Dustin Bird is an up-and-coming country artist out of Ontario, Canada with killer vocals. Whether he’s hitting the high notes in his cover of Keith Urban’s ‘Parallel Line’ or going lower on his original ‘Cold Beer’, Dustin could easily be a star in the country scene today, and we can’t wait for him to break through. His Instagram and YouTube accounts are loaded with a range of killer covers from his country renditions of Camila Cabello and Sam Smith tracks to one of his latest covers ‘Your Man’ by Josh Turner (definitely worth checking these out). Take some time out of your day to listen to our Undiscovered Spotlight artist, Dustin Bird, and learn more about him including what his proudest accomplishment is.
Q: What famous person have you been told you look like?
A: Good question. I don’t think anybody had ever said I look like a famous person. Not sure if I should be proud of my originality or depressed that nobody loves me enough to say I look like Ryan Reynolds.
Q: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
A: I’ve never really had any jobs really worth complaining about. They’ve all been, more or less, pretty mediocre…. Such a mediocre answer I just gave, too.
Q: What has been your proudest accomplishment to date?
A: I’ve had a lot of moments to be proud of. Moments in music, academic achievements, personal achievements, but my proudest accomplishment comes every time I finish a new song that I’m really feeling, and for like 3.5 minutes of BLASTING it in the car, it’s the most gratifying feeling in the world. I’m so proud every time. And then the song ends and I do what needs to be done with it, and move on to the next one and it starts all over again. I get that same feeling when I release a piece, and someone says that they connected with it in some way, or even that they just love that song. Moments like that always take the crown.
Q: Who is your biggest musical influence?
A: It’s tough to nail it down to one individual or group, but growing up with Country radio always playing, the entire 00s-10’s era of country has had a significant impact on the way that I write. My family and close friends have always had an influence in everything that I do, as well.
Q: Who is your dream collaborator?
A: Ever since I started really playing music at around 7 or 8 years old, Brad Paisley has been my dude (lol I say it like I know him). The ‘Mud On The Tires’ era got me hooked, and I think that because he’s my original favourite, he’s #1 on the looooong dream collab list.
Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to right now?
A: I’m REALLY digging everything Cole Swindell is putting out. I love the track “Break Up In The End”. I think that he, along with Brett Young and Carly Pearce, have all been releasing exceptionally timeless music.
Q: How would you best describe your musical style?
A: I consider myself first and foremost, a Pop/Country artist. I don’t like to complicate things by over explaining what I think my style is, but you could compare my sound to Thomas Rhett and Brett Young. I’m currently working on a new project, so hopefully you can hear what I mean very soon!
Q: What do you want people to know about you and/or your music?
A: That I make it! Lol. Reaching people who are going to love what I do half as much as I do can be really challenging, and I think that’s a tough game for a lot new artists trying to get their music heard. But for those of you reading this, if you are interested in myself and my music, just head over to my socials (@dustin_bird on Insta & Twitter) and inbox me, ask me whatever you’d like! Let me know what you think of my stuff, or if you’re an artist or writer, reach out and send me you’re content. What I want most with what I do is to create an impact. Build a community, and get to know those who are listening, taking part in, and supporting what I do!
Q: What inspires your writing?
A: Everything. Literally everything at all times. It’s always on, like, there’s no switch when it comes to inspiration for writing. Like most writers after 2010, I keep everything in my voice notes and my phone’s notepad, whatever comes to mind wherever I am.
Q: What is your favorite lyric you’ve written?
A: I don’t even like to think about this question. It’s such a mental battle with myself trying to decide which is my absolute “favourite”. I think every song should do one thing REALLY well. And so depending on the mood that I’m in or just the general circumstance, I may favour one over another. As long as it inspires an emotion, and just makes me really feel something, it’s a win.
Q: Why music?
A: Because I’m ADDICTED. Haha I’ve thought about this quite a bit actually, and I think it’s because just who I am. And I don’t mean that I was “born to do it” or whatever, no. I sucked for a long time! But I grew up playing music, and listening to it from the perspective of a player, and later an artist, and a writer, and a producer, and over the course of my childhood and throughout high school and college, my music and I developed together. So I don’t think it’s really a choice at this point, but more of a deeply engrained lifestyle.
Q: Just a couple more questions. What is the most used app on your phone?
A: Voice notes, all day.
Q: Favorite late night snack?
A: Really cold beer. Then probably some Doritos or whatever is handy. Pizza maybe. Love chicken wings actually! … You get the idea.