WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016 |
Posted by: Mandi Dudek
What do you get when you mix bluegrass, soul, electro-indie, and folk and sprinkle it with some good ol' southern charm? An Alabama-native named Dillon Hodges aka firekid, and he definitely deserves a spot on the "Artists to Watch" this year. He may be young (24 years old), but he has an old soul that creates music that's basically its own genre.
Growing up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Hodges was exposed to a hefty amount of bluegrass growing up. At only 17, he won first place in the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship, making him one of the youngest to ever win the competition. He spent many weekends driving to Nashville with his father to see bluegrass shows at the Station Inn. But bluegrass is only one of the many pieces that make up Firekid. He finds influence in Stevie Wonder, Broken Bells, Kanye West's College Dropout, and the Gorillaz song "Feel Good, Inc."... causing him to have a truly eclectic mix of inspiration.
Now residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Firekid isn't afraid to break the rules to discover what unique sounds he can produce next while still maintaining his bluegrass roots. He released a full-length self-titled album last year and it's impossible to predict if the next track will be a quiet bluegrass song, an infectious sing-your-heart-out hit like "Magic Mountain," or an EDM-inspired folk song with a little hip-hop flair - which sounds like it shouldn't be a thing but firekid makes it work so naturally. Be sure to look-out for musical innovator, firekid, and his soulful vocals, banjo licks, and genre-infused bluegrass goodness.
And be on the lookout tomorrow when our stunning session with firekid goes live.