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The Dylan Emmet Band: Three Guys Just Playing Some Music

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By Lauren English

The Dylan Emmet BandDylan Emmet, Dave Andersen and Steve Olenski make up The Dylan Emmet Band. Based in New Paltz, they have been rocking upstate New York for some time and are now making their way down to the city to do the same. They’ve recently finished recording their debut album [amazonify]B003YPACDS::text::::Lost in Transit, Lost in Translation.[/amazonify] The simple combination of the guitar, bass, drums and some awesome vocals give these guys the down-to-earth sound that people enjoy and seek out. We caught up with Dylan and Dave to answer some questions about their best and worst shows, influences, and when we can catch them play. Thanks, gentlemen!

The Free George: Hi guys, can you please introduce yourselves and tell us what you do in The Dylan Emmet band?
Dylan Emmet:
I’m the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the band.
Dave Andersen: I play electric and upright bass. We also have Steve Olenski on drums, who unfortunately could not be present.

TFG: Did we miss the release party for your debut album Lost in Transit, Lost in Translation?
Dylan: No, actually our album release show is at the Bitter End in New York City on January 15th.

TFG: Tell us about your best/worst show ever.
Dylan: We played in Harlem once, the venue was great, the crowd was awesome…unfortunately I was being electrocuted by the microphone during the entire set. It didn’t make for a comfortable experience.
Dave: Our best show had to be our headliner at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie. It was packed, the crowd had such a great energy, we just had an absolute blast.

TFG: Who are some of your influences?
Dave: I’m currently a huge fan of Avishai Cohen (the bassist, not the trumpet player), as well as groups like: The Decemberists, Garaj Mahal, and Medeski, Martin, & Wood. Also great composers like: Bach, Rachmaninov, and Mozart.
Dylan: As a songwriter, I really try to draw from as many styles as possible. I listen to everything from Dr. Dre to John Mayer, I really don’t discriminate at all.

TFG: If you could see any band play, alive or dead, who would it be?
Dylan: There are so many. I would have loved to see Hendrix play. Also Elliot Smith and The Beatles.
Dave: That really is difficult. Fortunately for me, many of my bass influences still live. Seeing Jaco would have been great.

TFG: When are your next few gigs and how do we find you?
Dave: January 8th we are playing at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie as part of the Bamboozle Break Contest. We’re playing at Arlene’s Grocery in New York on January 11th. Our CD Release at the Bitter End (also in New York) on January 15th. Also another local appearance at Snug Harbor in New Paltz on January 22nd. Definitely check online for the full list of dates.

TFG: Where can we learn more about you?
Dave: has links to a bunch of places. We are on iTunes, Reverbnation, Facebook, and of course myspace (
Dylan: The place to really learn more though is to come out and see us live! We do our best to always mingle afterwards so come up and say “Hey!”

–Lauren English is a Contributor to The Free George.

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