Holding on to the Memories – Exclusive Interview with Dyro
His name is Jordy van Egmond, but we all know him better as Dyro. Born in Leiden, Netherlands, this 25 year-old Dutch DJ/producer has been one we have enjoyed watching evolve and progress over the years in the dance music world. From seeing him touring across countries on a bus tour with Dannic and Hardwell to developing his own record label, Dyro has a clear vision for his future in this industry – and he’s perfectly poised to achieve that and more.
Raver Magazine: We first saw you live in 2013 when you were touring with Dannic and Hardwell and we were impressed! Can you touch on what it was like back then touring with the group versus now with you headlining your own shows?
Dyro: In the beginning you need peers to hang onto and the three of us helped each other a lot. Obviously Hardwell didn’t really need the help but he was gracious to help me and Dannic. We were under his wing for a while and then at the end of 2014 I started my own label and started doing my own thing. That’s been going really well. I’m currently supporting the duo called Goja – really great producers and they’re making amazing music. And then there is Loopers, whom I have been working with for about 8 years now. This guy has amazing talent. He’s currently working with Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki on some projects. If he doesn’t blow up in the next year I don’t know what’s going to happen!
Raver Magazine: You’ve been fortunate enough to be able to tour the world and showcase your talents and progression. What drives Dyro?
Dyro: I want to leave a legacy in some way. I got a lot of help from other producers when I was starting out and I want to do the same for others. I feel like in this industry it is very important to help others. I think that’s why there are so many Dutch DJ’s, too. We have a certain mindset where we want to help and mentor each other. I want to be one of those guys that younger producers look to for help with their development. You know, Tiesto is always bringing up a bunch of DJ’s under his wings and that keeps the scene alive and thriving. I want to leave a legacy someday and I’m working day and night towards achieving that.
Raver Magazine: With your label, WOLV Records, what do you look for in an artist you’re looking to bring on board?
Dyro: I definitely have my own vision. We’re not going to sign someone just because we know it’s going to work for the charts. I sign songs because I’m blown away by the chords, or the way the artist made the track, or the sound designer. It may not end up being the best charting song but I’m really looking to reward true artists. Obviously we have to make money as a record label, but I think we would rather support raw talent than charting music.
Raver Magazine: Can you touch on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s list and your thoughts on this?
Dyro: I’ve always had strong opinions on this. It’s hard to balance because I feel like my music is pretty alternative and not always what they are looking for on that list. But for me as an artist and a DJ it is important to be included on the list. When dance music really became popular in America around 2009, a lot of promoters were booking talent off what was popular on this list. Then they learned that just because you’re on top of the list doesn’t mean your club will be sold out. Now the new market is Asia and they’re doing what America did in the past and booking according to who is popular on the list. The only thing that they have is the magazine but at the same time most are not even able to vote for their favorite DJ’s. So it’s very important to be included on that list as an artist. I want to be able to extend my fan base and continue progressing as an artist, so it’s important to me.
Raver Magazine: We’ve been jamming to your new track. Can you explain how you balance the movement between genres?
Dyro: You can’t make everybody happy. Honestly, what you need to do is focus on your steady fan base. Take Skrillex, for example – he’s always switching things up and changing his sound but his fans follow him because they are loyal and expect that change. You are going to have fans who like you for one specific project and then you are going to have those that stick with you from the start. I want to make the music I want to make and play what I want to play. In the end it all blends together well. Big room, dubstep, trap – I play it all in my sets but I also want to be able to create all those types of genres, too. This industry is going to keep evolving and we all need to be able to follow that flow.
Interviewed by Kristine Kennedy and Michael Beas