Thyladomid is no stranger to followers of Diynamic. He stepped into the international limelight back in 2010, when his single, “The Voice,” held the pole position on Beatport’s Deep House charts for six-consecutive weeks and eventually got him a “Beatport Music Award” in the category “Top Deep House Track of the Year.” Since then Thyladomid has been an inherent part of Diynamic, with regular appearances on international label showcases and its own festivals, as well as with multiple successful releases on the label and its sub-imprint 2DIY4, including highly-acclaimed collaborations with Adriatique. Now, Thyladomid is gearing up for his latest release “Places,” out June 1st.
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SunCity Paradise: Kicking it off with Cologne, what really stands out and makes it special to you? Where would you send a first-time visitor to get a real sense of the city?
Thyladomid: The first thing that comes to my mind when speaking about Cologne, of course, is the cathedral in the middle of the city. It’s the main landmark of cologne and it’s always worth a visit. The Dom, located next to the river Rhein, is also worth a visit. But, what makes the city really special to me is the Grüngürtel — areas of parkland around the city where you can actually work from morning till night. In summer everybody is chilling in those parks. It gives the city a special flavor of living.
SCP: What was your first real exposure to music? How did you get inspired to create your own and eventually pursue it as a career?
T: I learned the classical piano when I was around seven years old. Then I stopped when I turned 15; typically the age to cancel anything your parents forced you to do when you were young. Three years later, I discovered electronic music at a commercial discotheque. After a few months, I was looking for a way to create it on my own and I started using FL Studio 5. I produced for two years before learning how to DJ. Five years later, I knew I wanted to stick with making music for my lifetime. It’s such a beautiful thing to be able to create something you can always listen to and which defines who you are.
SCP: To create music, and traveling to promote it, must be such a feeling. What’s the most impactful and meaningful part you cherish about it? Does the travel help inspirationally?
T: Yes, it helps. My forthcoming album “Places” is about this topic. My travels have inspired me a lot. Meeting different people and visiting different places in the world will help you to gain important experiences in life.
SCP: Speaking of “Places,” you’re about to release the album June 1st. What was your thought process behind this release?
T: “Places” is my second album and reflects a very important period of my life. It’s about my experience I made through traveling and, firstly, visiting all these amazing cities and people through my touring. I try to keep it as organic as possible. The sounds I used are often recorded by traveling around and doing experiments in sound design.
SCP: What’s one stark difference between traveling as an artist versus personal travel?
T: Traveling as an artist I consider to be more stressful, because you’re tied to a time schedule. Also, the short intervals of rest can cause health problems, therefore sports and a good diet is very important.
SCP: When searching for a personal getaway, are you looking for a serene beach or after a more active, adventurous getaway? Why?
T: I’m in love with the Provence in the South of France. I love spending time there. In the last years I tried to spend my summers there and travel to nice places. It reloads your energy levels for the dark heavy winters in Germany.
SCP: Everyone has a list of places that they still have to hit. What are three destinations, either work or pleasure, that you need to see? Why?
T: First, is Japan. I always wanted to go there [for work] and for holidays. People I know have told me exciting stories about visiting this unique culture in the East. Second, is Canada. I’d like to visit the Nature el Dorado for a few months, just traveling in nature alone. A friend of mine did and he said it changed his life. Third, is Iceland. This island is a stunning nature phenomenon. I’ve seen some amazing documentaries about it and its society is also worth a visit.
SCP: One of our core objectives at SCP is to bring people together while traveling, not only to influence people to see and appreciate our beautiful world, but to also minimize cross-cultural divides. What effect does traveling, specifically surrounding dance music, have on humans in this regard? How has it broadened your perspective of the world?
T: In short terms: It connects all people in the world. I’ve attended dance parties even in the most abandoned places on the planet. Of course, the internet helps, but this music is a global movement and it’s getting tens of thousands of followers globally every year.
SCP: When you’re relaxing on a beach or just have some downtime are you listening to music? Do you like to switch up the genre you listen to? If so, to what?
T: I like a wide range of music. For workouts I listen to gangster rap — mostly German Hip-hop. When with friends having a dinner, I love to listen to jazz or instrumental blues — hip-hop beats [too].
SCP: Lastly, what do the next couple of months have in store for you?
T: My album “Places” will be out on the 1st of June, of course. Then I’ll be part of the “Tour de Traum” in June, which is a compilation. I’m also part of a release in July on Marc Romboy’s Systematic. In December, I’ll be part of an Ambient project which will be released on Sven Väth’s Cocoon.