Hailing from the small town of Svelvik, located just southwest of Oslo, Norway -- an unlikely but proven city to breed and export influential electro artists -- Joachim Dyrdahl, otherwise known as diskJokke, makes acid house beats perfect for moving dancefloors and lays down chilled cinematic pop ideal for lounging.
At five years old, Dyrdahl started playing the violin, and at 14 he started spinning records. After going to school to study mathematics in a Trondheim university, he relocated to Oslo and started combining his classical and electro-disco backgrounds as a producer. He met up with Prins Thomas, who released two of diskJokke's tracks as 12" singles on his Full Pupp label. As word spread, Get Physical offered to put out two more of his 12"s on the label's Kindish imprint. He took the position of resident DJ at one of Norway's premier clubs, and appeared on a Sunkissed compilation, resulting in subsequent offers to do remixes for other artists. Eventually, one of these led to a connection at Smalltown Supersound, an up-and-coming label that put out discs by Lindstrøm (one of Dyrdahl's main inspirations). After picking ten of his most groovy tracks, Smalltown released his first full-length, Staying In, in Norway in late 2007, and overseas in February of 2008. An 11-minute diskJokke remix of Bloc Party's "Sunday" was released later that year on Vice Records. In 2010, diskJokke released his second album En Fin Tid. Ready for a change of pace, for 2011’s Sagara, Dyrdahl accepted a commission granted by Norway's Øye Festival and traveled to Indonesia to record a concept album with local Gamelan musicians. ~ Jason Lymangrover, Rovi