Rising EDM star Dyro, played Scottsdale’s INTL on Wednesday, April 22, and we were there to chat with him about his unstoppable music, his favorite types of shows and what artists influenced his music growing up.
College Times: What’s up man? How is Phoenix? Are you staying for awhile?
Dyro: Well we just arrived, I will be leaving tomorrow morning to continue my tour. It is basically been all travel and touring for me the last three years, with small, month long breaks in between.
That’s crazy especially being as young as you are. Where are you going next?
I am actually turning 23 tonight, and we are doing a tour in Asia going to over 10 countries. I have never been, and I am just discovering through social media that I actually have fans out there as well.
Well, happy birthday! The Electronic Dance Music scene is just now getting big over there, isn’t it? And has social media really been the best outlet for you to grow and gain a bigger fan base, or has it been largely due to your collaboration with huge artists?
Dance music in Asia right now is like how it was in the US back in 2011—just starting to get recognized and ready to explode. Songs with big names have definitely help put me on the map. I think they put me in the spotlight, but then I had to prove myself to all the people anticipating my music and sound. But yes, it has really been a little bit of everything—social media, touring, big festivals, and collaborating.
Speaking of big festivals, what is your favorite music festival you have played and why? I know that you played at the biggest festival in the world, TommorowLand. Does that take the cake just because of its legendary reputation?
I don’t know, I mean, every festival is different. Tommorowland is awesome because of what it has become, but Ultra Miami is great because of how media driven and televised it is. And EDC Vegas is amazing because of its sheer size alone. So every festival offers something different.
Do you prefer playing festivals over club shows? I have heard that you are a master at gauging the crowd and being able to control the energy that they have. Is this easier to do at festivals or a club atmosphere?
I can speak for 90% percent of DJ’s when I say that when you play at a festival you have a predetermined set list that you work on for weeks leading up to the event. For people like Hardwell, even months before the event, [you]prepare a set that you think showcases all of your best music and energy that you want to display. At a club show, you just have your songs on a list and you can pick and choose what track you think matches the vibe of the club. You really get to feel out how they are responding and adjust accordingly. That is what makes playing at clubs better in my opinion.
So you really like that intimate vibe that a club show can produce? That makes so much sense if it gives you more freedom to change your music up as you go. So what would be your favorite club that you have every played, or at least your favorite country to play a club show? Would it be your home town in Holland?
(Laughs) No, definitely not in my home town, I actually have a contract that says I will not play there at all. (His girlfriend chimes in saying it is a small Christian town in the Netherlands.) Umm, I’m not sure, I would say my favorite country to play is Italy. They really like the dark electro music I play. They get weird and crazy—I love it.
So what is electronic music like where you are from? What did you listen to in high school and were they big influences in your own music?
Electronic music has been around for a very long time in Europe. We actually think it is funny to see that in the States, you are seeing the first big swing in popularity of EDM. Going from the progressive house with long build ups and big drops, to the “Future House” and Deep house that all the festivals are starting to play. In the Netherlands, we have had multiple swings in popularity. When I was in high school, everyone listened to electronic music. There was no other music—people just listened to different varieties of it. Biggest influences and people I listened to were Tiesto, Hardwell and most of the big names that are already living legends now.
That’s crazy to think that you have had a chance to work with someone like Hardwell after you grew up listening to him and using his music as influence. How was that experience?
There is actually not one artist that I grew up listening to which I haven’t been in the studio with at this point. It is surreal—it really is a very small community and industry once you are placed into it.
Being that the Electronic Music scene is all about the experience, where would be your favorite place to play a show, environment and landscape-wise? On top of a mountain or on a glacier? Where do you think?
(Laughs) I love it. That’s a hard question. I would really like something dark and weird. Something my fans can really resonate with. But if you were to put me on the spot, I would say a blimp floating in the middle of the sky.