Behind the Beat: Dilby
Mother Recordings have been going from strength to strength, and following their release from Dilby there seems to be no sign of them slowing. We caught up with the Berlin resident to uncover more about this talented producer.
Only The Beat: Hey, great to meet to you. Tell the readers a little about yourself for those that might not about your work? Where are you based right now?
Dilby: I’m a DJ and producer from New Zealand and I currently live, eat, sleep and play in Berlin.
OTB: What are the best and worse things about living in the city right now?
Dilby: It’s a really vibrant city to live in and I really enjoy it here. Along with a bunch of top clubs and a huge music scene there are a lot of great burger places which really makes for a good balance of all the things I love, haha.
OTB: How influential have your surroundings been on your music taste?
Dilby: Somewhat influential I suppose. All of life’s experiences influence all aspects of life. That said, I don’t think my music would be described as a typical Berlin sound.
OTB: Where do your influences come from? Was electronic music prominent when you were growing up?
Dilby: My influences growing up were skateboarding and Hip-Hop! I grew up in a small city which didn’t really have an electronic music scene except for a couple of big rave parties each year. Once I was 19 I moved to Auckland (New Zealand’s largest city) which is where I got into the club scene and into buying and playing records.
OTB: Do you want to focus more on DJing currently or producing? Have you a preference for one over the other?
Dilby: I really enjoy both and couldn’t give up on either. I think a balance is great as playing music helps to inspire my studio sessions and I get a real buzz from testing out new things that I have just made and seeing how the crowd respond.
OTB: Where would you say has been your favorite place to play so far, and what makes it stand out from the others?
Dilby: I have had the opportunity to play at a bunch of really great clubs and festivals which I am super thankful for. But for me the ideal is playing a long session at Sisyphos in Berlin. The crowd is always so up for partying and it is one of the few places which stays true to the real hedonistic vibe of where house and techno came from.
OTB: You have a new release about to come out on Mother Recordings, how did it come about you working with the label?
Dilby: Mother Recordings is one of my home labels (along with Bondage Music) so I was talking with Nhan and we decided it was time to do a new EP on Mother, and boom there it was, haha.
OTB: What was your thinking around the tracks?
Dilby: The tracks are all about the club. Time to get down and shake it!
Dilby – Make You Move / My Body – Mother Recordings
OTB: Any exciting things coming up you would like to give out a shout out to?
Dilby: I’ve got a bit of a Southern Hemisphere tour coming up in December and January with shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and more to be announced so that is going to be a blast!
Make You Move is out now on Mother Recordings, pick up a copy here.
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