Meet the newcomer crafting introspective pop bliss with her new record.

Singer Dylan standing
Singer Dylan standing

Pink. A hazy neon pink floods the screen. Seamless undulating vocals float into the air. Introducing newcomer Dylan, the artist making waves with her full-package sound – a vibrant merging of both visual and sonic bliss.

And the music video in question accompanies the singer-songwriter’s latest drop “Your Issues”, a post-relationship meditation for anybody that has had their own blame defected onto them. Expect introspective lyricism and dreamy self-assured pop – taken from her brand new EP “Red”, this comes as the follow up from her debut EP “Purple” last year – see a running theme?

We caught up with the artist below…

What was the moment you realised you wanted to go into music?
I don’t remember ever not wanting to do it. It’s been the only real constant in my life. I think if I had to pinpoint a moment it would be playing on stage for the first time. I was 11, in a band called Clueless, and we wrote all our own songs cause none of us could read music. Looking back at it now, we sounded horrific, but it was the biggest adrenaline rush. And the feeling hasn’t been any less than what it was since.

Who did you listen to growing up?
I was introduced to a weird mix of music as a kid. Mum loved jazz and musicals, and Dad was obsessed with rock’n’roll. I very quickly became a wannabe rock god and listened to a lot of AC/DC, Guns and Roses, and Aerosmith. I spent most of my childhood on the kitchen table singing stupidly loudly practising the air guitar.

What was “Your Issues” inspired by?
As cliché as this is gonna sound, it’s about a boy. He wasn’t very good to me, and seemed to find every excuse under the sun to try to shift the blame. So the song itself is about not taking any shit. Yes, relationships die, but I wanted to take back control. I want to empower people to make them feel like there is so much more to life than people screwing you over.

How does it feel putting out raw music that is so personal to you?
It used to terrify me. I felt like I was letting people read my diary. However, since releasing “Purple” that’s changed. Everybody feels. Feelings demand to be felt. I think music helps people deal with that. As long as its helping other people I couldn’t give a damn whether the other half will judge me on how I’m feeling or not.

How do you want your music to make people feel?
I have a weird obsession with film music – the way it is written to make you feel such a certain way without using any words. I want to create that in my music. I only write about situations that have happened to me and I want to be able to recreate that feeling I had in that exact moment in a song. I want people to feel it. I want it to send shivers down their spine.

Your last EP was called “Purple” and the one “Red” – why is the theme of colour so important, and what made you see red this time?
I had this thing called Irlen syndrome as a kid which basically affects the way your eyes handle light. It makes it very hard to read. I used to have to wear coloured lenses. I looked like a right freak. Painting and colour was a big thing for me and although I’ve gotten rid of it, colour still means a lot to me. I think it’s easier to express through colour than it is words.

Since leaving school and being in the real world I’ve had a hard time coming to terms with the way people feel and treat each other. Myself included. So I’ve been writing a lot about anger, passion and emotions. Red seemed the perfect colour to describe everything I wrote about.

Who would you love to collaborate with?
Flume, Mura Masa and Petit Biscuit. My favourite artists ever.

At this time of uncertainty why do you think music is important – and how do you think your music is playing a part in the dialogue?
Music ties everyone together. It’s the only thing we’ve got right now so I think continuing is incredibly important. It’s certainly not going to stop me; weirdly because we’ve all been shut inside I’ve been more productive than ever. If this is going to last a while then at least I’ll be playing a part in giving people something new to listen to.

What’s next for you/what are you excited about?
Everything and anything to keep me entertained. I’m working on my master plan to take over the world.

Karis Kennedy

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