By Maxim Mower
Dylan Gossett sat down with Holler ahead of the release of his debut EP, No Better Time, to discuss a variety of topics, including the artists he'd choose as his ‘dream collaborations’.
Gossett is being widely tipped as one of the future stars of country and Americana, with the Austin native having honed a sparse, raw sound that aligns seamlessly with his vulnerable lyricism.
This is showcased on his viral hit, ‘Coal’, which served as an expression of frustration at seeing exactly where he wanted to be, and feeling as though he was not on track to get there.
Nonetheless, across No Better Time, Gossett infuses a sense of welcome optimism and endearing contentment that is often missing from his contemporaries’ discographies, particularly on his sweet, heartwarming ode to his wife, ‘Beneath The Oaks’.
Now that the EP has been released into the world, it won't be long before fans’ attention turns to the prospect of Dylan Gossett's debut full-length album, which is expected to arrive in 2024.
As he continues to whittle down the tracklist for the highly anticipated project, we posed the question of, if he could pull in any duet partners for the record, who he would call up.
Dylan Gossett shared the first dream collaborator that sprang to mind, “I've been asked this before, and I've said other answers. But now that I've been talking to you and we've talked about my inspirations, I'd say Mumford & Sons. And I don't even know how I've never said that before, but I think Mumford & Sons would be so awesome”.
Gossett then highlighted another folk-leaning artist he'd love to spend some studio time with, Noah Kahan, “He's been doing this for so long, and you know, I'm so glad to see him do his thing now. He is such an inspiration - both how he writes his music and how he sings it”.
With a style that blends country, Americana and folk, it's perhaps no surprise that, alongside Mumford & Sons and Noah Kahan, the influences that Dylan Gossett cites are scattered across the sonic spectrum, ranging from Ed Sheeran to Shane Smith and The Saints.
Gossett explains, “My very first influence ever was Ed Sheeran. That's the reason why I play music now...He was just the best when I first heard him in Middle School or Elementary”.
The country-Americana prodigy went on to stress, “Mumford & Sons were massive for me. The energy they brought. Also Shane Smith and The Saints. They're probably one of my favourite bands out there. ‘Hummingbird’ was me and my wife's first dance...I love Shane Smith and The Saints, their wordplay and the sound of their songs - and their live show is something I take so much inspiration from”.
With Shane Smith and The Saints having experienced an explosion in popularity following the inclusion of a number of their songs throughout Yellowstone, we reckon Dylan Gossett's ‘Coal’ would fit perfectly into the long-awaited new season.
In the meantime, we'll also be keeping our fingers crossed that Dylan Gossett manages to secure a collaboration with either Mumford & Sons or Noah Kahan - or, ideally, both - with Gossett's enchantingly stripped-back sound sure to coalesce perfectly with each artist.