By April Murphy
A 22-year-old man from Redland Bay Queensland is the newest winner of “Music Radar’s” Guitarist of the year. Dylan Reavey is still in shock after recently receiving the honourable title in London.
“At first it was all a bit of an explosion but as time goes on more opportunities seem to be filtering through,” says the musician. Dylan won the competition with his own unique composition, titled King Aura. The song was inspired by video game backing and it took Reavey approximately two months to compose.
Dylan earned a John Mayer signature PRS guitar as his prize for winning the competition.
Dylan is no fresh face to the industry; his talents have been recognised before. In 2017 he won a song writing competition in Strasburg and scored himself his very own ergonomic guitar.
He started playing the guitar at the age of 10. “There was always a guitar in the lounge room and one day I just decided to pick it up and try playing. My dad taught me a few riffs to start with, then I got lessons from my year five teacher, for five dollars a lesson”.
His love for the guitar grew from there. After finishing high school Reavey went on to complete a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Guitar.
Even with his newly found stardom, Dylan continues to work his day job in a local music store and also teaches composition and sound production. However, since winning the award his expertise is definitely more in demand. Japanese Super Group, “Guitarist on Demand” has also acknowledged Reavey’s greatness.
Reavey’s dream goal as a musician is always changing but ultimately, he would like to release his own albums and go on a tour. He says that video game soundtracks are a big industry and he would very much like to break into it.