Life Of Dillon seems to be appearing everywhere lately after the success of their debut single “Overload.” The blood-pumping summer smash has already racked up over a million views on YouTube and tons of radio play. Their second single “Dreams” will hit radio waves soon and is sure to make an impact!
The UK trio ( Joe Griffith, Rob Griffith, and David Keiffer) released their EP Prologue in May and are getting ready to join Meghan Trainor on The MTRAIN Tour! With an album on the way as well, David, Joe, and Rob have a lot going on. Luckily, I was able to talk to the band about their start, their future, and their success!
POPULOVE: Who is Dillon and how did you get your band name?
Joe: Dillon was someone we met in Brazil last year. His life was a bit of an inspiration for us. We were just out with family on a holiday and we met this guy. His life was the complete opposite of ours. He was just enjoying it. Whereas, so many people out there, us included, are working every day, trying to pay bills, and trying to get ahead.
This just kind of opened up about people out there doing the exact opposite of that like just chilling out, surfing, drinking and being free. I think it’s something we can all abide by. We just wanted to put something out that reflected that and it was just a perfect match.
David: And I want to mention, when we made the music we had a lot of inspirational backgrounds on our computers like beaches, paradise, and just like places we wanted to be. It all kind of just fell into place.
POPULOVE: How did the band form?
David: So I met Joe at School about 8 years ago and obviously Robert and Joe are brothers. They’ve been making music since they were kids. Robert was into the more production side of things and Joe was into more the singing and songwriting.
Then, I met Joe at school 8 years ago and we’ve been making music since day one. Joe brought me to London that summer and I met Robert. We’ve pretty much just been making music ever since!
We were trying to be writers and producers, not necessarily artists. It was kind of all the music that we’ve made over the years that formed this band. It wasn’t the band that made the music, it was the music that made the band.
POPULOVE: As songwriters, what artists inspire you to write your music?
Rob: Well we all have absolutely different tastes in music. Joe likes listening to Michael Jackson, The Weekend, Drake, you know those kinds of guys. David loves more Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and all that. I, on the other hand, am at the other end of the spectrum. I love Skrillex, Diplo, Major Lazor, Zedd, along with some R&B sounds a bit as well.
We kind of bring those three different influences together to make our sound. We have all these different tastes and they come together quite nicely to create a very colorful sound.
David: Because we’ve worked together for so long, it just kind of built this chemistry in the studio where we allow each other to breathe. We take a piece of a song and put ourselves into it and toss it around. Rob will do a little of one line, Joe will do one line, and I’ll do one. Then it will kind of come together at the end and we’ll see what we have.
POPULOVE: Congratulations on being published by Sony/ATV Publishing! What does that mean to you as artists?
Joe: That means a lot to me for sure. I have two brothers who are both published. I’ve been waiting so long, but to be finally recognized for all the hard work we’ve put in is a really good feeling. It didn’t happen over night and took a lot of hard work. It’s surreal.
We have a great relationship with our label head at Disruptor Records, but then we have everybody at Sony/ATV so it’s like the best of both worlds. It’s just a really great fit for what we do.
David: Yeah, Rob has been signed for about three years and Joe and Rob’s older brother has been signed for even a year more than that. So, for me and Joe to finally be signed is just the icing on the cake. For a songwriter, we dream of that. We’re here in America and my parents are back home in the UK. It’s like another world. It’s just surreal like Joe said.
POPULOVE: What has been the most surreal moment of this journey so far?
David: It would have to be when we signed our deal with Disruptor Records. The first time Adam Alpert brought us to New York, he took us to meet Doug Morris. People have been in the building for ten years and haven’t even seen the guy! On our first day in New York, we walk in and meet Doug Morris. Ten minutes into the meeting, he invited L.A. Reid into the room. At that point, we knew it was going to be a special day. He was freaking out about the music. He loved all the songs that we played.
Within the same day, we were signed to Epic Records as well. From then on it’s been a whirlwind of events. We haven’t stopped, but that day in New York with L.A. Reid was just a life changing experience.
