Born in 1988, Dominique Dillon de Byington is a vocalist who is better known by her stage name of Dillon. Based in Germany, Dillon is a Brazilian by birth, who sings, pens her own songs and is an accomplished pianist. Born in São Paulo, the artist is known for her use of electronic music as well as piano sounds, which she uses to great effect when accompanying herself. Some music journalists have noted that Dillon's singing style, as well as her ear for unusual arrangements, means that she can be compared to the likes of other female musicians such as Björk or Lykke Li. Nevertheless, Dillon's background and her own approach to music mean that such comparisons are nothing more than shortcuts to understanding her as an artist. She has a unique approach, which can be heard in nearly all of the tracks she has released thus far in her burgeoning career.
Dillon's career milestones
Relocating to Cologne from Brazil, Dillon was just 4 years of age when she made the trip across the Atlantic Ocean to her new home. The youngster attended an English school until she graduated in 2007. This was a key year for the musician because it was the time that her first song was recorded. Published on music-sharing sites on the Internet, it attracted the attention of music publishing executives. Soon, Dillon was laying down vocals and keyboard parts in a professional studio for what would be her debut single. This appeared in January 2008 on the Kitty-Yo label, which was founded in 1994 in Berlin. As a result of her exposure, Dillon got involved with a group called Jolly Goods, with whom she embarked on a full tour of Germany.
In 2008, Dillon decided to leave Cologne for Berlin, permanently. She then went on to take a course in photography, despite her nascent music career. Returning to songwriting, the artist put out her debut album in 2011. This work was called This Silence Kills. Combining indie-pop elements with electronica, the album included tracks such as “From One to Six Hundred Kilometers” and “Texture of My Blood”. Dillon then went on a tour of Germany in her own right for the first time to promote the work.
Dillon's follow-up album, The Unknown, went on release in March of 2014. It spawned a couple of singles; “Lightning Sparked” and “A Matter of Time”. Two years later, Dillon recorded a live album entitled Live at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, which included favourite tracks drawn from her first two studio LPs. A third, full-length work was recorded in 2017 and was slated for release later that year.
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