Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Alfie Templeman, IDLES, LANY and loads more.
Order a copy
October 2020
Feature

Getting to know... Dylan Fraser

From Insta covers upwards.
Sign up or log in to follow artists
Published: 10:22 pm, September 03, 2020
Getting to know... Dylan Fraser

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.

"I started posting covers on Instagram and grew a following from there"
Dylan Fraser

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.

Give all this a try

Alfie Templeman is on the cover of this month's Dork
New issue

Alfie Templeman is on the cover of this month's Dork

We're giving indie's boy wonder his first magazine cover as he prepares to drop a stonking new track.
The mysterious world of I Don't Know How But They Found Me
Cover feature

The mysterious world of I Don't Know How But They Found Me

Grainy VHS footage? Check. Mysterious figures loitering in the background? Check. Sparkling pop jams with depth and meaning? Check, check and check. It's iDKHOW's time to shine.
Arlo Parks: "I vowed to make music that felt true to my vision, and be a positive force"
Cover feature

Arlo Parks: "I vowed to make music that felt true to my vision, and be a positive force"

Arlo Parks is one of the UK's best young talents; 2021 is her's for the taking.
Life lessons with Dominic Fike: "Do whatever the fuck you want"
Cover feature

Life lessons with Dominic Fike: "Do whatever the fuck you want"

With his much-anticipated debut album now out in the world for all to hear, Dominic Fike has arrived.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing