An Interview With The Switzerland-Based Singer-Songwriter, DAMIAN LYNN!
Posted On 01 Nov 2018
Get to know Damian Lynn. He’s based in Switzerland and his new single “Feel The Heat” was picked as the official Swiss anthem for the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Damian Lynn – “Feel The Heat” – CLICK HERE TO STREAM
Lynn’s eclectic musical tastes as a youth ranged from Rage Against The Machine to Limp Bizkit and as he got older, he listened to Dr. Dre and DMX. His inspiration today ranges from Jon Bellion, Lauv and Post Malone to Flume, Mura Masa and Imagine Dragons.
In 2015, he signed with Phonag Records and released his debut album, Count To Ten, which reached No.12 on the Swiss Album Charts. In 2017, he released his sophomore album, Truth Be Told, which reached No.11 on the Swiss Album Charts.
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Learn more about Damian Lynn in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you now? Is there music playing in the background?
Hey guys. Thanks for having me. I’m in my studio right now where I’m working on new ideas. Until I started to answer these questions, music was playing on Spotify. But now I stopped it. I find it very hard to concentrate on something while music is playing because I automatically focus on the music instead of anything else.
Now that we are on the back end of the year, how do you think 2018 has treated you and your career? What has been one goal that you have had this year and how close are you to reaching it? Or did you already reach it?
I think it’s been a good year. I released that one song called “Feel the Heat“ and got some very nice feedback on it. It was also picked as the official Swiss anthem for the FIFA World Cup so that was a big honor for me. And I think that was the goal for me – to touch and move people with my music and I think that’s what the song did.
Growing up, how important was music to you? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
It’s always played an important role in my life since I grew up surrounded by music. My father had a huge collection of over 2500 records of very different artists so I automatically listened to a lot of music. The final decision to become a professional was made later when I decided to stop my studies and focus on music 4 years ago. It was an easy decision because some exciting things had already been happening at that time.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
A big challenge is definitely to become your own boss telling you what to do and when – not always easy. You are solely responsible for everything you do – which also is a big advantage because you can make your own hours.
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live today?
I think my hometown (Lucerne) is a big inspiration for me. It’s a very beautiful place on the planet I guess since there are a lot of people from abroad coming here to visit. But sometimes it might be almost a bit too neat to write melancholic songs.
What was the inspiration for your newest single “Feel The Heart”? What did it feel like having FIFA World Cup 2018 choose it to be the official Swiss anthem? Could you ever have predicted that it would be used for something like that?
It’s a very energetic, powerful one. I wanted to write a motivating song which gives people the courage to paddle their own canoe, focus on themselves and ignore their critics. That’s also why I was really stoked when it was picked as the Swiss anthem for the World Cup – it just fits the event really well I guess.
How would you say that you have grown as a musician since your debut album, “Count To Ten” was put out in 2015? What has remained the same?
I think it’s really important to take it one step at a time in the development of an artist because it’s important for the music but also the personality. Sure, there are songs which I would have never released in the aftermath but at the same time they might have been really important in the process of developing. But the love for the music has definitely stayed the same and also some core elements which characterize my music – the urban flow in my top lines and phrasing for example.
When do you hope to release more songs and a full album even? Are you currently working on new material?
I’m working on a lot of new songs and will definitely release the best ones as soon as I’m ready.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how your own music is reflecting this time period or is your music more of an escape from all that?
I think it’s really important to know what’s going on right now and to form your own opinion. I haven’t written songs about it specifically but I guess that it also has an effect on my music – wittingly or unwittingly.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?
It definitely takes a lot of time to do it properly and sometimes I think that I’d rather write a good song during this time but it’s just so important nowadays. The one I use most is Instagram. You don’t have a character limit as on Twitter and it’s a bit clearer than Facebook.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
My taste in music is very broad. I listened to a lot of rap artists like DMX or Dr. Dre when I grew up. I also liked crossover bands like Rage Against the Machine or Limp Bizkit a lot. Nowawdays I often check out the Viral and Global Top 50 to check out what’s going on. I like Lauv, Post Malone, Dua Lipa and Jon Bellion for example, even though I also like instrumental trap beats sometimes. Basically, I just love great pop songs and I would love to write one with Julia Michaels once.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you and why?
Definitely my guitar so I could still write songs, sing along, tap and drum beats on it..and I could even use it as a roof over my head – just in case of emergency of course.
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?
I would love to write a very melancholic song for a very sad movie one day. I don’t care for which one, as long as the story touches me.
Do you have any tour dates you would like to tell our readers about? Can you talk about the touring break that you recently decided to go on?
After about 500 shows during the last years I’m currently having some time off from touring to write, produce and work on new songs. But I will definitely be back on the road sooner than later.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? I’d like to know more about how you want your music to be timeless?
The flow of my songs, the good vibes but also the melancholic side of my music and to get to know the person behind it, I guess. I hope that I can touch them with my music in any way and help them through different (not only the bad) times in their lives.