Dylan Singh is a British born unsigned singer/songwriter of Indian heritage. His family is from Punjab where music is a huge part of culture, folk music in particular. He grew up listening to an eclectic mix of eastern and western music, from Bhangra beats to Delta Blues. He fell in love with Otis Redding's voice and the whole Stax records era at the age of fourteen. And at fifteen, John Lee Hooker jettisoned him into a journey through the blues. The British Blues invasion in the 60's was a big influence, partly for the fact that those bands got the World to recognize the genius of the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, amongst others. Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and classic rock is a staple of the music that has influenced him. On the eastern side, Dylan grew up listening to great singers such as Jagjit Singh, Alam Lohar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn and Gurdas Maan. He enjoys listening to everything from Punjabi folk music to Qawwali's to ghazals –and, of course, Bhangra!
Dylan started singing in a choir at an Anglican school in Gloucester when he was a child but eventually took interest into playing drums, tabla and guitar. At thirteen, his parents divorced and he moved to London. It proved to be a musical turning point and Dylan turned more and more to music to avoid dealing with issues of racism and loneliness. Singing and playing rhythm guitar has led him into songwriting and he has been writing for the last six years whilst living in NYC. For Dylan, songs are expression, the thoughts and feelings of someone experiencing life, “Sometimes it's you and sometimes it's a character but it has to be felt. I believe in telling a story to the listener, if they want to listen.”
"London's Singh makes a steady & well-produced sort of guitar-driven singer-songwriter rock, but his real boon will likely be his voice. Far sturdier than the coffeehouse standard, it brings his stuff a professional patina that could see it compete with a Train or James Blunt type." -(Editor's review, download.com, c|net)
"Dylan Singh's 7-track album, "Leaving Glevum Behind", strikes a story-telling rock ala Jersey influence in the opening track "Anybody's Fool". The guitar-based three chord tune spins with an alternative modern approach vocally as Singh's modest baritone reminds us of the sultry delivery of an unlikely comparison to Patti Smith as he asks, "who am i to be in love with you. .just anybody's fool. .and i'm tired of peeling dollars out to see you perform". Arrangement and tone give a Bryan Adams pop/rock flavor ala "Run to You". The following track, "Baby You've Been On My Mind", is an intimate acoustic guitar confessional as Singh wonders if he's the next right one for the girl. "i know you want someone new, can't tell you if I'm that who, but baby you've been on my mind". Singh's production choices are in the dramatic building direction as the tune continues as Singh moves an octave vocally with the full band's entrance. The vocal place hits soundly in the blues/rock ala Crowes/Stones blues-note destination. Track 4, "Lately", continues in the bluesy mode, this time with a 2-step dominant major mover. Singh's voice lilts with a drawl and name-sake tone as he sings, 'just tell me and you can take what's yours. .tell my baby say goodbye to my lovin' arms. .tell my baby i'm leavin' for Eldorado, tell her that I'm done playin' with fools gold'. The tune is troubadour perfect. Singh has multiple choices with his approach to his vocal delivery - from the Dylan-esque, rock to what we hear in track 6, "Hynotised". The Hendrix-style guitar and simple 1/4/5 groove supports a vocal that could be Don McLean if we didn't know better - and that's not a bad place to be. Singh, ultimately, has a voice that crosses genres with a grace that is reserved for the talented singer/songwriter set. He touches a communication that borrows from every decade from the 60's on while staying true to a modern originality and artist's honesty. The final track is a reprise of "Anybody's Fool" - supported by a sole acoustic guitar. Well done and we look forward to more." - (earBuzz)