Dallin Applebaum is an alternative songwriter with a talent for piano-driven songs with catchy melodies and a dark sense of humor. Dallin has always had a passion for music; she began studying classical piano at an early age and began singing and writing songs when she was a teenager. She moved to Nashville in early 2022 after beginning her career in New York City.
She was the runner-up for Best Folk Song in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2009. In 2013, Dallin started an electronic rock band called SKYES, who made their way through the Brooklyn indie music scene before she chose to move into writing music on her own.
The third single from Dallin Applebaum’s upcoming album, Grey Matters, is “Ghosttown, USA.” A catchy, brash indie-folk song called Ghosttown, USA vividly depicts the realities of courting (and getting ghosted).
Ghosttown, USA is a catchy, outspoken indie-folk song that depicts the realities of courting.
In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, talented Dallin Applebaum made some exclusive revelations about her personal life as well as her interest outside music
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What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
It’s my real name. My mother thought she made it up, it means valley in Welsh Gaelic. But I’m not Welsh.
Where do you find inspiration?
I am inspired by honest, (usually a little dark or funny) stories and storytelling.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I played classical piano from the time I could speak until college. I started singing and writing my own songs when I was about 12.
I wanted to impress a boy, so I performed one of the songs at the 8th grade talent show. Even though the performance was embarrassing, I still somehow knew I wanted to play and sing and write.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Yes, somewhat. My grandmother was an amazing singer when she was a teenager. But for some reason she stopped singing when she had my mom. So I didn’t hear her until a few years ago when my uncle converted her old albums to mp3s. I was blown away by her talent.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I met a reggae producer when I was 14. He taught me about production and I got to record in a real studio. I decided I would like to be in the industry in some capacity from a pretty young age.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I was a classically trained pianist, but I couldn’t sing. It was until I injured my voice when I was 21 that I actually got some formal training. I learned to write like most – by trial and error.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I think it was James Taylor, with my parents, in Philadelphia, when I was about 8. I remember my parents saying the sound was very bad.
How could you describe your music?
Melodic, catchy, piano-driven, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, always a focus on story-telling.
Describe your creative process.
It changes for every song. I tend to write the music and melody first, on the piano, then the lyrics come after. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes it happens altogether.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I have a deep reverence for Leonard Cohen. His persistence and dedication to the perfect lyric continues to inspire me. I heard that he had something like 80 different verses for “Hallelujah” , and he wrote them over the course of 12 years.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I think so. I took a hiatus from songwriting in my 20s to work on a band called SKYES. We were a dark electronic band, with a much different songwriting approach.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I try not to look at music as a business, even though it certainly can be. So I don’t really look at it as if there’s competition.
What are your interests outside of music?
I love skydiving (I have my license and close to 100 jumps!), mountain biking, Muay Thai, playing with my puppy, cooking, yoga, a lot more.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Probably something in the computer sciences where I could work remotely and travel.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Trying to balance self-expression with what might be considered good by my people. Sometimes I get lucky, and they align. Sometimes I don’t, and I have to choose.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
More appreciation for the craft of songwriting. More patience and focus from audiences who sometimes want something quick and easy.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
Ghosttown, USA was a phrase I overheard on a subway ride by two girls talking about getting “ghosted” by dates. I loved the title so I ran with it, and shared my own experiences about dating in the modern world.
What are your plans for the coming months?
Touring, writing, playing, & making a few music videos.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I’m going to hopefully start to do some co-writing here in Nashville