DreamReaper is the cyberfunk project of Portland-based electronic musician Troy Dierke. His music combines the dark sounds of cyberpunk with unique funk elements to create the vibe of a futuristic dystopian disco. Each DreamReaper track is a high energy thrill ride complete with heavy, distorted bass grooves, resulting in a dark, yet danceable sound that is instantly recognizable and impossible to sit still to. Influences include Justice, Carpenter Brut, The Crystal Method, Ed Banger, with an increasing interest in the mid-tempo bass sound popularized by artists such as Rezz, Lick, and 1788-L.
Troy has remained proudly independent since DreamReaper’s first EP in 2015, self-releasing all his major albums and EPs under his own label Casual Encounters. The 2019 release of his full-length album, Liminality, topped several charts on the independent music site Bandcamp as well as receiving glowing reviews from new and long-time fans alike. DreamReaper has become well known for his remixes, where he transforms tracks into something totally unlike the original. Examples include flipping the dirty electro of Lazerpunk’s Black Lambo into an intergalactic funk banger and the chillwave vibe of PSYK’s Neon Demon into a heavy electro dreamscape. The artist designs all his own artwork and merchandise, considering that to be one of the most important and interesting parts of any creative project. In addition to his self-released albums, DreamReaper has released singles and remixes on independent labels FiXT Neon, Lazerdiscs Records, Midnight Beach Records, and Synth City Records.