All Dylan Jakobsen has ever wanted to do was play music. Dylan has been pursuing his dreams since high school and is a rising country star. We sat down with him to get insight on his success and learn more about his creative process.
What made you decide to become a musician?
I’ve been doing music ever since I was little. All I ever wanted to do was play music. College and other things were never on my mind.
I’ve been touring since I was 17 years old, like the same month I graduated high school, and I’ve been on the road ever since. Just having a blast. That’s all I ever wanted to do. As far as getting started in it, I just had a passion from day one and the pieces kind of fell together along the way. One thing led to another that’s brought me to where I am right now.
Have you always been a country music musician or is that something that you transitioned in to?
I grew up outside of Seattle so I didn’t listen to it, really wasn’t exposed to a lot of country growing up. Pearl Jam and Nirvana. That’s what I was exposed to because it was this whole nineties, explosion of grunge music and stuff like that. I think the thing that really got me into country music, probably around the time that I was 17 or 18 years old, was the songwriting.
I’ve always been a songwriter. I was writing songs and the songwriting in country music is something that you really don’t get in other genres. I’ve always been a storyteller. It just resonated with me and it got to the point where I was like, this is exactly who I am and who I want to be. You still get bits and pieces of what I was raised on. Those things are kind of what made me who I am today.
I think it’s kind of neat in that way because it makes me unique to who I am as an artist. I know a lot of younger people don’t necessarily find themselves connecting with country music until they’re a bit older.
Can you tell me some of the steps you take during your creative process?
For me, I’ve found that it’s really something that I have to be in the right mindset. I’ve learned it’s so hard, especially on the road, to find the right place and be in the right mindset to write because it’s so fast paced. You’re constantly in a car, van or a bus with people for 12 hours a day, driving to a new city. Or you’re at a show.
Even when you’re at home, you have to find yourself in like the right mindset and the right space to forget about everything and just get yourself in the moment to write the song. And I’ve noticed too, that if you aren’t constantly writing, you do get a little bit of like a writer’s block. Something I constantly try to keep up with is trying to consistently write songs because that just helps them flow out of me so much easier.
What are plans for the future?
We’re releasing a new record. I’ve really found out who I am as an artist on this record and the whole thing is going to tell like a story. It has some of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. You learn so much about who you are as an artist and that it really comes back to the people that support you as well.
You know, you aren’t anywhere without having those fans that back you up and have your back every step of the way. So, these are songs that tell the story of who I am and people that have supported me.
Do you have any advice for young musicians?
I never stopped all through school; I was always in bands and the second I graduated, I was on the road touring. Trying every single thing that I could to get my name out there and if one thing didn’t work, I’ve learned that you go on, you do the next thing and you just keep on hammering because there’s so many roadblocks along the way.
But you gotta keep trying stuff and you’ve got to keep taking risks; that’s really what it takes to get your music out there and to take yourself to that next level. So, my advice would be to just keep going at it and don’t stop. I mean, I wasn’t always a great musician. I constantly push myself to get better and to get to that next level. I’m constantly working towards that!
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Jessica is a college student from North Carolina and the Pop Culture Contributor for On The Scene.
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