Dillon: A Berlin-based Techno Chanteuse Who Gets Us All Riled Up

by Tobias

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Our new marketing manager, Tobias, is German and would like to share some German music with you.

As you might imagine it is not exactly a walk in the park being one of only two Germans in the office. Since I started three weeks ago I have at least five times thought about quitting my job again, due to the atrocities I am exposed to (i.e. the shit I’m given) by my ‘valued’ colleagues on a daily basis. Jokes about German music never seem to get old, especially those revolving around Scooter and various Euro Dance legends, such as Mr President.

However, not having lived in Germany for an extended period of time over the last 7 years, I admittedly had a difficult time firing back with a list of recent German talents that I thought would hold up in an international comparison.

But: Dillon to the rescue. I stumbled upon the 23- year-old’s Youtube videos last weekend (I like to believe it was fate). Okay, technically speaking, Dominique Dillon de Byington was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, but she’s been living in Germany since she was 5 years old. Also, if you watch the interview, German bloggers ‘Les Berlinettes’ did with her in December, Dillon’s English accent leaves little doubt that she is, in fact, German.

I fell in love with her (voice) while watching a Youtube video where ‘A Pocketful of Money’ by Jens Lekman was playing on a stereo in the background and Dillon just sings her own lyrics (which have culminated into the song Thirteen vs. Thirtyfive) to it. In the heat of the moment, I was struck by the notion that this was the first ever great duet recorded without consent given by half of the duo.

Frankly, I don't really care what message her lyrics convey because I immediately became enamoured with her vocal chords. Even when I try paying attention to the words I find myself gazing at my computer screen, hypnotized by her voice and appearance.
One of the many Hamburg-Hip-Hoppers-gone-House lads, DJ Koze, described this very voice as follows: “She sings comfortably imperfect and true. She has character. I like her. She has a bright future ahead of her.”
Our Blogmeister Ulrik poetically proclaimed it to be ‘ethereal’ and ‘otherworldly’ (he does have his way with words, doesn’t he?).

In any case, Berlin Techno Icon Ellen Allien’s thoughts must have been somewhere along those lines since she decided to sign Dillon on her label BPitch Control. This piece of information made me realize that I had been listening to her vocals on a piece called ‘Aiming for destruction’ she recorded with Coma for BPitch Control compilation ‘Werkschau’ that was on heavy rotation on my iPod for most of last spring.

By now, Dillon’s first album is already released. Created in co-production with Thies Mynther (from Duo Phantom/ Ghost) and her long-term boyfriend Tamer Fahri Özgönenc (fate only goes so far apparently), This Silence Kills turned out to be a very respectable venture into an off-kilter, voice-driven singer/songwriter album. Without neglecting its Techno label’s identity.

If nothing else, at least Dillon has provided me with the material to make a strong case for Germany-based music the next time someone streams Coco Jambo or Hyper, Hyper to the office stereo.