Country music has changed over the last few decades. It’s incorporated pop and folk and even rap. Artist Dylan Scott grew up listening to traditional country music, but with songs like “Hooked,” and “My Girl,” he’s bringing in other genres.
Scott and fellow country singer Logan Brill will be heading to Rivers Casino on Saturday. Scott, 28, has been signed to a record label for the last decade. Since then, he’s been touring the country and recording albums, with another set to be released next year. Music is a family affair; his brother is in the band and his father is Scotty Robinson, who played guitar for Freddy Fender.
Here, the Gazette caught up with Scott and talked about how he got his start and what’s next:
Q: How old were you when you started to become interested in music? I know it was a family thing to begin with, but what are some of the first memories you have of [playing]?
A: We have a video of myself at three years old sitting on my dad’s lap while he plays guitar and just singing Alan Jackson’s “Hoochie Coochie,” that’s what was popular then. It’s just kinda what I’ve done really my whole life. I can remember being on the playground as a kid, I’m talking third or fourth grade, telling friends ‘I’m going to move to Nashville one day.’ I didn’t even know what Nashville was I just knew my dad went there to do music. You grow up wanting to be [like] your mom or dad and I guess for me I didn’t grow out of that. I always wanted to do what dad did.
Q: Did your dad teach you how to play and write songs?
A: He taught me piano when I was probably about four or five years old. From there, when I was about 11 or 12 he taught me guitar. Then as far as writing goes, I dabbled with it a little bit before I moved to Nashville, but it wasn’t until I got to Nashville that I started writing with all the great songwriters and learning ‘okay, this is how you do this’ that I really became interested in it.
Q: How do you feel like your style has changed over the years?
A: It’s changed for sure. I grew up on old-school country music because of my dad. [But] at the same time, I grew up listening to everything from hip-hop to pop to rock. You get out on the road and you start seeing what fans really enjoy and feel connected to and your style does change for sure. Everything changes and so does the music.
Q: Do you feel like your style has grown more into the pop and rock territory?
A: My style is current. It’s what’s contemporary, it’s what’s going on with everything right now. There are elements of pop absolutely, there [are] elements of some hip-hop, but the country is still there. My music is kinda all over the place in that regard because I do have stuff that leans way more pop than it does country and I’ve also got stuff that leans way more country than it does pop.
Q: What’s the best time you for songwriting?
A: It depends. I enjoy waking up in the mornings and writing. I’m a morning person, but sometimes we play so late we get up late. Most of the time my writing is done late at night, usually on a bus traveling on the road somewhere with some friends of mine. That’s the way we’ve been doing writing lately, bus rides late at night.
Q: What are some things that inspire you, either musically or [lyrically]?
A: I like to write [about] things I’ve experienced. That’s why I have a lot of love songs about my wife. We’ve been together since we were 15 or 16 years old in high school. Love songs are really easy to write because I’ve lived that most of my life. Lately, since I’ve become a dad I’ve been writing dad songs since I’m living that now.
Q: In the last year or two, a lot has changed for you, including starting a family. So how has that been like as far as going on tour?
A: It makes coming home that much sweeter especially because I have a little boy now. My wife [is] great, she gets the music business [and] that I have to be gone to make a living. So it’s really easy. She’s a great mom and a great wife.
Q: What’s it like playing with your [brother]?
A: My little brother is the lead guitar player, he’s three years younger than I am. So we’ve got my little brother, and then, the bass player and the drummer [are] brothers. It’s cool having family there, they keep you straight. It’s just cool to experience all this stuff with my little brother and having another set of brothers on the tour is really cool because there’s no drama.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: First of the year, I’m doing a headlining tour called “Nothing to do Town Tour.” So I’ll be doing a little over a month of dates on that tour and then just keep doing what we’ve been doing, playing shows every weekend. I have a new album coming out next year, which is exciting. [There’s] a lot going on, a lot of new music.
Q: What can people expect at Rivers?
A: We have a pretty high energy show. We like the crowd to have a really good time and dance and laugh. At the same time, we’ll throw in some old-school country covers. Most importantly, our biggest goals with a live show is to just let the crowd forget about the week, forget about what’s going on in their life and have a fun time.
WITH: Logan Brill
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 10
WHERE: Rivers Casino and Resort Event Center
MORE INFO: riverscasinoandresort.com