Start At The End is back again this month at NYC’s oldest rock club The Bitter End in New York City on May 25. The bands chosen to play are local ones that deserve a chance at creating more buzz and getting their names out there. This month’s lineup is made up of Wyland, Experiment 34, Rob Jennings, Above The Moon, and Jared Dylan.
We recently caught up with Jared Dylan to talk about his background, sound, latest release, and more! Check it out below:
How long have you been performing and how did you get started?
In high school I started playing small shows in coffee shops and restaurants. I had just gotten some experience playing music in an ensemble at school and was itching to get out and play some real shows. That was about six years ago.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?
Singer/songwriter with a pop rock influence.
What was your latest release of music and can you talk about that a bit?
I recently released my single, “Luna Loves Me.” It is a single from my next EP, Man Behind The Mask. “Luna Loves Me” is a song about a girl I don’t get to see as much as I’d like to but whenever we are together it’s like we never missed a beat. She is one of my best friends and her usual response to my ridiculousness is, “HAHAHAHA I love you.”
The song itself personifies the moon as a love interest because my friend’s name is Luna. The song also captures how we share a unique relationship where I don’t need to see her all the time to know she’ll always be there for me and vice versa. This track is an experimental follow up to my last single, “Symphony.”
What is your recording process like?
Typically I have a collection of songs that I share with my team and we all agree on what we feel has the most commercial value. Once the song is selected we find a producer who best matches the intent and vibe of the song. I have been fortunate enough to work with some incredible producers. The actual process of recording is more or less the same from there. Track scratch guitars and vox, track drums, re-track guitars, add instrumentation (bass, percussion, synths, instrumental hooks), then track final vox and sit on it for a couple of weeks.
What are current projects you are working on? (Tour plans? New music?)
I will be performing throughout the NY/NJ area throughout the summer as I write 50 songs between Memorial and Labor Day. This is a summer songwriting challenge I have just accepted. I’m looking forward to really diving into the songwriting and collaborating as much as possible. Should be fun.
In the meantime, I am finishing production on the final song to be added to the Man Behind The Mask EP and will hopefully be releasing that soon.
What are your thoughts about this Start At The End A New Sound Series event?
I have always loved working with The Aquarian Weekly. This is just another way that they give emerging artists an opportunity to be heard. That’s pretty kick-ass in my book. The Aquarian actually discovered me in high school and gave me my first interview feature on their Project Greenroom series.
Have you played with any of the other acts before that are part of this lineup (Wyland, Experiment 34, etc.)?
I have not.
What are your goals for the future?
Be happy. Make music. Make art.
Jared Dylan will be appearing at this month’s Start At The End showcase in New York City on May 25. For more on Jared, go to facebook.com/jdylanmusic and jareddylan.com, and for more on the event, go to facebook.com/startattheend.