Musician Jared Dylan has had the privilege of touring with some of rock music's legends, and these legends have taught him some of the best tricks of their trade, and Dylan's mastering it pretty well. His newest single "We Can't" marks the definition of heartbreak head-on, and it oozes in his voice and his music video accompanying. He certainly doesn't shy away from evoking his emotions through and with his music. Dylan has also been the recipient of the John Lennon Scholarship for one of his singles and has appeared on "The Voice."
Dylan chats with us about growing up in the spotlight, performing with his favorite rock musicians, his new music video for "We Can't" and what his next goals are.
AXS: For being 23, you have amassed quite the roster of performances with rock legends like Alice Cooper, Badfinger and Grand Funk Railroad. What were those opportunities like?
Jared Dylan: They were amazing. Each of those artists became mentors to me at one of the most critical times in my life. At 16 years old, to have Kip Winger give me a vocal lesson and tell me I have what it takes was basically the moment I dedicated myself to pursuing this path. I’m sure you could understand; but especially at such a young age, working with these rock legends was such a surreal experience. Hanging out with Mark Hudson was probably not the most nurturing environment for a child but damn, that was real. No censor whatsoever. If you know what Mark looks like you’ll probably be entertained by him describing his look as a homeless man who just had oral sex with a bag of skittles… I was like, “What’s that?” I fell in love with the idea of being a rockstar because to me it meant that no one cares who you are, how old, or where you are from. If you could rock then you are a member of the tribe. I remember Joey Molland (Badfinger) trying to convince me I would be a great actor and Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters) telling me to, “just focus on the music, maaan.” I got very close to Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) and he taught me some of the most valuable lessons I will ever learn in entertainment.
AXS: In the span of two years, you released an EP and competed on The Voice, and from your EP, the title track won the John Lennon Scholarship...what have all of these achievements meant to you, and how have they shaped you into the musician you are today?
JD: They are all just reasons not to get a “real job.” I am absolutely proud of what I have done, although I feel like all of those accomplishments pale in comparison to what I am going to do.
AXS: You've pretty much grown up in the spotlight...what takeaways about the industry have meant the most to you, and have helped you succeed thus far?
JD: The most important takeaway for me was that this is a business, not a hobby. With that mindset, I never felt like I was in the spotlight. I was just working. Trust me, I love the spotlight. It is one of my favorite types of light. But it has the potential to ruin you. I have my family and phenomenal team to thank for keeping me on the straight and narrow; which is my second most important takeaway. You can’t do it alone.
AXS: Your recent single "We Can't," is about heartbreak, but so much more...what inspired you to write it?
JD: Heartbreak. Spite. A good sense of humor. And an unusually dramatic Cinco De Mayo.
AXS: The video for "We Can't" further evokes the emotion of heartbreak visually...did you share in the vision of the director, and describe filming the video...
JD: I wrote many storyboards for this music video. Each one just a bit different than the last. After sharing a ridiculous amount of ideas with the directors I believed that they understood my vision. However, even during the shoot things kept changing and ideas were being added. The shoot itself was literally a party. I didn’t want to have a fake party on camera. Even if we could sell it. To me, it was an excuse to throw down. I hired a face painter and balloon artist just for kicks. There was food. There were glow sticks. Basically, all the necessities to have a good time. It got a little hectic and obviously, when you throw a party there are people who party a little too hard.Those were the people we tried to get on camera. At the same time, that was the hardest part about staying organized and maintaining the vision. My main goal was to have the video feel like I was singing directly to my ex who the song was written for. I believe I accomplished that mission and more. I was able to twist the knife a little by having two incredible dancers hanging on me while telling this girl that I no longer love her. My real dream for this song and video is to have people using it in exactly the same way. Forward the link to your ex. Very satisfying.
AXS: Will you be releasing a full-length soon? What's in the works for the rest of 2017 and into 2018?
JD: You can expect a lot of new music.We are planning on releasing singles for now but the fans get what the fans want. So please reach out to my personal manager directly here, and let us know what hits the spot.