While it’s early in Dylan’s career, he’s already an artist’s artist. Gerry Cinnamon has offered his support from the very beginning while he has also been invited to support the likes of Liam Gallagher, Sam Fender, Stereophonics and, most recently, DMA’S on their UK national tour.
Fantastic reactions at Dylan’s recent festival appearances including a main stage set at TRNSMT, and performances at Neighbourhood and Glastonbury have been backed up by airplay at Radio 1, BBC Introducing, 6 Music and Radio X. Last year Dylan was awarded the prestigious Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Scottish Music Awards.
Dylan grew up in a foster home in Glasgow and became a young man inspired by much older artists: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and especially Johnny Cash, whose ‘Ring of Fire’ was the first song Dylan learned when he was given a guitar one Christmas. His start was modest, busking in Glasgow’s lashing rain and darting around the city’s open mic circuit, before an invite to support Gerry Cinnamon was the impetus for his own fanbase to take shape. A landmark moment soon followed, when he sold-out King Tut’s quicker than any other debuting Scottish artist.
Given Dylan’s committed live following, it might be surprising that Dylan has only released two EPs and a couple of standalone singles so far. His lyrics are defined by his very personal, observational and at times witty takes on experiences and emotions.