We had the good fortune of connecting with Dylan Dent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dylan, why did you pursue a creative career?
For me, the catalyst for the decision was a car accident. I had been going back and forth with the idea “going for heart or going for smart”. After the accident I took a good look at my aspirations and priorities, some of which were changed by the event. I decided to go with my heart and I have been walking down that path the past four years.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think one of the things that sets my music apart from others’ is that I’m incredibly involved (and in love with) the process of creation. At this moment, there are only two songs I have made where I didn’t do all the writing and production. Ever since I was a kid taking a homework break in his dorm, I have been enthralled with finding and arranging a great combination of sounds that make a song. This was not always a smooth and natural process. I was able to overcome my challenges by being passionate, patient, true to myself. I feel like those three attributes mixed with God’s grace and hard work are the only reasons I’m being featured right now. If I wanted the world to know one thing about my brand (being a Prism Person) you should never fear choosing to use all of the things that make you unique. I’m speaking as an artist in this feature, however, my day job is related to the STEM field. Find your source of life, find your best angles, and shine as bright as you can.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I feel I should mention that I am not from ATL. However, if you ever find yourself in Roanoke, VA there are still plenty of great places to try out. I would definitely need to hit up RND Coffee, Farmburguesa, Scratch Biscuit Co, Ike’s Kitchen, and anything in Center in the Square area. Roanoke is also home to some great hikes. My favorites are McAfees Knob, Dragon’s Tooth, and Hay Rock (all of which are on the Appalachian Trail). The night lift is very “live music friendly” and the city is full of talented musicians. Going to any restaurant or venue where you hear music coming from will always be a safe bet.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are plenty of people that have helped me on my path. First, I have to thank God followed quickly by my mama. If I went into detail about their contributions I’m sure I would take up the entire issue. Shoutout to Jamiel Allen and Macklyn Mosely for letting their equipment be available when I didn’t have anywhere to record. Shoutout Bryan Hancock for giving me a place to perform along with many other artists in my area. Shoutout to the people that have gifted me whole instruments: Megan, Wyatt, and Carl Watson.
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