In 2013, Pop Drone Records ws founded with the single purpose of releasing a pair of concept albums by Yuri Bakker aka Ryckholt as well as ‘Show Me Your Fears,’ the first record made by Pony Girl and ‘Glass/Batteries’ by Dutch duo Dialoog. The records were a success in Canada and a new indie label was born.
Dialoog (Dutch: “dialogue”) is the electronic music duo comprised of Yuri Bakker and Michael Powell, childhood friends from Rotterdam, NL. Trained at Juilliard and Berklee, respectively, it’s remarkable—while highly unlikely—for two virtuosic artists to be paired this way.
This prolific duo creates live performances combining electro with jazz harmonies and classical music. One Dutch magazine describes Dialoog’s dance-floor as ‘intergalatactish… a genuine smeltkroes of hiphop, electro, funk, jazz, and classic. Not to mentioned the onbereikbare niveaus van grooveheid.’
The universe was kind to place Yuri & Michael on either side of a townhouse wall, growing up in Rotterdam, NL. Trained at Juilliard and Berklee, respectively, it’s remarkable–while highly unlikely–for two virtuosic artists to be paired so.
The project formed in NYC and made several trips to Canada, where Dialoog took up a one-month residency at Café Nostalgica and a one-night-only Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau collaboration at Le Petit Mort Gallery in Ottawa. They were feature performers at FAU MARDI in Vieux-Hull and a night in the Improvising Musicians of Ottawa-Outaouais concert series. Deepening their ties to the city, Dialoog were key contributors to the Remix Ottawa project co-produced by Pop Drone and Guerilla Magazine.
“They’re childhood friends from Rotterdam with an Ottawa connection. Their groovy, Moog-recalling name is simply the Dutch word for “dialogue” which is what musicians Yuri Bakker (keys, synths, samples) and Michael Powell (drums, percussion, samples) attempt to do through music — they talk in a kind of call-and-response format. Their form of monkey-see-monkey-do music is stuff of high-bohemia music geekery (Bakker went to Juilliard, Powell went to Berklee. Cred, eh?)… But it’s not aimed solely at nerds and obscurists who might recognize their re-creation of a Gustav Mahler composition, mixed in with some hip-hop.” —Ottawa Magazine