I spend my hobby hours scouring through new music on various sites. When I find good music I share it through Facebook, Twitter Soundcloud etc… When I find amazing music I reach out to find out a little more information. A few months back I came across Dylan Turner aka Whale Eye. I was delighted by his sound and needed to know more! My initial search for info on his backstory drew many a blank. So I reached out to learn a little more about him. We played a little back and forth as he has been quite busy. By now many more have more than likley introduced to him through his recent flurry of deserved appearances at the many ongoing summer music festivals. So if you too are curious then here are a few tidbits I found out.
Would love to share a little about you, would you be interested in answering some questions over the next few days? if so here would be round one. If you want to include Pictures with replies that would be cool too…..So I have searched the web and found very little about you. I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions. Who What Where When Why How?
Hey Jimmy! I’d love to! I’ll get back
to you with your answers ASAP!
Who: Whale Eye (Dylan Turner)
What: Musician, Folk/Rock Singer Songwriter
Where:Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Canada
When: I started this project a little over a year ago & I just released my debut EP
Why: To find happiness
How: With a guitar, my voice, & my brain (sort of)
For someone who has such refined talent you must have been playing for some time, when did you start playing?
I first picked up the guitar in grade eight. I must’ve been 12 or 13. I didn’t really play it much until a year later when I started singing. I never really had an interest in music before that.
My family has a musical background, nothing professional, it’s just that my Dad came from the days before TV (at least in his house) and entertainment was sing along around the kitchen table so he would probably be my biggest influence, not in the style of music I play but why I play. Who or what would you say in your life was the biggest influence, the one that got you to follow your musical path?
Many people, artists, & instances have had an extreme impact on my life & on my music. It’s very difficult to narrow it down to the “biggest” one. I would say that one of the most recent ones would be a friend of mine that asked me why I played music. My first answer was something she thought to be satisfactory, “Because I want to make people happy.” She pointed out that I should make music to make myself happy & I shouldn’t need to worry about what anyone else thought; I agree with her. Her advice dramatically changed my perspective on how I write music.
Your EP is amazing and I find it hard to believe that this is your first kick at the can. Have you played with any bands in the past and if so where can we find any of your
Thank you very much! I really appreciate the kind words! This is my first try at writing music entirely by myself & in this particular style. I played in a couple of alternative rock bands before I started Whale Eye, so this is something completely new for me. Waterbodies (www.waterbodies.ca) is still kickin‘ it as a three-piece & I am loving their new sound. As Above, So Below (http://www.asabovesobelowrock.bandcamp.com) was my high school band & consisted of songs I wrote in my mid-teens. I have spent time in various cities so far in my life, living in Ottawa, Vancouver to name a few,
I see you are based out of Niagara, is Niagara where your roots are or have you settled there from somewhere else? ie, where has life’s road taken you.
I was born in Toronto, but raised in Niagara. I love Niagara, but think it’s time for something different fairly soon. I plan to move to Toronto before the end of the year. I lived in Melbourne, Australia for eight months last year & I am already missing the city life. Thanks again for the interest, my friend 🙂 please lemme know if you’d like anything else!!!
Round 2 sorry for the delay…. So I went and checked out some of your older music and I must say you have reason to be proud. There has been a definite improvement through the years but even your High School band’s recordings were great quality. Where do you normally record and how involved are you in the recording process?
You are definitely very generous with your compliments. Thank you! Each recording has been an incredibly unique experience, but each time I’ve involved myself as much as possible. I love composition; it’s probably what I love most about music. Seeing the songs come together in the studio is always exciting.
. Went and checked out Waterbodies… again, impressed!. As you mentioned they are continuing to play and might a say with some great success. It would seem to me you still have a great relationship with the guys as I have noticed you have been on the same bill with them over the past few months. When you are on the same bill do you ever get up and play with them?
Yes, in fact I got the chance to make an appearance with them on stage at SCENE Festival this year. It was great to share the stage with those guys again as they are all incredibly talented musicians. Hopefully again sometime in the future!
I must say congrats on your recent success i.e. scenefest and rock 102.1 top 20 next best thing and you seem to be landing gigs on a regular basis these days. How easy/hard is it for you to get shows, and what is your favourite venue to play?
I work two full time jobs & try to gig on my days off as often as possible (which leaves very little time to actually book the gigs themselves). Erik & Tim over at IndoorShoes
as well as a few friends have been more than helpful with landing me some spots on some really fun shows. I can’t say I have a favourite venue… yet.
Many musicians indulge in more than one art form such as photography, painting, etc… Is this also the case with you?
I love cooking & I’ve always had a passion for the marriage of wine & food. It’s knowledge that I believe I will be able to use for the rest of my life.
Now for the cheese aka speedround Are you a cat or dog person?
I love all animals, but dogs hold a special place in my heart.
What is currently number one on your playlist?
Tove Lo – Habits
What band would you like most to see in the very
Queens of the Stone Age
If you could collaborate with anyone
who would it be and why?
Anyone better than
me. I love learning.
Coffee or Tea?
Depends on how tired I am.
What is next for Dylan? Where do you hope to be and what do you hope to be doing 1,2,3,4,5 years from now? …. How can fans help?
We’ll see what happens. I’m not dead set on what I am doing right now. Maybe someone can convince me otherwise. My only definite plan is to make music that I am proud of.