Dylan John Thomas is quickly making waves in all the right ways. The Glaswegian singer-songwriter has developed a devoted and organic fanbase, which saw him sell out Glasgow’s King Tut’s quicker than any other debuting Scottish artist in the venue’s history.
Having been mentored by Gerry Cinnamon and supported Sam Fender, Liam Gallagher and most recently Stereophonics, ‘Fever’ follows Dylan’s self-titled debut EP which was released last autumn and includes the singles‘Jenna’ and ‘Feel The Fire’, which are already fan favourites at his live shows. He has also landed airplay from BBC Introducing, Radio X and 6 Music, and exceeded 3.3 million streams over the course of his first six tracks.
Now Dylan John Thomas adds to his runaway rise by sharing his brand new single ‘Fever’. The song comes ahead of his biggest headline show to date at Glasgow Barrowland next week - a gig that sold-out four months in advance. ‘Fever’ is also the first track from his forthcoming second EP. Watch the official video BELOW:
‘Fever’ possesses an immediately exuberant spark which shows why so many people are connecting with Dylan’s stellar songwriting. Dylan’s utterly authentic and distinctive voice delivers lyrics with a carefree positivity that’s in tune with the brighter summer months ahead as he sings, “If time is a healer, find me the dealer.” That joyous feel is sustained by the raw live instrumentation around him, all breezy acoustic guitar and buoyant percussive energy.
Dylan says, “Really enjoyed being back in the studio. Buzzing to get new tunes out for the summer and play them at festivals. Played ‘Fever’ a couple of times on the last tour and it was bouncing. Can’t wait to play it at the Barras next week.”
Dylan wrote ‘Fever’ and then co-produced the track with Rich Turvey (Blossoms, The Coral).
Despite his current upwards momentum, Dylan comes from modest roots in Glasgow’s east end. He was raised in a foster home, where his love of music provided an escape into a bigger world. Particularly inspired by Bob Dylan (appropriately enough as he was named after him) he delved deeper into the world of other timeless songwriting greats including Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and Johnny Cash.
He didn’t receive much in the way of encouragement when he started to play his own music but ploughed on resiliently anyway. Dylan further developed his ability as a performer by busking regardless of the notoriously erratic Glasgow weather - a process that greatly improved his voice and guitar technique. Gerry Cinnamon offered his support, giving Dylan not only a mentor but an example of someone who could forge a career in music on his own terms. His life experiences all fed into his lyricism: real and at times dark, but never losing his inner optimism.
Dylan will follow the Glasgow Barrowland gig by embarking upon a summer of big festival shows which include TRSNMT (on a bill led by Lewis Capaldi and Wolf Alice) and Dundee Summer Sessions (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds). Expect more shows to be announced soon.
29th - Glasgow, Barrowland (SOLD OUT)
28th - Warrington, Neighbourhood Weekender
3rd - Nottingham, Meadowlands Festival
4th - Live At Leeds
11th - Dundee, Summer Sessions (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)
10th - Glasgow, TRNSMT
30th - Kendal Calling
28th - Portsmouth, Victorious Festival