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 Alternative Hip Hop act. Years later and living in Calgary, King Dylan has channeled his oddities into the pop-driven melodies and deep, personal storytelling involved in his music .
King Dylan's “Play That Song Again” (2018) is the newest song and video release that tells the story of his late father's passing after a battle with cancer and the songs and memories that remind us of lost loved ones. It is the first single from his upcoming 10-track album: In The Darkness, We Can Shine - “I tried to explore my production with an acoustic guitar on every track after getting advice from my friend Kevvy (Fake Shark) to focus my sound a bit more, and the songwriting came naturally after having a rough year, personally,” The dynamic, self-produced project is familiar to the ears of Twenty-One Pilots, Beck, and Mike Shinoda, finding its balance between acoustic guitar and piano.
In 2018 King Dylan’s song and stop-motion Lego video, “Untouchable”, was a Winner for Best Music Video at the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards; winner of the Best Music Video in the 2017 ISC International Songwriting Competition (beating out "The Avengers" Joss Whedon); and Pop Recording and Music Video of the Year at the 2017 Calgary Music Awards *(with a nod for Hip Hop Recording of the Year); plus a Video Director of the Year nomination at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards. The song also placed 2nd in the Stagelight Monthly song contest from Linkin Park and Open Labs, received radio play on CBC Radio 1 and video features in the Calgary Herald and The YYScene.
During King Dylan’s musical career he has performed at showcases and festivals like Mighty Peace Day (2013-2017), Canadian Music Week (2013), Blank-Fest (2013) Lilac Fest (2010), and also was one of the winning recipients in the Amp Radio Rockstar competitions in Calgary (2012). He has also recorded with Juno Award winners Swollen Members’ Moka Only “I Still Fly” (2010) and Econoline Crush’s Trevor Hurst “Hope” (2014) and shared the stage with acts such as Sonreal, Swollen Members, Dear Rouge, Tyler Shaw, Shawn Desman, Tenille Townes, and Neverest
“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)
“The fact that he makes both the serious and celebratory work together and blend seamlessly speaks to how confident he is in the King Dylan skin” – Calgary Herald (Mike Bell)
“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)