Gregory Dillion

FRESH: ‘Where We’re Going’ – Gregory Dillon

US electro-pop artist Gregory Dillon releases “Where We’re Going”.

by Christopher Smith

A true 90’s New England kid, Gregory Dillon spent much of his boyhood chasing time on his green Razor scooter and ribbon dancing on his trampoline. Gregory led a secret life struggling to overcome his misunderstood sexuality. Despite being a proficient self-taught musician, performing his music proved a challenge for the self-doubting teenager, who would rather give a concert in the solitude of his abandoned high school chapel.

Now swimming in the style and nostalgia of the metropolis, Gregory’s 80’s-stained sound takes on a rare pop maturity, all-the-while playing with a electric retro flare. Stacked with a wall of synth and haunting vocals, Gregory Dillon’s sensitive timbre will bring you to a nostalgic place where you are reminded that you are loved. In retrospect, it is clear that each one of Gregory’s decisions to further embrace his true self, helped create the perfect conditions for the full flowering of his genius.

His new single “Where We’re Going” was written at the early stages of his last/most recent relationship. Gregory tells us: “It’s hard to forget the first date, waiting for him at the end of the 72nd street platform. I was irrationally sweaty and nervous but I remember his smile behind the doors of the train as it came to a stop. as he stepped off the train I was kind of lost in an innocent sweaty bliss. I remember being a bit irrationally nervous. I know personally whenever something is starting off/going good I overthink. I’d do anything to look into the future to see where something is going/if I was taking all the right steps. At the same time that’s honestly the best part and I think I wrote this song to remind myself/remember/confirm that the present moment is the best moment”.

“I think that we should head to the rooftop, clear as the night and skyscraper shadows” – This is the most important line to me in the song. I associate a lot of imagery and to me the stairs of my rooftop always led to a paradise above the confusion of the city/confusion below. They are a warm metaphor for fate and paradise. [I associate a lot of nostalgia in the song to the staircase leading up to my rooftop which for me was our little paradise above the city.] Sunsets up there were heavenly”. “Where We’re Going” is co-produced by Gregory and London producer and close friend JJ Mitchell.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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