RENDEZVOUS: A Quick Catch Up With Way Dynamic
“Solo writing is nice and easy - but can feel limiting. Playing in the Way Dynamic band is so much better because you hear everyone’s varying personalities. And that’s hard to create on your lonesome.”
Way Dynamic is the mesmerising DIY pop project of Melbourne singer and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Young. It’s a dreamy affair driven by simple guitars, soft percussion and Young’s warming vocals. We had a mini catch up to chat about the new EP, working solo and his biggest takeaway from 2018.
As always, please press play below to enrich your reading experience.
How did the wonderful Way Dynamic come to be?
In ’14, a university lecturer told me to just start doing things. So I made an EP of 1-minute songs in a night. And they were pretty crap. But at least it was something. And I guess it went from there - I started playing these songs with my housemates and friends.
Your new EP is super easy on the ears. To be honest, there’s a real air of effortlessness across all five tracks. Was the creative process quite a quick or instinctive one?
Well that’s good. Yes, very quick. I knew vaguely how I wanted the songs to go, played one instrument after the other playing off the previous take. And that’s pretty much it.
What’s one of the weirdest recording techniques or instruments you used whilst recording?
Nothing too crazy, really. I didn’t have many mics or inputs so I turned the snare upside down to get a bit more snap out of it – that’s one of my favourite aspects actually. But other than that, it’s pretty straightforward and honest.
You’re a busy guy. Do you prefer working solo or in a band? Why?
Solo writing is nice and easy - but can feel limiting. Playing in the Way Dynamic band is so much better because you hear everyone’s varying personalities. And that’s hard to create on your lonesome.
‘I Would Die Happy’ is definitely a standout track. Can you tell us a bit about what that song is about?
I guess it’s about traversing relationships. All those wild, irrational feelings that contradict each other. And that in the end, it’s best to let go of them and do the best thing for everybody.
You're set to launch your EP on Friday night. What do you want people to feel when they walk away from a Way Dynamic live show?
Ideally, that they have been forever changed. But I’ll take that they had a nice time with their friends.
Who are some local bands you can’t stop listing to at the moment?
Cool Sounds, Girlatones, Dianas, A+, Cyanide Thornton.
Alright, we’re going deep. Your EP is named ‘What’s It All For Now’. Since no one really knows, and it’s almost the end of the year, can you tell us your one big takeaway or piece of advice is from the year 2018?
More and more, I find it important to make time and effort for the people you love. ‘Cause those connections are what makes things worthwhile for me.
Finally, you obviously have an ear for music. How do you go on the dance floor?
On occasion, wildly.
Catch Way Dynamic get wild tonight (Friday 23rd Nov) at The Cactus Room in Thornbury. The What’s It All For Now EP is out now via Our Golden Friend.