At 22 years old Dylan Jakobsen has been making a name for himself playing fairs and festivals, supporting artists such as Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Parmalee, and more. On March 15th, the Seattle native released his first full-length album, From Where I Began, which was mixed and mastered by Billy Decker. Jakobsen kindly took the time to call to talk about the album, his new single “Silverado,” and more.
You’re 22 years old, was music something that you always wanted to pursue?
I started playing guitar at eight years old when my dad and I picked it up as a hobby. I kind of stormed past him and really never saw myself doing anything else. By the time I graduated I knew I wanted to do music full time and for the past year and a half, I have been seeing where it takes me.
Growing up in Seattle, was it always country music you gravitated to or did you start out playing another type of music?
I grew up on rock, Springsteen, and Skynyrd. As I got older, I grew to love the storytelling in country music which is something that stuck with me and is a part of this country rock fusion my music is now.
Is there anyone in the country genre that is a particular influence?
I’m a big Will Hoge fan. His songwriting is a big inspiration of mine and he really deserves more credit than he gets.
Indeed. He’s a personal favorite.
On March 15th, you released your first album, From Where I Began. Did you pen all of the songs?
I did. I have always been more of an independent guy and a solitary songwriter. My songs are 100% me, telling what I have witnessed and experienced so far.
The album was mixed by Billy Decker. How did you connect with him and why did you want him to be a part of the project?
We came across Billy from the records he has done with Chris Young and Parmalee. We reached out and were thrilled when he said he was interested in working with us. I was looking for the right person to bring the songs to life and he really brought out that radio quality sound in the songs.
“Silverado” is the current single. What’s the story behind that song?
I was looking for songs to fill out the missing pieces for the record and “Silverado” is one of those songs that came out of nowhere and was written within like, an hour. It’s the story of connecting the memories between being on the road and having someone back home that you left behind.
The title track, which seems autobiographical, is also the first track on the record. Was that intentional?
It was. It’s been my dream to pursue music since I was eight. This industry is crazy and tough; you never really know what you’ll get. Sometimes there are 1000 people and sometimes it’s just you and a guy in the back of the room. I am working hard trying to make it happen. This song is fitting to who I am as an artist and tells the story from where I, personally, began.
You’ve supported some pretty well-known artists, what’s your touring schedule like for the summer?
We just had our album release show in Portland and are going to be playing a lot of fairs and festivals like Country Thunder in Arizona, and Taste of Country in New York as well as many others. We are going to go out there, tell stories through the songs, and have a good time with the crowd – that’s what it’s all about.
Finally, I always love to know – is there one recent release you cannot stop listening to?
Even though it’s a few years old, Parmalee’s record has been one of the ones that’s always been on the stereo.
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