POPULOVE: How has the success of “Overload” impacted your lives?
Joe: It literally changed everything. It’s been a year since we actually started reaching out to people. We were looking for management. Three months after we start looking, we have a new record label and a couple months after that “Overload” hit the radio. When it hit the radio…everything has changed! Everything changed because of that one song.
Everything repeated in a way that we never expected. We’re about to go on tour with Meghan Trainor. That starts on Friday. We’ve never thought we’d be doing this. I always wanted to do this. I just never knew how it was going to happen.
It just opened so many doors. So many eyes are now on us and it gives us a platform to show what else we have. Our next single “Dreams” is going to radios today. We have a lot of people looking for that or looking for us. We don’t know what the future holds, but I know that it is going to be good. We’re going to have a lot of fun on this tour. We just want to keep making music for everybody out there to enjoy it!
POPULOVE: How does it feel to be getting ready to go on tour with Meghan Trainor?
Joe: It is just a surreal moment. We’ve been looking forward to it for so long and it’s next week! I’m not thinking too much about it right now. We’ve rehearsed a lot. I think we’re ready to get out there and just show everybody a good time and have a good time ourselves.
We’re doing 29 dates over two months. It’s like another city every other day. It’s going to be quite an experience. So, we’re all really looking forward to that. We’re ready for it and just want to get it going! And I really want to meet Meghan Trainor!
POPULOVE: How has your time in America been different than living in the UK?
LOD: In every way imaginable. I like to think New York City is just like London on a bigger scale. Everything else though too…the people…the food. People talk to you. They say ‘Hi.’ They want to come up and have a conversation and that’s just so alien and strange. It’s a whole different atmosphere. Even just driving everywhere. Like back in the UK nobody will drive more than an hour to get anywhere. Each state is like its own little country. It’s %100 different. It’s a whirlwind.
POPULOVE: Your EP Prologue can be considered a huge success. What are your plans for the future?
David: We’re still very early in our career and we’ve only put a little bit of music out there. We’re really excited to release an entire album. Right now, there are only a handful of our songs out there that you can hear.
We’re looking to release an album in the fall after the tour. We’re putting something out there that really speaks to us. Prologue has been doing really well and “Dreams” is going to impact radios today. I think we’re just seeing how it’s going to bubble.
We have very little up on our social media like Snapchat and Twitter. We’re very new to all of that. We’d love people to follow us so we can share what we are doing right now.
POPULOVE: You seem to have a great connection to your fans. What is the coolest story you have about your fans?
Rob: We’ve been replying to everybody on our social media. We connect everyday to our fans, but the greatest fan interaction was probably after one show we did in Minneapolis.
It was kind of our first big show in front of thousands of people and I was nervous as Hell! I was shaking on stage, (laughs) but after the show we went into the crowd to just enjoy the rest of the acts. Flo Rida was there. Fifth Harmony was there. A lot of big acts that we wanted to see as well.
It was just surprising to see how many people in the crowd were surrounding us! They wanted to get pictures, they wanted to dance with us, and hang out. So that was an absolutely amazing experience. To just be one-on-one and personal with fans. It was an amazing experience.
POPULOVE: Do you have a name picked out for the album yet?
David: Not yet!
POPULOVE: What can fans expect from the album?
Rob: We’re currently working on the album right now with every spare moment we have. They can expect more blood pumping music that’s energetic. Sunshine music, I like to call it. I guess we’ve injected more of a personal punch into these songs. It’s definitely more personal. We’ve had more time to reflect on our situation now and what we wanted to say.
Joe: Before we were just having fun with the music. We didn’t think anything would happen. We were just going to put it on YouTube, but now that we know that the music is going to be out there we are approaching it much differently.
It’s still the same thing. It’s still good music. There’s country influences and a bit of an African vibe in it, as well. It’s how we combined all three of us into one genre, you know. We’ve pushed boundaries a little bit. I guess it all depends on how we record it.
Watch “Overload” below and click here to purchase their EP Prologue!