Around this time last year a girl stopped me on the street to ask: "are you the guy who makes the videos"? Completely charmed by her we got chatting. It turns out that her sister, Dyalla (Swain), was a music producer, from Auckland, New Zealand, who makes beats for YouTuber's. Intrigued I asked to be connected. A Facebook Live interview followed where I interviewed Dyalla about her music making.
It rather incredibly transpired that up until around a year or so before she had never made any electronic music. Inspired by the now infamous YouTuber Casey Neistat, Dyalla decided to start making tunes in the hope that he would use them in his videos. Her persistence payed off and she soon became one of Casey's 'go to' beat producers. Since then she's gone from strength to strength with her music now being used by more and more globally influential YouTuber's. Amazingly though, she still has never actually met Casey Neistat.
By complete coincidence, I got a random call from a guy a few months later inviting me to meet with Casey in Dublin later that year. Unfortunately Casey's trip didn't work out on that occasion... However, he finally made it to Dublin yesterday and I got to meet him this afternoon. Knowing what a big inspiration that he's been to Dyalla, I was delighted to get the opportunity to ask him to give her a quick shout out - something that he too was absolutely delighted to do. What a nice guy!
With all the mad stuff going on in internet land at the moment, it's nice to be able to share a small story that exemplifies how we can very positively use technology to connect, support and encourage each other no matter where we are geographically located in the world. It’s also kind of a crazy scenario to have unfolded from a chance encounter. What were the odds of meeting Dyalla (who's name Casey instantly and warmly recognised) in the first place? Add to that the odds of having the opportunity to share some love for her with Casey this afternoon in Dublin?!
Check out Dyallas Instagram account for the the video clip of Casey's shout out and check her out on Spotify to listen to some of her beats!