Singer-Songwriter Dylan Dunlap Shares “Seratonin”
May 10, 2021 BY Nettwerk
Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Dunlap announces the release of “Serotonin,” a single off his upcoming EP. As if converting lead into gold, Dylan alchemizes his struggles into cinematic and catchy upbeat pop, rooted in a will to face hardship head-on with a smile. Lightly plucked clean guitar wraps around his confessional verses before he carries the candid chorus, “Don’t treat me like I’m broken. I’m just low on Serotonin.”
“My mental health condition includes the deficiency of Serotonin,” he reveals. “It’s an effect of numerous mental health conditions, though; this was the first attempt to open up about something intense, personal, and dark through an energetic and anthemic song. I’m living with this. It’s not crippling me. I’m not letting it take over my life. One time, my girlfriend told me my mental health is just like any other trait, like being on the spectrum or having brown hair and blue eyes. I’ve never vocalized my issues with such pride. This is a part of me; it’s not all of me.”
Dylan has wasted no time making 2021 his year; with the release of his EP Soldier On in February, the single “Follow My Echo” landed placements on over 28 New Music Friday Playlists across the globe and garnered rave reviews from places such as MTV who stated, “This song deserves to soundtrack a movie and I will firmly stand by this.”
As a kid, Dylan immediately gravitated towards music. He went from playing the piano to learning Pro Tools and cooking up instrumental compositions. Dylan dipped out of Berklee College of Music to busk around his native Burbank, CA. Developing a singular style, he drew on inspirations as diverse as Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, and Finding Nemo. Between sharing the stage with OneRepublic at the sold-out Stadium of Fire event in Provo, UT, he packed shows throughout the United States and the UK. Following the release of two EPs – Things I Can’t Explain and Soldier On – Dylan has made significant strides claiming 40 million-plus combined Spotify streams. At the same time, he’s tirelessly championed positive mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness recognized him with its “Fighting Stigma Rising Star” award. At the same time, he’s collaborated with various organizations such as Global Citizen, Autism Rocks, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and more. Evolving with each step, Dylan only continued to record at a prolific pace.
In the end, Dylan makes the kind of music that’ll not only inspire you to root for him but to root for yourself.
“I take advantage of the hand I’ve been dealt,” he leaves off. “By existing and pursuing this, I’m doing exactly what I want to do with my music. I’m breaking the stigma. I’m going to show, regardless of whatever disability the world thinks I have, it doesn’t mean I can’t follow my dreams. Writing these songs and making it this far, I’ve never believed in my ability to make a difference more than I do now.”