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Deep Grooves From Berlin - We Caught Up With Dilby

Updated: Apr 6

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We're so excited to continue our beloved Berlin Mixtapes Series, which has featured awesome guests so far. After a little break, we are back and have a number of very exciting artists that we'll be featuring over the coming months.

Next up we welcome Dilby who has been taking the House Music world by storm with his unique Deep and Tech sound. His original productions and remixes regularly feature in the Top 100 charts on Beatport. As well as gaining chart success, Dilby’s music is regularly charted and played by top DJ’s ranging from legends like Danny Tenaglia and DJ Sneak to modern front­runners like Maceo Plex, Claptone and Hot Since 82. You can find him on a selection of amazing record labels including Mother Recordings, Bondage Music, Glasgow Underground, Toolroom and more.

Dilby’s creative passion for electronic music keeps him busy in the studio. His tunes champion a signature groove and attention to detail that sets them apart from the crowd. His music is crafted from a classic house and techno pallet but presented with a fresh, modern and individual aesthetic. They are full of rich musical influences; from dub to progressive rock, ambient and tribal rhythms, but rest assured, they’re aimed squarely at the dance floor.

New Zealand born, Dilby lives and breathes house music. From a young age Dilby has been obsessed with hunting and collecting music and has always been passionate about sharing these treasures with others. This is evident in his DJ sets, which span genres and create an infectious and hypnotic groove on the dance floor.

Dilby was first introduced to underground electronic music through the rave scene of the 90’s. His excitement and passion for everything house grew until he began DJing in early 2001. Since then he has not looked back and continues to grow and evolve his sound and skills on the decks. Dilby has played the best clubs and festivals all over New Zealand and has shared the stage with many of the world’s top DJ’s along his journey.

After making the move to Berlin in 2012, he quickly rose through the ranks to become a regular favourite in the city's scene. Now you can catch him entertaining crowds across Europe, where his sets are very well received in many of the top clubs as well as festivals such as Sonar and ADE. We caught up with Dilby to find out more!

Hi Dilby, how are you and what have you been up to this week?

Hey, I'm good thanks. I'm in the studio all day everyday baby. I try to keep things pretty focused and chill during the week.

How long have you been in Berlin and what made you make the move all the way from New Zealand?

My wife (girlfriend at the time) and I came in 2012 for a one year vacation and never left. I was burned out from my old corporate job and we decided a reset was in order, turns out it ended up being a full system reboot, haha!


Do you still go back to New Zealand and is there much of an electronic scene where you're from?

I was just back there touring in January and February which was amazing. I played some really cool shows in New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia but the highlight was Shipwrecked Festival by far. My good homie Logan Baker has made a world class little festival and it keeps going from strength to strength. Also, shout out to my booker Jacob from Thick As Thieves for being a legend and making it all happen!