We were lucky enough to catch up with multitalented artist DYLAN MCCARTHY following the release of his superb single, ‘LOVE IT’. Enjoy below!
Hi Dylan, how did you first get into music?
Music has always been a part of my life because my dad is in a band that is pretty well known in the Buffalo area. Seeing that when I was growing up really influenced me and my friends to start messing around and making music just for fun.
Then, when I got to high school, I discovered Tyler, the Creator, who inspired me to take it a bit more seriously by taking piano lessons, learning how to record my own songs, and direct/edit my own music videos.
What is the first song that captured your attention as a youngster?
My parents raised me on pretty much every genre when I was younger, but one song that I remember really sticking out was ‘That’s Life’ by Frank Sinatra. I used to listen to that song constantly, and it is still one of my favourite songs to this day.
Who influenced your latest release, ‘LOVE IT’?
Dominic Fike had a HUGE influence on the making of ‘LOVE IT’. He is one of my favourite artists out right now, and his music has really begun to shape the way that I find/pick my instrumentals and write my melodies and lyrics.
‘LOVE IT’ also comes with a music video that you directed and edited; what was that process like?
I am so blessed to be surrounded by my amazing group of friends who enjoy creating videos as much as I do. Since the song is very happy and uptempo, we wanted the video to portray that same vibe.
We got a bunch of footage of us partying, going out to brunch, shooting around downtown Buffalo, etc. I also like to add comedic elements to my videos, so if you watch, you will notice I perform in front of the urinals in a men’s bathroom, play a game of chess against myself, and even fall off my skateboard.
I think music videos are a great place to showcase your personality as an artist, so I try to make my videos as unique as possible to stand out from other artists.
You’re from Buffalo; what’s the music scene like there post covid?
The music scene is thankfully starting to return to normal again now that covid seems to be slowing down. Buffalo has some of the most amazing music venues and some even better talent.
I have been lucky enough to work with a lot of my friends who share my interest in music, but we want to continue to grow and hopefully be a bigger part of the scene in Buffalo one day.
What motivates you to make music?
I am motivated to make music because of my pure enjoyment in doing so. The feeling I get when I finish a song or video that I am really proud of is truly unmatched.
Fame and money never really motivated me much when it came to music. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to grow and become a better-known artist, but I feel as though when that is the artist’s top priority and motivation, it reflects poorly in the music.
What’s your favourite venue to play?
I actually have never performed live before. This is partially due to the fact that I suffer fairly bad from stage fright, but I also just feel like I have found my safe haven in performing for the camera and putting out the music videos. It is what I believe I do best and is what I enjoy to do the most.
What are your other passions aside from music?
Like I said earlier, I really love directing and editing music videos and have recently started to do so for some local talent, but besides that, I also really enjoy clothing and fashion. I taught myself how to sew during covid lockdown and have been designing clothes and making them from scratch ever since.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I really wish that labels and radio would take chances on artists that don’t have a lot of views/streams. I think that there are so many undiscovered and talented artists that maybe never get their shine because big labels/ A&R companies are too focused on artists who are already “hot” and have millions of plays, as opposed to finding a gem that nobody knows about and giving them a chance to blow up.
This is also why I am thankful to blogs like you guys for giving smaller artists, such as myself, chances to be exposed to new fans.
What new music are you listening to at the moment?
Recently, I have been listening to a lot of old soul music, artists like Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, and Sam Cooke, but as far as new music, I really like the latest releases by Blxst and Jack Harlow.
What musical plans do you have for the next two years?
These next couple of years, I am really just looking forward to trying to grow as an artist/director, and I hope to gain as much of a following as I can.
I have plans this summer to put out a bunch of singles and music videos and hope to continue to have fun with my friends and put out content that I am proud of.
Hopefully, at some point down the line, I will get to a point where I can work with artists that I look up to, but for now, I am just going to continue to do my thing and enjoy doing it.
FVMusicBlog May 2022