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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Dylan Gardner

Dylan Gardner, interview, bandcamp, crescent ballroom

Illinois born, Phoenix raised and current Pasadena, Calif. resident Dylan Gardner has been writing and making music since his early teens.

In January, the 18-year-old Gardner released his debut album, Adventures in Real Time. The album is available to stream or purchase on Bandcamp for $10. If you like what you hear, you can catch Gardner live on Sunday, Feb. 8 at Crescent Ballroom.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Dylan Gardner…

Tell us a little about yourself…
I am a music history nut, record collector and studio rat. I have lived in the San Tan Valley for five years and recorded most of the album in my bedroom there.

How long have you been making music?
I have been making music since the day I was born. I started to write my own songs when I was 14 and have written every single day ever since.

Who/what are your influences?
I am influenced by a wide variety of music from ’60’s British invasion rock, ’70’s glam, ’80’s rock, ’90’s hip-hop, all the way to today’s modern bands. Specific influences are classic songwriters such as The Beatles, Elliott Smith, Ben Folds, Sam Cooke and Harry Nilsson.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
I try not to think in terms of songs and more in terms of an album. I don’t put out a record until I have 10 favorite songs. My first single out now is the first track on Adventures in Real Time called “Let’s Get Started.”

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I plan to have a fruitful career of making record after record, touring the world, producing records, scoring films and everything in between. I want to be the person who inspires a child to pick up a guitar and write a song.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Gasp, there is no backup plan for me.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Anyone who is taller than me.

Why do you make music?
Because music is the single greatest thing that exists in this multiverse. It’s the greatest feeling I’ve ever felt and the act of writing and performing is a national treasure, not to mention it’s fun to practice.

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