After enough patience and ambition, Dylan Flashner debuts his new EP, ‘L.I.F.E,’ while in the progress of finishing his first album.
From Boston to Los Angeles, athlete to artist, dreams to reality- Dylan Flashner is heading towards a successful path in the music industry. As a twenty-three year old, Flashner is a young artist attending Chapman University while earning a degree in Communications. Before putting all his time into making music, Flashner went off to be a college athlete. From football to basketball, Flashner devoted days and nights to his performance. Soon after an injury that led him to saying goodbye to sports, he found his true passion with making music. Music has always been a part of his life but it wasn’t until about a year in a half ago that he realized his hobby could be a potential career path. With one more year left of college, Flashner just released his first EP titled L.I.F.E. With enough perseverance, Flashner explains how his past experiences have led him to where he is now and what he has planned for the near future.
Tell us about the new release of your EP called L.I.F.E. What was your creation process and hopes for the release?
“It took basically the whole year in a half. I did another small project that I threw away beforehand but then this one came together. I have two tracks with Kap G and one of them went on this one. That was really lucky how that one ended up happening and it all fell through there. My producers and I have been working together for about a year in a half now so we put together the five best songs that we had. It worked out really well. The concept behind it was basically I’m learning through all of my experiences through these songs so it’s called L.I.F.E and that’s the acronym.”
How did you meet up with your producers and create your team?
“We met through a mutual friend. A good friend of mine. It was a slow relationship at first but it really built over time. One guy and I just started going to the studios like twice a week and the other producer I work with is his cousin who moved here recently from Chicago.”
“From Night To Day” hit over 34k likes on Soundcloud. Why do you think this song sticks interest to so many and what was your initial reaction when you realized your music was no longer something you listened to but now thousands of other people too?
“It’s still pretty crazy. I can’t believe it because I’m so early in the process. I didn’t expect anything from it to be honest. But the artist I’m working with Rexx Life is super talented. But you hope your music can touch a few people so when it hits one thousand, 5k, 30k, it’s awesome.”
How did you meet and come in contact with Rexx Life?
“Yeah, so we’ve actually never met personally. We’ve talked through phone and stuff. We met through my producers and hit each other up online through instagram. Then we sent him off the track and he came back with that. He killed it.”
How did you gain interest producing and making music?
“I’ve always listened to music. I’ve always memorized rap lyrics since I was really young. Drake is one of my biggest influences. He’s super talented and talks from his heart. I’m pretty conscious when it comes to my music. I can do the whole mumble rap and all that stuff. I had an interesting upbringing that allows me to talk about that a little bit but I’m more conscious and he kinda went into depth. That’s kinda what got me into it. I just love entertaining. It’s my favorite thing to do.”
You just released the EP but are you currently working on releasing a full album? Should we be on the lookout for new releases in the near future?
“Yeah, I’m going to be releasing a few singles coming up before I release my full album. But I’m always working on new stuff. I’ll be dropping something sooner than later. I don’t want to give exact dates but soon, within probably a month or two I’ll drop something new. Hoping for the album within the next three to four months but we’ll see.”
Being so young and releasing your first EP, what are some of the most important things you’ve learned along the way?
“Patience is key. You always want to release, you always want to throw things at people but it takes time. A lot of mastering the process. I’m still learning every day. It’s not something that comes over night. You’ve gotta love what you’re doing. I don’t think of it as work and I think that’s why I love doing it.”
Right! How does it go when you have to balance school and music?
“That is the toughest part to figure out. I don’t know. If you really like what you’re doing, it’s just like playing a sport for me. It was a pretty easy substitute from playing college athletics. I just kinda put that in. I don’t think about it too much anymore. At first I was but you just have to get your school work done early in the morning which can be tough with the lifestyle we live but you figure it out.”
Post graduation, where do you hope to be at in the music industry? Do you want to carry out your communications degree or do you want music to be your future?
“The hope is music to be the future. I’m getting a degree for more of a backup for something I want to do in the industry. I think communications was a route that made sense especially talking to a lot of people and networking. But yeah, I want to be an artist. That’s the ultimate goal. You just work every day towards that and hope the degree goes side by side so by the time you’re out then you can do something with it.”
When not creating music, what are other California hobbies you enjoy doing?
“I love to workout still. I love to just kinda hang out with friends, talk a lot. I don’t know why that sounds really bad but I like to discuss, learn about people. I’m one of those weirdos that likes to meet new people. I want to learn new things.”