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Meet Dustin “Drawn To The Sky” Gill in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dustin “Drawn To The Sky” Gill.

Dustin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story begins in the small town of Le Sueur, Minnesota. Growing up in a rural part of the Midwest, I always felt extremely isolated. When I was a kid, I didn’t have many friends, and music was always something I could turn to when I was feeling lost or alone. At 11 years old, I picked up my first guitar and dreamed of the day I could shred a guitar solo on stage like Angus Young from AC/DC. Two years later, after practicing for thousands of hours in my room, I performed the song “Eruption” by Van Halen on stage at my 7th-grade talent show. Seeing and hearing the awe-struck reaction from my classmates sparked a fire in me and made me realize… “I wanna be a rockstar when I grow up.”

In the process of middle school and high school, lots of distractions came up of course. Between sports and obsessing over girls, I had sort of lost my vision along the way. By my senior year of high school, I had been given several All-State honors in Track & Field and had broken my school record in the discus throw. This led me to calibrate all of my attention into pursuing collegiate Track and Field after graduation.

Fast forward through three long years of college, and it finally hit me… The realization that I had totally deceived my higher-calling. I thought back to all of the dreams I had as a kid and felt like I completely cheated myself by not really ‘going for it’ in music. From that moment on, I decided to quit my college track team and change my degree to Music Industry. Within two years of that massive shift, I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato and moved to my dream location of Los Angeles to pursue music full-time.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Like many people, I’ve definitely had my struggles. With my parents separating at such a young age, I ended up moving around a lot between different towns and houses. I also experienced some heartaches in high school that lead to a lot of pain and negativity towards my self-image as a teenager. But all of those things served a greater purpose towards creating the person that I am today. And music has always been one of the best forms of therapy for me. Moving to Los Angeles was a massive step forward for me, and definitely catapulted me into embodying my truest self. So the road has definitely had its bumps and curves, but to summarize the words of Robert Frost, “I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Drawn To The Sky – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My name is Dustin Gill, but creatively I go by the alias Drawn To The Sky. Starting out, “Drawn To The Sky” was simply an attribute I associated myself with. Always searching and reaching for something greater than the limited reality that people seemed to project onto me and my future. I was always a natural stargazer. Stuck with my “head in the clouds.” Full of wanderlust and the need for adventure. When I was 19, I decided to tattoo the phrase on my arm, reminding me to stay true to myself. A few years later, I released my first ever EP under the artist name “Drawn To The Sky,” and the rest is history.

The music I make is infused with everything I’ve listened to over the years. Punk, Hip-Hop, Rock & Roll, Acoustic, Metal, you name it and I was probably influenced by it. I like to think of my music as having no one specific genre and embracing the freedom to go in whichever direction I want to take it at any time. Generally speaking, my songs tend to have pop-punk style vocals, combined with synths, technical guitar playing, and the rhythm of contemporary hip-hop. Although it’s definitely not limited to that particular formula as you’ll hear for yourself.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
To me, success is the process of following your highest truth. It’s not a destination, but a state-of-being. Uncovering the layers of your consciousness and realizing your true potential on this Earth is one of the most liberating things a person can experience. It’s a different process for everyone, but I believe getting out of your comfort zone and valuing Purpose above all is massively important for a person to feel truly satisfied in their life.

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