Following the success of Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas comes diskJokke, a.k.a. Joachim Dyrdahl, the latest in a string of exciting and innovative artists hailing from the Oslo electronica scene. Discovered by disco luminary Prins Thomas, who immediately signed three singles to his Full Pupp label, diskJokke was almost instantaneously signed by M.A.N.D.Y for their new sub label, Kindisch. With such a strong start, word quickly spread about diskJokke’s quirky, spaced-out and dubby mixture of house, Italo and disco.
Currently living in Oslo, the 28 year old Diskjokke is a classically trained violinist. He became interested in electronic music at the age of 15 when he discovered Norwegian DJ legend Olle Abstract`s radio show. He naturally grativated towards Norway’s premiere club night, Sunkissed, where he has been a resident DJ for several years now, and, along with Rune Lindbæk, Linstrøm, Prins Thomas and Todd Terje is responsible for the country’s vibrant electronic music scene. Studying mathematics for a number of years, the producer has put his scholarly pursuits on hold in order to focus on music full-time; he has busy balancing a string of releases including three full-length albums, several singles and EPs, as well as remixes for a number of diverse artists including Lindstrøm, Foals, Lykke Li and Bloc Party.
While diskJokke’s first two full-length albums, “Staying In” (2007) and “Ein Fin Tid” (2010) are characterized by poppy, melodic, Norwegian disco-house, his latest album, “Sagara” (2011), sees the young producer take on a decidedly different turn. Commissioned by Norway’s Øya Festival, “Sagara” saw diskJokke travel to Bali and Java, where he temporarily abandoned dance music to instead incorporate the tones and modalities of Gamelan music into softer, more contemplative ambient pieces. Using the blur that can be created by the percussive sounds of Gamelan, Drydahl put both his classical and electronic music training to work, and reveals a careful ear and sense of structure that may not be evident in his more dance-oriented productions.
Performing for the first time in Germany, diskJokke will be bringing his disco-house to CTM.12, but, if we’re lucky, we may also get a few glimpses of his recent Gamelanic explorations.
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