DYLAN FITZGIBBONS & TAO ANTRIM
If you’ve ever stopped by our shop in Santa Barbara, chances are you’ve encountered Tao Antrim and Dylan Fitzgibbons. We’ve grown up with these two dudes and couldn’t be more excited about their multi-faceted pursuits. Lifelong friends, their recent weekend vacation to Palm Springs saw the two throw down an incredible 5-song EP. We caught up with them to find out more about this newfound musical collaboration, and to cut a clip of Tao skating to their song “Late Night Text”…
Breakfast: Hi, This is Breakfast, here with Dylan and Tao of Dylan & Tao…
Tao: nah, it’s Tao & Dylan.
Dylan: I’ve always been inspired by the alphabet. It’s Dylan & Tao.
Breakfast: So who are you guys?
Tao: Just two kids from Santa Barbara.
Dylan: It’s true.
Dylan: I'm dylan, I'm a producer, writer, and recording artist from Santa Barbara.
Tao: I’m Tao, I run the register at Breakfast, skateboarder extraordinairre, king of Santa Barbara.
Breakfast: How did this record/collaboration come about?
Tao: Dylan and I have been working on songs together across different genres for about 3 years. Last year I was living in San Francisco and one of us hit each other up, said “we should go to Palm Springs”, shut everything else out, and just see what we could make over the course of a few days.
Breakfast: Describe those days in Palm Springs…
Tao: The first day was so productive. We made so much shit. Second day, still productive – we were honing in on what we started. Third day was an absolute nightmare, because we had to finish what we started.
Dylan: The parameters of the project were to go out to Palm Springs, write and record five songs, and put out whatever we managed to record.
Breakfast: Describe your lifestyle in Palm Spring…
Dylan: Wake up, hit the jacuzzi, then hit the studio.
Tao: Wake up, hop in the jacuzzi, we’d have coffee, some food, and then (redacted).
Breakfast: got it. What were your primary sources of inspiration for this project?
Dylan: The inspiration behind doing it was just getting a project out. We’ve been talking about it and working on stuff for 3 years, so it was long overdue.
Tao: Because we’ve been doing a lot of hip-hop lately (although we like and do a lot of work outside of that genre), we thought this would also be more attainable as a release.
Breakfast: Can you name any influences on your music?
Tao: During the days leading up to this, we were exchanging songs and comparing notes on things like the styles of drums we liked, a type of guitar riff, lyrical melodies. It’s a culmination of all the music we’ve liked lately, with a bit of our own spin on it. I guess that’s what making music always is.
Breakfast: What’s your favorite track?
Tao: Mine is 5. Everyone loves “Late Night Text”, but especially while making this EP, 5 was my favorite.
Breakfast: What’s next for you guys?
Tao: Dylan’s been claiming a mixtape for three years now.
Dylan: Yeah. The “Dylan Solo Project” is next. Be looking for that early 2017.
Tao: Rap music from Dylan, and another song we’ve been working on secretly. Just check the Breakfast instagram account, We’ll announce it officially on there. (laughs)