As one of the artists featured on the genre-defining Beat Dimensions compilation in 2007, DYNOOO’s s been part of the beats movement from day one. But rather than conforming to the rules and expectations set by the compilation, the Aalst-born (?) producer’s been defiantly challenging them ever since. Now based in South-London, he is still stubbornly following his own path as recent released on labels like Surf Kill, Astro:Dynamics or Glue Moon Records confirm.
This DYNOOO interview is part of a larger series on Beat Music in Belgium. Check it in our Fourth Quarter Edition.
On how he started.
I started making music because I had a CD with Cool Edit Pro lying around. I dragged sounds into it and discovered how to use it as a sequencer. That’s how I began making beats. I continued until I noticed that I could make instrumental music without a need for vocals and just kept making music ever since. As a hobby.
About finding his own sound.
A lot of it is a result of my move to London. Everything has changed. I take pictures and mess around with photoshop and the look of that has changed too. The sound of my music has changed. I can’t really pinpoint what exactly is the reason but I think that my environment leaves a big impression on my creative work. Actually, I never really know what I’m doing but it just seems to work. I don’t consciously distance myself from others. I do want people to enter into my world when they listen to my music. That they enter my mind like in The Cell, that film with Jennifer Lopez.
On the internet.
Is it important to me? Yes and no. If you want to see beautiful women you need at least Instagram. But for music? Last two years I stopped listening to what is considered electronic music. I only listen to rap music and what my friends share on Soundcloud. But apart from that I don’t listen to any experimental music or beats anymore. Which probably is another reason why my own sound changed. But it is important because I lose lots of time on it, especially since I’ve got internet access at work (laughs). People do get in touch with me through mail but I don’t use it to network. Never have. That’s why I probably haven’t achieved much. I’m quite asocial. It’s not in my nature to hustle for gigs or releases. What I’ve reached is through making music and I like it that way. It has something pure.
About live gigs.
I’ve become picky about live gigs. Sometimes I decline things that could get me a lot of exposure. If I don’t feel it 100% I don’t do it. I use a Roland SP404 which takes a lot of preparation and I want to play new sets with every gig I do so I’d rather refuse the ones that aren’t my thing even if they pay well or increase my visibility.
About being part of a scene.
I don’t want be part of a scene and if I fit into one it’s by chance. That’s the reason why I don’t listen to other electronic or experimental music because it always seeps through into your own work. I want to keep mine as pure as possible. I’m tired of the classical idea of beats. Hip hop drums layered with saw bass. I don’t want to be part of that. It’s not what I do. But I get why people put me in the beats corner because of the certain elements, the tempo of my music. And because I listen to rap music.
On the future.
I’m making tracks with a female singer from Blackheath, called Laolu. She basically doesn’t know much about experimental music which makes it very interesting for me. She picks instrumentals, sings over them and the result is always exciting to hear. I want to do more tracks with her.
I don’t plan anything, I just keep doing what I do and see where it leads me. If people ask me and I can find myself in their offer I’ll do it. But I’ll keep making music. Or not. Unlike before, I don’t constantly make music anymore. Sometimes I do nothing for over a month. Which seems to work better for me.