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Scotland’s Latest Musical Export Making Waves

Don’t just take my word for it, Dylan has been getting support from all over, including some of the most reputable platforms and key industry individuals such as Annie Mac, Jack Saunders from Radio 1, and fellow artists including Sam Smith and Elton John. He’s also been named one of Apple Music’s “Up Next Artist”.

He first started his musical journey by posting covers online and quickly started to garner attention from major labels. As a result, he eventually signed with Atlantic Records back in 2019. Now, with several projects under his belt, Dylan has really managed to hone his musical identity and is seeing the benefits that come with hard work.

One of his standout tracks from his latest EP ‘The World Isn’t Big When You Know How It Works‘, is called ‘Nightmare‘ (which I have personally had on repeat for about a week now). The song itself is about trying to take control of oneself, but feeling lost and dealing with the anxiety that comes with the process. ‘Nightmare‘ contains powerful lyrics and the right amount of angst to make it really connect with the listeners – probably why it has become a fan favourite.  The project is autobiographical and follows the theme of tapping into his own headspace in the situations he finds himself in, making his songs so relatable to his fans.

In terms of style, the production of his songs is somewhat reminiscent to The Cure but with a modern twist, and the delivery of his vocals reminds me a bit of Lorde in certain parts. At the moment, he is currently promoting his latest EP, and in doing so has just wrapped up supporting UK Rock Band ‘Inhaler’ on their UK tour. He’s also supported rising superstar Holly Humberstone at her headline show at Omeara in London.

To top it all off, Dylan has had some major syncs which have boosted his popularity, including his debut single “Vipers” being included in the FIFA 21 Soundtrack and his single “I’d Rather Be Here” getting played on Love Island.

At just 20 years old, Dylan has already achieved a lot and I’m sure will continue to do so. In the coming months, many magazine and publications will be picking their top pics for who they believe will be big in the year of 2022. Don’t be surprised if you see Dylan on a lot of those lists. In the meantime, go and check out his music on Spotify and give his Instagram a follow to stay up to date.

Words by Jack Shephard

Posted On 3 October, 2022