Photos: © Mark Flowers

John Dyson became interested in music at around 12 years of age. His first love was the music of The Shadows, which inspired him to learn to play the guitar and become involved with a group called The Renegades. As he began to collect equipment, he began experimenting with synthesisers, drum machines and multitrack recording.

In the mid-1980s John answered a magazine advert from somebody who was interested in musical technology and was looking for like minded souls. John Dyson's melodic style blended with David Ward-Hunt's sequenced based rhythms as if they had been made for each other. When the pair seemed to spend more time copying tapes for listeners than writing new material, they decided to produce a cassette release of their work under the name of Wavestar. Mind Journey became a huge success; one copy finding it's way into the hands of EM visionaries, Dennis and Jeanette Emsley. They asked John and Dave to play at the following year's UK Electronica. Wavestar's appearance in 1985 was the prelude to unprecedented scenes of adulation from the audience. Word spread like wildfire!

Further concerts and a second cassette release Zenith , served to push Wavestar's reputation to new heights. Within three years they were headlining Britain's then most prestigious electronic music event, "UK Electronica", and were receiving invitations to play in France and Spain. It was only a matter of tome until a record label, released the importance of the duo, and Wavestar eventually signed to Jem Records, releasing Moonwind. The new album was to receive rapturous critical acclaim the world over. However Jem Records then went bust with not a penny paid to Wavestar. This was to put a huge strain on the pair. Wavestar split up in 1989 following "personal difficulties." John now completely disillusioned with the whole business, began to question his future.

Anthony Trasher, a regular co-organiser of UK Electronica and a personal friend of John, suggested they set up a label of their own. The Surreal to Real label was established and John's first solo album Evolution was to become an all-time EM best seller!

In 1991 John released his second album Aquarelle which placed him securely in the forefront of the world EM scene.

Following two appearances at the Dutch KLEM festival "KLEMdag", John was given headline billing a THIRD TIME! A public appearance at an outside broadcast in Germany brought over 500 fans to catch a glimpse of their hero! John's live shows are fast becoming legends in themselves!

A Live concert for BBX Radio Derby became a sell-out, underlining John's popularity. This success came as a shock to the organizers, who were used to an audience of less than 100 for most local Radio concerts!

John's 1994 album :Different Values sees him exploring territory touched upon during his days with Wavestar, and also finding refreshing new avenues for his boundless musical talent. An appearance at the EMMA 94 festival in Derby (UK) served to show off the album to his fans in the UK (for a chance!).

In 1996 John released what was to be his final album on "Surreal to Real" called Beyond the Gates.

During 1996 John became a little disillusioned to say the least since most of the album funds didn't seem to be finding their way to his studio to enable him to renew a great deal of the equipment which was getting a little long in the tooth as they say. We cannot go into details here of course, but it was decided that it would be better if he left "Surreal to Real". This was arranged somewhat amicable and left John to pursue what he thought would be best for him.

After a long break and a great deal of thought, he decided that since there were unreleased tracks by Wavestar still on tape in the studio, he would "test the water" by releasing these on his own label, using this as a Testbed, so to speak. This album Out of Time features complete tracks which were recorded from around '86 to '88. Some of these were to be included on a follow up album to the renowned Moonwind album by Wavestar. Unfortunately the USA Company went broke so the album never materialized. They are now available to be heard on CD on Out of Time on John's new label "Soddett Hall" (Hall 9000) which has been put together with tremendous help of Ron, Kees, Robert and all at Groove Unlimited (NL).

John is working with Shaun Michael D'Lear and the D'Lear band in the studio and on tracks for himself. Shaun produced the photographs/graphics on the new Wavestar album.

In April 1998 John Dyson was awarded by "Schwingungen" for his complete work in Electronic Music. The song Crystal Ashes from the CD Out of Time was voted best song of 1997. The complete CD was voted as number 7 in the category "Best CD." 

In May 1998 there was the re-release of the famous Moonwind album, again a co-operation between "Soddett Hall" and Groove Unlimited.

Due to popular demand (John was voted as the number ONE artist people wanted to see during KLEMdag 1997) John and some friends performed on E-Live 1998 and even Sir Paul McCartney came by to see them.

On July 19th, 1999, David Ward-Hunt passed away.

In April 2001 a remastered version of Zenith was released containing a bonus track.

Wavestar Discography

Mind Journey



Out of Time

John Dyson Discography



Different Values 

Beyond the Gates 

Silverbird (Recorded live in the Studio October 1998) 


John Dyson’s Music on Samplers

Emma I & II Live - Rio Grande

Beste Schwingungen - Evolution

The Seed - The Seed [6:15]

Mysterious Neighbour - To See Two Moons [7:21]

Klem CD 1 - Rain forest Dawn [5:45]

Surreality - Time-node [11:57]

3 for Breda (CD single) - Another Time, Another Place

Schwingungen auf CD #39 09/98 - Shadows (live in Sweden)

Schwingungen auf CD #42 11/98 - Silver Bird

A Groove Selection - Wavestar - Crystal Ashes (excerpt)

A Groove Selection - John Dyson - Tempus Fugit (excerpt)

Other Contributions

Shaun D'Lear - Shaun D'Lear ('89 Candyman CM 1)