Pick #1 – Telephone Poles
This song really just gives me a feeling reminiscent of driving slowly down a dirt road, no destination in place, just relaxing and living in the moment. A kind of watery blur of thick vocals, with deep bass and guitar chords. You could listen to it on repeat and not realize when it ends or begins.
I asked DLG. from where he gleans his inspiration from. For many artists, inspiration is an elusive mistress, and how it is gleaned is different for everyone. I thought he explained his experience with inspiration beautifully, “A lot of people think that creative inspiration just hits you out of nowhere like lightning … you aren’t going to get hit by lightning unless you throw yourself into a thunderstorm.” He explains the complex duality between two ways he can create his music, “Sometimes I sit for hours … consciously trying to rhyme certain words, match syllable patterns … Other times, I’ll be walking to the corner-store and something will pop in my head … and boom, there’s the chorus of a song.” He goes on to explain another way he is able to push past any creative blocks he may have, “Collaborating is also a huge source of inspiration for me … Working with other people makes it a lot harder to get stuck, as there’s always another creative viewpoint to help you past whatever is stopping the creative process.”
Pick #2 – White Adidas
This was the first song I discovered by DLG. The vibe he was able to create was unique to a point that I had to hear more. This song specifically is a song that relates to anyone and everyone, and it’s a song you can have playing in the background at any time. I always find myself pop-and-locking when I’m cleaning the house and jamming out to this song.
When I asked DLG. himself what the origin story for this song was he explained, “…it felt like every girl I saw was wearing those White Adidas Superstars, and at the time I was involved with a girl that wore those too.” Just like many other artists I have talked to, he was able to put together a unique song like this one simply from an experience in his real life. He explained further, ” I just started messing around with some lyrics…on this beat I’d made, and the chorus popped into my head and it stuck.”
Pick #3 – Up Again!
This song comes together as a beautifully chaotic symphony, full of sound and intense emotions. This song is a perfect example of how DLG. is able to make music that relates to everyone. From a quietly whispering verse, to an in-your-face chorus, it leaves me wanting more and more. Sinking you down into a purely human level of struggle and emotion.
Writing of music is a different process for everyone. What should I craft first, the lyrics? The music? Well, DLG. explained, ” I usually write the music … before I write the lyrics.” But he has other secrets to his successful ability to create music, “Sometimes … I’ll write the chords at the same time as the lyrics. … I grew up playing guitar, so I can consciously form ideas for lyrics at the same time as chords … and usually … [this] results in a more natural sounding song.” He also explained to me that he has gotten into writing poetry as a form of creative outlet, “… just writing lyrics without thinking about a song at all. This has helped me when I get writer’s block, and has been a fun creative outlet to explore.”
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