Sloan Struble, better known as Dayglow, has grown in popularity over the past couple of years. At only 23, Struble has performed at many festivals and developed a sizable fan base. But Struble wasn’t always on the path he is today.
As a student majoring in advertising at the University of Texas, Austin, he was just making music in his dorm room with a couple of friends and putting it out on the internet in whatever form he could, like SoundCloud, under the name Kindred.
“I was just like putting music on the internet, and I didn’t think of myself as an artist,” Struble says. “I’ve just always made music, and that’s what I love to do, and I started sharing it when I was 16 or 17.”
Struble wanted to explore further with his sound with inspirations from ’80s pop artists like Paul Simon and Talking Heads and decided to change it up and become Dayglow.
“I did the same thing with Dayglow,” Struble says. “I just uploaded music on the internet, and this time I was treated like a real artist — and I slowly became one.”
His first album, entirely created using GarageBand by himself in 2018, “Fuzzybrain,” blew up on the internet. His song “Can I Call You Tonight?” in particular caught traction through platforms like TikTok and YouTube.
“I didn’t have any marketing or any press. I literally uploaded it from my dorm room. It was from the bottom of my heart, and there was no team behind it. It’s crazy how it just organically grew,” Struble says.
He made a music video for the song using iMovie, giving visuals to the song that created so much buzz on the internet.
“I created a YouTube music video for “Can I Call You Tonight?” that blew up, and then Emma Chamberlain became a fan and was wearing Dayglow merch in one of her videos,” Struble says. “So many things happened from that, and it then had a moment on the radio, further expanding it.”
From that moment on, Struble kept expanding. He dropped out of the University of Texas and kept growing into what he always wanted to do from the moment he started creating music.
He played at a battle of the bands called BYX Island Party in 2019, which started his live music performance career. Shortly after, he moved up to playing at festivals, like Austin City Limits in 2019.
This was a big jump from just creating music in your dorm and publishing it on SoundCloud. He was now playing to hundreds and even thousands of people who had just heard of him. But he has always known the reason he is doing this, and that is to explore his passion.
“There weren’t really famous musicians at all like a hundred years ago. It’s a new thing. So I don’t think anybody has any idea what to do with it, and I certainly don’t. I’m just having fun,” Struble says.
He released his second album, “Harmony House,” in 2021, which again caught traction on social media platforms with “Close to You.” Now, his third album, “People in Motion,” is released on October 7, with three songs already showing the potential of the third record.
“‘People in Motion’ is my third record, and I wrote and produced it all myself, like my past two,” Struble says. “It’s a dance record and just something I’ve had so much fun making.”
The song “Second Nature,” released on September 23, is Struble’s favorite song on the album and is something he wants to explore more with Dayglow, as it is a sound he has not shown off much but loves.
“My favorite song, ‘Second Nature,’ which I just released, is the opening track for the record. It’s an infinite jam of two chords, much like LCD Soundsystem or Daft Punk inspired,” Struble says.
“That’s the kind of music I love, and I love to make, but I haven’t really explored it with Dayglow yet, and it just feels like a new chapter beginning.”
According to Struble, making music is all about how much fun you are having, and he hopes to inspire other young artists who want to break into the music industry just like him.
“I love to make music, and I never really went into it in any professional means, necessarily. It was all I ever did and all I ever thought about. So I think if you want to make music, just keep making it,” Struble says.
“Make sure your priorities are having fun and getting better at what you do, because if you do both of those things, I’m sure you’ll have some form of success.”