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Meet Dylan Frater

By Pauline Stewart

Dylan is a musician whose journey into music really began in high school when he got into the rock quest scene and started playing in bands at school. “That’s kind of when I knew it would be something I would likely pursue. I was always musical and learned piano and clarinet as a kid, but I just didn’t enjoy it that much until I started playing guitar and bass.” Dylan’s career however, really started in 2012 when he began working on his first EP as a solo artist. It was during that year that he learned how to write songs and received coaching from Dan Adams who helped him shape his songs. “That was the year my music music career as a solo artist began,” says Dylan.

Dylan talked about what inspires him. “Inspiration is always the easiest thing to find, and it can get harder during certain seasons of life. Lately it’s making art that moves me in any direction away from where I’ve been standing. My show ‘In Neon’ is all about energy. It’s like a rock concert in the way that music is built around tension and release. I wanted to do something that would be heaps of fun to play live sometime that might shake things up for me, both as an artist and as a live performer. ‘In Neon’ is my way of expressing my music that I have created over the last 10 or so years, in a fresh way. I’ve always loved electronic music, especially very emotive EDM, that we got in the 90s and early 2000’s. This is my chance to indulge in nostalgia, but also a chance to have some fun and not take everything so seriously. It’s a show I’ve been working on over the last nine months.”

Dylan’s aim with ‘In Neon’ is for the audience to feel like they can escape their world for an hour or so. “I invite them to step outside of all the dramas and stresses of life and celebrate music with me,” smiles Dylan. He will eventually tour this show, but he’s excited to have this one- off show in Whitianga to launch it.

Dylan's brand-new live show, 'In Neon,' is a groundbreaking musical fusion of his original compositions and electrifying EDM elements. It is an innovative and captivating blend of Dylan's songwriting and his love for electronic music. His debut show promises to deliver a dynamic and engaging experience for the audience, pushing the boundaries of musical genres and captivating listeners with a fresh sound. The project has received support from the NZ Music Commission, further highlighting its artistic merit and potential.

Details: Dylan Frater, Saturday, 7 October @The Monkey House, Whitianga.

Tickets sold at

There will be door sales. Doors open at 8.00pm

Dylan is on at 10.00pm. There will be a local opening act.

Caption: In Neon - Dylan Frater.


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