Singer-Songwriter Dylan Dunlap Shares “What We Had” From Forthcoming EP ‘Soldier On’ (Out February 5) 

September 25, 2020 BY Nettwerk


On February 5, Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Dunlap will release Soldier On.  The EP pairs difficult themes with uplifting melodies, showcasing Dylan’s innate ability to craft deeply personal narratives into power pop eloquence.

Following the release of the first single “Seriously,” Dylan returns with “What We Had,” an intimate, specific, and transparent story about his childhood.

“With it, I’m choosing to open up the conversation about toxic masculinity, alcoholism, depression/anxiety, the diagnosis of my mental health condition, and coping through it all while still allowing room to grieve. My dad took off 6 years ago this summer and since then, there has been nothing but the craziest updates that could write a soap opera. I feel like this song can finally be my opportunity to share my perseverance into adulthood and my refusal to worry about turning into him any longer. “I try so hard to think I’m not my father, I forget about what makes me who I am” sums up that message in the pre. I think it’s way more effective to sing from a vulnerable place than try to sound/look like somebody else.

Directed by Tim Toda (Oh Wonder, Dan Croll, Misterwives), the official music video gives fans an intimate peek into the 24-year old’s early childhood and teen years with a collage of photos and personal home videos.  Included in the mix are performance clips, like the day he supported OneRepublic at a sold-out stadium in Utah.

I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase my perseverance through music than to just show the footage of me doing it. My childhood best friend, Tim Toda, has been so kind enough to document almost half my life, and I absolutely loved the idea that he and his girlfriend, Kristen Hahn, brought to the table of combining all of that footage with projector shots. I put abslutely everything into this song and am so grateful that the video came out as beautiful as it did. I hope that both this song and video help normalize practicing vulnerability with the people closest to us as well as with complete strangers.

On Tuesday (9/29) at 6PM PT, Dylan will go live answering questions, playing a couple of songs, and just generally interacting with the fans. Watch on Instagram HERE.

Track List:

1.  Seriously
2.  What We Had
3.  Another Holiday
4.  Follow My Echo
5.  Soldier On
6.  If That’s Alright “Bonus Track”

“What We Had” is available at stores; click here:

About Dylan Dunlap:

Dylan Dunlap is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.  Dylan’s love for music started at an early age.  At age 6, Dylan taught himself piano to partake in a grade school talent show.  At age 11, he picked up a copy of Pro Tools and crafted instrumental compositions “like time capsules.” As a teen, Dylan left the prestigious Berklee College of Music to get a head start on his music career and started busking.  Over the last two years, he supported OneRepublic at the sold-out Stadium of Fire event in Provo, UT while releasing his first-ever original “Microphones & Lights,” toured across the US and the UK, dropped his debut EP Things I Can’t Explain, and demonstrated a versatile songwriting prowess, writing with artists across country, hip-hop, pop, and electronic genres.  Most recently, Dylan released what would become his breakout single, “If That’s Alright,”  which has helped Dylan quietly amassed over 20 million streams.  On top of his artist pursuits, Dylan has put in countless hours of work to raise awareness around mental health. In this mission, Dylan received the “Fighting Stigma Rising Star” award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has partnered with Global Citizen, Autism Rocks, LA’s Children Hospital, To Write Love On Her Arms, Sound Mind Live, and many other organizations.  Dylan is currently set to release his sophomore EP Soldier On on February 5, 2021 (via Nettwerk Records).

Past Quotes:

“Dylan Dunlap isn’t just penning songs, he’s making music with meaning” – Hollywood Life

“The world should know Dylan Dunlap” – Arjan Writes

“Dylan Dunlap’s voice is stunning” – Popdust

“Dylan Dunlap is on the rise…and reminding everyone of the masterful songwriter and artist he is” – Ones To Watch

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