Dylan Andre has gone from wowing the judges on America’s Got Talent to wowing his fans on YouTube.
He shares his career building insights, all of which he has learned the hard way!
What was it that drew you into the world of YouTube?
The way you could reach your existing fan base and show more of a 3 dimensional view of your career and journey.
Your videos look great – what equipment do you use?
I actually just use my iPhone 5s and 4s. I record the audio in live and mix it afterwards with a blend of audio from what the iPhone picks up to give it some room noise, then edit the video myself.
What tips would you have for people who don’t have that equipment?
There are ways of taking what you have and making it tasteful. I remember having a crappy mic a while back and it picked up so much noise that I ended up looping in a vinyl sound over top of the vocal and it came out sounding cool.
What obstacles have you had to overcome for your love of singing?
I’ve had to leave home a lot, and leave my friends and family. I’ve had to end relationships and have them ended on me. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of my life and miss a lot of really cool things that happen back home.
A performance FAIL?
I was at Royal Bar in Hollywood looping up a song, and two of my strings broke so I just sung their melodies and looped that.
A performance SUCCESS?
So during the next song I changed the strings while singing the song and a lot of people noticed. I felt pretty cool when I got them changed, tuned up, and was able to go into the next song really fast.
Something’s that’s worked for you in reaching a larger audience?
I don’t usually like covering the latest song to gain audience, but there’s a strategy to it and it makes sense. The internet now is so saturated, so if your cover is undeniable it should live somewhere. It draws attention to your other videos. It’s a game that has to be played on social media.
Most important lesson you have learned about social media?
I see people’s Instagrams and they look like they have the most perfect lives, perfect careers, and it really is just all the best moments. You don’t see the grind which I like showing. Breaking down the 4th wall is the way to reach fans on a real level.
A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance?
It’s gotta be like a pot of soup, all the ingredients have to work. I’m not saying that I have it down 100% but from what I see of other professionals I know what I’m looking for. The crescendo is important, movement, body language, economy, it all factors in to what usually works on people subliminally.
A musical lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
You can always be better. When I got to a spot where I thought I was good I knew nothing. That’s when I reformed my whole set up, got a looper, added effects, the whole thing.
A vocal lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
Drink water always, I had a stint where I was singing master vocals for a CD I recorded in Nashville at The Tracking Room and it was 2 days of singing my ass off and the first day I drank nothing, slept on the sofa in the vocal studio with my girlfriend and woke up with no voice.
Tell us about your favourite singer?
Caleb Followill’s voice is gritty and he’s not afraid to explore with it in his natural accent.
Dylan Andre is an American born musician, singer, and songwriter. Dylan’s music takes pages out of the books of classic rock and roll with a touch of the alternative sounds of todays pop music. His live show is one of a kind, often confusing audiences with his huge stadium sound, all coming from one man and a black small body guitar.