May 08, 2014

Dyro has seen a meteoric rise to the top, achieving the highest ever new entry on the DJ Mag Top 100 last year. We caught up with the man otherwise known as Jordy van Egmond ahead of his show at Cream Liverpool to discuss his route into the scene, his feelings on the commercial side of EDM, and where he wants to take himself next.

Dyro - Sounds Like (Original Mix) [Revealed]
LessThan3: We’re here at Cream in Liverpool tonight. Being your first time at the venue, what are your thoughts on the club so far?
Jordy: I’ve heard it’s a really cool venue to play, so I’m certainly excited to be here.
LessThan3: You’re also playing Creamfields in August. Is that going to be a highlight of the summer for you?
Jordy: Yeah, I’m really looking forward to it. We have the Revealed Stage going on, so it’s going to be really cool.
LessThan3: Hardwell has been a big supporter of you throughout your career so far. What does that mean to you as an artist?
Jordy: He taught me a lot as a DJ. When he first picked me up I was only producing, and after he started releasing my songs on his label he suggested I learn how to DJ. I actually played at one of the first Revealed label nights in Miami, which was my first gig ever, two years ago during WMC. Dannic has been a big help to me, too.
LessThan3: You’ve had quite a quick rise to the top, but although it might seem to some like an easy ride, we’re guessing there’s been some tough moments?
Jordy: It’s such a big change. One year you’re a student at school who makes music as a hobby, the next you’re touring the world. It’s pretty tough being away from home so much. But in the end, it’s all worth it–this is the only thing I want to do, and I really enjoy it.
LessThan3: Give us some highlights from your life on tour.
Jordy: I really can’t pinpoint one moment! We have a lot of tours with the Revealed guys all together–those are the most fun. Bus tours are the best because it’s like a hotel room on wheels. We did one like a month ago in America and one last year in Canada, and it was so much fun.
LessThan3: Is there anywhere you’re really looking forward to going?
Jordy: I really want to go to Asia. I’ve heard a lot of good stories about it; apparently the market is really up-and-coming.
LessThan3: With dance music bigger than ever right now, do you feel this has been a good time to get into the scene, and where do you feel the scene is going at the moment?
Jordy: I feel things are getting much bigger at the moment. You see things like SFX teaming up with Simon Cowell for some TV show about DJing, so it’s getting more commercial, but there’s a line between things being too commercial and the sort of thing guys like Hardwell and myself are doing, which is still focused on clubbing.
LessThan3: Do you feel the commercial side of things helps out the scene?
Jordy: It definitely helps, it makes us more popular and helps teenagers get into it. It creates more demand so when they go clubbing we get more chances to play for them.
LessThan3: Your single Sounds Like is out now. What’s the story behind the track?
Jordy: I made that after the last American tour I did–not the bus tour, but the tour before that. I got the idea when I was playing a festival during Halloween. I heard something on the radio or during the festival, some rhythm, and it stuck in my head, so when I traveled back home to hit the studio for two weeks, I made the track straight away. I’m really excited about the production; it’s something different from a lot of the other stuff that’s out at the moment. I’m just trying to be original and show everyone where I’m at with my production skills at the moment.
LessThan3: Anything planned for the near future in terms of albums or collaborations?
Jordy: I’ve had a lot of time in the studio recently, so there’s a lot more new music on the way. I have like five or six tracks ready for release and I’m still working on new songs. I have another week in the studio next week so I’ll be finishing some stuff then. As for collaborations, we’re always working on collaborations. For instance me, Hardwell and Dannic are working on something in the background. We’re just experimenting–it’s nothing serious yet, but it could be.
LessThan3: As an artist, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Jordy: Be yourself, though being yourself is probably the hardest thing to do in this industry.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Dyro: Anything by Michael Jackson.
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