Country musician, Dylan Scott, is on the verge of breaking through to the other side and getting the exposure he is looking for with his latest self-titled release, Dylan Scott. Coming from a strong lineage of musicians, music was in Scott’s blood and he was not going to let this gift get away. Already making waves with this current single, “My Girl,” Dylan Scott is a name to remember when you think of down-to-earth and southern country songs about the past, present and future. We caught up with Dylan Scott to chat about his origins, this muse and the future that lies ahead for this eager and hungry musician ready to take on the world.
Can you tell us about the origins on where this musical adventure began for you?
It all started with my dad. He moved to Nashville in his early 20’s and worked at being an artist. He ended up playing with guys like Freddy Fender and Freddie Hart, just to make a living. He met my mom and gave it all up to start a family. I just grew up around it and followed in his footsteps.
Who are some of the bands/artists that inspired your sound?
Definitely Keith Whitley. I’m a huge fan. Also, guys like Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson were big influences on me.
If there were any film soundtrack you wish your music was a part of, what film would it be?
Ha, can’t think of one in particular off the top of my head. But if my songs work in any films, that would be cool. Films are great exposure and I would be grateful for that opportunity.
The song “My Girl” is a passionate song about that perfect girl. Who inspired this song?
This song is about my wife, like all my songs. We are high school sweethearts. We’ve only been married about 3 months now, but we’ve been together for 10 years.
What comes first, the composition of the song or the lyrics? Do you need a specific structure to write a song?
There is no specific structure. As a matter of fact, I try my best to not go by any structure. As far as what comes first, that varies as well. Sometimes it’s just a melody, sometimes a song title, sometimes just a thought. It flows from that first creative spark.
There are ‘stripped’ down version of your songs on YouTube with several musicians playing along. Do you prefer to collaborate with a band or do you need to work out a song by yourself to get it where you want it to go?
Both ways. It’s always good to take a song where you want it, but by having other musicians and their opinions to work with can take a song in a direction maybe you didn’t think of, which is nice because it makes the song more than it would have been.
You come from a long line of accomplished musicians in your family. Have they given you any advice as to how to handle success or the direction of you career?
Absolutely. They’ve given me a lot of valuable advice over the years. It’s really just all in the way you’re raised. My parents raised me to be level headed, and that’s been beneficial throughout my career.
What was the hardest part about making your debut self-titled album, Dylan Scott?
It was more of, it has to be Dylan Scott. I have to carve my own path and make my own name. I’m an artist that not everyone knows yet. So instead of having just an album title and people remembering it by my album title, I wanted my name to stick in people’s brains. I’m hoping they remember it.
What has been your greatest ‘rock star’ moment, so far?
That’s a tough one, I’ll be honest. Every time I step on a stage and see people smiling and singing and dancing, that particular moment in time is the greatest rock star moment.
Is there a venue or music festival you are looking forward to playing?
There are several. Stage Coach Festival, Red Rocks in Denver, Madison Square Garden in New York. Many, many places I have yet to play and want to.
When you tour in support of a release, what is the best part and the worst part of touring?
Best part is getting to do what I love. Singing and playing in front of people every night, and getting to meet my fans. The worst part is being away from home.
Is there any advice you have for new musicians just starting out?
My dad told me when I was younger, ‘It’s not an overnight success’. That has always stuck with me. Also, you have to understand there is a new number one song every Monday. Next Monday may just be yours!
What is next for Dylan Scott?
The album release is here and I’m incredibly excited about that. Next it’s touring for the rest of the year into 2017. I’m hoping to have my songs go into the Top 30. Top 20. Top 10? Having a number one would be amazing.