SPECIAL INTERVIEW: DYLLAN

theaussieword.com catches up US singer/songwriter Dyllan Nichols.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

static1-squarespaceFor years I would lip-synch in the back of the car. My parents listened to a really eclectic mix of music, so I had some great influences very early on. I wanted desperately to sing but I was just too shy. I started playing guitar when I was eight- after a few years of frustration with the piano (still felt). When I started learning songs on guitar by artists that I loved: Shawn Colvin, Avril Lavigne, (yes, I loved her!), and Joni Mitchell when I became more proficient with open tunings: they were all songs that needed vocal accompaniment, and eventually this was the catalyst for me to sing along, and then eventually write my own songs. Once I got on stage there was no question, there wasn’t a lot to fear. No one ever pressured me, which is something I really appreciate my parents for. I just had to be singing and writing songs.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

Songwriting and making music isn’t just a hobby, or even a career for me. I write songs to work through my emotions and experiences. Writing is my therapy. I just have to do it, and that’s my motivation. Continue reading SPECIAL INTERVIEW: DYLLAN