Upon first listen of Dylan Scott's brand new single "Mmm, Mmm, Mmm," you'll get the sense that his influences truly do run the gamut. Well, that's certainly an understatement. Following his previous release, the breezy "Makin' This Boy Go Crazy," the singer is ready to make his mark—bolstered, of course, by his self-titled EP. "I have to stay true to myself and not get caught up in what they’re doing and stay on my path. If it works, great, keep doing it. You have to find who you are and be that guy," he shares in an exclusive NashvilleGab interview, of how he separates himself from the pack.
And he does that by truly fusing together an eclectic dose of sounds. He recounts what made him decide to pursue music in the first place, "Well, my dad was in the business. He played with Freddie Fender and Freddie Hart in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. He met my mom and moved back to Louisiana, which his where he’s from and where I grew up. Then, he started a family."
He continues, "I used to see pictures of my dad on stage and hear his songs and hear the stories. So, I’ve known since I was five or six years old that I was going to move to Nashville and become a singer. I didn’t know I would actually be signed and do all that. I knew I was at least going to give it a shot."
Early on, he was gifted one of Keith Whitley's fine records, which was really the tipping point for him. "He’s my role model," Scott says. "He died a year before I was born, but I knew all of his songs growing up. That’s who I wanted to be when I moved to town."
As far as where his hip-hop style comes from, he notes, "At the same time, my buddies were listening to Lil Wayne and Usher and all these pop music guys and rap. I was inspired by those guys, too, just good music. I put all that together for my music."
Scott first moved to Nashville six years ago, when he was only 18 years old, and "I didn’t move to Nashville to be a songwriter. I kind of got pulled into it. All my buddies were writing. I was like, ‘man, I love this.’ Over the past six years, I’ve really honed in on who I am as a writer. It’s been one of those things I’ve grown to have a huge passion for."
On his uniquely cultivated process: "Every song is different and comes from a different inspiration (on that day). I don’t like to just go in a room and say, ‘oh, I’m going to write a song today.’ I like to have a reason to write, maybe something that’s on my mind or something that happened to me that week or maybe I’m really happy that day."
As a newcomer, he is also well-aware at how important the live show is at building a loyal music-buyin fan base. "It’s easy [to bring the same level of energy to each show] when the crowd is excited," he states. "Before you go out and it’s packed house, it gets me excited. It doesn’t matter if I’ve had no sleep; I get pumped up. I’m a newcomer, you know, so sometimes the crowds aren’t the same. But you still have to go out and put on a great show. Maybe next time they’ll tell their buddies about it. It’s basically motivation. You have to look for the next step and how you’re going to give it your all."
When it comes to the set list, he often flies by the seat of his pants. "If we’re half-way through our set and I see a song coming up. It’s like, ‘well, I don’t think this song’s gonna work for this crowd.’ I’ll usually turn around to the guys real quick and let them know," he says.
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Photos courtesy of Dylan Scott Facebook / Curb Records
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