ARTIST NAME: DYLI
SONG TITLE: 18+
ALBUM TITLE: 18+
RELEASE DATE: January 17th, 2020
A Stockton, California native, DYLI has deep hometown roots. Her parents own a local Northern California bar where DYLI’s tunes are featured on the jukebox. When in town, DYLI often plays showcases in local cafés with her sister, fellow recording artist CALYN. Indeed, DYLI has been a part of this community as a singer, songwriter, and musician her entire life.
DYLI released her first single “Weekend” on Spotify when she was just 13-years old. To date, this song has been streamed over 100,000 times.
She has since gone on to record two albums and has recently worked with Canadian rapper, Madchild.
The legendary Hurley studios (home to Bad Religion and The Sounds) recently featured DYLI performing a live acoustic version of Cherry Coke taken from her latest album.
DYLI’s upcoming album has been greeted with great acclaim. This past March, she showcased songs from the album for her fans at the SXSW Music4Miles Spirit Airlines event in Austin, Texas under the musical direction of drummer Fabian Egger, who has worked with Adam Levine and Big Sean, among others. Her show was choreographed by Cedric Botelho, who has worked with Christina Milian, Jojo, Florida, just to name a few.
DYLI writes and releases her music under her own label, DaliO Music, Inc. She continues to cultivate fans from all walks of life that identify with her powerful, insightful, and youthful messages.
Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.
With my last release 2312, I got tons of positive feedback. It’s such an amazing feeling knowing people like and appreciate my music for being such a small independent artist.
Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favorite.
I take in everything when it comes to music. Though I don’t produce or engineer, I listen to everything from lyrics, to production, to even the volumes of certain elements of a song. I love tons of music so it’s not hard to find something I like.
Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
If I was given the opportunity, I’d love to work with London On Da Track. His production with Summer Walker’s album “Over It’ is beautiful to me.
Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
I love so many artists who write. SZA is one of my favorite lyricists by far. I’d love an opportunity to work with her eventually.
Tell us your favorite TV show and state your reason.
It’s an honest tie between South Park and Rick and Morty. They match my sense of humor to a T. It’s all I watch on TV.
Tell us your best mood to create a song.
When writing, I love to be alone. I come up with my best work when I’m relaxed and in my own head. No natural light, nobody else with me.
Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.
There are so many people who I look up to for success. From H.E.R to Billie Eilish to Taylor Swift, I love to see artists making the right moves and studying their work.
Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
I love so many artists; it’s difficult to choose. Jhene Aiko or Khalid is at the top of my list for sure. I’d also love to do a song with Trippie Redd, being that he is my favorite artist.
Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.
The first time I went to the studio I was 11 years old. Looking back, it was crazy how young and clueless I was. I have never felt the amount of anxiety I felt that day. Recording in the booth is like being in a giant fishbowl, being judged by everybody outside. I couldn’t hear a word they were saying unless they were talking into my headphones, and I’m pretty sure I wanted to cry more than I wanted to sing. Though it was nerve-wracking at the time, that experience took me out of my comfort zone. Without that, I wouldn’t be who I am, not just as an artist but also as a person.
Tell us how you approach songwriting.
When writing, I always start with a lyric or phrase I like, then I add melodies second. I typically write songs before I have a track, usually to YouTube beats, then the rest falls into place after.
I’m pretty picky with tracks I get from my producers. I can record a song if the track does not connect to me the way the lyrics do.
Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.
That’s what being creative is. Anyone can put words on paper or music to a track, but how are you different? Experimenting with sounds or blending genres is how you find yourself. Taking something that’s been done and adding your own twist is what makes new things so great. It can be the smallest things like the feeling in your voice, to something as big as creating a new genre. Being different is key.
Tell us how you deal with rejection.
I won’t front and say I don’t care because rejection sucks, but I need it. We all do.
Overall, I take it constructively and with a grain of salt. It motivates me to set higher goals, because I love proving people wrong, but putting something you create out to the public isn’t an easy thing to do. I don’t lose sleep over it, but I find it lingering occasionally.
Elaborate on what compels you to sing.
I love to sing almost too much. At this point I feel like it’s not even a choice anymore, my body just can’t resist. It’s like a drug to me. I sing anything literally anywhere. Whether I’m in or out of key, I can’t help myself, so I figured I’d try and make a career out of it.
Tell us how you record your vocals.
I typically record on a studio mic, whether it’s in a booth or someone’s house. It’s a very repetitive process because I find myself growing pickier and pickier, pertaining to the people I work with. It’s so worth it in the end.
Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.
Both producers I work with use Pro Tools.
Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores.
I love the classic CD or Vinyl, but digital streams are so important. Streaming platforms like Apple Music, Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube are great ways for artists to share their music. I’m grateful to live in an age where sharing music is as easy as going online and clicking send.
Elaborate on the song.
18+ is about the one special person everybody has in their life, whether it be their first boyfriend, first love, first crush, etc. No matter how hard you try that person will always have a special place in your heart.
The first phrase in the hook, “let’s make love for lost time baby” is not really about sex, but about taking yourself back to a time when nothing else mattered and living numb in that moment.
The song is meant to tell a story, something you can visualize and relate to. A perfect line between heartfelt and scandalous, 18+ is a peek into a weak heart, to be determined however you chose.
Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
My artist’s name was originally my nickname as a young child. My full name is Dylan but growing up everyone in my family called me Dyli.
When I had the opportunity to record in the studio for the first time, we didn’t know what we wanted my artist’s name to be. It felt right to stick with my nickname. 🙂
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