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Art & Life with Dylan Spitler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dylan Spitler.

Dylan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, I grew up as an only child, creating and keeping my mind active all of the time. I would sit inside writing stories, drawing adventures, learning ways I could express my feelings. As a kid, I hopped from public school to public school, meeting friends and losing them along the way. It wasn’t until I started attending an arts school that I felt truly at home. I was finally able to express myself not only at home but on a daily basis with other creative, like-minded children. From 7th grade on through my graduating year of high school, I thrived in this artistic landscape. After I graduated, I immediately started attending a community college but felt none of the feelings of expressiveness that I had for the past six years. I dropped out in my second semester and made plans to move out to LA. My girlfriend, who I started dating in my junior year of high school, had just moved out to LA at this point. I figured it was the biggest step I could make for myself and for my passions. Once I moved, I began to create again. I wrote and produced an album under the moniker “sands” and released it after two months of living in LA. After a year and a half, I still write and record my own music on a daily basis, pushing myself to constantly create, learn, fail, and adapt. For that, I hope to always retain the same child-like wonder toward my art.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I’ve always been fond of and drawn to the art of creating music. I truly believe that music is a medicinal art, a beautiful communication. I am especially drawn to the many intricacies of composition and the layering of instruments. While style does not matter much to me, nor does genre, I typically fluctuate toward guitar-based indie pop/rock. I imagine I am conducting a stringed orchestra when I write. My main goal is to write beautiful melodies and to convey whatever I am feeling through the pure sonics of instrumentation, rather than any lyrics I might sing.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I believe, especially as a musician that it can be a challenge to connect with other people who share the same passions as you do. It is a means of promoting yourself, whether that be through an online social presence or going out into the world to different events and meeting other artists in your field. For me, attending local concerts and booking my own shows helps connect myself to new faces who might help me in the long run. You never know who you might meet if you just get your self out there.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
All of my music is supported on all major platforms for streaming music. Whether it’s Apple Music, Spotify, tidal, etc., you can find my music under “sands”.

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Image Credit:
Samuel Albino
Taylor Upsahl

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