Sydney-based, classically trained, DJ and producer Dylan Martin (middle name Royalston) has been listening to drum & bass since ’93, producing for 12 years and DJ-ing for over a decade. A man of many talents, Royalston is also an illustrator and designer and first got into music production when he was making a soundtrack to a 3D animation. His music is characterized by a raw, analogue sound with a techy edge – thanks to plenty of hardware like his favourite Korg MS-20 – and he has released on labels such as Bad Taste and Black Acre before signing exclusively to Med School in 2012.
A future star in the making, Royalston started producing on pre-cursor to Reason, Propellerheads Rebirth, along with an old groovebox called a Yamaha RM1X and is now a hardened Ableton addict. Wanting to learn more, Royalston went and studied piano and composition, taught by a film composer who had worked at CBS throughout the 70s and arranged and orchestrated many classic disco tunes. After a short stint at music school (“Japanese Bones” by the band MA, which Royalston remixes on his forthcoming “Cerulean Blue” EP, is written by one of his teachers from there!) Royalston has gone on to write music for documentaries, educational programs, video artists and a few TV commercials.
Royalston cut his teeth on Med School with ‘The Test’ – a track which appeared on ‘New Blood 010’ and remains one of his favourite tunes to date. He swiftly followed this up with his first vinyl release, the vitriolic “Glitchbitch”, dedicated to his ex-girlfriend, on ‘More Blood 010’. Having wowed us with a release on Bad Taste and a super sharp remix of Art vs Science – ‘Magic Fountain’, which started life as a bootleg, was made legit and subsequently received heavy support from London Elektricity. In November 2011, Royalston was back with more musical mayhem in his exceptional, four-track ‘Cerulean Blue’ EP.
His debut album ‘OCD’ was one of Med School’s most heavily anticipated of 2014. AN LP that managed to fully exposes what Royalston represents, an orchestra influence but with a keen love for drum and bass music and experimentation that doesn’t stick to just one sound. An album rich in experimentation, tracks such as ‘OCD’ showcase the best in percussion production, contrasted with neurofunk-esque sounds of tracks such as ‘Modular Jam’.
Since then, our guy from down under has featured heavily on Hospital and Med School compilations as well as releasing his second album ‘People on the Ground’. An album rife with switch-ups and influences from genres such as techno, trance and house, it’s a step-up from the experimentation of ‘OCD’ and shows the diversity of knowledge and influence in Royalston’s repertoire. Singer Hannah Joy joins for two songs on the album, providing warming vocals on title-track ‘People on the Ground’ and heavy roller ‘Give Me the Word’.
Most people don’t know that Royalston illustrates the artwork on his own releases, and his upcoming release, the ‘Popular Mechanics’ LP that drops on October 6th he has outdone himself. Watch this space for an album certain to not hold back on the weird and wonderful sounds of drum and bass.