Watch Dylan Cartlidge perform at The Current Day Party in Austin, Texas

Dylan Cartlidge performs at The Current Day Party at Barracuda in Austin, Texas, during the 2019 SXSW music festival. (The Current)

Like many teenagers, Dylan Cartlidge dreamed of becoming a successful musician — but Cartlidge wasn't after fame or fortune. His goal was to make enough money to bring his brother out of foster care. Cartlidge moved to Redcar (a town in North Yorkshore, England) with his foster mom when he was 16. He spent his teen years writing rap songs and playing local gigs.

When he was 22, the BBC featured Carltlidge in a documentary about his town called The Mighty Redcar. The film shows Cartlidge bussing tables at a local restaurant and playing bass in his bedroom. During the filming of the documentary, he received an offer from Universal Music Publishing group and signed a deal with the company.

The documentary quickly spread Cartlidge's music beyond the small town of Redcar. He is now signed to the label Glassnote Records (Jade Bird, Two Door Cinema Club, CHVRCHES) and recently supported indie band Darwin Deez on tour. He has played venues as large as Reading & Leeds Festival, and is currently headlining his own U.K. tour.

Cartlidge has yet to release his debut album, but has a number of singles out including "Up & Upside Down" on which he collaborated with English musician/record producer Jamie T. His sound carries elements of indie, hip-hop, and funk; Cartlidge sings and raps while accompanying himself with staccato bass lines. He cites a wide array of musicians as influences — his idol is rapper Kid Cudi, but Cartlidge also admires Belgian pop artist Stromae and indie artists like Jack White and the Black Keys.

     – Colleen Cowie

Song By Song

Songs Performed


"Strawberry Blonde's Snip"
"Don't Play That Game"
"Love Spoons"
"Monsters Under the Bed"
Freestyle rap
"Scratch, Sniff"
"Wishing Well"
"Yellow Brick Road"

Video Credits


Video Director: Erik Stromstad
Camera operators: Mary Mathis, Patrick Galbreath
Audio: Veronica Rodriguez

External Link

Dylan Cartlidge (Soundcloud)

4 Photos

  • Dylan Cartlidge performs at The Current Day Party during SXSW 2019
    Dylan Cartlidge performs at The Current Day Party at Barracuda in Austin, Texas, on Friday, March 15, 2019, during the SXSW music festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Dylan Cartlidge performs at The Current Day Party during SXSW 2019
    Dylan Cartlidge performs at The Current Day Party at Barracuda in Austin, Texas, on Friday, March 15, 2019, during the SXSW music festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Dylan Cartlidge performs at The Current Day Party during SXSW 2019
    Music fans capture images of Dylan Cartlidge's performance at The Current Day Party at Barracuda in Austin, Texas, on Friday, March 15, 2019, during the SXSW music festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Dylan Cartlidge performs at The Current Day Party during SXSW 2019
    Dylan Cartlidge performs at The Current Day Party at Barracuda in Austin, Texas, on Friday, March 15, 2019, during the SXSW music festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)