Dylan McCarthy – LOVE IT [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Fresh, Good Vibes, Happy 🙂

In LOVE IT you blend rap with an uplifting, indie pop, guitar driven instrumental. What is your creative process like?

I actually found this instrumental, made by sonder sonics, on YouTube one day when I was kind of in a creative slump. The infectious guitar riff pulled out of my slump and I just started coming up with concepts/melodies. I landed on trying to make an upbeat, catchy, summer hit while lyrically, pointing out that I am a small and unknown artist who is unfazed by big labels not paying attention to me or my music. Opening with the line: “Welcome to the freshest sound that nobodies gon’ listen to” and even in the chorus when I say “So tell me that you love it” I am just wishfully hoping that the listener really does LOVE IT and enjoys the music that I make.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I’m not sure what lyric is the most personal to me but my most recent song that I put out called ‘BALD’ is all personal and honest. It talks about the struggles of balding in your early 20’s while also talking about my hair transplant surgery that I recently had done. This is something that I was very embarrassed about but decided to own it to make a hip-hop banger about balding. I have lines like “had my patience thinning like the follicles up in my hair” and “some girl said I was a hatfish, I guess this is how I cope with it” which although come off playful and funny, these were deep insecurities I had before deciding to make a song pointing it out.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

I enjoy the creating process more than anything. My safe haven is when I am in the studio trying to come up with catchy melodies and unique lyrics that stand out. Sometimes these things come easy, and sometimes it takes several days. I then love even more when the song is finished and I get to goof around with my amazing group of friends and make the music video. We like to come up with some crazy and ridiculous concepts for each video because I think music videos are a great place to showcase your personality as an artist.

What would you change in the music industry?

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.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I would hope that people are in a happy and positive mindset when listening to LOVE IT. My main goal with pretty much all of my songs, but this one in particular, is to leave the listener with a smile on his/her face when its over and hopefully enough to get them to give it another listen.

When was the last time you danced?

I pretty much dance every single day to release serotonin after a long day of work, so I would have to say either today or yesterday at the latest. Listening to music super loud and having a nice dance session either with friends or on your own is a top 5 activity in my eyes.

Thank you!

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