INTERVIEW: Dyro (2013)

A highlight of the Amsterdam Dance Event is always finding the rising talent.  There is even a special day for ADE Next, highlighting aspiring producers/DJs learning the trade.  Dyro made the jump from attending the Next panel to being on the Next panel in the span of year.   His track “Metaphor” received massive support from David Guetta and “Sky High,” his track with Amba Shepherd, was picked up by Strictly Rhythm.  Add to that remixes of high profile artists like Katy Perry, Afrojack, and Example, and you will hear why 2012 was such a good year for Dyro and why he is a rising star to watch for.

RS: How was the Revealed party last night?
Dyro: It was amazing; there was a really energetic crowd. It was different for me to play to a crowd that was really into the music. There was a good flow and I really enjoyed it.
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SONG OF THE DAY: Starkillers, Dmitry KO & Amba Shepherd – “Let the Love”

Here’s a truly international collaboration – American Nick Terranova (aka Starkillers teaming up with Dutch producer Dmitry KO and Australian vocalist Amba Shepherd.  The resulting track, “Let the Love,” is quite strong and catchy, starting softly with a repeating keyboard hook and Amba’s voice as the focus. Softly the beat comes in and begins to build and build until the dramatic fill that crescendoes to a big room stadium house sound similar to Swedish House Mafia begins.  It’s no surprise that this track already has major support from the big guys like Afrojack, Tiesto, Hardwell, and Sander Van Doorn.   Since you probably already know about Starkillers (check out his recent track with Bl3nd “Xception”) and Amba Shepherd (on a roll with massive collaborations with Dyro, Hardwell, and Giuseppe Ottavianni), take a moment and listen to tracks on Dmitry KOs Soundcloud page ( – his mixes of Gabrielle Aplin and Rammstein are both quite hot.  As great as the song is, the video is quite funny for its unintentional camp value.   The young couple is in love but their secret lives threaten to tear them apart – the girl moonlights as an erotic dancer styled to look like a crossdresser, while the boy is either a rent boy or a drug dealer and gets pushed around by Mr Terranova in a campy cameo role. When the boy and girl see each other in their alternate lifestyle costumes there is conflict, but they “let the love” bring them together.   I guess that I am the only one who doesn’t appreciate the masterful work of cinema as the comments on Youtube channel are overwhelmingly positive. 

Image Courtesy of Spinnin.

SONG OF THE DAY: Hardwell ft Amba Shepherd – “Apollo”

The big Dutch EDM producers pretty much fall into two categories – trance or dirty.  Hardwell stands out as one who blurs the lines, combining the aggressive electro of the Dirty Dutch with the pretty, melodic feel of the trancers.  Current single “Apollo” is a great example of this as it starts out progressive, pretty, and trancey.   Ninety seconds in, the dropout builds up to a stop, and then full-on electro banging madness ensues.  The progressive melodic feel floats over the harder beats until the next dropout when the vocals of Amba Shepherd come into focus.  Amba sounds amazing, as always, and this is a great follow-up to her last track with Giuseppe Ottaviani, “Lost For Words.”  With massive singles (“How We Do,” “Cobra,” “Spaceman”), remixes (Example, Knife Party, and Rihanna), and rising to #6 on the DJ Mag list, 2012 has been quite a good year for Hardwell.  Topping the club chart with “Apollo” is a great way to end the year and have us DJs/EDM lovers salivating for what he will “Reveal” in 2013.


Image Courtesy of Revealed.