The Platinum-Selling Singer-Songwriter Makes His Hard Working Record Company Debut with New Track, “Killing Me”— LISTEN HERE
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 23, 2023) — Hot on the heels of his announcement as the flagship signing to The Hard Working Record Company, Dylan Matthew releases his new single, “Killing Me,” today.
Written alongside Ricky Manning (Lennon Stella, Carlie Hanson), and co-written and produced by Whakaio Taahi (LANY, Tonight Alive), the shimmering indie pop ballad pairs raw vocals with truth-laid-bare lyrics in tale of leftover love now unrequited. Production builds with each propulsive chorus, leading up to a synth-drenched bridge that abruptly ends and leaves us with nothing left to do but be in our feelings about it.
“’Killing Me’ sets the stage for what’s to come. It’s the first song that sets the tone of a larger chronological story,” Matthew explains. “After disconnecting from social media and working away on my music, it felt like I needed a song to start this new chapter. ‘Killing Me’ is me asking my ex-girlfriend if our break-up was hurting her as much as it was destroying me. It’s me at my most vulnerable and serves as an explanation to listeners about what I’ve been through, what my upcoming work is about, and gives everyone a starting point to the story.”
For Dylan Matthew, everything comes back to storytelling. The Southern California native began harnessing his love of music before he could speak— a love that would eventually push a then-18-year-old Dylan to publish covers and original songs online. Following his 2016 inaugural EP, Over You, listeners would see Dylan go from strength to strength. He scored his first Platinum-certified single with the viral dance hit “Love Is Gone,” garnered millions of Spotify listeners and over 750K feverish TikTok followers, and awed crowds while performing at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and a sold-out headline show at Avalon Hollywood in LA, his proudest moment to date. Now, seven years after his debut, Dylan is embracing a new chapter of his history — one that was born amid an intense and tumultuous break-up that forced him to disconnect from the life he knew, look inward, and rebuild his future. The catalyst of that personal journey is Dylan’s new single, “Killing Me,” the first part of a chronological story that explores the break-up from beginning to end. Equal parts vulnerable and assured, the track firmly establishes Dylan as an artist with a deft touch that crafts powerful indie pop-infused music while honoring what he does best — telling his story through universal narratives tied together with introspective and infectious lyricism. That essence is embodied further in his forthcoming material, music that is primed to fully present Dylan at his best: an artist who, at his core, creates music that helps his listeners find hope.
For more information, visit dylanmatthew.com.