I know how much you like to find out about artists before other people, so we’re giving you that opportunity to be the first people to be fans of someone who’s about to be one of the biggest artists in the game.” – Mac Miller
Mac Miller knows talent when he sees it. In association with Bongo Boy, the Pittsburgh rapper recently introduced the world to Most Dope’s hidden gem, Dylan Reynolds. Their presentation became a viral sensation, spawning the No. 1 worldwide trending topic #whoisdylanreynolds.
After being blown away by his debut single “Tightrope,” I spoke with the 20-year-old musician and lifelong friend of Mac’s about their first encounter, his upcoming EP Me and the Producer, and everything in between. So, who is Dylan Reynolds? Find out below!
You’re a pretty mysterious individual, so I’d like to start off by asking you the million-dollar question, which of course is: Who is Dylan Reynolds?
I’m really just somebody that picked up a guitar like 2 or 3 years ago, just with the intentions of singing songs ’cause I’ve always sang. I started off as a drummer, though.
How would you describe your personality?
Like you said, I often get told that I’m pretty mysterious. But I open up a little bit, I guess, to people that I’m close to. But yeah, I mean, overall I’m a pretty mysterious guy, to be honest.
How did you and Mac first meet, and how has your friendship developed over the years?
We met when we were about 6 years old. I showed up to a little-league baseball game and he was there, and he had his face painted; I kind of remember that. And then I found out that he was my neighbor, so we just started hanging out. Then we eventually started a band together, and I kind of learned music with him and around him. That developed over the course of like five years, and then he started rapping and I started singing. And here we are.
Another popular question that you’ve acknowledged, but haven’t quite answered is: What’s it like waking up to being the No. 1 worldwide trending topic on Twitter?
[Laughs] Honestly, it was very, very, very unexpected; I had no idea that was gonna happen. It was kind of surreal, as anyone would expect. It was very, very strange—especially because I hadn’t released a single song yet, you know?
Was it kind of overwhelming?
It wasn’t overwhelming, because I didn’t really believe it. It was kind of weird. It was a real testament to the fame of Mac. It was just very strange, honestly.
Whose idea was it to do the introduction video, and how’d it come together the way it did?
Well it was kind of all of ours idea, but Mac kind of had the idea that we would strip it down to like a bare, just like raw acoustic performance. And he had the idea that Bongo Boy would do it—like would host the video—from the get-go. But then we got on set and Malcolm decided that he would do the interview. But yeah, it was kind of all of ours idea, to be honest.
And the Rolling Stones were in the same building? How cool was that?
Yeah, that was crazy; it was really cool. We just walked in and it was like, I was in the presence of like the most historic rock star.
Oh, so you actually saw them, too? It wasn’t just like they were in the other room?
No, we saw Ronnie Wood. He rolled up in an Escalade, and we just saw him hop out. It was crazy, it was really weird.
Speaking of celebrities, tell me about your recent run-in with Kristen Wiig.
Oh, yeah. [Laughs] Me and Bongo Boy just ran into her on the street and we got a picture with her, and then I coincidentally ran into her like a week later at a coffee shop and like talked to her. She was really sweet. New York is smaller than people think.
Now that you’ve received this huge co-sign (I know to you he’s just your friend, but in the public eye he’s Mac Miller), do you feel any added pressure? Being that you’re under a little bit more of a microscope than what you’re used to?
Yeah, at first I felt like there was a little bit of pressure to conform to his audience. Even though it’s a broad audience and there’s a lot of people that listen to him, I felt like maybe I should be making a different type of music. But he assured me that I can just be myself, and just make whatever kind of music comes to me at the time. So I’ve kind of dealt with it a little better over the last couple months.
Is that the biggest piece of advice that he’s given you, is just to be you and do your own thing?
Yeah, he’s very adamant about that.
Have you guys collaborated yet, or do you plan to in the near future?
We’ve done a couple sessions. I went on tour with them for a couple weeks and we kind of got in the studio together and started a couple projects. We’re definitely gonna have songs together in the future, but we haven’t really had one in stone yet.
What was your reaction to Sway asking Mac about you on MTV’s “RapFix Live”?
Somebody texted me and said that they saw it on MTV, and I was just like—I don’t know, everything’s just been happening one thing after the other, so it’s just crazy. It’s so weird. But yeah, it’s awesome. I’m surprised he knew who I was.
Tell me about your big brother John. What’s it like having him involved with the movement?
He’s a huge influence on me. He’s been writing for a long time. He had a song with Wiz [Khalifa] a couple years ago. He’s had songs with Mac. He guided me through the songwriting process, and he’s a huge influence on my day-to-day life.
You play guitar on a lot of his songs, right? Or at least the old ones?
Yeah, I play guitar on a lot of his stuff. I played live for most of his shows recently—in the past couple years, I’ve played at like all of his shows.
What can people expect from your upcoming EP Me and the Producer?
I think that a lot of people are gonna be surprised as to how eclectic the songs are. The next song that I’m gonna release is nothing like “Tightrope,” so people should not expect to hear another “Tightrope.” And the song after that is not gonna be like the song before it. That’s all that I can say about it.
It was originally scheduled for an April release, but now it drops sometime this summer, right?
Yeah, what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna string out the EP and release the songs individually with music videos. One video I just did with Rik Cordero, and that’s the title track “Me and the Producer.” And then hopefully another one I’m gonna do with Rex Arrow. And yeah, we’re just gonna string it out and see what happens.
Lastly, do you consider music your life?
Absolutely. It always has been, and it is now, definitely. My entire family is just consumed with music. My mom’s a singer. My sister isn’t really a singer, but she has a great voice. My brother is a writer. My dad loves music. Everyone in my family is into music, so it’s just always been 24/7 Bob Dylan playing in the house or Neil Young or whatever; it’s just constant. It’s something that I always knew that I was gonna do in the back of my mind, so I’m not surprised that I’m doing it now.
Anything else you’d like to say to the people out there reading this?
I hope that they listen to the EP with—like as we’ve said before, with an open mind and just vibe out to it.