Here at Keepin’ It Country, we pride ourselves on introducing our fans to new country talent. We were recently introduced to Dustin Vye, a super talented musician who went from competitive gymnastics to country music. We talked to Dustin about everything from his inspirations and dream collaborations to performing country music in NYC and his forthcoming EP.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?
DV: Performing in general has always been a significant part of my life. It really began at the age of 8 with competitive gymnastics and evolved over the years from gymnastics, to musical theater work, working with Cirque du Soleil, busking, and singing in church (I still do!). While I enjoy acrobatic work, the connection you make with an audience when performing live music is incomparable.
KIC: What is the writing process like for your music? Where do you get your inspiration from?
DV: Well, I wish I could say that I’m able to dedicate, say two hours a day to writing. It just doesn’t work that way for me. I write whenever the beginning of a song pops into my head, wherever I am. I recently wrote a song on a scrap piece of paper while riding the A train. I prefer to have a pen and paper in hand, but will also dictate lyrics and melodies into the voice recorder on my phone and later take it back to my guitar to get the music and lyrics on paper. My inspiration is the world around me, my relationships and experiences, and observations of others–both the good and bad.