Artist Match Up of the Week: Dylan Owen vs. ill.GATES

This week we have to completely different artists with different styles and positioning in the industry.   On one hand we have newcomer Dylan Owen and on the other the accomplished electronic musician ill.Gates.

First Up…

Name: Dylan Owen

Sounds Like:  Asher Roth, Macklemore

Label: Unsigned


Dylan Owen

Dylan is an independent songwriter/rapper/hip-hop artist based out of New York. His emotional and storytelling style has gained him much attention in the underground music world.  Dylan began his rap journey in New York as a student  in college, he began to participate in rap battles with people around the city.  He was  stereotypically classified a so-called  “white rapper” from NY but with all stereotypes aside after watching and hearing some of his content I was pleasantly surprised.  His style is more emotionally driven rather than focusing on partying, dissing, etc.

Check out his Keep Your Friends Close EP below.  Listen to ; Keep Your Friends Close, Ghost, and In The Corner

   “In June 2012, placed Dylan on the top 15 artist chart as the industry’s predicted “Next Big Sound.” He has traveled from his home base on the east coast to Los Angeles, Colorado, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Washington DC, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, NYC, and many other places to perform. Opening for acts including Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Chiddy Bang, Mac Lethal, Grieves, Asher Roth, Elliott Yamin and other popular new-age hip-hop stars has earned Dylan a strong following in support of his unforgettable dramatic live set.”

Video for In The Corner:

Check out one of his freestyles  below, it takes while for him to warm up but give him a chance.

Next Up…

Name: ill.GATES

Label: Multi Music

Sounds Like: Bassnectar and  Mimosa



  ill.Gates is a Toronto-based composer, performer and educator. In the last 16 years, he has established a global fanbase and a solid reputation as a dynamic electronic music artists.  He  tours across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Gates has headlined festivals like  Burning Man, Shambala, the World Electronic Music Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.  His upcoming triple album The ill.Methodology and accompanying online course are highly anticipated. Check out some of his music below.

“While on tour, Gates  teaches workshops, in which he shares his highly effective approach to producing quality finished music as well as insights into the mentality and strategies necessary to succeed in the music business.”

Check out one of his interviews where he discusses his influences, sound, gear, and much more.


So who would I sign,  not taking into account the artists stature in the industry I would have to go with Dylan Owen.  ill.Gates definitely has a specific audience that he plays to but if i was listening to them for the first time I am more compelled by Owen’s work.

What do you all think?  Who would you sign?