and feel that appreciation from the fans voting, but as long as I can keep on delivering music, touring, being able to do what I love as a career, that is what ultimately drives me.
What have been your aims for WOLV Records, and how has this journey been different from your experience with other labels?
When you release on someone else’s label it’s very much on their terms and the bigger the labels get, the harder it is to keep control. WOLV was created for me to be free, supporting new artists that I thought were killing it and just didn’t necessarily have a platform to showcase their music on.
In some respects, WOLV seems like more of a tight-knit community of emerging talent compared to a traditional label set up – was this encouraged consciously or has it naturally developed that way?
I wanted to encourage that but it has also naturally developed. I wanted it to feel like a ‘WOLVPack’ collectively because we don’t follow the crowd and let our artists develop without compromising a vision.
What does the rest of 2016 hold for you?
Readying a lot of new music that I’m very excited for!
And can you say where you think you'll be five years from now?
As long as I’m still making music, I’ll be happy.
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