Dyro welcome to DMCWORLD. You started producing at the age of 18 which in today’s crazy EDM world is fairly late in the day – so was the option of a career in music quite a recent decision?
“I’ve always been interested in music. Even since the day I can remember. Of course everybody dreams, and so did I. But I never thought this was going to happen. I’ve been producing for two and a half years right now, and since then I knew this was what I wanted to do. So it wasn’t really a recent decision, but for the outside world it just happened all very quickly I guess.”
You hail from Leiden, the same Dutch town as the World’s No. 1 DJ Armin Van Buuren. Did you ever bump into each other in the local butchers?
“Haha, funny story actually. My dad is a carpenter in Holland and way before I even started producing I used to help him out sometimes. Armin was a customer of my fathers and I remember meeting him at his house on a job. That was the only time bumped into him in Leiden.”
What did your parents think of this career choice, had they hoped you would chase another path…?
“At the beginning they weren’t very supportive. I used to spend all my time on my music and my school was suffering under it. Obviously a good parent wouldn’t approve that. I made a promise I would get my degree and I kept it. So now I have my degree, they support me for 100%.”
Energy is the core element in your music in 2012 – people have said you have a near psychic ability to know what will make an audience explode. Who are the producers and DJs that you have watched and gained inspiration from to achieve your style?
“I always find this a hard question. I actually don’t really know exactly who they were. I like to think of it as something that just happens to me. If I hear something I like, and for that matter something that inspires me, I save that information subconsciously, and use that information once I’m producing. Although I can’t exactly pinpoint where it came from, but I know I heard something like it before.”
November is a mega busy month for you. Let’s kick off with your remix of Example’s new single ‘Close Enemies’ – how did that come about and how did you approach that particular re-work?
“Few months ago I had a meeting with the label managers of Ministry of Sound who handle Example’s releases. I showed them my work back then in my tiny bedroom studio, and made an impression I guess. Few months later I got the request for the track and loved the original instantly. I wanted to do something different with it though. The original already had a electro-ish vibe to is, so I took it in a different direction. Something people don’t know me by. Although the outcome is progressive, it still carries the energy what I’m known of.”
November 16th sees your Dubstep Remix of ‘Top of The World’ on Afrojack’s Wall Recordings – talk us through this summer smash remix…
“I hate the fact that people see me as a producer of a certain genre. I want people to know what I’m capable of. And this remix was my way of showing that. Yes, it’s a dubstep track, and no, it’s not a new style. At first I made it as an edit to close my sets with, but I decided I wanted to share it with the world as it worked so well on the floor!”
The coming months will also see a cool selection of personally requested remixes of tracks by the likes of Tiesto and Morgan Page. What tune are you really excited about seeing the light of day?
“I like all the remixes I’ve done, but I really love my remix for Tiesto and I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s such a smasher and I’m really proud of it. Next to that track I finished a track right before ADE this year. I’ve been playing it for a few weeks now and it goes off every time.”
What is the current top 10 you are spinning?
Chronicles of a Fallen Love – Bloody Beatroots & Greta Svabo Bech ID (Original mix) – Dyro L&U (Original mix) – Dyro ID (Original mix) – Bassjackers & Dyro Make Some Noise (Dyro Remix) – Tiesto & Swanky Tunes Apollo ft. Amba Shepherd (Original mix) – Hardwell Close Enemies (Dyro Remix) – Example Top of the World (Dyro Dubstep Rework) – Ansol & Dyro Cannonbal (Original mix) l – Showtek & Justin Prime Middle Finger (Original mix) – Dogblood
What has been your anthem of the summer?
“Ansol & Dyro – ‘Top of the World’.”
You have achieved huge success in such a short time since your first EP appeared on Hardwell’s label in 2011. Overnight superstars such as David Guetta, Afrojack and Tiesto were smashing your music around the world. Did you know you had created a monster with that first EP?
“Honestly, I had no idea. I knew I was on the right path because Hardwell wanted to sign it, but I didn’t expect it to blow up like this.”
We love the story of how ‘Metaphor’ left your hands and the next minute a certain DJ was playing it at a certain worldwide festival! Tell the readers the story and how did you find out he’d played it?
“Even though I was producing for two years, I never put out any of my track before I produced my tracks Metaphor, Magno and Daftastic. When I eventually decided to do so, it got picked up immediately and somebody I knew back then emailed me a few days later like saying like: “Isn’t this your track?” Hardwell played it in his Electric Zoo set last summer. I got contacted by the label manager of Revealed the next day and out of nowhere signed my first three records!”
Out of all the DJs in the world, who in particular are you pleased is playing your music?
“I love it when anybody plays my tracks of course. I appreciate all the support, but everybody has his favourite. For me that’s Tiësto.”
Not many people know this, but Dyro is really good at….
“Tapdancing with leprechauns.”
You have played all over the world in 2012 – what clubs and events have really stood out?
“Scream 2012 in Edmonton, Canada with Halloween was insane, and my biggest crowd till then. Also I loved playing in Hungary and
Bootshaus in Cologne, Germany.”
What is the craziest request you have ever had from a clubber whilst DJing?
Can you remember the first club you played at how much you were paid?
“Nothing, haha. I just loved playing for a crowd.”
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Stay true to yourself no matter what happens to you.”
What is already planned for you in 2013 by your management?
“Hardwell pres. Revealed tour with Dyro and Dannic in Canada. Working on loads of original releases as well, both club bangers as cross over records!”
What is your guilty pleasure song?
“Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – ‘PONPONPON’.”
It may not be good for my image, but I really like…
“Big butts and I cannot lie.”
Who is your celebrity crush?
And finally, what is the song that changed your life….