Gregory Dillon
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Gregory Dillon

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | INDIE

Brooklyn, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2018
Solo Pop Synth




"Gregory Dillon Talks Queer Joy, His Love of Sci-Fi & His New Video For 'Alien Boyfriend'"

In an increasingly crowded queer pop arena, Gregory Dillon is creating colorful splashes by matching his heavy voice to his light songs, with great effect.

Recently signed to London-based independent label Afterlife, Dillon, 26, released “Alien Boyfriend” in February as the third single off his upcoming album Send Me Letters. Excellently produced by Dillon, “Alien Boyfriend” is an upbeat retrowave ballad referencing queer love, dating, and self-acceptance in the 21st century.

Today, Dillon dropped his music video for “Alien Boyfriend” premiering below. The video (co-produced by Dillon and directed by Jake Sofaer) shows a lonely gay boy (Dillon), longingly gazing through a telescope towards the heavens when, as if by magic (or by the “magic” of online dating), an alien makes contact (i.e. swipes left) and asks Dillon out on a date. (Dillon has cited Contact, the 1997 sci-fi cult hit that’s been championed by “UNHhhh” star Katya Zamolodchikova as a major influence). The pair meet for a meal, run and dance around Brooklyn, and generally seem to get along famously -- as two gay aliens might.

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In a time when queer storytelling is becoming increasingly dour, pessimistic, and grayscale, Dillon’s brightly lit tale of love, hope, and self-acceptance feels like a breath of fresh air. The video's color-blocked green palette is relaxing and soft on the eyes. The song’s tempo and tender lyrics lend well to the video’s themes of feeling like an outsider yet finding another as different as you to be with. The story ends on a happy note as we watch Dillon hugging his new Alien Boyfriend; it seems they end up together.

Billboard spoke to Dillon about his new music video, his artistic inspirations, and what it means to be telling LGBTQ stories through music in 2019. - BILLBOARD

"Gregory Dillon makes nostalgic love anthems for the queer hopeless romantic"

If you’re a Lauv or Carly Rae Jepsen fan, then you’ll love Gregory Dillon.
Since 2018, the American singer-songwriter has served pop euphoria with his 80s-inspired synthpop anthems, all of which touch base on queer love and nostalgia – most notably Love Again, Alien Boyfriend and Where We’re Going.

“As an artist, you do it for the people listening,” Gregory tells us over the phone.

“I would want everyone listening to my music to feel loved and to know that they’re good enough… That’s exactly why I’m doing this. But, it’s also for myself. These are self-reminders and it’s nice how it works like that.”

Last week, the emerging pop artist released the video for his infectious pop track, Love Again, so we caught up with Gregory to discuss the message behind the song, golf clubs (you’ll understand later) and his upcoming debut album.

Can you tell me the story behind Love Again?
It’s kind of evolved, which is the fun part! I originally wrote Love Again out of if I could love again, but when making the music video, I realised this whole time that I’ve also been fighting against some dualities inside my heart – which is maybe why I am single! When me and the director Joe Fusco found this racketball court, it sparked this idea of a hopeless romantic battling their shyness and I guess… insane desire? Looking back, I realised I’ve been battling with those two personality types my whole romantic life. It was interesting that this simple idea made me rethink everything. I had to go back to my counsellor and say, ‘Wait! There’s more…’

What’s great about the song is it can also be interpreted in another way: how can I love me again?
So true, yeah. I don’t know about you but I get so insecure with that a lot of the time. I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie Superstar with the character Mary Katherine Gallagher, and she’s like making out with the tree so confidently [laughs]. I can go from that to Perks of Being a Wallflower in under a minute… and vice versa. So what it always comes down to is that you’re going to have all these different seasons of love, but you really do have to love yourself, because not always are you gonna be able to win one over the other. I feel like that’s what I’m always realising, my confidence will always destroy my shyness. You have to embrace both. Do I have time for a story?

This interview had me thinking and going through my journals – which I’ve kept since high school! I was really shy growing up, the closest I would come to talking to boys was when we me and my friend Katherine would call each other up with low voices pretending to be our crushes. That was our chance to talk to them! There would also be times where I’d be hijacked by this wild romantic that would Sparta-kick myself over the ledge. That same boy, I remember because I did a lot of his homework for him because I was in love with him, he asked me if I wanted to come over and hang out with him and play golf because he lived on a golf course, and I completely lied in the moment and said that I did play golf. That afternoon, I don’t know what came over me, but I was completely hijacked. It was so terrifying but there was a part of me that was willing to take the chance. I look back at how scared I was, but I’m so glad that I did all of that. I have good vibes with that memory, and I just feel like I want to remind myself.

