Interview by Elaine Carag
A Louisiana native with a knack for comedy, the young Dylan Dauzat first caught everyone’s attention with his hilarious 6-second Vines. After amassing millions of followers on the video-sharing app, the 17-year-old took his newfound fame to new heights with the release of original songs like “Kickin’ It,” “Mine Tonight,” and, more recently, “You Got That” from his debut EP, Magnetic. Find out why this cutie is worth a double take!
Can you tell us a bit about the creative process you went through in making Magnetic? "I was writing and recording it in California. Every song has a different meaning to me. I wanted to write about what’s personal to me, so each song represents a certain memory."
How did you develop your musical style? "I wanted to have a different sound from everyone else. I love taking R&B and mixing it with pop—it’s what I’d want to listen to, so it’s what I strive to create. If you want lyrics you could relate to and dance along to, that’s my music."
Where do you see your music career going next year? "I see it going many different ways. I have great content in the works that I can’t wait to share with my fans!"
You shot to fame because of your entertaining Vines, now you’re a recording artist. When did you discover your talents, both in comedy and music? "I’ve always loved comedy. I wasn’t trying to be serious with it, but I posted content and people thought it was funny! As for music, I’ve always had a deep passion for it and I’m so grateful that I’ve been given the opportunities to explore it."
You’re often inspired by your fans and personal experiences when writing. What’s one song you’ve written that’s close to your heart? Why? “Blue Eyed Dime,” for sure! It brings back good memories about a time in my life—beautifully nostalgic."
You’re also very involved in your advocacies like anti-bullying. Tell us more about this. "Yes, I am! It’s a very rewarding feeling to help someone, whether it’s a big or small act. The non-profit campaign I’m working with, DoSomething.org, is great. I’m capable of helping so many people deal with bullying off this great platform."
If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, where would you be and what would you be doing? "I want to be a pilot!"
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Image by Joseph Hernandez. Special thanks to Rachel Villega and Matt Yorio of MLC PR.