Maxim Meyer-Horn

27 Feb

Dreamer Boy: “The Sole Purpose of the Album Is Trying to Build a Community”

Tommy Jeans recently launched their Music Takes Us Further campaign, where they put upcoming artists from all over the world in the spotlight. One of them is Dreamer Boy, an American artist who’s releasing his second LP ‘All The Ways We Are Together’ in April. We used that opportunity to virtually meet with the talented musician and talk about being part of this Tommy Jeans campaign, his new projects, and Gen Z.

In your Spotify bio, you introduce the Dreamer Boy team. Would you still consider Dreamer Boy as a solo project?

It’s a little bit of both. I’m so happy that I’m not alone in this and truly feel like I have a family around me that always pushes me to get better. Obviously, everyone has their own role in this project, and they do it really well. Honestly, us working on Dreamer Boy as a project collectively has sort of been a real life-giving thing. In all our lives, it’s an important part, and it’s strengthened our relationships as friends. We’ve had experiences together that we’d otherwise have never had. There have just been so many cool ways that it has even grown us together.

I would say it’s a solo project because I indicate the direction. I want this to be a project where even the fans feel like they’re part of it. It’s me, but I really do want this to be a project that inspires people to work with their friends or just makes them feel as if they could do a similar project with their friends too and end up touring Europe like me. I’m so grateful that I’ve got to share these moments with the people I love because that’s also what life is about. I’m so thankful for my team, and Dreamer Boy feels like a band that’s working towards one thing.

You’re based in Nashville, a city known for its rich music culture. What’s the impact of your hometown on your music?

This place is so much like home now. I’ve moved here six years ago, went to college here, and graduated two and a half years ago. Every part about Nashville has inspired me, from the country music history to the friends I made here. We have a rich DIY-indie scene here and there’s just something about this place here that made me fall in love with it. The fact that I’m making pop music from Nashville, but I’m doing it in a way that it still feels like Nashville, you know?

It’s fun to wear the Nashville sound on my sleeves sometimes. Some of my favorite music is this sixties or seventies folky rock-country type of music, so I hope I bring a modern take to the music that inspired me a lot. I’m in love with the history of music and being in a place that has so much of that unique history is the greatest thing I could wish for. I don’t really run from it, and it’s definitely a big part of the Dreamer Boy sound.

Is it hard for you to leave the Love, Nostalgia era behind and start a brand new one?

I’m always way ahead, to be honest. With my debut Love, Nostalgia, that’s my first Dreamer Boy project, and it’s sort of where the world begins. Every project I’m doing now is building upon it, and it will take some cool little journeys along the way. I love exploring all the different corners of my soul and try to reflect on who I am as a person but also taking in the world how I’m perceiving it. I try to make music and art that connects with people, so I think a lot about how I’m putting together a project or era.

I never feel like I need to let go of a previous era because it’s a little bit like a little badge that I’ll have on my shirt forever. I’m currently earning my All The Ways We Are Together badge, and I’m very thankful that I’m able to do this as a career. It’s something I’ve been doing my whole life, and it still amazes me to see where I’ll take my new eras.

What kind of feeling do you want to convey with All The Ways We Are Together?

The sole purpose of the album is trying to build a community. I wrote the album during a time where I felt like I’ve found true friendship, love, and self-love for the first time. I stopped running from the person I was and started to be myself without trying to be anyone else. The album is about love, relationships, and connectivity but I truly hope it serves as the foundation that builds a connected community attached to Dreamer Boy.

I almost feel like ATWWAT can exist from now on. As soon as the album cycle comes and goes, ATWWAT will still be an era that will live forever now with my friends, fans, etc. The goal is that it reaches all the different corners of the world. In the music, I tell my stories from my perspective but with the hope in mind that I’m sharing it because I want other people to come join me. There are so many tiny motifs in every song, and I hope that it reaches the people.

The release date of ATWWAT isn’t a coincidence. Why do you want to put out the album on 22 April?

April 22nd is Earth Day, so I think that it’s just a beautiful day to put out ATWWAT. There’s obviously so much to be grateful for when you look out into the world, and it’s just the perfect day to release this special project.

What’s the story behind your most recent single “Easier Said Than Done”, which was written when you were feeling low?

We all have a habit of telling ourselves lies or getting in our own head about things that in a lot of ways don’t even exist or there are real challenges you go through in life. I wrote this song at a time where I felt like I should be really excited and happy, but I was just putting all these expectations on myself to be a certain way while I actually had to take a moment where I’d be still and not expect myself to feel amazing. With a lot of mental health challenges, you can’t do it alone.

I wanted to make this album because my hope is that everyone has a support system when they feel happy or sad. I’m so grateful that I have my team to tour Europe but also have them around when I’m struggling. It goes both ways, and that’s what I try to reflect on ATWWAT.

Tommy Jeans selected you to be part of their Spring ’21 campaign ‘Music Takes Us Further’What was your reaction when they asked you to be part of this?

I’m so excited to be part of their message, and it’s cool when I get to work with a brand that is highlighting diverse artists. I feel blessed to be part of it, and it’s great that such a big brand uses its platform to uplift upcoming artists.

Why is Tommy Jeans a great match with your new era?

Tommy Jeans is just very timeless and has something youthful that reminds me of my childhood in a way. Tommy has been around for quite a long time and I definitely feel that it’s a great brand to partner with right now. They’re very cemented in culture, and I adore the timeless nature of it.

Tommy Jeans is part of the Gen Z culture. Where would you position yourself within this powerful generation?

It’s a beautiful, individualistic generation and I get excited even talking to you. I see an amazing, well-dressed, unique individual, and it makes me so happy to see this whole generation use, for example, TikTok to inspire others. We use our collective individual to sort of get people to vote or to engage ourselves for the environment.

My place in it is to uplift and encourage. I definitely see a lot of my generation getting swept up in the noise of the world, and I just want to promote a little bit of peace, meditation, and encouragement. I hope that the people that listen to my music get the feeling that they can believe in themselves. I want to focus on developing these communities in a healthy way where you don’t put others down. I want to be joyful and believe we can share each other’s uniqueness, so we can really love one other.

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