Dylan Shea is a student musician originally from Monroe, NY. Writing out of New York and recently moved to Seattle, Dylan has always had a passion for folk music. Named after the great Bob Dylan, Dylan’s parents raised him on the music of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and many more folk greats. His more current music influences include The Tallest Man On Earth, Moving Mountains, Gregory Alan Isakov, Tyson Motsenbocker, John Mayer (the trio though), and Sufjan Stevens.
Thus a finger-picking, soft-singing, lyrically profound musician was born. Dylan’s works often invoke the world around him in a way that acts as a plea for revelation. Songs like ‘Flesh and Bone’ and ‘Alone’ are social commentaries on what Dylan perceives as issues with the world we inhabit and the society that we have created, as well as what people may struggle with mentally or internally. On the other hand, songs like ‘These Small Hands’ and ‘Anymore’ serve as examples of how profound the power of love can truly be, and what it can teach us every day. Individuals will literally “turn the world, just to hear you say what another beautiful day with you.” Dylan cares about how people show their love and commitment to spending each and every day with their loved ones. Just as well, appreciating the little things like “the smile in your kiss” makes losing a loved one not so bad, because you can hold onto all of those wonderful things that you’ll not soon forget. As Dylan says, “memories can be more powerful than we allow them to be.”
“I write my music for all of the broken souls in the world. We’ve all struggled, whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally… we all know pain. Myself included: a lot of these songs are reflections on different mental states that I found myself in. But, to me, it became something powerful; I realized that the idea of struggling with something so ruthless and unforgiving and coming out on top is a miraculous testament to our willpower. I believe we are all stronger than we think we are, and my songs try to evoke that sentiment through the development of a changed perspective, or of an appreciation for what the pain you experienced allowed you to become. Every time something doesn’t go your way, and every time the world lets you down, the fact that you can stand back up again – battered, bruised and broken, inside and out – means you are a fighter. You’ll fight and fight until all of a sudden, things start to fall in place, and you start to realize exactly what you’ve been fighting for every single day: yourself. And I think people need to realize that the power of fighting for your own self-worth, your own ability to succeed… that’s what makes each and every life on Earth special. So, with my music, I’m telling you to push on another day, because you will come out on top.”
Dylan’s anecdotal lyrical style paints a beautiful picture of the sentiments that he hopes to portray through his songs, with artful and elegant music to support it. Dylan “lets the music write the words” for his songs, never deciding on a song theme before the music is written. Instead, the tone of the song guides the lyrical content, and from there his songs are born. Songs that once had only an acoustic guitar track and vocals were transformed into the masterpieces that you can hear on his debut album ‘Broken Roads & Sleepless Nights’ through the work and musical prowess of Nate Sander, Gabe Valle, and Tommy McCormick at Love Sound Studios in Walden, NY. The songs contain dozens of instrumental and vocal tracks that come together to create an extremely unique sound. Dylan is looking forward to exposing the music world to a new brand of folk, neoindie-folk, which blends instruments and genres in a new way.