To many, movies offer a sense of escapism. The same can be said with music. With his EP Soldier On, singer-songwriter Dylan Dunlap was able to combine his love for film with his passion for music.
The EP has five tracks: “Seriously,” “What We Had,” “Another Holiday,” “Follow My Echo,” and “Soldier On.” Over email, Showbiz Cheat Sheet caught up with Dunlap and learned more about how movies inspired the EP.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Dylan Dunlap | Gramophone MediaGetting to know Dylan Dunlap
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: When did you first decide to pursue a career in music?
Dylan Dunlap: I’ve been playing piano and composing my entire life, but I had my first thought of pursuing this during my fall ’13 school year in Boston. It felt like it would be fairly easy to teach myself how to sing a song or two and play a couple chords, so I bought myself a Traveler Guitar and started busking in the subways!
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced as an artist?
Dylan Dunlap: The biggest challenge I have faced, and will probably continue to face, is getting out of my own way. I really do strive to be the hardest-working person I know, but my brain will still tell me that it’s not enough.
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I feel like the moment that we all just practice stillness and recognize how far we’ve come to get where we are today, the more fulfilling our days will be. I’m just grateful to be here and that there are people that want to listen.
Dylan Dunlap on his EP ‘Soldier On’
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Do you have a favorite song from Soldier On? If so, which song and why?
Dylan Dunlap: Haha here’s the nerdiest answer. I think “What We Had” is my favorite, but only because of that guitar/keyboard solo. I just KNOW it’s going to be the most fun thing to do live. Not to mention those lyrics took quite a few years to formulate in my head.
I wanted to share exactly how painful it’s been to live in a world without my dad (by choice), but not let that sacrifice the upbeat nature and message of the song: “I don’t ever wanna’ change a thing that made me …
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