Singer-songwriter Dylan Connor chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about his new song “Everything.”
After Connor announced the release of his newest single “Everything” with True Hollywood Talk, he spoke about how his dual career as a recording artist and Latin high school professor helps shape him into the artist he is today.
What’s your favorite part about being a singer-songwriter?
Dylan Connor: My favorite part of being a singer/songwriter is that my songs help me make sense of my life and the world that other people can connect with. When I have written a song, and recorded that song, or performed it well, I feel in tune with myself, and with the capital S self.
What was your favorite part about ‘Everything’?
DC: My favorite part about “Everything” is its straight a head rockingness, and its structure. It is not a typical song structure. The outro is unexpected and satisfying. Finally, the recording came out great – it was the song that Coley O’Toole (the producer and drummer on the album) wanted to start with.
What would you consider to be the most difficult part about the track?
DC: On this song, and in general on this album, playing bass was the most fun, and yet a most difficult thing for me. I have such a greater respect for bass players now that I have played bass on my last two albums, and realize how hard it is to really play in time. A bass fuck up is so much more noticeable than a guitar or piano fuck up. Another difficult thing about this track was knowing when to stop piling on the overdubs… that question of when is it too much?
You are an academic and professor – how do you intend to continue incorporating your music into the classroom?
DC: We learn our Latin declensions and conjugations through songs that I have written. Some of those songs are on guitar and some are on percussion. I have a cajon and guitar in class. We also sing about our red pens (that students correct their own work with). This is all standard fair in my class. However, as this new record comes out in the fall, I will play certain songs live to my class, and ask for their feedback. Or, I will play my new music video at the start of class and do a Q and A if they want to. Students always appreciate when a teacher shares a bit about themself or makes themself vulnerable.
What else do you want to tell us/readers that not everyone would know?
DC: I have several albums, EPs, and singles that came out before this one. So, I would love for your readers to go to my website and take a listen and see if there’s something they connect with… that resonates with them.