“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”
About King Dylan
Solo Artist | Calgary, AB
Alternative Hip Hop with Pop melodies
SOUNDS LIKE: Twenty One Pilots, Macklemore, Classified, Ed Sheeran
NEW RELEASE: "In The Darkness, We Can Shine"
(Digital + Vinyl) - 10 tracks
Independent | Self-managed
King Dylan Bio
Who made this guy "King" anyways?
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 “When The Stars Burn Out” (2019) is the newest song and video release that is nothing short of creative and fun. It's a wild trip through space telling your be the best version of yourself, no matter where you come from. 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 Macklemore, 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 Canadian Music Week (2019, 2013), Mighty Peace Day (2013-2017), 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
“When the Stars Burn Out” has a beat that is out of this world, with King Dylan hitting every lyric on point without hesitation. He quickly, and I mean that very literally, jumps in and shows us some serious skill with the clarity of each word during the faster rap sections." - BUZZ MUSIC LA
“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)