Small town boy finds his way to the big leagues – it’s a tried and tested narrative. And yet, as the first eerily ice cream van-esque notes of Dylan Fraser’s third EP ‘2030 Revolution’ ring out, there’s a sense that those big leagues might not be able to contain the scope of his potential. He could be onto something more. So much so, we asked Dylan to run us through it, track-by-track, for our latest Artist’s Guide.
It Took A Lot To Get To This
‘It Took A Lot To Get To This’ is a song about how you can put a lot of work and time to get yourself into a good headspace, but little things can bring up old insecurities and send you spiralling again. I wrote this song at a time in my life that was super busy – I was travelling down to London a lot from my small town in Scotland, and it was so exciting but also exhausting. I felt like when I was home, I didn’t even have the energy to speak to my family, and that just sucked. I felt so mentally drained, and I was like, how does this make sense? I’ve worked so hard to get to this place in my life where I’m doing the job I love, but now I’m so mentally drained that I can’t even enjoy this experience with the people I love… It’s crazy to me how much our brains can send us right back to a place that we worked so hard to get out of at a flick of a switch. But this song is really about growth, and I guess it could be taken positively, too – it’s more just me dissecting my own emotions during what was a confusing time in my life.
This song is about feeling like you’re a bad person to someone you love. When you love someone, you show them every side of yourself, even the bad parts. I think sometimes you tend to lash out at people you love the most, but it’s only because you feel comfortable enough to let your frustration or upset out around them, but it can leave you feeling like you’re a bad person; a liability, over the top. Who knows, maybe even a vampire, a monster….
Apartment Complex on The Eastside
Life is crazy and has always been, but more recently, it has been extra crazy. I wrote this song about existential crisis and dread and how fucked up the world is but in a weird way, it’s also a positive message. It’s me being like, well we’re fucked so we might as well enjoy life while we have it.
During the pandemic, it felt like there was a crazy news headline every day. I saw one that said, “scientists say if we don’t change our ways by 2030, there’s no going back”, so the title ‘2030 Revolution’ stuck in my mind. This song is about how we’re all just sitting around waiting for shit to hit the fan. We pretend we’re climate activists on social media, but does it really run that deep. Are we really doing everything in our effort to save the planet? I’m definitely not, and I’m fully aware of that. ■
Dylan Fraser’s EP ‘2030 Revolution’ is out now.