When going through a heartbreak, the one thing that seems to cure it all is a heartbreak anthem; and Dylan Schneider is providing just that and some more with the release of his new single “Lost in a Small Town.”
The rising country music star’s brand new hit, written by Schneider, Gabe Foust, James McNair and Mark Holman, comes long-awaited as it marks Schneider’s first release in over two years.
The Indiana native has released this song after recently signing with Broken Bow Records Music Group. According to a press release, Schneider’s deal with BBR is a space he is looking forward to thriving in.
“I’m so excited to be signing with BBR Music Group,” said Schneider. “I’ve admired their entire staff and the incredible artists on their roster for a long time. I can’t thank my fans, my family, and my team enough for their continued support of me and my career. I’m looking forward to releasing a lot of new music very soon and look forward to reaching a whole new audience.”
Releasing new music is exactly what Schneider has proven to have on the forefront of his plans. In an exclusive interview with Celeb Secrets Country, Schneider shared that having BBR in his corner serves as an incalculable advantage to do so.
“…Broken Bow is super excited to be a part of it. They believe in the music from the very first time that they heard it, so now that we have a Nashville partner and somebody that knows the country music game well it’s just really good to have in our corner and I’m excited. I think it’s the best situation I’ve had in Nashville.”
Having a deal with BBR isn’t the only new factor in Schneider’s career. The artist shares that with “Lost in a Small Town” and other upcoming music fans can anticipate a “fresher taste” and some “new flavors of songs.”
“… I think the song writing.. it’s a little bit more superior to what I’ve done in the past. I think the overall vibe of the music is a little more right down one lane and I think it’s just kind of been over the past few years finding the right thing, that right fit and I think this is the most precise we’ve done it yet. So yeah, it definitely has a fresher taste and there’s a couple new flavors of songs that we’ve never tried out, so I’m just excited for everyone to hear it and see what they like.”
As the artist’s latest song has made its way to listeners, the response towards the new hit has shown to switch out “like” for love!
Celeb Secrets Country sits down with Schneider (virtually) to learn more about the new single, behind-the-scenes secrets from writing the track and what’s to come from the rising country music star later this year.
Check out the full Q&A below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of “Lost in a Small Town” by either leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.
Celeb Secrets Country: Congratulations on “Lost in a Small Town”! How are you feeling about the release?
Dylan Schneider: “I’m super excited! You know it’s been a while since I’ve put out new music, probably about almost two years in August, so finally to have some new stuff coming out and a new deal it’s just an exciting time. I’m ready for everybody to hear the new music and get the ball rolling.”
CSC: This is your first music in two years! Why did you feel now was the right time to put out something new?
DS: “You know it’s a funny story honestly. Throughout the whole pandemic obviously, I had a lot of downtime, and just before everything like that happened I had been writing and kinda getting some songs together. I had a few that I was just excited about all through the first half of 2020 and I started working with my new manager Joey Russ, which we actually worked together in the past, we linked back up last year through COVID and we were like, ‘Ya know with this downtime, now that we’ve written some songs we should try to write a few more and then just put together a little package of songs that we can have ready for when shows come back and the world kinda gets up and running again.’ And we just wanted to take them around town in Nashville and stuff, show them to new labels and stuff like that, kind of have something to work with, just so we would be ready. Now that we’ve done that and figured out our situation and everything, it kinda felt like the right time now that shows are coming back around and everybody’s getting back out. Playing concerts and stuff it was like, ‘Ya know let’s put some new music out for the people and just start a revamp on this new chapter.’”
CSC: You recently signed with BBR Music Group! How did that deal come about?
DS: “Yeah, so with the music that we recorded last year I had gotten out of some previous deals honestly, right before the pandemic started and we kind of just talked about like I said getting some music ready so that way when we came back to Nashville and everything got up and running again we could take in this package of music and show them these new songs. You know our plan was to put it out kind of towards the beginning of this year. Either way, it was like any of these labels want to jump in if they like what they’re hearing and you know we’d love to work with them but if not we’re gonna put out our own music independently and just get the ball rolling. Obviously, with the industry and stuff these deals sometimes take time so the music has obviously been pushed back quite a few months, but it’s for the better. I think we got a great situation. Broken Bow is super excited to be a part of it. They believe in the music from the very first time that they heard it, so now that we have a Nashville partner and somebody that knows the country music game well it’s just really good to have in our corner and I’m excited. I think it’s the best situation I’ve had in Nashville.”
CSC: Would you say your music has changed in any way since you last released?
DS: “I would say yeah, probably a little bit! I think this time around I was a little more in the driver’s seat of the songs that I wanted to do. Obviously because there were no other outside sources other than just me and my manager and you know one of my buddies that I write songs with kind of choosing the songs. We kind of wrote almost all of them except for one that we have ready to release over the next two months and it just kind of felt right with these vibes. I think the song writing.. it’s a little bit more superior to what I’ve done in the past. I think the overall vibe of the music is a little more right down one lane and I think it’s just kind of been over the past few years finding the right thing, that right fit and I think this is the most precise we’ve done it yet. So yeah, it definitely has a fresher taste and there’s a couple new flavors of songs that we’ve never tried out, so I’m just excited for everyone to hear it and see what they like.”
