MEET…Theselands

Today we meet singer/songer writer Dylan, the mastermind behind Theselands!

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Classic fried chicken man! It’s how I knew I was meant to live in the south- even though I’m from upstate NY.. Fried chicken and sweet tea are the lifeblood.

The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
ELVIS. Obviously they’re both great, but Elvis has roots in southern gospel, bluegrass, and rock n’ roll. He changed everything for the music I care about and create.

Lyrics to live by?
It’s my strength, for holding on
Every minute that I have to be gone
I’ll have everything I’ll ever need
Carrying your love with me
– George Strait

“Desert Island” album?
This changes every few years for me. Currently it’s Chris Stapleton-Traveler. Before that was The Head and the Heart’s debut self titled record. AND before that it was The Fray- Scars and Stories.

What country music artists do you listen to the most?
George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt, Jason Isbell, Eric Church.

How would you describe your “sound”?
I always just call it blue collar music, but really it’s a modern spin on Americana with a deeply Nashville lyrical sensibility.

Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
I haven’t toured in a while, but I want to put out records and make a living on the road. I’ve been DEEP in songwriter mode since moving to Nashville from LA where I was in artist mode. I’m now trying to find that balance where I can be collaborating regularly with writers and artists I really love, but also growing myself as an artist.

Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
Well, I’m really just passionate about growing as a guitar player. I would love to become the type of artist that can play lead guitar for myself and have my own signature style of playing.

What was the best advice you have received?
An early mentor of mine Rick Elias who recently passed (LEGEND, look him up) told me that I have the ability and potential to become what I want to become, but I need to take every opportunity I can to perform and to make music. That has always stuck with me and is one of the things in the back of my mind that keeps me on this grind. A skipped opportunity is a missed chance to grow.

What advice would you give to yourself at the start of your musical career?
This is gonna sound crazy, but to practice. Growing up, certain skills and stuff just came naturally to me and if it didn’t, I wasn’t interested in it. That being said, I was fine playing songs pretty early on. It wasn’t until I started sitting in with bands here in Nashville with true pros that I realized that I can play a song without practicing, but I can’t truly preform it. I want to be great, and just knowing the chords and form of a song isn’t great. I’ve actually really enjoyed the eight hour days of just obsessively playing guitar by myself this year and it’s reflected in both my performance and my songwriting.

Where does most of your inspiration come from?
Life, relationships, God, and other music that makes me feel stuff. Country music essentially taught me how to be a man, and I still draw so much from a great song.
I also love the outdoors and being in nature. I think that comes from growing up farming and being outside all the time. It doesn’t hurt that the Hudson Valley where I’m from is absolutely beautiful.

What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in your career so far?
I’ve had several amazing live concert experiences and opportunities to record music, which are all blessings. However, I always think back to the moments where I knew my music was really connecting with someone. The first one that comes to mind is the first time I played a set in my college town this Listening Room style venue, and during the last chorus of this love ballad, a couple stood up in the middle of the seated audience and started making out in front of everyone! That was a crazy and memorable thing. I’ve also had several little “I really needed to hear that” moments recently through my involvement with Musicians On Call.

What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
I’m smack dab in the center of recording three new songs with a killer producer Nathan Sexton and a really awesome set of players who are all notable in their own rights. Release stuff with that is TBD because I’m sort of at that shop myself around stage of my career. Depending on how things go I’d like to have at least a song out by the end of this coming winter. I’ll still be playing regularly in and around Nashville until then with some select travel dates as well!

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