“his music has a truly otherworldly appeal. Like Miguel meets the Black Keys. Fucking brilliant.” – NME
Dylan Cartlidge has always planned for his music to deliver the message he had once desperately needed; the idea that while you can’t choose the hand that’s dealt to you in life, you have the power to make choices to determine your path going forward.
Dylan’s story is one of rising above hardship, refusing to become another statistic, and using his trauma to create something meaningful for others going through hard times.
His subversive and eclectic take on underground hip hop led to early comparisons to Outkast and collaborations with the likes of Jamie T, Eg White and Glass Animals.
Dylan’s music straddles fifty years of modern music sounding as if Timbaland got in the studio with Sly and the Family Stone and invited Beastie Boys along for the ride. There are also echoes of Al Green, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin in some of his songs too, with a gospel influence helping his music blend in alongside his bluesy hip hop beats.
While not a religious person himself, the music’s ability to act as a vessel for bigger ideas lends itself well to his directive driven music. “I’m a big believer in delivering a message with your music,” Dylan says, “and gospel is the ultimate expression of that. There’s no greater time capsule.”
By looking to the past while also embracing the future, Dylan eventually found the path to creating a project that outstrip s the one he grew up imagining. “It’s the story of hope above adversity, mental health awareness, poverty, abuse, post traumatic growth and the people I have known who haven’t had the same opportunities in life,” Dylan explains of the themes in music.