If you have ever planned a wedding or dreamed about your own big day, there’s a big chance that you’ve thought about “your song.” Maybe it’s the one that plays as you dance your first dance as a married couple, or the one that’s played during a key point in your ceremony. Like “the dress,” or “the Best Man,” a wedding song plays a huge role in making a couple’s big day all about telling the story of their romance.
So you can imagine how special it was when Super Bowl Champion Logan Ryan heard singer/songwriter Dylan Bernard‘s song “Gasoline,” — and wanted to use it as his wedding song when he got married to Ashley Bragg Ryan last year! Celeb Secrets learned that the artist happily re-worked the track to suit the occasion, and even included never-before-seen wedding footage from the couple’s ceremony in his latest music video. Check out our exclusive Q & A with Dylan — and his new acoustic music video for “Gasoline,” — below.
All I’ve ever wanted was for my music to impact people’s lives.
Celeb Secrets: Can you tell us about your re-writing process for “Gasoline”, and how the story behind the words changed when you were making them more specific for Logan?
Dylan Bernard: The re-writing process for “Gasoline” was actually pretty similar to the original writing process. After I heard from my manager that Logan had asked for a re-write I called in my friend Will Jay, another talented artist/songwriter. Will actually co-wrote the original version with me so I knew I wanted to have him involved with the re-write.
The original version of “Gasoline” was written about a long-distance relationship of my own, and so Logan really wanted the song to become more of a traditional love song. At first, we had no intentions of releasing the song to the public, but we also didn’t want it to come off cheesy. This was the song that they would be dancing to at their wedding so instead of tailoring the lyrics super specifically to Logan and Ashley, I drew inspiration from their relationship and the love they have for each other. When it came down to actually recording the song, we worked with another friend of mine Keaton Stromberg, who is also an incredible artist.
Celeb Secrets: How does it feel to have your music be part of someone’s love story in this way?
Dylan Bernard: I’m really still trying to put it to words myself haha! All I’ve ever wanted was for my music to impact people’s lives. It’s so easy to get caught up in the followers and streams, but to know that “Gasoline,” the first song I wrote when I moved to Los Angeles, played such a big part in their wedding, is really surreal to me. Having people relate to my music means more to me than anything else. It lets me know that I’m doing something right.
Celeb Secrets: What was your reaction when you saw the finished music video of the wedding footage coming together with your song?
Dylan Bernard: It was crazy. We sent them the song a year ago for their wedding, but we never actually saw any footage. When the idea came about to release a music video, Logan sent us the raw footage of their wedding. It was really touching to see the original, untouched footage of their first dance together, and then to hear my song playing was honestly surreal.
Celeb Secrets: How do you hope that your music continues to impact other people’s lives?
Dylan Bernard: I hope that my music will continue to reach people and make them feel something. Whether there are one, or one million people listening to my music, the end goal is always the same; to connect with someone through music and make them feel something.
Celeb Secrets: If listeners are just now discovering your songs, what do you hope they take away from your music?
Dylan Bernard: I really want listeners to take away that my music is honest, genuine, and true to who I am. Music has been a part of my life from a very young age, and always will be. I see a lot of people putting out music because they have a certain amount of followers, or because they know it will make quick money, and that is no disrespect to them. To each their own, but for me, music is so much more. It’s how I get things of my chest. It’s how I connect with people. I just hope people can see that when they listen to my music.
Celeb Secrets: And for the people out there who’ve followed your journey from the beginning, what do you hope they see in your evolution?
Dylan Bernard: First, I need to say a huge thank you to those people. There are a handful of my followers that have supported me for quite some time now, and I always see them sharing my music and going hard for me. I appreciate that so much and they keep me going. For those who have followed my journey from the beginning, I hope they see the natural evolution in myself as a person, and an artist. I think that we are all constantly changing, including myself, and because of that, my music is not always going to sound the same.
Celeb Secrets: Would you be able to share the top 5 recent most-played songs on your own playlist?
Dylan Bernard: Myself by BAZZI
Moments Passed by Dermot Kennedy
X by Nicky Jam and J Balvin
Okokok by Jaira Burns
Lost In Japan by Shawn Mendes