Dylan Swinson began playing guitar at the age of 10 in his childhood home in Summerville, South Carolina. He was inspired when his mother would play some of her favorite cds while dropping him off at school. These included albums from Better Than Ezra, The Cure, and Edwin McCain. One day, she puts in Jeff Buckley's Grace and Dylan was immediately hooked on the album. After watching Buckley's "Live in Chicago" DVD, he knew he wanted to learn how to be a musician.
With his father being in the Air Force, Dylan and his family moved to Dover, Delaware in 2005. It was here where Dylan discovered his love for Pop Punk and Alternative Rock music as they were some of the most popular music genres in the school music scene. He started writing lyrics in his Freshman year at Caesar Rodney High School; but it wasn't until his Junior year that he started composing music for them. He spent his Senior year recording his first demo and playing garage and school coffeehouse shows around the area.
During his time in Delaware, Dylan was contacted by Keith Urban's manager and was very impressed by his YouTube cover of Urban's "You'll Think of Me". The team used part of Dylan's cover video for a mini montage with other Youtuber's versions of the song to play on the screen during the Escape Together world tour in 2009. So you can say that Dylan Swinson went on tour with Keith Urban....kind of.
In 2011, Dylan moved back to Charleston, South Carolina the day after his high school graduation. He began playing open mics around the area while attending The Art Institute of Charleston for Filmmaking. After graduating from The Art Institute in 2014, Dylan used his Graduation money to record his first EP "Freedom & Solitude", leaning toward an Acoustic Alternative Singer/Songwriter feel. It was released on July 18, 2015.
Dylan currently records music with producers Thomas O' Brien (Trick Knee), Chris Viera at Costello Studios in Summerville, South Carolina. After meeting O' Brien at an open mic at the legendary Windjammer in Isle of Palms, he invited Dylan to the record at Hybrid Audio Solutions after being impressed with his powerhouse performance. Dylan has gone on to play all over South Carolina and expand into Charlotte, NC and Atlanta & Savannah, GA. He was awarded i93.7 Walterboro's Male Singer/Songwriter of the year and took home two Independent Tone Awards (Upcoming Alternative Rock Artist and Upcoming Rock Artist) in 2016.
He has opened for many touring artists such as Will Pugh (Cartel), A Sunday Fire, Glass Mansions, and Chase Huglin while releasing his sophomore EP "Prove em' Wrong Kid" on May 26, 2017 to positive reception. Some of the songs on this EP has found its way on rotation on 105.5 the Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina and WPRK in Winter Park, Florida.
Dylan performed at the 2017 Charleston Music Confab to rave reviews and his first full-length album, "Self-Titled" , is to be released through Real South Records sometime in February 2020.
Dylan views songwriting as a way to not only express himself, but also to spread a message to people. Whether it is a message about unity, self image, or following your dreams, Dylan hopes to inspire people that it is never too late to follow your dreams and work for them no matter who is for you or against you. Believe in yourself when no one else will.