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Life & Work with Dylan Andras

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dylan Andras. 

Hi Dylan, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My initial love for heavy music was sparked by my dear friend & neighbor when he showed me Metallica & Iron Maiden. I started Assault when I picked up the guitar as a young teenager. My childhood best friend & I both began learning together, forming the band in 2014. Since then, I’ve done everything I could to get my music heard by as many people as possible- through live shows, promotions, the internet, you name it. Assault has gone through numerous lineup changes to get to where we are today, along with countless hours of practice & dedication. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It certainly hasn’t been easy getting to today. Aside from a constant rotation of members, the band has dealt with playing shows to nobody, wasting a trip to New York on a failed attempt at recording an album, balancing schedules of 4 very busy musicians, & finding the funds to support the project amongst other things. However, the road has been as smooth as we could make it. Being in this project has taught me a priceless amount about overcoming adversity & making the best of any situation. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a musician performing in five different acts in & around Cleveland, Ohio. My primary instrument is the guitar, but I am also a bassist, vocalist, and drummer. My heart & pride lie in my metal band Assault, which I have built from the ground up for most of my conscious life. I am also a part of heavy metal groups Mutilation Barbecue & Olathia, a funk/pop/rock group called Earthrise, & an acoustic duo with my friend Dom Febbo. I am grateful to have been a part of several tours & releases with these projects. I think what sets me apart from others is not only my work ethic, focus, and drive to be able to balance so many active bands, but also my natural ear & feel of my instruments. I pride myself on my ability to work well in any group on individuals & focusing my team on our end goals. 

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I played a lot of video games as a kid, but nothing compared to playing Pokémon with my friends. I was very competitive with those games, which I think is where my drive to be the best I can be comes from. Pokémon helped me through tough times as a kid, along with bringing me together with other people that shared my love for the game. I spent thousands of hours grinding those games & many summers outside with my friends & Nintendo DS, and I wouldn’t trade those memories for the world. 

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