He pulls much of his material from direct personal experience. In his view, this creates a richer story in his songs. Dylan writes about everything from social changes that he observes to a party he might have attended. He also says, "I'm starting to write about more esoteric subjects and talk about collective experiences rather than just my personal experiences."
Dylan's song writing process starts with ideas sparking off in his mind. He says, "I'll churn out as many lyrics as I can while that inspiration is there and go back to it later. I often hear the full production in my head while I'm writing the song. I try to hear what the whole production will sound like after it’s done."
He has developed a unique way to work on his songs. Dylan elaborates, "First of all I write the lyrics. After that, I take everything that I've written to the piano and slow the tempo right down. I'll sing it out as slow as the tempo can go and see if the lyrics hold up in that state. There's basically no instrumentation, it's just the melody and the lyrics. If the song holds up at that point, I'll take it to the band and see if we can take it further from there. It can also stay like a ballad if that's how it works out."
He adds, "We build the song piece by piece. We'll do drums and the bass and then a melody. I'll take the guitar or the piano right out of it and see if it holds up as a vocal melody with just the drums and the bass. If it works, we can add all the textures and synth parts on top of that."
The main challenge that Dylan has faced in his career is overcoming his own introspective nature. He says. "Like any other business, it's all about connections. In the beginning, it was a daunting task to go up to industry people and talk to them. I got the feeling that they didn't want to talk to some 18 year old who was just starting out. It's still a challenge because I'm kind of a shut-in person when I'm offstage. I'm not the social type so it's definitely a challenge for me to branch out and be open."
The independent music scene is something for which he has a great deal of praise. Dylan says, "Everyone is so supportive. It's a healthy community and people like to help each other and participate in events and shows. There's not a whole lot of people that I've met on the road or at conferences who I don't like. It's been really fun to get to know all of these different people."