Dylan Cartlidge bounced back into our lives earlier this year with two new singles and the news of his forthcoming EP Yellow Brick Road. Today, the full three tracks have arrived into the world, and they’ve got us and fans alike bathing in a sea of optimism and upbeat energy.
We had a chat with Dylan about finding his creativity, the reality of mental health issues within the music industry and the true purpose behind his music.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for
My name is Dylan Cartlidge. I’m a kooky horror movie fanatic with an Afro that makes Alternative Hip Hop music and have been rapping and making tunes since I was 13 years old.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I had a turbulent upbringing and at a certain point I decided to start writing raps about my situation to try and make sense of it, thats where it really started.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
Life and its many experiences plus the music of artists like Kid Cudi and Stromae.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
How many artists, even massive ones, really struggle with mental health issues and how little duty of care there is, if any at all.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
There are loads of great bands including: Llovers, Swears, John Dole, Cape Cub. They’re all friends in my local areas and are all great musicians.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Ramen! Ramen! Ramen!
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
I don't really have a bucket list per say, but for me, if my music helps somebody get through a tough spot or makes them feel good about themselves or turns a frown upside down, then I'm good. It’s up to me that I never lose sight of what’s important!