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Interview: Dalton Cyr
Tell us about the story your debut single “Dying to Love You.”
I’ve always seemed to find the most (for lack of a better word) volatile of relationships in my own personal life- this song was one part healing process, two parts love letter to those it just hasn’t worked out with.
What was the writing and recording process like?
The recording and writing of “Dying To Love You” might have been the easiest and most fun sessions of my life so far. I wrote the entire song and tracked most of the record in one day with Mikal Blue and Roger Manning, and returned back to it for some tweaks and additions later on down the line. Most of the record itself was one-take. We took a listen after the first day of tracking and realized nothing else needed to be done!
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I spend quite a lot of time running Dungeons and Dragons campaigns for those I’m close to and have been developing a fantasy book series for the past few years. I feel as though there is just so much going on in my brain, these other creative outlets outside of my work is necessary for me to keep from spontaneously combusting at any given time. I get enough of my energy out on these personal projects, to really laser focus myself when I’m in the studio.
Tell me about your most memorable show.
My most memorable show would most likely be the opening ceremony of a national softball tournament I performed when I was about 13. Little me hopped on stage and did my thing in front of an arena of screaming softball girls, all my age. After the show, I was literally mobbed and had to be carried away by security. I might still be coming down from that high!
If you could play a show with any lineup, what 3 artists would be on the ticket?
If we’re talking living artists only, I would run with John Mayer, The Hush Sound, and Ed Sheeran. Dead or Alive artists would be insane- I’d go for The Beatles, Prince, and John Mayer.
Which songs are your favorite to play live?
I’m quite partial to my song “Fragile Unbreakable Girl”. It’s a fan favorite, and I absolutely love to see the first-time reactions to people seeing possibly my most sentimental song.
What themes or messages do you like to get across in your music?
My work has, at its heart, always been a mirror of the human condition. I will tell personal stories, through my music as a way to tell people “It’s not just you.” We all encounter and deal with much more in common than we expect.
As a musician and an actor, do you have one you love doing more?
I’ve spent the last decade of my life trying to reach a conclusion on this, and it just isn’t coming. I would say at this point in my career that all of the work I do- whether it be music, acting, literature, visual pieces- all has begun to fall into the same umbrella in my mind of storytelling. There is so much overlap in the technique and approach to all art, that I see it all in the same way now. I supposed the short answer would be “no”.
What does 2022 have in store for Dalton Cyr?
There are so many things in the works for the rest of the year! I have some fantastic music I’m already sitting on and am getting back into the studio for more very soon. I’ll be telling more stories via single releases, music videos, and live concerts all year- and it’s all great. Thanks for having me!