Interview: Dylan Reynolds Talks Songwriting, Most Dope, and New Releases
|photo by Lindsey Mak|
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starting to kick off. Are you still based in Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh, and LA constantly. I’m not really settled anywhere at this point,
but my family is in Pittsburgh.
actually in NYC I was walking thru the Lower East Side your video had just come
out and I recognized you. You seemed pretty damned surprised!
think. That’s so crazy. I was definitely surprised.
Are you recording a
lot in New York City?
City in LA. That’s where I’m doing most of my recording for my next album.
“Tightrope,” and followed up with video for “Happy Birthday,” how did those
come to fruition?
Birthday,” but decided to release the recorded version of “Tightrope,” before
the actual release of the video. Most people heard “Happy Birthday,” because of
the video though.
Are those tracks
going to be on any upcoming project?
this new single in a couple of weeks. What I’m recording now in LA is for my
full-length album, I’m not sure if those would show up on the full-length.
free and are you looking at a date to release it?
release date just yet. We’re really just excited to put out this single first
that will come out within the next month or so. We’re taking our time and
trying to be as patient as possible.
important to put together the best project you can and not rush it. Your style
of music is refreshing compared to a lot of what’s coming out right now, what
did you grow up listening to?
of classic songwriters like Neil Young and Bob Dylan and my mom is really into
Jackson Brown and James Taylor. I’m really into classic songwriters and bands
like The Who and The Clash. The classics (laughs)
always changing and a lot of people aren’t sure what direction it’s going to
head in. Sales are down, tours are longer. Are you excited to get into the industry at such a crazy
know if there is going to be a full tour, it all depends on the project. I’m
definitely excited. There isn’t a tour booked but we’re recording everyday.
and Mac Miller released of your live performance of “Happy Birthday,” was a
large step out into the world. You guys have been friends since childhood, how
does that relationship work now that you’re recording music together?
always depends on what we’re working on. If we’re focusing on one of his tracks
I’ll most likely write a hook separately or play guitar on it. When we’re
actually in the studio together, since we have two different styles, we kind of
keep out of each others creative process.
your EP will drop by 2013?
a date and it depends on this single.
|photo by Lindsey Mak|
of music you released did well, but they came out of leftfield. Not a lot of
people knew who you were before. What were you doing before “Tightrope,” was
a guitar when I was 17 and I started going thru a bootcamp type regiment. I
didn’t even start writing songs until a couple years ago when I was 19.
“Tightrope,” was recorded because I had a deadline and needed to go in the
studio the next day. I needed to write one more song for the session and I
wrote it the night before the session I had for the EP.
you write music, do you write down lyrics or a hook or pick up the guitar?
acapella melodies and based on that melody I come up with syllabyls and then
the lyrics and try to make sense of everything. It all comes from melodies and
the guitar comes in later.
your favorites like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, that process of rising to fame is
pretty much dead & gone. Where do you see yourself in 5 years or where
would you like to be?
I want and see people who come out to enjoy the music. That’s really all I
and Most Dope and your style is is vastly different. What would your fans be
surprised to see on your iPod?
lot. I listen to a lot of hip hop.
your songwriting now?
Mac came out with Blue Slide Park and the songs, “Missed Calls,” and “Clarity,”
I started being influenced by particular sounds in his music and melodic statements.
He’s influenced me heavily in the past year or so.
performances will play into your career? Are you focusing on that at all?
tour. We did a show in Pittsburgh and a lot of people came out for it. I think
live shows are great and will be a huge piece of the plan. We’ve played songs
live before recording just to work thru them.
release that fans can look forward to seeing from Dylan Reynolds?
“Looking Up.” I’m really excited to release that so I want my fans to be