Dylan Mattingly about himself: At the behest of my cello teacher, I started writing little bits of music when I was seven, for music reading practice. I kept writing. My original intention was to create music that I liked, as I erroneously and arrogantly thought that I had found all the music that I was going to like that was already written... My musical horizons have since broadened and I find this to be a ridiculous claim, but I still intend to write the best music to fit my personal experience.
Music is my optimal language. I use it to seize moments of my life and preserve them, sometimes just out of curiosity, sometimes out of nostalgia, sometimes because I want them to last forever.*”
I am influenced alike by John Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Magnus Lindberg, Joni Mitchell, and the old American blues and folk field recordings of the Lomaxes.