Dyno is a techno DJ and producer based in Italy whose been releasing music since the ‘90s, and worked with labels ranging from UMEK’s 1605 to Coyu’s Suara. He also runs a label called Dyrwalk and via the imprint recently put out a new deep, dark and hypnotic release called Selva Oscura, which featured two of his own tracks. Excited to learn more about him, we invited Dyno to run through a few questions…
Hi Dyno, it’s great to be talking with you today. Where are you currently based?
Hi everyone, nice to meet you. I’m based in Pesaro, Italy, which is a small city between the sea and hills. In the beginning of my career, I moved my studio around between basements, garages and other buildings, but now I’ve a permanent set up in the hills near my home.
Could you describe your sound and style of music?
I’m very attached to analogue and old school sounds, but also blend in new digital sounds.
Mainly I produce techno, but my style is not always focused on just one style, especially when I’m experimenting with my analogue synths. Usually, my tracks are quite dark with a lot of energy, but I’m open minded, and make what feels right in the moment.
How did you first discover electronic music, and who are some of your main influences?
When I was a child, I loved listening to radio stations using my headphones. I was always excited by electronic sounds, which I later discovered were made using synthesisers. Around this time, my favourite song was “Stripped” by Depeche Mode. Even today, I still get goose bumps when listening to it, especially at two and half minutes, where it’s so good that I completely lose my mind. I also got influenced by other tracks such as “Radio Ga Ga” by Queen, “Save A Prayer” by Duran Duran, “21st Century Boy” by Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and lots more…
One day in a local music shop, I asked for them to recommend me some CDs of good electronic music. It was this point when I first heard “Phaedra” by Tangerine Dream, and from then I had no doubt that electronic music would be my future passion.
I understand that you recently dropped a new EP called Selva Oscura, could you tell us about the tracks and concept?
Selva Oscura consists of two deep and dark tracks with solid reverberation, searching for a deep and detailed sensation to impress the listener. This production was born from reminiscing about my passion for vinyl, and thinking about the illegal raves I DJ’ed at in the ‘90s.
What’s your studio setup like, and what are your favourite bits of equipment?
I’m now stable in my new studio located the middle of the hills, and I’m so happy that hopefully I won’t have to move it again. I design it meticulously, taking into account all the acoustic details plus shape of the room. It’s a pentagonal room with a 32 channel analogue mixer, three different sets of studio monitors, Audioscope Spectrum analyser and several original analogue synthesisers from Roland, Korg, Moog, Yamaha and others. I also use multiple effect pedals plus some other outboard gear, and I like using my analogue sequencer and modular synths. To complete the setup, behind my studio seat is a wall with thousands of vinyl records.
Can you tell us about your label Dyrwalk, as I’d live to know when you set it up, and which artists you have worked with?
Dyrwalk was a project started in 2010 with the aim of mainly releasing my own tracks. The label is a place where I could release music that I wanted to release without having to make tweaks or changes requested by other people, and have the freedom to experiment with new sounds and ideas. I’ve also released with many other labels, and across all those imprints I’ve worked with UMEK, Oliver Koletzki, Max Cooper, Sisko Electrofanatik, Solee, T78, Alex Dolby, Meat Katie, John Fleming, Khainz, Alex di Stefano and many more…
What other labels have you worked with, and what’s the release you are most proud of?
I’ve worked with lots of labels in my career including 1605, Suara, Bush Records, Traum, Yoshitoshi, Global Underground, Gain Records, JOOF Recordings, Mondo Groove, Hell Yeah, Mantra Vibes, Incorrect and many others…
To be honest, I’m most proud of two publications that are not actually techno. I like to call them my two tripping albums, as they are both very atmospheric, and I dedicated a lot of time to working on them. I’ve listed them both below…
Dyno – Pic Nic Nello Spazio – Hell Yeah Recordings
Dyno – Synthònia – Mondo Groove
What do you like to do away from music?
I’m a passionate collector and player of vintage videogames, so whenever I’ve some free time, I start to play!
What’s planned for the remainder of 2021 going into 2022?
In a few weeks, I’ll be releasing an EP on Gain Records with four new tracks, then at the end of the year I’ll be putting out a collection of my favourite productions from 2021, which will also include two previously unpublished tracks. In 2022 I’ll start to work more on experimental electronic music, which I’ll do in parallel to my new techno releases.
For anyone visiting your hometown, can you recommend a good place for food and favourite place to hang out?
If you want to eat good, and genuine Italian food, then here are my suggestions for good restaurants in the hills near my home Osteria del Giogo, Il Pergolato dalla Maria and La Vacchia Cantina. Nearer the sea, you can also find several good fish restaurants. I also love going into the some of the small taverns in the historical centre of Pesaro. If you want to have get some scenic views of the landscape, then you should also visit port side of the town.
Thanks for chatting today, is there anything else you would like to add before we finish?
Thanks for the interview, greetings also to all The Partae readers, and of course to people that support my music. It was a pleasure. Thanks Again.