1. Hey Dylon! Tell us a little about yourself.
Hey Kathryn, Thank you so much for having me! My name is Dylon Jack , I’m 21 and from Co. Clare and I have just finished eating a chicken roll.
2. How would you describe your music? What genre is it?
My tastes in music have changed a lot over the last few years. 2 or 3 years ago it would have all been slow, sad acoustic stuff but I’ve found myself kind of moving away from that into a more upbeat pop style. I like trying to mix the two together though. I like the idea of having bops with lyrics that can tell a story.
3. What inspired you to get into music? Is it always something you have had an interest in?
I’ve always been surrounded by music from the moment I popped out. My dad is a drummer and has been for the last 30+ years . I always enjoyed music growing up but it was more of a hobby. I had started and quit guitar like 3 times and was always singing around the house and stuff but It wasn’t until I was 16 or 17 when I started really enjoying it and taking it kind of seriously. I wasn’t even going to do it for my leaving cert but my music teacher in Transition Year told me that I should and it would be a bad move on my part if I didn’t do it, luckily enough I took her advice.
4. As a new artist to the Irish music scene, do you think it’ll be difficult to break into it?
As much as i’d love to say it would be easy I know that it’s not going to be! I spent the whole of last year writing and recording tracks and I’m so proud of the work that has been put in and how everything has turned out so far but I know that if I really want to make an impression and break through then I’ll have to keep working hard to do that!
5. Mental health in the music industry is a very prevalent issue, yet it is also a very taboo topic. Do you find that music and the related stressors negatively or positively impact your mental health? How do you deal with this?
Mental health is something that I’ve really struggled with on a few occasions and it’s something I think does have to be talked about more because it’s something that a lot of people have experienced. The main thing that got me through was music. It’s actually why I started writing. I didn’t want to talk to anybody at all so instead of talking to people I started writing down everything I wanted to say on a page and they started turning into songs. 2019 was easily the hardest year of my life personally and I struggled big time. Once again music is what helped me, especially studio sessions. It was a way for me to escape reality for a couple of hours and it just made me forget about everything that was going on around me at the time. Not to sound dramatic but I really don’t know where I would be without music so it really has had a positive impact on my mental health.
6. You have previously played support slots to artists such as Little Hours. Is there anyone else that you have supported and if not, is there anyone else you would like to support?
I have had a couple of support slots in the Roisin Dubh and Monroe’s in Galway and played once in London but apart from that I haven’t really played live much except for a few gigs in my hometown. In terms of artists I would love to support, I would support almost anyone! All I really want is the chance to be able to play live whether it be in small venues in front of a 100 people or arenas with 1000s. But if you want the dream scenario it would be a toss up between The 1975 or Twenty One Pilots !! They are my 2 favorite live acts.
7. How are you coping at the moment with Covid-19?
I’m lucky that Covid-19 hasn’t affected me like it has others. It feels like the reset button has been pressed for me in a way ! Last year was heavy for me and all this down time has really given me the chance to think, reflect and concentrate on myself. It helped me clear my head and I’m really grateful for that. I am really looking forward to going back to normality though and can’t wait to be able to meet up with all my mates again and I’m itching to get back to the studio.
8. Do you find that music is a good distraction during lockdown? Is there anything else you are doing to keep yourself occupied?
Music is definitely a good distraction during lockdown ! there hasn’t been a moment where music isn’t playing around my house or through my headphones ! Weirdly I found myself training a lot more and going for runs and long walks. I feel healthier than I did before lockdown started which is something I didn’t really expect.
9. Who are your musical influences? Do you find that they have had a direct impact on your music or is your music very different from those who influence you?
I have loads of influences!! The 1975 , Glass Animals , Kevin Garett and Mansionair are who I listen to the most at the moment. The person who has the biggest direct impact on my music though is Adam Redmond who produces my tracks. His brain just works differently when it comes to making tunes and working with him has helped me grow as a songwriter and a musician in the last year.
10. What is your creative process like?
I can’t really say that I have one. I can’t just sit down and write because I’ll just end up overthinking it, get frustrated and coming out with something I don’t really like ! Usually an idea will pop into my brain and 10 or 15 minutes later it will be a fully finished song, a lot of the time the music just writes itself.
11. Is there a hidden meaning behind any of your songs?!
I feel like I’m pretty clear with what I say in my songs a lot of the time but maybe that’s just because I know what I’m writing about. One of the cool things about music is that everyone can find their own meanings in it, so what might not be a hidden meaning for me, could be seen differently by someone else.
12. What’s the best advice you’ve been given? What advice can you offer to others who would like to follow a similar path to you?
The best advice that I was given is to stop overthinking everything so much. It’s something I’ve always done, especially when I’m writing lyrics but it’s also a lot easier said than done. I wouldn’t really consider myself in the position to give advice as i’m still always looking for it myself but i would say that if you really wanna pursue something then you really have to go for it !! I’m glad that I’ll at least be able to say that I tried my best if this doesn’t work out for me and I won’t have that cloud of what could have been hanging over my head.
13. If you weren’t a musician, what other career path would you like to follow?
I think it would be filmmaking or photography. I bought a camera 2 years ago and can honestly say it’s one of the best investments I’ve made. I love being able to go back and relive the moments from good times especially in times like these when there isn’t much to do.
14. Tell us something about you that nobody knows?!
I wasn’t able to talk until I was 4 , I did speech therapy as a child but just wasn’t able to get my words out then one day I was in the back of my nans car and as she was reversing out of the driveway and out of the blue I said “ Oh no Nana I sat on your magazines”. That was my first sentence. I haven’t stopped talking since.
15. Have you any upcoming gigs/releases we should know about?
I actually have, I just released my debut single “Director”, which came out on the 3rd of July and I am so excited that I have finally been able to sharing some of my music!! I have no gigs planned as of yet but hopefully it won’t be too long before I get to do one.
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