November / December 2016
Dylan Gilbert is a songwriter, producer and performer from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a founding member of genre-bending punk band Hectorina. His compositions range from wild guitar-based indie rock to experimental electronic music, taking inspiration from artists such as Kate Bush, Talk Talk and Prince. Since 2005, he has self-released 9 solo albums, as well as 5 albums and 2 EPs with Hectorina. Gilbert began touring in his teens and has since performed over 800 times across the US with appearances at the Hopscotch Music Festival, CMJ Music Marathon, Indie Grits Film Festival, Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, Don’t Sweat It Fest, Art Party by Friday Arts Project, and the BOOM Festival.
Gilbert has created work in a variety of mediums, including a full theatrical production of Hectorina’s rock opera Collywobble, which premiered in a month long residency at Snug Harbor in 2015. While in residence at Goodyear Arts in 2016, he created an interactive sound installation called The Forest and collaborated with XOXO Performance Ensemble to produce All the Dogs and Horses, “a zen acid western” play. His works with dancer and choreographer Sarah Ingel have premiered at Charlotte Ballet’s Choreographic Lab, ladyfestCLT, and Food for Thought-Fall curated by Caitlyn Swett and Helen Simoneau Danse. Further collaborators include poet de’Angelo Dia, film producers Basic Cable and theatre collective Sinergismo.
Currently, Gilbert continues to work as an artist in residence at Goodyear Arts, creates with local Charlotte artists of all mediums, and teaches music at the School of Rock Charlotte. In 2020, he will release his 10th solo album, I’ll Be the Lakebed, a 10 song cycle co-produced with Justin Aswell that explores themes of spirituality and technology in 21st century America through avant-garde pop, ambient soundscapes and DIY performance art.