Rising country singer-songwriter, Dylan Schneider has been active in the country music scene since his teens. Drawn to the storytelling aspects of country music, the Indiana native started performing and writing songs at the age of 14, after meeting Brett Eldredge and singing with him on-stage during a concert. After that, he began posting videos to his YouTube page where he’d cover popular country songs, gaining a devote online following.
Since then, the 21-year-old has made a name for himself in the country music community, forging a sound that merges modern pop sensibility with a down-home feel. He’s toured with Florida Georgia Line, Granger Smith and Chris Lane, co-wrote Dustin Lynch’s hit song Momma’s House, accumulated over 1 million social media followers and banked an upwards of 186 million on-demand streams and counting.
His debut EP, Wannabee was released in 2016. His second EP, 17, followed later that year, and was released the day after his seventeenth birthday. EPs Spotlight’s On You and Whole Town Talk were released in 2017 and 2019, respectively. Dylan recently dropped his first new music in over two years. The single, Lost In A Small Town combines impassioned lyrics infused with surging instrumentals and compelling vocals, stressing the bewilderment one endures post-breakup.
To get to know Dylan a little better, we asked him to tell us about an album that changed his life.
Dylan Schneider on Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes
An album that significantly changed my life was Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes. It came out back in 2014, and I was probably around 14 years old at the time. It was so cool how I found out about the album. I had just recently been introduced to their first record Here’s To the Good Times. So, when I saw the pre-order for Anything Goes, I immediately pulled the trigger on iTunes. I listened to the whole thing front to back on repeat the night it released.
I remember I was at home and was staying up late on a school night in middle school. My mom probably wasn’t too happy with me, but it was just such a different take on country music at the time. It pulled me in. I couldn’t stop listening. Songs like Anything Goes, Bumpin’ the Night and Like You Aint Even Gone changed my summers growing up! This was about two years before I got truly started doing music full time. Those songs paved a direction and were the inspiration for where I wanted to take my music.
The first time I ever got to see Florida Georgia Line live in concert was actually on the Anything Goes tour, which was awesome because the setlist was stacked full of all my favourites from that time in their career. Fast forward a few years later, and I ended up on their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country tour with them in 2019, playing on stage together every night. I couldn’t believe it. I will never forget the first night I got to walk out and sing a song with them. To actually perform on stage alongside two people who had inspired my career in such an incredible way, it was definitely a full-circle moment and a dream come true.