Dillon Carmichael is a country music singer/songwriter from Mercer County, Kentucky and currently lives in Nashville. Dillion recently released his single Made To Be A Country Boy and has worked with Grammy Award winner Dave Cobb.
Dillion says of Cobb “Dave is great, and very authentic. He’s a musical genius. He understands so many different types of music, and is also such a great guitar player. It’s important for me to be working with people who are just good and authentic people. I think that translates into the music, as well.”
Hi Dillon – how are you? What have you been up to this week?
Well, I have been cleaning the garage and moving this week. Not very glamorous but, I did just get done playing a writers round at 3rd and Lindsey!
Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I am originally from a small town in KY called Burgin. I grew up around music. I was surrounded by it through my family. I was the treasure in the FFA and loved to ride around in my truck. I moved to Nashville and have been living here for 5 years and just living the life doing what i love 🙂
What made you decide to have a career in country music?
I never actually made a decision. I feel like music kind of chose me. I always knew that this is what I was meant to do.
How would you describe yourself as an artist and a songwriter?
I stay true to who I am. I just like to do things that mean something important to me or might mean something to someone else.
You recently released Made To Be A Country Boy – could you please tell us a bit about it, the story behind it, the writing process?
My co writer on this song Red Marlow help to inspire the song greatly. He is originally from AL and I am originally from KY and we were just talking about how people from our towns are very similar. They are good ole folks and they wouldn’t be able to change if you asked them to.
Do you have a favorite lyric in the song?
“Like my daddy and his daddy before”
Please tell us about the video, where it filmed, how much input you had etc
The video was filmed in Franklin, TN on a horse farm. I was able to be a part of the brainstorming process and come up with the initial storyline of the video. It means a lot to me because it pays tribute to our veterans and soldiers.
Traditional country seems to be making a come back, do you agree? If so, why do you think that is?
I agree because people like the feeling of nostalgia. Traditional country takes them back to some great memories, me included.
You have also just released a song called It’s Simple – can you tell us the inspiration behind that song and the songs message please?
My co writers and I were talking about our small towns growing up and how life just seemed a lot simpler there. We all had similar experiences were we loved our daily lives and miss it. The song’s message is to value the little things in life and “home is where the heart is.”
It was produced by Dave Cobb – how did that pairing come to be and what was it like to work with him?
I got the opportunity to meet with Dave in his studio, RCA studio A ,and I played him one song and we connected right away. Working with Dave was very easy and organic. Everything flowed naturally.
You are currently working on an album, can you tell us anything about it?
It’s done and I cant wait for people to hear it! It is my dream album and it is 100% perfectly made.
Do you have a favorite track off there or one you think fans will resonate with in particular?
I think the album as a whole will resonate with a lot of different people.
Do you prefer to play full shows or take part in songwriters rounds?
Full shows are my favorite because some songs are not complete without the energy of a full band.
What do you look for in a songwriter when co writing?
The thing about my song writing is that I don’t write just for myself. I go into a write with a very open mind. As far as writers go, I don’t look for anything is particular. I love when people can bring something different than I have written for before.
What is on your bucket list as both an artist and personally? Personally could be just a place you always wanted to visit –
As an artist, I would love to play the Opry and visit Texas. Personally, I would like to visit the moon!
Any plans to visit the UK?
Not yet – but that would be amazing and I’m very interested.
What have you got planned for the rest of the year?
Releasing the record, Playing shows, and to continue writing songs.
How can fans keep up to date with you?
Follow me on social media! @dilloncmusic
Thank you so much for this interview, I very much appreciate it and look forward to your album.