Today we’d like to introduce you to Dylan Sherry.
Dylan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My interest in music started at a young age. My Dad has an extensive record collection–something I always loved going through. At that age, I was just picking out the albums that I thought looked the coolest. With that said, playing instruments was always encouraged in my home. I played in garage bands in middle school and high school– as many of us do. I didn’t release my first studio-recorded stuff until late-2016. Ever since then, music hasn’t just been a hobby–every day I’m working on fine-tuning different aspects or reaching out to people, labels, blogs, etc. The exposure I had to music as a whole in my home at a young age truly sparked the interest that grew into passion today.
Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been all smooth. I’ve played bad sets, released a not-so-great song or two, been told ‘no.’ It’s all part of the learning experience for me–I always appreciate good feedback, but understanding and actually listening to the negative stuff can really help you get better. It’s almost like breaking down your ego to come back stronger. I’d say the biggest obstacle for me though is actually getting bands, labels, and venues to respond. I’ve followed up with people and places dozens of times without getting anything back–but I know that’s how it is sometimes. You can’t let it deter you from your overall goal–not getting a response should make you hungrier, it should encourage you to work ‘smarter.’
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Honestly, I haven’t stuck to one genre my whole life. I’ve been in bands that play Ska-Punk, Classic Rock, and Reggae. While playing In those bands, though, I’d switch from drummer, bassist, guitarist, and even vocalist. That whole experience was really formative for me–giving me a chance to branch out with musicianship. Even now, I’m also in a band called The Halfway Happys–we play Surf-Rock. My own music changed routes not too long ago. I started by playing Indie and Indie-Rock but sensed I needed to shake things up. My two releases of 2019 (‘Vacant Lands’ EP & ‘Western Sky’ (album)) represent the shift–turning it into a sound that I could best describe as ‘Desert-Surf.’ I dove into 60’s-Surf and Rockabilly, with artists like Sanford Clark, Eddie Cochran, and Duane Eddy becoming some of my favorite of all time. I think borrowing from the past while not sounding like a ‘repeat’ is important–I think that helps set me apart from others.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think it’s one of the best places you could possibly be if you’re a musician–big or small. You could probably play a show in the city every single night of your life if you really tried–I know that opportunity doesn’t come with every town. With that said, I think L.A. is a double-edged sword of sorts due to how tough it is to stand out. It puts a lot of pressure on musicians–you have to be more-than-competent in order to ‘make’ it. Even if you are ‘good,’ you still might not get signed or promoted. Regardless, it’s hard to not recommend L.A. to people getting involved with the arts in general, and at the end of the day, it’s my city. I definitely have my gripes with L.A., but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t fascinated and in love with it.
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