Hungry Like a WOLV

For DJ, producer and now record-label owner Dyro, the best is yet to come


Jordy van Egmond is known internationally as Dyro, the Dutch sensation heavily supported by DJ Mag’s No. 1 DJ for the past two years, Hardwell. When van Egmond isn’t making music or touring across America, he goes incognito at Skrillex shows in Holland. And when he has extra time outside of that, he works on his own record label. Catch the multitalented Dyro again in Las Vegas at Drai’s on March 19.

What was a highlight of your recent U.S. tour with Bassjackers?

The cool thing with a bus tour is that you pass towns and places that you usually wouldn’t go, you know? Let’s say you do a show in New York or Chicago, and there are all these small towns in the middle that you normally wouldn’t see. So you get to play a lot of those smaller shows. You discover a lot of new fans you didn’t even know you had.

What’s it like to live on a bus for so long?

It’s hard, but the Bassjackers are my friends. If you’re able to tour with somebody you know and you’re gonna have a good time with, it’s the most fun you can have. But after five weeks on a bus, I couldn’t wait to go home.

Do you think you’ll ever go on another bus tour?

It was really tough, and it was a lot of work. You take a lot of the responsibility of the promoter on yourself, because you’re taking care of transportation, production and everything. It’s a lot more work, and I’d probably think twice before doing it again. But you never know.

Do you ever get to enjoy other DJs’ shows as a spectator?

Sometimes I like to meet a friend while they are touring. For instance, last weekend I had some time off and Bassjackers were playing near my town, so I went to see them. The last time I actually attended a show was, I think, a year ago in January when I went to a Skrillex show in Amsterdam.

Were you in the crowd?

Yeah, I was in the crowd. I’ve been a Skrillex fan [before I was] even a DJ, since he first started. So it was cool to see him in my town.

Why did you decide to start your own label, WOLV?

I’ve been attached to Revealed [Recordings] for a long time. I’ve been friends with all of those guys, especially with Robbert [van de Corput, a.k.a. DJ Hardwell], and with Dannic. At some point, I felt like my music was getting so different than the rest of the music on Revealed. I decided that we needed a special place for it. So I hired a friend who is my label manager now, and he set it up over a couple of weeks. It was a guess at first. We didn’t really know what would happen or what to expect, if it was gonna be a success. I think it’s doing really well right now. The releases are doing really good. People know about it, and that’s important.

Do you seek out artists and tracks to sign, or do you wait for submissions?

Over the years, a lot of [DJs will] hit you up and send you demos, and it’s kinda up to you whether to keep track of them or keep following them. So that’s what I did. I have a couple of guys that I know make good music, so I’m just waiting for them to make something [for the label]. And then there are obviously the demos that get sent to our label management. They check it before I check it. They do a quick look through to see if there are actually quality [tracks]. Then I get a couple of songs every month that are a “maybe,” and then I decide if I wanna release them.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given as an artist?

I remember one time when I was playing a tour in Australia two years ago: It was me, Hardwell and Dannic. We had a couple of shows where we played early, so there weren’t a lot of people. And you’re like, “Oh, well this sucks.” Robbert [Hardwell] said to me, “Even if there’s not a lot of people, you should still give it your all. You should play even better. Because those few people are there for you.” It changed my perspective.

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