King Dylan Biography
Who is this guy?
After an ex-girlfriend wrote "You're the King!" in Dylan's high school yearbook, this dinosaur-loving, gangsta-rap-bumpin', athletic, band geek born in Northern Alberta finally found his stage name for his Pop Hip Hop act.
King Dylan is an award-winning musician, filmmaker, and visual artist who exudes energy on stage holding his own as a solo artist among full bands. With musical influences from playing in heavy rock acts, aggressive rap groups, and growing up listening to Weird Al tapes and Muppet show records, his sound can be grouped loosely with Twenty-one Pilots, Watsky, Ed Sheeran, and Yelawolf.
Self-taught, artistic, and resourceful, Dylan has managed to keep most of his music and video budgets low through creativity. "When the stars Burn Out" was shot in a small condo bedroom painted to look like outer-space, along with homemade cardboard and papier-mâché props, a number of cameos from Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg-based musicians/performers, makeshift lighting rigs, and a camera dolly built out of LEGO. One of Dylan's career highlights is beating out (the director of "The Avengers") Joss Whedon's small foray into music to win the 2017 ISC Best Music Video Award for his Stop-motion Lego video opus "Untouchable" (2017)
Most of King Dylan's works are self-produced music videos for his own songs and in 2019 he finished and released four music videos - each worthy of recognition - from King Dylan's latest album titled: In the Darkness, We can Shine. "Get out of this Town", "Take Me Alive (ft. Mindseed)", "Play that Song Again", and the aforementioned "When the Stars Burn Out", round out the album's dark and lighthearted side.
With a Minor in Visual Art & Art History from the University of Calgary and a true love for creating Art, King Dylan is not just a musician who makes music videos, but also a filmmaker with his own soundtrack.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO Award (Winner)
2018 Independent Music Awards (New York)
2017 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
2017 YYC Music Awards
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (Nominee)
2017 Breakout West WCMA
2020 BIG winter Classic - Calgary, AB
2019 + 2013 Canadian Music Week - Toronto, ON
2019 Alberta Tour - Edmonton, Drumheller, Red Deer, Calgary, Lethbridge
2017, 2015, 2013 Mighty Peace Day (We Day) - Grande Prairie, AB with Tenille Townes, Neverest, Tyler Shaw
2012 New Music West - Edmonton, AB
2010 Lilac Fest - Calgary, AB
King Dylan has been a support act for Sonreal, Dear Rouge, Fake Shark, Shawn Desman, Swollen Members.
“it’s a wonderful collection of smooth, sometimes celebratory, sometimes silly, sometimes charmingly stoopid songs that walk that line between mainstream pop and hip-hop, with [Dylan] sing-styling and daring you not to follow along”
— Mike Bell/THE YYSCENE
“He’s good as both a rapper and singer, so it works well, and the sound quality is clean and professional, which should help this alt-rock-rap hybrid appeal to a larger mainstream audience” – EXCLAIM! Magazine (Thomas Quinlan)
“King Dylan has developed a signature style with soulful, catchy melodies” – St. Albert Gazette (Anna Borowiecki)
“With a killer live performance and a unique combination of musical styles, King Dylan is a force to be reckoned with in the Calgary Scene” – Indie 403 (Taryn Craig)
“A flow of pure energy from all directions” – Earbender YYC (Victoria Cosens)