Dylan Sinclair is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Toronto, who started honing his voice in church at the tender age of 4. He began writing and recording music by the age of 15 after realizing that performance was just one of the many talents he was given by God. In 2018, Dylan released his first independent project entitled “Red Like Crimson”, which caught the attention of enough people to fill a room of over 200 for his first ever concert in Toronto. One of the many who took notice to the young R&B crooner was Grammy nominated Toronto producer, Jordon Manswell (Daniel Caesar, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown), who Dylan has been working closely with since the summer of 2019. Since then, he has discontinued his university studies to pursue music wholeheartedly on his journey to become the next household name in R&B music.
What was the best advice you received as an up-and-coming artist?
“Stay true to self and be original”; something I carry into my daily life. If I don’t want my music to get washed away with the thousands of songs that drop weekly, I have to stand out. It’s easy to copy your favourite artists when you’re new to the game and coming up, but my priority has been on taking inspiration from my favourite artists in order to become my own.
What do you find exciting about the Canadian music industry today?
There’s so much talent and creativity coming out of Canada. We have the best producers and some really amazing artists but what I love to see is the collaboration of both being more common today.
As we enter a month celebrating the history, achievements and contributions of the Black community, how do you feel as a Black artist?
Winning the SOCAN Black Canadian Music Award at the top of the year was a nice way to be recognized and a great way to start the year. I feel proud to be a black artist.