CSC: Now the song is incredible, and it really pulls at the heartstrings of a heartbreak. Did any personal experiences inspire this song?
DS: “At the time of writing it I’m gonna be honest not so much, like there was nothing in particular that stood out to me but I’ve just been around so many people that kinda.. I’ve been a shoulder to lean on for them and I kind of take those experiences that I’ve listened to and I know about and seen in everyday life. It’s kind of just something that you know I thought about in a cool way to say something like that. I mean I’ve had a few break ups but I was never kind of on the end of feeling it. But now that I listen to it, I have had a relationship since then and it kind of did hit me a little harder, so I understand the song a lot more.”
CSC: When listeners hear this song, what is it that you want them to think or feel?
DS: “Well, one of the things I want them to think is that I hope they see that my music has changed a little bit. I hope they see that it’s matured and just the song writing, the overall quality of it seems more you know ready and legit for something like Country Radio or to be out on a bigger stage. I hope they see the growth in my music as ‘Wow, he’s making a leap here.’ I’m really excited for that just as new music in general to get out there so people can experience it and say ‘Wow, he’s gotten better over the years,’ hopefully! And then for them to feel, I just want them to kind of feel exactly what the song says and if they know what it’s like to be broken up with in a small town or their hometown, somewhere where like everything always seems so familiar and then all the sudden you lose that part of your life or that constant that was always there everything kind of doesn’t seem so familiar, even though it’s all you’ve ever known. So I hope they can understand that and I hope it helps people cope with it a little bit and gives him something to listen to and think about.”
CSC: You have accomplished so much at just 21, having gotten your start at just 14! Throughout your career journey what has been the biggest lesson?
DS: “Man, there’s obviously been so much. It’s funny when I think back to like the first time I came to Nashville it was a couple years after I had picked up a guitar and started writing songs, so when I came to town here I was 16 and you know ever since then I look back on those days and realize how much I’ve of learned and how much you figure out just kind of going through the motions and having experiences. I guess the biggest lesson would be to be ready to sacrifice some things at times and be ready to work well with people because Nashville is a very team oriented town and it’s very very important to keep your rep up and be a good collaborator. So that’s one of the biggest things I’ve learned, don’t be one-sided and don’t be so like ‘Oh, I’m the best’ or ‘Oh, what I’m doing here is better than somebody else.’ It’s very very community oriented so you have to be able to hang out and vibe with everybody and you got to get along to go along sometimes, especially in the beginning.”
CSC: You have also worked with some incredible names in music along the way, what artists inspire your sound the most?
DS: “Probably Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line! Definitely early on Florida Georgia Line was kind of the big reason I got into country music.I mean I listen to everything before that and then when I was probably like 13/14 was around the time I started listening to FGL’s first records and just that style of country really drew me in and got me into it and now I love it all. That was one of the biggest things, I just like the energy and with the freshness hip-hop and pop Influence of Sam Hunt‘s. I’m a fan of all music so I like to tie in everything and kind of have those flavors. Those are kind of the two right now that I would definitely say do it for me.”
CSC: Beyond this track, can fans anticipate any more new music this year?
DS: “Oh yeah, absolutely! We got a plan and I’m excited for this time around how we’re going to roll out music. You know we’ve always done the EP’s and the smaller projects, like a pack of four or five songs, but now we’re gonna kind of span it out a little bit and do like song at a time after song at a time every few weeks. It’ll be cool. Each song will have a chance to live a life and kind of see what the people are liking. I’m excited to have plenty of content to keep rolling out so everybody can keep looking forward to something.”
CSC: And since we are Celeb Secrets Country, can you tell us a behind the scenes secret from writing Lost in a Small Town that we maybe wouldn’t know just from listening?
DS: “Yeah definitely! It’s funny I kind of told this story around town a little bit the past few days. So with “Lost in a Small Town,” when we first wrote it we were writing a different song when I first came up with the idea and we had came up with this line I said this line ‘She is the kind of girl that will leave you lost in a small town’ and then I was like ‘No, we should rewrite that line for this song. I want to take that phrase and use it as a song title and write a song called lost in a small town.’ So we had to rewrite that line and we took that title and wrote it to this idea. It was super cool but the funny thing was the first time we wrote the song it was completely different. It was to completely different music, different chords on the guitar everything like that and it was a completely different lyric. The whole song was different and I decided that I didn’t like it. I didn’t think it was good enough. Two or three weeks later we had to go back in and rewrite the entire song to new music and get it right because at the time I thought it was so cool and the idea was so unique that I was like ‘We got to make sure this is right,’ so we dialed it in and that’s how we ended up with the song that it is right now.”