18-year-old Bathgate newcomer Dylan Fraser is braving a summer of cancelled plans and uncertainty by launching some pretty exciting new tunes. First dropping his debut ‘Vipers’ a few weeks ago, and then launching his ultra-smooth follow-up ‘Face Tattoo’ just the other day (“It’s about being fed up and having nothing to lose, only stuff to gain”), they’re markers of an artist with his sights set on stardom.
Hi Dylan, how’s it going? What are you up to today?
Hey, it’s going good, thanks. Today, I’m finalising the masters to my EP and it feels good to get it finished (more news on that soon!).
What first sparked your interest in music then, have you always wanted to be a musician?
I’ve always wanted to be a musician. I think I was around the age of three when I first said those words. I find it weird that I knew so early on, but the ambition hasn’t left me since.
And is it living up to the hype so far? Are you having fun?
Let me answer this question properly in two years’ time and we’ll see, haha. I’m really enjoying the process but I guess there’s ups and downs like anything, though.
How did you first ‘get spotted’?
I started posting covers on Instagram and grew a following from there. Labels started reaching at the beginning of last year after hearing some of my original demos.
What’s the plan from here, do you have a lot coming up?
I’m releasing my debut EP this year, so I have a lot of music in the pipeline. I can’t wait to have it out in the world.
Can you remember the first song you wrote?
I was 12-years-old and it was called ‘Expectations’. It was about how young people are expected to live up to the expectations that society throws at you – whether that’s getting good grades, a good job etc – and the pressure that’s placed on young people. It was pretty deep for a 12-year-old, haha.
Is there a particular vibe you like to aim for with your music?
Not really, I believe genre is a thing of the past. I love experimenting with different sounds and I don’t think I could, personally, box myself into a specific genre. The important thing for me is making sure my music is real and that I’m not sugar-coating anything.
Tell us about your debut single ‘Vipers’, what’s it about?
‘Vipers’ is a weirdly confident track but also super raw the same time. I remember that I was so pissed off the day I wrote it. I had been meeting a lot of people in the music industry and I guess I couldn’t tell if people were telling me what I wanted to hear or if it was genuine. It was a super confusing time and I just wanted to make the best decision for my career.
What led you to choose this particular track for your introduction to the world?
It was actually supposed to be an EP track and not a lead single but at the last minute, I decided that it needed its moment: it’s a song that really resonates with me.
Are you creative in non-musical ways too?
Yeah, I’d say so. I really love photography and I’ve recently been getting back into drawing/painting, which is something I’ve not done for a long while.
What do you do for fun?
I like to chill with friends, eat shit tons of sushi and listen to good music.
Anything else we should know?
I hate carrots.
Dylan Fraser’s single ‘Face Tattoo’ is out now.