Joy to the People: Indie-Pop's Dayglow in Melodic Motion
Are you looking for some pick-me-up music? Dayglow is your guy. Whether it is his much-celebrated 2019 debut album Fuzzybrain or his brand new album, People In Motion, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter is an absolute joy to have in the music scene.
Sloan Struble, or Dayglow, released his latest third album after his sophomore album Harmony House was released last year.
This time ‘round, the indie pop artiste from Texas delivers a pure and melodic polished work that touches on the meanings of music.
He toyed around with music at the early age of 11 with Garageband before teaching himself how to play multiple instruments, then moved on to attend the University of Texas in 2018 to study advertising. He finally released his music under the name of Kindred in 2016, which you can find on Soundcloud.
His career has skyrocketed ever since he became Dayglow.
We caught up with the self-built Dayglow amid his tour to learn more about People In Motion, his creative process, and his earliest memories of music.
We heard you wrote and created your debut album in your college dorm – is that true? What made you want to start that project?
Yes, it’s true! I just love to make music. I didn’t think I was making a record that the world would necessarily hear. I was just making the music for fun!
What are your earliest memories of music, and how do you think it has shaped you as an artiste?
I loved playing video games like Guitar Hero or Rock Band. It was so fun to play music and make it visually, kind of like producing music in a way! I’ve just always been very musical.
You’re a singer, songwriter, producer and mixer. What’s the best and worst part about owning all of those roles within your creative process?
I don’t see many downsides other than lots of pressure. It’d be nice to disperse the pressure sometimes, but I love the creative freedom it gives me to make whatever I want to make, whenever.
I’ve always viewed making music as a holistic art; I would have a hard time just doing one thing.
How did you come up with the name Dayglow and why?
It’s the name of a song by an artiste called Brazos! I just loved the song and didn’t want to overthink it.
How did you find your sound, and what was that journey like?
I just make whatever I want to make! I don’t think too much about it like that. I just make whatever feels right.
Let’s talk about your new album, People In Motion. Did you do anything differently in terms of your creative process? Was there any particular source of inspiration?
The record was made to be heard live. It’s very much a communal focused album. I still made the entire album by myself in my room, but the concept of the album is all around live music.
Is there anything you hope people take away from the album?
I hope they just feel more confident, and the songs get stuck in their head!
If you were to introduce yourself with only one song of yours, what would it be and why?
Probably “Close To You”. I think it's a great well-rounded song that most people seem to enjoy.
What has been the most exciting thing to happen to you as an artiste so far?
I just love getting to tour the world and play shows everywhere. It’s so fun to meet fans and live my dream!
If People In Motion were a film, what would it be and why?
It would be a live concert documentary of the show I’m touring right now!
How does it feel to finally be back on tour?
I love playing shows. It feels great.
And lastly, what are you most excited about for the upcoming year?
I can’t wait to play more music and keep creating more!
All Images: Dana Trippe @trippydana
Elevate the way you listen to music with KEF
Writer | Kevin Yeoh
When he isn’t making sure Sound of Life stories are published in a timely manner, Kevin enjoys wandering aimlessly in Kuala Lumpur city and making music playlists.