Dylan Matthew is cutting through the bullshit with his new track, “Proud Of Me,” out now on all platforms via The Hard Working Record Company.
Packed with self-assured lyrics and synth-soaked, upbeat production, the song sees the Platinum-selling artist at his most cutthroat, pushing back at an ex that says she’s proud of him for moving on. “I don’t want to hear it from you baby/tell me that you love me, but you don’t,” he counters.
“‘Proud Of Me’ was a song I wrote before I even moved to LA after my breakup,” Dylan explains. “It was a transitional period of my life where I was trying to live life a little more, grow from what I went through, and come back to life by figuring out who I am. After a while, my ex realized I was doing much better, and she told me that she was proud of me — which was something she said out of guilt or shame for what she did to me. She wanted me to be sad and mope without her. Instead, I wrote a song about being proud of the changes and growth I’ve had since our break-up.”
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.
At the center of that personal journey is Dylan’s new music, chronologically telling a story that explores the break-up from beginning to end. Equal parts vulnerable and assured, the new material firmly establishes Dylan as an artist with a deft touch that crafts powerful indie pop-infused music while honoring his greatest strength — telling his story through universal narratives tied together with introspective and infectious lyricism.
It’s 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.
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