Dustin Seymour
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Dustin Seymour

DeLand, Florida, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

DeLand, Florida, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
Band Country Soul




"Dustin Seymour Interview"

If you are looking for a unique soulful country artist, you might be very surprised what you would find in the small town of Orange City, FL... Lucky for us Volusia County folks, we have something very special in our own backyard! That is Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, and Performer Dustin Seymour... And he is definitely leaving his mark wherever he performs. I had the opportunity to talk with this up and coming artist about his new album, growing up in a music household, and his dreams for the future.

Dustin Seymour was born on July 23, 1984 in Orange City, FL. "I was always surrounded by music, Growing up my father was a gospel singer. I would watch my father perform at churches in his gospel group "The Jeremiah Singers," and at 7 years old, I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life," Seymour tells Full Access Magazine.

Seymour started out as a solo artist performing at local shows. Seymour attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN. This is where he studied classical music and says, "It was a time in my life when I was finding myself and what I liked as a songwriter."

Seymour tells Full Access Magazine, "I am a self taught vocalist and guitarist." He taught himself how to play guitar at the age of 19. I asked if he had any type of ritual that he did before a show to get him pumped up or if the nerves just take over?

"No! I have no rituals before my shows (Laughing), but I do enjoy the pressure and getting up in front of an audience to play my music." Seymour continues,"When performing I never use a set list. I like to feel how the flow of the crowd is to my music and just go from there."

Seymour has also been the frontman for the group, "Whiskey Basin." When asked who inspires you, he replied, "Radney Foster." Seymour continued to tell me,"I feel like today’s country music has so much more potential. I feel the type of music I do; there is something very unique to it. I can reach out to a more broad audience with my songs; even to some people who would not call themselves country fans! I can go out there and open for an R&B artist as well as a Country artist."

Dustin Seymour's Album, "What I’m Made Of" is available for purchase through his website dustinseymour.com, Amazon, and iTunes. This is a six-track album. I asked Dustin if he would share with us the meaning behind some of the songs he wrote for this album. "The first track is ‘Death and Taxes.’ I was driving in my car and for some reason I was thinking about the Ben Franklin quote, ‘...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ I started to think, is that really true? That’s when I came up with the main line. Being the self predicator I am. Basically the entire song is making fun of myself in a funny way. The words to the song were done in 15 minutes along with the guitar riff." This was one of those songs that came really easily.” Then he adds, "I wish they were all that way!”

“Track three is 'Up In Flames.' It's basically a "Forget you" (in the editing style of Cee-Lo) song. You did me wrong and now I'm going to do to you what you did to me, just in a completely different way.” It definitely has a rock feel with a lot of influence from my all-time favorite band, U2. It's a fun song to play and a great one to sing along to (especially if you're angry with your better half)! The fourth song is 'My Last Stand.' This is where the title of the EP, 'What I'm Made Of' comes from. I've found that this song can be taken many different ways, as I've found out from fans who've told me how the song affected them. People have told me it perfectly described the relationship they are/were in. Others have said they feel that the song is very spiritual. I'm kind of a unique songwriter in that, I don't usually sit down with a specific something I want to write about or get off my chest. I will feel inspired by something and then see what comes out. I won't always know exactly what it means to me or what I'm - Full Access Magazine

"Rockin' South Shore with country, rock and blues"

Self teamed with Sarasota radio station WCTQ, 106.5 FM, to help present entertainment, including Jack Calhoun, who has performed with Willie Nelson; Dustin Seymour, who blends bluegrass and country with soul; and Bradenton's One Night Rodeo, winner of the Great American Country Star competition. - Tampa Bay Online

"More than 200 acts take the stage Saturday at the DeLand Original Music Fest"

- Dustin Seymour, 9 p.m., mini-stage in front of the Event Main Stage, 138 W. Indiana Ave. This DeLand singer-guitarist calls his music "country soul." It's a style Seymour lives up to on such ballads as "My Last Stand" and "Scarlet Sunrise."

For those who doubt a guy can inject soul into his country roots, consider another feat pulled off by Seymour: He also does a mean acoustic guitar medley of "Big Poppa" and other hits by Notorious B.I.G. -- yep, that late, great, big daddy of hip-hop. Check out the video on YouTube. - Daytona Beach News Journal


What I'm Made Of EP (2011)



Who is Dustin Seymour?

My first memory of music starts at the age of 2 when we would go watch my dad Greg and his gospel group 'The Jeremiah Singers' perform at churches around the southeast. I vividly remember running up to the stage while dad was performing and demanding to hold the microphone. On stage, the only place I've ever felt safe. I started performing at the age of 7, and began singing professionally at the age of 10. At the age of 26 to say I've been singing for 19 years is wild, but I can't ever remember not being a singer.

I attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN and it was here where I fell in love with songwriting, even if I didn't know it at the time. While in Nashville, I picked up the guitar and started writing my own music. Being a lover of the English language, I was infatuated with finding new ways of saying things that people feel everyday. I was able to sing with the likes of Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton and the Oak Ridge Boys during my time in Nashville. This is the time in my life where I went from being a singer to being a musician.

Country music and bluegrass are my first loves, but I've always been drawn to different sounds. From R&B artists like D'Angelo, The Isley Brothers, Gerald Levert and Bobby Caldwell to bands like U2, Radiohead and singer/songwriters like Ryan Adams, Neil Young, Walt Wilkins and Darrell Scott. Classical music gave me my love of chords and harmonies. All of these different styles that I've sung and loved have molded me into a different kind of country music. Following the path of artists like Ronnie Milsap, David Nail, Conway Twitty and Lee Greenwood, I have become a maker and performer of what I like to call Country Soul. It's country music with something extra. Something you not just hear, but feel.

Upon returning to Florida I joined up with an amazing group of guys and formed the band Whiskey Basin. We toured Florida and the Southeast for 5 years, and released an original album titled 'Seven Sundays'. I was able to express a lot of myself on that record, but there's so much more I want to say. So much more I need to say.

After walking away from a terrible car accident with nothing more than a few scratches, my eyes were opened. I knew there was more that I was meant to do, to say... to sing. With the release of my new EP, 'What I'm Made Of', I've started to find my voice. A unique blend of country and R&B with honest and straightforward lyrics, these are songs which will appeal to a wide range of music fans.

Country music has influenced every style of popular music, and this record takes the essence of those genres and brings them back home.

Past Performances:

Top 3 Finalist in 2015 Florida Grammy Showcase, selected by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Coke Zero 400 - Featured Act - Main Stage Inside Sprint Fan Zone 2008-2010 (Opening for Darius Rucker, Buckcherry, Dierks Bentley)

Daytona 500 - Featured Act - Main Stage Inside Sprint Fan Zone 2010 (Opening for Tim McGraw)

Runaway Country - Melbourne, FL - 2012 (Opening for Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert, Randy Travis)

Co-Headlined at House of Blues Orlando (5 times) 2010-2013

Sea World Bands, Brews & BBQ - 2013-2017 (Opening for Merle Haggard, Styx, Michael McDonald, Bill Engvall, Steve Miller Band, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Alan Jackson)

Jam For America - Daytona Beach, FL - October 16, 2010 (Opening for Gretchen Wilson, John Anderson, Chris Cagle, Bucky Covington)

Additional Opening Slots for Mark Wills, Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Trailer Choir

Band Members