At only 19-years-old, the excitement swirling around the internet for Dylan Fraser’s latest release was palpable. Clearly so very wise beyond his years with tremendous musical talent, Fraser has leant into a genre that is universal. His mixture of electronica, soft guitar, and narrative lyricism lends a complex yet enticing aura to his music.
‘I’d Rather Be Here’ comes from his second EP which is set to be released soon (we will wait patiently with this track on repeat). His Spotify bio, rather scruffily handwritten, reads “Dylan Fraser is a semi-nocturnal isolated kid from small town Scotland. This is his world inverted; one he is tied to but feels detached from, exploring it one last time, midnight till noon.” A small-town boy from Bathgate he may be, but a small-town boy with ongoing support from Sam Smith and Sir Elton no less.
It’s not only his stellar musical capability that impresses us, but his artistic and creative vision. The accompanying artwork and video to this track were all envisioned, designed, and directed by Fraser himself. We spoke to Fraser about this release and his future plans and were even more impressed by his eloquence and ability to articulate exactly what he is feeling – the mark of a true songwriter!
Thank you! I feel scared, excited and nervous all in one. I’m super proud of the new music I’m releasing this year, so I’m just excited to get it out there!
The track is about someone who meant a lot to me but wasn’t necessarily good for my mental state. There was a lot of negativity involved and it was really starting to wear me down. I was in a situation where I cared so deeply for someone that it almost felt better to stay in the shitty situation than to address it and potentially lose them. That experience sparked the lyric “I’d rather be here than nowhere at all”.
I’ve had some ups and downs with being creative the last year. The first lockdown in the was actually quite an inspiring time for me, despite the state of the world. I found that it gave me a lot of time to think and process my thoughts, which is how I write songs; I deconstruct feelings, emotions, relationships, conversations and try to make sense of them in my head. Towards the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021, I was left feeling pretty down and uninspired, to be honest. I think I was just a bit burnt out – not being able to experience new things, meet new people and have interesting conversations was difficult because I rely on that so heavily to write music. More recently, I’ve been feeling more inspired again, though.
I’ve been writing songs since I was 12 but only in the last 2/3 years have I been producing them into real records in the studio. I always knew I wanted to pursue music as a career since I was like 3-years-old (sounds cliché) but I just always knew, and I still can’t explain why. It helped me stay focused on what I wanted.
I think this EP is a lot more raw than my first project. There’re a few more chill, delicate songs on the upcoming EP, which I’ve not really released that much of, as of yet. I think I’ve just improved as a songwriter and have put a lot more time and thought into my lyrics. I’ve explored new sonics on this EP that you wouldn’t have heard from me before, which was super fun and inspiring. This EP is just me deconstructing situations, emotions, relationships and just trying to figure out life, basically. It’s a thread that I think will continue with forthcoming projects, too. It’s the easiest way for me to get into my thoughts out because I can deconstruct them and exaggerate them and have them live in a crazy world of their own. I love being able to be autobiographical within my music, but I also enjoy my songs being left open to interpretation, so listeners can find their own meaning in them.
I hope to be playing shows. I hope to be healthy, happy, inspired. I hope to be releasing more music and I’d love to be connecting with other young up and coming creatives; to make cool shit and to collaborate.
Dylan Fraser’s new track, ‘I’d Rather Be Here’, is out now on Asylum/Atlantic. Press play below now.