Thursday’s Artist Spotlight: Dyro

Debuting at #30 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, this next artist became the youngest ‘Highest New Entry’ to ever grace the peculiarly weighted, but somewhat definitive poll regarding disc jockeying talent. Known for his signature driving bass lines, enchanting melodies and highly charged drops, Jordy van Egmond has seamlessly made the transition from bedroom composer to renowned international DJ/Producer. Dyro has surpassed any expectations with his rapid ascent into the highly coveted upper echelons of the dance music scene.

Previously garnering support from the likes of the most popular DJs in the world (including: Hardwell, Laidback Luke, and Dada Life), Dyro was unanimously selected as the group’s ‘Breakthrough Artist of 2012.’ With such a lofty title placed on his forehead, we believe that so far, the 21 year old star has effectively matched the highly esteemed praise with consistent releases and captivating live sets. The success of this swiftly rising talent just goes to show you that anything is possible. One day your sitting at your home computer, ripping the stems of your favorite producers to remix, the next, you’re sitting down in million dollar studios and collaborating with the very same musicians you had once idolized. Such was the case for young Dyro as Hardwell quickly sniffed out his prospective talents and slapped a Revealed Recording label on Jordy’s releases.

At this point in time, with all that has been said and done regarding this next producers short but enchanting career, it’s no longer a shock when Dyro delivers tunes with impeccable standards again and again. He is one of they very few DJs that can boast a production portfolio overflowing with quality and quantity. As Hardwell once put it, “Dyro is in my opinion, the world’s biggest up and coming DJ”. Maybe a little bias considering the man is paying for Dyro’s music, but what do I know. A lot, actually.

We believe Dyro to be a particularly special “must see” artist at this years Spring Awakening Music Festival because there is nothing more authentic than a DJ in the middle of actualizing their very own dreams.

Project 46 | Motionless (feat. Seri) [Monstercat]

Since squeezing their way into the DJ Mag Top 100 last year with the help of their breakout song “Reasons“, the progressive house guru duo known as Project 46 have taken to the studio in 2013. The Canadian tag team has already released a slew of impressive remixes, completed their Continuum EP, and found time to start their own podcast with the hilariously awesome name, Pancake Radio.

Adding to their list of accomplishment this year, Project 46 has released a transcendent collaboration with Kaskade titled “Last Chance”, as well as their certifiably insane original track, “Motionless”. Both songs provide a high energy feel through their vocally driven melodies that are sure to get people up out of their seats.

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Fall Under the Spell of Felix Cartal [Artist Spotlight]


Let’s face it. In a digital age where everyone seems to be hopping on the EDM train, there has been an over-saturation of DJs (and I use that term loosely) pumping out tracks in the mere hopes of making it on DJ Mag’s Top 100. It takes a certain set of skills, originality, and above all, persistence to capture attention within an ever-growing pool of production where it’s as easy to release a track as it is to hit send on a computer screen.

Enter Felix Cartal. Dude is the definition of the trifecta of the aforementioned qualities of having skills, originality, and persistence. While he does have a strong following in numbers and often sparks the, “Oh yeah, I think I’ve heard of him!” response, it’s  mind-blowing as to why he has not gained even more notoriety in the EDM world. The Vancouver native and Dim Mak Records poster child (aside from Steve Aoki himself) has been a consistent producer and remixer since he began releasing tracks in 2007. After opening for MSTRKRFT on their Fist of God Tour and subsequently signing with Dim Mak in 2009, Felix Cartal soon started gaining the attention of major artists like Zedd, Tiesto, and Diplo.

Right on the heels of his August 6th release of his EP Past Present Felix, Dim Mak has recently released a compilation of remixes to the EP’s fan-favorite track ‘Young Love’. His original four track EP, offers yet another example of the multifaceted, dance-driven productions Cartal continues to provide his fans. ‘Young Love’, featuring the vocal stylings of Koko LaRoo, captures the catchy, dance-pop sound synonymous with Felix Cartal as a producer.  ‘After Dark’ (also featuring Koko LaRoo) can best be described as the counterpart to ‘Young Love’, showcasing his range with a slightly more down-tempo, sexy sound.

Want more Felix? Check out Burns’ take on “Young Love” on the new remix compilation that turns the summer anthem-esque song into a drum-and-bass-laden, gritty chop. Also, Felix Cartal’s weekly mix, Weekend Workout on Tiesto’s Club Life Radio on Sirius XM, shows his ability to compose a set without a weakest link.

On top of that, his hair is so good it has its own Twitter account.