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Art & Life with Dyllan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dyllan.

Dyllan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles with two creative parents. I started writing songs when I was twelve, inspired by people like Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, and Jeff Buckley. I started playing gigs when I was fifteen. My favorite spot was Genghis Cohen, the Chinese restaurant/venue at the corner of Fairfax and Beverly, where I performed my first original songs. My dream was to live in New York, so I went there for college, did a year abroad in Paris, and then back to New York. I lived an exhaustive life for a few years working three jobs at a time and playing around the city with my band. I got really burned out, a relationship ended, and I couldn’t stand the cold anymore, so I moved back to LA, scared I wouldn’t find a community that supported my art. Luckily I was wrong, and I think it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Please tell us about your art.
I like to call myself a songstress. My goal is to tell my authentic story through my music in the hopes that I will connect with something raw and human in others. I can’t pinpoint the genre, but it falls somewhere between pop and folk. I like using vivid imagery, but I also like describing subtle moments in everyday life. I love being in the studio but I also love performing live. There is nothing more rewarding to me than the immediate satisfaction of sharing in that space with an audience, especially when someone approaches me after a show and tells me they connected with a song. Music is a shared experience which is what makes it such a unique and beautiful art form. I write because I have no other choice, it’s like therapy to me to hash something out and structure it into song form. It’s how I better understand myself.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think every generation has probably felt that they were living in a particularly wrought time, but I do feel that we’re on the precipice of something right now, where we as a collective can choose to go one direction or another. It’s pretty frightening how dystopian it feels every time I read the news. I do think artists of all different races, religions, gender orientations and expressions have more agency to express themselves and their lived experience which is a positive change (although I am aware this isn’t true in all parts of the world). I think art can drive change and I see artists using it in that way which is beautiful. I was very inspired after the Women’s March and wrote a song about that. I’ve written about being in emotionally abusive relationships with men. On social media, I talk about my personal difficulties finding agency to speak up, and I talk about consent. All I can do as an artist is shed light on my own experiences, my frustrations and my thoughts, but without being “preachy,” which I don’t think is effective.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my life, usually around Los Angeles but hopefully soon elsewhere!

Website: http://www.dyllan-music.com/ And you can listen to my music on Spotify, Apple Music, or anywhere else you stream.

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Image Credit:
Joe DeSantis, Julia Torchine, Amanda Adam, Joon Song, Olya Scarlet, Amanda Adam

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