tyDi tidies up Play Club @ The Roof!

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan // SHOT BY YKT

No stranger to the music scene and definitely no stranger to Malaysia, Australian DJ tyDi made his way back to Kuala Lumpur last Friday, June 4th to treat his fans with a fantastic night of partying. The super charming and super talented 27-year-old who hails from Queensland, Australia, brought his own unique sound to Play Club @ The Roof proving that he is definitely one to keep a look out for.

tyDi put his spin to some commercial tracks on Friday but it was his own original tracks that really got the crowd going. The dance floor at Play Club @ The Roof was beyond packed, tables everywhere in the club were flooded with people and there was barely any room for anyone to walk but no one’s complaining because tyDi was tearing the roof off the club!

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan // SHOT BY YKT
Photo courtesy of Jonathan // SHOT BY YKT

The owners of Play Club @ The Roof also took it on themselves to surprise tyDi with a birthday cake and champagne as a belated birthday celebration for him. Lucky for us and of course, with thanks to our friends from Play Club @ The Roof, we managed to catch up with tyDi before partying the night away. Here’s what went down:

Q: Hi tyDi! How are you?

Hey hey! You’re very pretty, haha! I’m great, thanks! Yourself?

Q: Aww thank you! I’m good, thanks for asking. Any upcoming plans for the rest of 2014?

Yes! I have a new album coming out on September 16th and it’s called Redefined. I spent 3 years working on the album and I’m not sure if I can swear but I am f*cking excited about it because 3 years is a lot of time to be working on something. With my last album Shooting Stars — I told people that it was my baby. I thought that once I made that album and people heard it, I could never top it but that did not stop me from trying. It took me three years and I know I have something that is definitely going to put my old album to shame.

Q: Any collaborations on the album?

Yeah big ones. A lot of my favourite artistes that I have always wanted to work with. For example, Dashboard Confessional. Chris Carrabba the man behind the band is on one of the tracks. There are so many incredible vocalists on this album and I worked with so many fantastic writers on it. Every track on the album has a vocal.

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan // SHOT BY YKT
Photo courtesy of Jonathan // SHOT BY YKT

Q: Cool! Now the DJ MAG Top 100 is coming up. Who do you personally think will be in the Top 5?

To be honest, I don’t really care. Do you know why? Because I don’t think the Top 5 is legitimate. It doesn’t make sense, it’s not true. Think about it — Avicii is one of the top selling artistes in the world, he sells out stadiums. I mean let’s look at some of the biggest DJs in the world and this is no disrespect to amazing people like Hardwell who I’ve met. He’s a great guy and an incredible person and I love him but Armin van Buuren again, without him I wouldn’t have a career. He’s very worthy of what he has had with the number one. But these days with the Top 100, it isn’t accurate. It doesn’t describe who is the most famous. If it was a list of talents sure, but then again it’s impossible to measure talent. You can’t measure subjectivity, you can’t measure art so all you can measure is popularity. If you want to try and measure popularity then the DJ MAG Top 100 is not doing that very accurately because the guys in the Top 3 are not selling the most songs nor the most shows so to be honest I don’t know who is going to win. I think the person who is going to win is the person who spends the most money advertising.

Q: I’m guessing you’re not going to be competing then?

Absolutely not. I hope I’m not part of the list. I was on the list before and I don’t want to be part of it anymore.

Q: Yeah, what was that like? How did it feel?

At the time, it meant a lot to me. I believed it, I was ignorant. I believed that I was the number 48 DJ in the world but now I’m a little older, a little wiser and when I look at the list and see the people on the list it makes me think “how could I have been so arrogant to believe that I could be number 48 in the world when people like Daft Punk are below me?” That doesn’t make sense and I can’t be that intellectually dishonest with myself so really, all the best to everybody in the DJ MAG Top 100 but it’s not for me anymore. I want to be known for my art, known for the fans who come to my shows because they adore my music.

Q: How would you say your sound has evolved over the years?

My sound has become a lot more diverse for sure. That sounds very ambiguous but I’ve grown as a song writer. When I first started out I had a certain amount of knowledge in the music industry then I got a degree in music — I studied theory and classical training. I’ve really developed in the years and with this new album I have worked with some of the biggest song writers in the world — song writers who are the best at the game. I’ve gotten into the studio with them, we write the lyrics and melodies together and as an artiste myself, I’ve learn to create more than just a beat. I’ve learn how to make songs that could stay in your heart forever. I feel and hope that my music and my new album is timeless and not disposable like how I find dance music to be now.

Q: That’s great. Can’t wait till your album drops! What do you think about the party scene in KL?

Me too! I’m so excited about it! The party scene in KL is great! There’s a reason I have been back to this city for about fifteen times now. The fans here, they go crazy and they get my music so it’s really great!

Q: Are you expecting a crazy night tonight?

I sure am!! I saw the line out there, the people are pumped up – it looks like it’s going to be fantastic!

Photo courtesy of Jonathan // SHOT BY YKT
Photo courtesy of Jonathan // SHOT BY YKT

Q: You’ve been to KL a couple of times now, what do you love most about this city?

You know it is without a doubt that KL is one of my favourite places to play at. It’s not just because of the fans, the whole culture and attitude as well as how kind people are here – it’s truly amazing. People here are very welcoming and that is a beautiful thing for me because I don’t really have a home. I travel every week, I’m in a different country every week so yes, I can confidently say that KL is one my favourite cities.

Q: That’s fantastic! I’m glad you love it here. One last question, how do you like to kick back when the party is over?

Oh now, that’s a question that could be dangerous. Hahaha! If we are talking about young and single tyDi, then I would probably be waking up the next day with two beautiful girls. Hahaha!!! But that’s not the case lately. I am definitely a lot more calm and settled now. When I’m done with a show, I like to just go back to my hotel room, enjoy a glass of red wine and listen to calming music or watch a movie to calm my mind.

Awesome! Thanks so much tyDi!

Now if you missed out on tyDi, fret not as Markus Schulz will be making his way to Play Club @ The Roof on June 25th! Don’t forget to come out and play then! 😉

Here’s Nothing Really Matters by tyDi feat. Melanie Fontana! Enjoy!

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Bryna K.
Bryna spends most of her time obsessing over cars and sports, particularly football while keeping updated with the entertainment scene. From raves to rock concerts, Bryna listens to all sorts of genres and is also a fan of horror and action movies.