IndiePulse learned of Dallin McKay via Social Media, and he is much of a mystery, with a small but impressive Online presence and a loyal and growing following, he is an inspiration to other artists, many in multiple genres, he has created some great music and in his videos, has an enigmatic visual presence.
IndiePulse spoke with Dallin about who he is and what he does, and we are very pleased to bring this interview to you, it is not often we find and artist so young that really has a master plan to create a unique experience for his fans and the world.
IPM: What inspired you to write music like you do?
From the time I was eight until I was twelve I actually hated music, but one day I felt like I needed to learn how to play the piano, so I sat down at the piano every day and everything started coming so naturally, and later songs would come to my head as if they weren’t even mine, but that they were already written and ready for anyone that could listen hard enough to hear them. For the longest time I still hated Rap and Country music, but one day some of my friends showed me “the good Country and Rap Music” and I immediately loved it, so I’ve decided that I don’t want to be a “Pop Artist” or a “Country Artist” or a “Rapper”, but I want to make GOOD music of ALL genres, to share the love that I’ve found for all genres.
IPM: What are or were some of the challenges for you in producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music?
One of the hardest things has been finding a Producer that believes in me and is willing/able to make all different styles of music, but as soon as I found that everything started coming together so quickly. No manager wants to take me on because they have no idea what path to take for an “All-Genre Artist”, they all say that they could never pitch me to anybody and I would never get anywhere, and that’s why I’m doing it alone. I can’t shake this feeling that I have to do this, even though it’s never been done before. In today’s world with all of the online streaming with Spotify and Soundcloud, nobody just listens to one genre of music, people listen to a little bit of everything and like what’s good. With a world that’s begging for unique equality if there was ever a time for a “Non-Genre-Specific Artist”, it’s now.
IPM: Tell us about some of your recent performances.
I’ve had tons of ups and downs with Performances, once in Mexico I opened for a band called Playa Limbo, that was AMAZING. I was also in a boyband not too long ago in Utah called Mile High Drive and there was one performance at the Covey Center in Provo, Utah where the whole crowd was shouting “MHD! MHD!”. My most recent performance was at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, where I sang my original song “Can I Hold Your Hand” Live for the first time and people told me afterwards that it had brought tears to their eyes. That song will be the Country song that I’ll be putting out and it’s set to release mid-April.
Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?
While I was in Mexico I wrote a song in Spanish called “Se Llama Mexico” that talked about my story of how I grew to fall in love with a Country that I’d never understood before. I played this for one small group of people and one of them decided that he wanted to fly me out to have me play it for thousands of people at a huge Rotary meeting in Piedras Negras, it was supposed to be a onetime thing then they’d fly me back to Celaya where I was staying, but somebody there heard me play it and decided they wanted to fly me out to Cancun to play in one of the biggest Hotels in the world. It went from being one small performance for a small group of people to being 4 big performances over a small 2 week tour of Mexico.
IPM: Where do you see your music going, where would you like to be in the near future, goals, dreams and passions?
The most important thing to me is that I can make people feel something the way that music has helped me to feel strong emotions. My music will never be worth what I make from it, but will always be worth the amazing emotions that I get when I’m making/performing them, and I hope that it will be worth that to others. All I want is to share those feelings with with as many people as possible.
IPM: What would you like our readers to know about you?
My favorite thing in the world is meeting new people and making meaningful connections with people. If you’re looking for incredible vocals and a huge show you may or may not find it, but one thing I can promise you is that you will get to see the real me, and hopefully you will hear something that means something to you.
I’ve done lots before this and have tons of music up on my YouTube, and an EP up on my Spotify, but this will be the first time I’ve done it as a “Non-Genre-Specific Artist” to bring a greater appreciation for all forms of music.
We are very happy to bring Dallin McKay and his music to you, and for any movie producers, we think he would make a great James Bond, I mean. Look, has his own suit and everything.
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