Dwayne Megens was born in the Dutch city of Eindhoven in 1994. He was named after Wayne Rainey, the famous American Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. D-wayne’s parents weren’t real motorsport fans – they just loved the sound of his name. That’s what D-wayne loves as well – things that sound beautiful. Together with his father he would listen to the radio, from the classic rock of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple to the electronic wizardry of Kraftwerk.
D-wayne absorbed it all and taught himself more, spurning formal music training.
D-wayne started DJ’ing at school parties and from there, he progressed to playing in local clubs. Much as D-wayne loves the records of stars such as Tiësto, Laidback Luke or Axwell he wanted more. “I thought, wouldn’t it be much better to create dance floor euphoria by playing my own stuff? So I did what many producers have done and downloaded Fruity Loops. I soon got the hang of it. Motorcycle’s track, ‘As The Rush Comes’, was a huge inspiration, it keeps you spellbound from beginning to end. That is what I want my own productions to be – riveting and constantly surprising.” D-wayne sent Afrojack one of his first tracks. “He responded after a while, saying he didn’t only like it very much but wanted to release it as well!” The list of D–wayne productions has now grown considerably; ‘Punk’d’ and ‘Eponym’ on Aoki’s Dim Mak label, ‘Kampala’ and ‘Neon’ on Nervous, ‘Distance’, ‘Ammo’, ‘Gravity’, ‘Crackle’, ‘X-Ray Vision’, ‘Detonate’, ‘Revel’ and ‘Ignition’ on Wall Recordings.
And on Afrojack’s debut album the track ‘Freedom’ which is a collab with his master. Additionally, there are remixes for Tiësto, Afrojack, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Sheppard and R3hab. Now DJ’s such as Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Nicky Romero, David Guetta and Gabriel & Dresden play his records. D-wayne also produced a remix of a Gabriel & Dresden track. Together the three of them produced the track ‘Shatter’. With this things came full circle – for it was Gabriel & Dresden behind the Motorcycle pseudonym. They produced ‘As the Rush Comes’, the record that inspired D-wayne to start making his own music.
He cares deeply about his music. “Just like a film director chooses images, each with their own meaning, I carefully select all the elements of my music. I want to tell a story. ‘Africa’, one of my most recent tracks, is inspired by the people of Africa. Even when misery seems insurmountable, they draw strength from their music. I want to project that strength in my music. I want to produce that one record that will make everyone in the club or at the festival say: that was the absolute high point of the night.”
This is what makes he is in demand for a few years already to produce tracks for other DJs and producers as well and do collaborations.
Another sign of his strength is evident when D-wayne is playing records at festivals such as 7th Sunday and Tomorrowland, EDC New York (of which a leading blog afterwards said he was one of the artists that stole the show), in clubs in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama. Puerto Rico, Surinam, Brasil, Haiti, Canada, in Space Moscow, at the Great Wall in China, in Space Moscow, in Pacha New York, in The Mansion in Miami or in Las Vegas at the renown nightclubs Wet Republic, Wynn XS, Hakkasan and Omnia.
And he is one of the youngest ever DJs that held an official residency with Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas!
D-wayne’s success as a DJ and producer will continue to grow!