Singer-songwriter DYLVN released his first single, “Dust of Love,” in 2020, picking up just over four hundred thousand streams on Spotify. In other words, there was an audience for his music.
In 2021, he dropped his debut album, Falling Far From Home, a collection of songs about his personal life experiences, including love, heartache, and deliverance. After taking a hiatus to work on new material, DYLVN is back.
He recently released “Feels Like Lucy,” a visceral song illustrating a particular emotional sensation.
Commenting on the song, DYLVN explains:
“‘Feels like Lucy’ is about the strong companionship you develop with someone you love. Far beyond the intimacy, you know it’s never going to be possible to move on from the memories and other great friendships you’ve developed because of this relationship. You step back and realize it can never work for good reasons… and if all they can give is their friendship, you accept that because you care about them so much. What’s the perfect girl if it’s not the perfect time.”
V13 spoke with DYLVN about the raw essence of “Feels Like Lucy,” how he got started in music, and his writing process.
What inspired your new single, “Feels Like Lucy?”
DYLVN: “I met someone far away that I became close with while studying abroad in Australia… I wrote this song about that whole experience from years ago.”
“Feels Like Lucy” is stripped down to the bare essentials. Why”
“It just felt right…. After it was all written with just the guitalele… me and my friend decided it sounded dope with nothing else. Wanted to experiment with something a bit different than what I originally put out.”
How did you get started in music?
“Ever since I was a youngin’, I always loved to sing and act… but never really pursued it. Mainly just sang in my car for the most part. I got my heart broken once and decided to write a song (a very shitty song), and I loved it so much. It felt like therapy to me. When I moved to San Clemente, I met a group of friends that really pushed me to go after it and haven’t looked back since.”
Where are you from?
“San Clemente, CA.”
Did your hometown impact your sound?
“It’s hard to tell, but I bet my experiences here, and the people I’m around have definitely impacted it.”
If you had to explain your sound to the uninitiated, what would you say?
“I would say, ‘It’s a vibe.’”
Did your sound evolve naturally, or did you deliberately push it in a certain direction?
“Naturally, for sure. I listen to so many different artists and genres that I feel like my sound is just a big jambalaya of DYLVN’s past. If it sounds dope, I release it; there’s no direction I intentionally put on my songs. I give major credit to my friend Joey for holding me accountable in the early stages to always be myself.”
What inspires your writing? Do you draw inspiration from poems, music, or other media?
“I’m an emotional person, so just life doing its thing always draws something for me to overthink about… then I write about it. Lol.”
What can you share about your writing process?
“Mimosas, Happy Dads, and Daytimes. That’s all I need to get the ideas flowing.”
Which artists, in your opinion, are killing it right now?
“It’s so hard to say cuz I love so many artists… but I recently just saw a Bad Bunny concert in San Diego at Petco Park (stadium) that blew my mind. I don’t speak Spanish, but it was so cool to see that many people know every word to over 40 songs. Was one of my favorite concerts I have ever been to, and I didn’t know any of the songs.”
How do you define success?
“Being Happy. Can’t be happy if I’m not making music with my best friends.”
What can your fans look forward to over the next six months? Music videos? Live gigs?
“SHOWS AND NEW MUSIC. LEZ GO.”