We had the good fortune of connecting with Dillon Biggs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dillon, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am a singer/songwriter living in Austin, Tx. I moved to Austin 3 years ago, shortly after releasing my crowdfunded debut EP, Cakewalk. I was born and raised in Cypress, Tx. My parents brought me up in the United Methodist Church, where I got my start performing: participating in church musicals, talent shows, and playing keyboard in the youth band. I had my first showcase of original songs when I was 17. I furthered my music education through private lessons and some college. I later attended a local artist development program to focus on my songwriting and recording skills. While I had many avenues to hone my musical talents, I felt restricted expressing myself authentically as a gay man. When I moved to Austin, I spent time in the nightlife and attending drag shows. Naturally, I discovered a community and an audience that embraced the sense of freedom I was longing for. My upcoming EP, Front Door, details my experience moving from Cypress to Austin, and embracing my true identity. I write and perform songs I hope will inspire others to sing along, let loose, and feel at home, wherever they may be. The first 2 singles, Queen Size and Damn Minds, are available now on all platforms.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artistic vision doesn’t just stop with the lyrics and melodies. It continues where it all starts: with visuals and storytelling. One of my favorite parts of releasing recordings is creating music videos and album art to accompany them. I’ve taken creative detours exploring other mediums such as figure skating, sculpting, photography, and digital design. I always find myself returning to my love for the power of music. The way music can weave itself into all the forms. The way a song can connect a room full of people with multiple layers. The way the visuals submerge the listener in a curated or alternative perspective. As an independent artist, I get to choose every little detail, from the songs that make an album to the jewel case package. Like anyone, I’ve faced moments of self-doubt, which has been a trickier thing for me to overcome. In moments of insecurity, I remind myself words my Grandma told me, “let it roar.” At the end of the day, if I trust my gut and my vision, I know the reaction I get from an audience will be as genuine. If I’m not enabling people to feel something, I’m not doing my job.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, there is literally always something happening in Austin. When my best friends come to visit, we may hit up Cheer Up Charlie’s for a late happy hour and live music on the patio before crossing the street to Elysium for a drag showcase by Poo Poo Platter. Every January, the queens perform Dolly Parton’s Birthday of Many Color’s, and it really is the best – who doesn’t love Dolly? Then we’d end the night dancing at Barbarella’s. During a day off, we’ll go for a walk through Zilker Park. Then head over to Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum for Shanghai soup dumplings. Another day, we may thrift shop at places like Pavement, Charm School Vintage, or Blue Velvet. We would end the week taking pedicab’s from 4th street to the east side to dance in our thrift finds.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out several people among many. First of all, I’d like to thank my boyfriend, Karl: for his constant support of me chasing my dreams and for being my muse. My roommate, creative confidant, and fellow creator, Jess Decelle – for always being up for anything. Jack Charles, for never, never-stopping and for shouting me out to Voyage. Jason Bentch, for all the talent and beautiful music he adds to my recordings. My parents, for always giving me the opportunity to express myself and for attending all my shows. My friends, the list goes on here – I’d be nothing without your time, the laughs we share, the spontaneous dance parties, etc.
All photos by Jess Decelle.