Dylan Flashner talks music, acting and dad jokes

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Dylan Flashner is definitely one to watch! Dylan is an actor and musician who is showing no signs of slowing down. 

Through his music and performances, Dylan hopes to have a positive impact on his audience. Dylan also works closely with charities such as The American Cancer Society, the Luke Strong Foundation and the MS Society. Dylan is kind and passionate and is excited for audiences to see and hear his new projects. 

In addition to a few songs on YouTube, Dylan can be seen in the beautiful film Farewell Amor starring Marcus Scribner (Black-ish), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The Chi), Zainab Jah (Deep State) and Jayme Lawson (The Batman in 2022).

I had the chance to speak with Dylan about his passion for music and his upcoming projects.

Beth: How’d you get into music and acting, which passion came first? 

Dylan: I got into music freestyle rapping in the backyard with my friends for fun and writing when I was in college. I started going to the studio four years ago and have been glued since. The acting started about two years ago when I was approached on the set of one of my music videos by a producer in television. I thought they were joking but they said they wanted me to do a TV pilot at the time. The next day, they sent me a script and ever since then I’ve been hooked.

Beth: You have some awesome songs out, what inspires your music?

Dylan: I think my experiences and the close people around me inspire my music. I tend to hold those emotions and use them for songs whenever I can. 

Beth: How would you describe your music style?

Dylan: I would describe my music style as melodic and conscious. I like to emphasize the lyrics in my music while having lyrics that are eatable and catchy.

Beth: Who do you look for inspiration for your music?

Dylan: My music influences are the artists I listen to most. I’m a big Drake, Russ, Rexx Life Raj, Big Sean, and Justin Timberlake fan.

Beth: Can we expect more music from you soon?

Dylan: Yes! My next single is out February 13th called “Talk Less” featuring Dax. I will also be releasing my debut project “Me vs. Me” March 13th! I’m very excited to release a lot of new music this year. 

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Beth: Congrats on the success of Farewell Amor! What was it like to be a part of this film?

Dylan: Thank you I appreciate that, it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. I got to go to Sundance in my first year as an actor and producer, which I still have to double check if it’s real at times. I also love artistic films and good art in general. Farewell Amor’s reception and gravitational pull to the audience is something you don’t see often, I’m thankful.

Farewell Amor is about a family that reunites after 17 years apart. Walter was forced to leave his family in Angola but now his wife, Esther, and daughter, Sylvia, are back under one roof, a tiny Brooklyn apartment. The reunion isn’t seamless. But thanks to a dance competition, Sylvia unexpectedly opens up a pathway of muscle memory for the family to rediscover one another.

Beth: This is a beautiful film! What do you think people can take away from it?

Dylan: I think everyone who sees the film can take away the aspects of family, love and how important those bonds are. I believe anyone who sees the film will leave with a new or slightly different perspective on life. 

Dylan has quite a few projects coming out in the near future including The Comeback Trial, The Card Counter, Lansky and Vanquish with Morgan Freeman.

Dylan: I wish I could talk more about future projects but I’ll give you guys one I’m excited about and can talk about. I got the opportunity to be in a huge comedy film called The Comeback Trial. I got to act with one of my all-time favorite actors Tommy Lee Jones. The movie also stars Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro. The release date got pushed back to later this year but I’ve been anticipating this release for a bit. 

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Beth: These projects have some really big names in them- What was that like working with them?

Dylan: I’ve been lucky enough to work with both Morgan Freeman (Vanquish) and Oscar Issac (Card Counter). Both experiences were unbelievable. Morgan is one of the most humble humans I’ve ever met. Oscar is extremely talented and easy to work with. They’re both givers and it’s nice when superstars live up to the hype. 

Beth: Were there any lessons you took away from working with these actors?

Dylan: Be fearless, don’t be afraid to make mistakes as those can be your best acting points sometimes. They always treated others with respect and humility which goes to show you it’s important how you treat others even at work. 

Beth: Last question, for fun: Your Instagram says you’re a dad joke enthusiast, what’s your favorite dad joke?

Dylan: I love my dad jokes…One of my favorites right now is “Why was 2019 afraid of 2020? Because they had a fight and 2021.”

Farewell Amor is currently streaming on Amazon and we can look forward to more music from Dylan on February 13 plus The Comeback Trial later this year!