The Musician Spotlight Series shines a light on up-and-coming bands and solo acts creating heartfelt and original work across genres, giving them an opportunity to talk about their music, their collaborators, and why they do what they do.
“Victoria-based artist Dylan Perkons’ upcoming debut The Healing Day is a collection of richly orchestral songs that reveal an experienced songwriter finally stepping out to record under his own name. Perkons has spent his career to date working under various aliases and projects honing his craft, so while The Healing Day is his first solo outing, it represents a much longer journey. Produced by Evening Hymns’ Jonas Bonnetta at the secluded Port William Sound, The Healing Day is slated for digital release October 18th”.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
About as far back as I can remember really. I have memories of singing karaoke with bad 80’s tapes with my sister pretending to perform when we were really young. I think I started taking drum lessons when I was around nine or ten years old. I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was in my 20’s though as I never really believed in myself enough to perform until then.
How did you develop your skills?
I wouldn’t really call myself a trained musician. I have taken private lessons on and off throughout my life but I also learned a lot of stuff on my own by trial and error or observing other people who I’m playing with so I suppose I’m half trained/half self taught. I definitely had some really great teachers along the way who I owe so much to. I never really stuck with that part of it very rigorously as I was always far more interested in the magic of a great song rather than the more clinical aspects of music.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Far too many to name here but a few of my recent obsessions this year are Ada Lea, that Foxwarren record, Adrianne Lenker and Bill Callahan
How would you describe your sound?
It’s all just pop music isn’t it? I just try and write good songs. I’ll leave the cool sub-genre tags for others to pin on me.
What’s your favorite tune in your repertoire and why?
At the moment probably one off the new record called “My Own War”. I just love the way it builds so slowly and creates it’s own little universe.
What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?
It’s different all the time as sometimes I play solo and other times with the band but that’s always changing too. I never really worry too much about recreating the record live as I like the live show to be it’s own thing. Playing live is rather limited compared to the infinite possibilities of recording but often there is some new magic found within those limitations.
Where can we find your music?
dylanperkons.bandcamp.com or anywhere you like to find music.