We had the good fortune of connecting with DYLN and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DYLN, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work-life balance has changed a lot over time. Especially through the pandemic. It forced everyone to slow down and turn inward. Our worlds got smaller and bigger at the same time and gave us time for some self-reflection. When I first started my career, music was my only focus. And while there are many great things about being focused, hardworking and determined, I’ve learned to not tie my self-worth to my job. There’s a lot more to who I am than what I do and taking the time to get to know yourself deeper is an act of self-love. I’ve realized that loving yourself means loving all parts of you. Balance to me is becoming aware of your needs in all aspects of who you are, and honoring those needs by making self-care a priority.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I primarily write and produce Pop/RnB music as an artist and as a songwriter for other artists. Generally speaking, I’ve always been a bit of an underdog. I like to do things a little bit outside of the norm. I like weird ideas. And I especially love working with people who are comfortable being open and emotionally raw with me. I’m most proud of my latest EP “DYLN_02” which I wrote and co-produced and I’m also really excited to be working on a new writing project. Being in a creative industry is not easy. There’s a lot of self-discipline you have to have in order to manage yourself and make your own hours. The path will test you in every way so get good at being your own cheerleader. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Be adaptable. Be resilient. Take risks. And take care of yourself along the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a big fan of the outdoors, so hiking Runyon Canyon or Griffith Park would be on there. A trip to the beach. Drinks in WeHo. Sushi at Sugarfish. A trip to House of Intuition. And there’s a taco place I go to at all hours of the day or night called Carnitas Michoacan on 19th & Broadway. We’d get Al Pastor and Carnitas tacos, and large horchata.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give it up to the OG – My Dad. I’ve been very fortunate to have grown up with a very supportive father who taught me a lot about hard work and dedication. That if you really want something, you have to work at it and use your head. He also taught me a lot about business and how it’s built on personal relationships. Be impeccable with your word, and your handshake. And if you say you’re going to do something, you do it.
All photos by Grey Coutts.