Dylan Holton is a Canadian born singer songwriter and musician from Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He uses his unique and powerful voice to share his passion for music and his experiences in love, loss, and life. He displays heart warming energy in every performance. Dylan signed a record deal in the summer of 2014 with popular producer Bill Bell in Los Angeles, California. He is approaching the release of his first professional album this year. The first two singles from the “Jar Of Sunshine” album have already been released on iTunes, along with the official music video from the first single, “Weight of the World.” Since his first single release, it has been recognized in many different ways including hitting the charts in Eastern Canada topping in at #1 on The East Coast Countdown and also been recognized as a Finalist for his single ‘Weight of the World’ in the Unsigned Only Music Competition which features contestants from all over the world. Dylan currently lives in Los Angeles, CA pursuing his career in singing and song writing.
Check out his brand new single “Weight of the World” and find out why this song became his brand new single.
Why did you select this song as your current single?
This song was selected as my first single because it’s one of the more personal songs for me on my upcoming album. Weight of the World refers to those tough times in life we sometimes can’t find the answers to. It’s just good to be reminded that it’s not the end of the world and if you keep pushing and moving forward then great things will come.
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape?
Weight of the World is the first single release from the upcoming album which is titled ‘Jar of Sunshine’. So as you can imagine, this album is a collection of songs I wrote from the heart which have helped me through some tough times. I find it’s a very healing album and a reminder that if you take your’ Jar of Sunshine’ with you everywhere you go, then you can create your own design. I think that’s something we can all relate to; just living life to the fullest doing what makes us happy.
What was the writing process for the song?
You know I was visiting home in Nova Scotia, Canada when I wrote this tune and I think I had a strong build up of emotions coming from all different directions whether it was relationship problems, some small family issues, my absence from home over the years, deaths in the family you know, circumstances we all tend to face. I remember reassuring myself that things were going to be okay. When I slowed down and pulled back to assess my current situation, I realized my emotions were a result of this weight that’s been on my shoulders. When I realized you can have control of the outcome from your experiences, that’s when I realized we can choose the path we want to take. We live in an unpredictable world and we need to learn to face what we are dealt and when we comprehend what’s happening, that’s when we can truly start the healing process.
What does this songs lyric mean to you?
The lyrics in this song really hit home for me. I remember starting the writing process for this song during some family issues and a close death in the family among other things, and although every line has a specific meaning for me, it’s the line that reads, ‘we have to face what we put in place, because after all we may never talk again’. I think everyone can feel a little guilty for ignoring situations between loved ones and instead of finding resolution to the problem, it’s easier for some people to just walk away. Like how sad is that? I have some people in my life who have had the biggest impact on me but we hardly even talk anymore. For living such as short time as we do, it boggles my mind that some people can’t embrace what’s in front of them and celebrate the friendships and family we have been fortunate enough to have.
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?
Majority of my performances over the years have been acoustic with the odd accompaniment along with me. I love telling the stories that have influenced me to write this song because I feel everyone can relate. Each time I perform this song I’m reminded of how strong we need to be in this one life we get. I’ve been told I get very passionate during my performances and of course with this song being one that hit’s me every single time. You’d see a lot of passion and I bet a lot of sweat. I tend to sway and really feel the music while I perform. I really have to watch my teeth on that microphone.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
I really do think they could. I have a lot of fans reach out to me telling me how important my lyrics have been to them. I’m so blessed each and every time it happens. I’ve had fans come up to me after performances and tell me how much this song has helped them in their lives regardless of the reasoning. I’ve joined groups where they pray for me and those around them right after my concerts and every time something like this happens I feel like I’ve changed or inspired another’s life. That is what makes song writing and performing so addicting and that’s exactly why I do it. It helps me short term, but can help others to change their entire outlook on life for the better.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
Yes we did a release earlier this year of the official music video for Weight of the World and we took a very serious and heart wrenching approach to try and present a clear message just from the video. It shows problems we all face in life or troubles we see others facing but often tend to ignore. We really wanted to show that no matter what situation you find yourself or others in, there is light at the end of the tunnel and to stay positive and keep pushing.
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
Growing up I was heavily involved in sports and actually received a baseball scholarship to the NCAA DIVII University of Mount Olive. We won a National Championship which was an amazing experience. During my career I was a draft prospect for the MLB and I always worked extremely hard to have a successful career not just for myself, but for those around me. I always look to help others reach their full potential during this time. When baseball ended due to injuries in my early 20s, I decided to take that same mind set into my music. I’ve always inspired others through baseball and working hard to make the best out of their lives, and now I have been doing that through music. It’s a completely different approach but in the end it all leads to the same place. I’m helping others reach their full potential, maybe not as an athlete, but on a more personal level. My motivation really comes from helping others through my music. Sounds cliché but it’s the truth.