Hi Dylan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey, I’m doing fine. I am currently unemployed due to Covid, but it’s been a good opportunity to work on writing and releasing new music in between job searching!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Negative Space (Manic Panic)”?
Negative Space is the first song that I wrote after I decided I wanted to start releasing music as a solo artist. It’s a fight song about reclaiming your individual agency within relationships, acknowledging your own mental health, and letting yourself move forward at your own pace.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not a particular event per se, just trying to survive and thrive in 2020!
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I made a music video using weird VHS rips and public domain video. It was a fun DIY collage project.
The single comes off your new album Youthful Exuberance – what’s the story behind the title?
I’m a big ball of enthusiasm and neurotic energy when it comes to writing and performing. I feel like you have to create your own momentum and just go for it. I guess that’s what I’m always trying to tap into: that immediate release of being young and figuring things out as you go along, even if that sentiment is personally a little nostalgia tinged for me these days. Also, it’s just a pleasing combination of words to say out loud- Youthful Exuberance.
How was the recording and writing process?
In a year’s time, I usually have a couple big creative periods where I write a huge batch of songs. When I can’t write anymore, I edit and find the ones that make the most sense. I found the winners and recorded everything with Jake Miles at Feel Flow Studio here in Austin, Texas.
What was it like to work with Jake Miles and how did that relationship develop?
Jake has a wonderful pop sensibility and great work ethic. He brings considerable positive energy to whatever he’s working on. It was definitely the most fun I’ve ever had working out of a studio.
How much did he get to influence the album?
Jake definitely helped flesh out these songs and pushed me to take some chances on the production. I wanted Youthful Exuberance to sound big and weird, but also accessible and immediately gratifying like pop music. I think his influence on these songs really helped to combine those ideas.
What role does Austin play in your music?
Austin is a wonderful community of musicians and artists. Austin is also getting more expensive.
What aspect of youth did you get to explore on this record?
The song Parvo was inspired by a childhood pet that fell ill and recovered. I like to draw on past experiences when I’m writing and distort and fictionalize them to make it more interesting.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I have an anxiety disorder so everything I write is sort of filtered through that. I write about mental health and interpersonal relationships. I try to tell stories with my songs and keep what I write positive or at least upbeat even if some of the subject matter can get pretty dark.
What else is happening next in Dylan Pacheco’s world?
I’m releasing Youthful Exuberance independently so I am wearing a lot of hats throughout the whole process. It can be a lot of fun and validating to get your music in front of people, but it is also pretty stressful putting yourself out there. After this album cycle, I’m gonna hibernate for a minute, find gainful employment, release a follow-up single and then work on starting some new musical projects with friends.