He’s already been named One to Watch by Taste of Country, The Boot & Sounds Like Nashville. Now coming off (2) Top 40 Billboard Indicator and Top 20 Music Row Singles with the release of 2019’s I AM, Dylan Jakobsen is primed and ready to unveil the next chapter of his story to the world.
“This last record [I AM] was emphasized as an autobiographical concept where we made a point to share all these pieces of me. It was an extremely personal album. Not only in the songwriting process but down to the very thing I grew up as a kid doing back in the valley of Snohomish, WA. I had this age-worn Tascam 8 track, a wall fastened full of these mystical music makers and a notebook coated with page after page of complete lyrical chicken scratch. I remember I’d lock myself in that room, stacking guitar layers on top of banging drums intertwined with these poetic melodies until I had molded bodies of work that I was so proud of at the time. And I still am proud, but at that same time it’s so gratifying to look back on how far you’ve come since those years.”
From artist to songwriter and multi-instrumentalist to producer, Jakobsen has always been one to do things his own way and into the upcoming album Set Fire to the Night he continues to prove himself as the outside thinker he strives to be. “You won’t look to find 4 to 5 songwriters listed in the liner notes for a single song. So many of the artists I’ve looked up to over the years, from Petty and Springsteen to Mellencamp and Church, that’s how they found their voices. You’d see one songwriter listed below that track title and I believe that holds its own when it comes to authenticity.”
Set Fire to the Night is a bounding step into the climate of todays society, but with a positive outlook on the present times and how you have the power to remain in control of your own tomorrows. “This is meant to be a record for everyone of all ages. Simple. Honest. Hopeful. I want to spread the message that we all have the choice on how we choose to live out our days. This collection of songs is the product of how I have chosen to live out mine this past year and just in writing them, I feel like I’ve discovered an entire new side of myself that had been waiting to be brought to light. I’m happier than ever and I’m optimistic for what’s to come.”
The forthcoming album Set Fire to the Night is set to release Winter 2021 and its first track Beautiful is available for download and streaming now.