So how did you do at that game of golf? Did you do well?
Well, I don’t know if you’ve ever had to go on a date and play sports…

Absolutely not.
The worst feeling is when you go for it and take that swing… I remember hitting turf. I think I just uprooted a big turf of grass, and I had already been talking up my game! I was like, ‘Oh yeah, this is such a nice club.’ Anyway… I think I blacked out at that point.

This sounds like a storyline for a future video?
Yeah maybe I’ll go through more than just racketball, I’ll go through all the sports…

Each of your singles from your upcoming debut album are inspired by seasons and nature – where did this concept stem from?
I’ve been writing this concept album for a year now, and it’s still based off of suburban past memories and looking at it with more angelic eyes. It all started when I was in the city and I was going through a major breakup, and I was just alone and wandering by myself. It had me missing some of what I grew up with. I’m sure you understand just being in the city, you kind of lose touch with nature and that feeling of wanting to escape and being alone. The only memories I have of that is growing up in the suburbs, which are kind of highlighted with a lot of beautiful memories, but also a lot of dark memories. This album is bridging between all these nostalgic memories and trying to shed light on them.I guess I just committed my very first single to this yellow colour, and then it just became something that was helpful to create my own colour palette. It’s quite nice to know that I’m going to be releasing this album with a full colour palette and it does definitely have to do with queer identity. I just made a trip to LA and I feel like I wrote the last song for this album, so I’m very excited to put a bow on this colour rainbow story, which is funny because I just heard that Lady Gaga is trying to do that too, so now I have to beat her to the punch!

Chromatica is coming!
Yeah! I was like, ‘Damn.’ We’ll see…

You were ahead of your time there.
That’s a nice way to look at it. But that’s where the whole album is going, suburban bliss and nightmares, and kind of trying to bridge the gap between all these different colour memories. Some are really ethereal while others are dark and zany, and I feel like that’s just how I grew up and I feel like a lot of people also experienced that, whether or not you grew up in the suburbs or not. Childhood and your teenage years are often quite confusing, and you do a lot of wandering…

Everything you’ve released so far has been positive and light – is it important for you to do this, especially because it’s queer love?
That’s a beautiful question. I think so, I think it’s important to see everything as a gift. I know my dad would always say that, and I’d get so annoyed! Whenever I was pissed, he’d say, ‘There’s a gift in this.’ But it’s true, I definitely want to shed light on all the different dilemmas and beauties, like I said, but at the end of the day it’s important to know that you can transcend that. As an artist, you do it for the people listening. I would want everyone listening to my music to feel loved and to know that they’re good enough… That’s exactly why I’m doing this. But, it’s also for myself. These are self-reminders and it’s nice how it works like that. Like, ‘Yo, remember. This wasn’t all tragic. This was quite beautiful and infinite.’

You said the word ‘nightmare’ earlier – does that mean we can expect some darkness on the album too?
Yes, absolutely. There’s this double meaning going on, I think with the last single on the album, which is derived from the idea that something can be lovely and also fucking lovely. Nightmares and daydreams definitely go hand in hand. I feel like when I look back to memories throughout my childhood, there’s an equal share of both. It’s definitely mixing up the two and trying to figure out what it all means.

So when can we expect this album?
We’re hoping to drop this in early Spring. My goal is May – so you can hold me to that!

Watch the music video for Love Again below. - GAYTIMES

"Gregory Dillon explores the pressure of perfection in “Plastic Ferrari”"

Gregory Dillon‘s “Plastic Ferrari” video, that we’re so excited to be premiering today, questions whether all plastic is fantastic.
2020 is a weird year to put out new music, there is no doubt about it. Yes, recent releases from pop powerhouses such as Lady Gaga or Dua Lipa have enjoyed some success. However, their potential was undoubtedly thwarted by the fact that we can’t show up to the club and unabashedly show off our dance routine to “Sour Candy” while a group of drunk straight girls cheer us on until at least 2021. However, maybe the current climate is the reason we needed for pop music to fully reinvent itself? With July in full swing, this time of the year usually calls for a pop summer anthem – and Gregory Dillon might have delivered just what we’ve been looking for.

“Plastic Ferrari” is the latest release from the Brooklyn-based musician who seeks inspiration from the 80s pop sounds of his youth, from a-ha and Duran Duran to Depeche Mode and Bronski Beat.

“I can’t describe exactly why but 80’s music and driving during my youth holds so many strong emotions for me,” says Gregory Dillon. “It makes me feel like I’m in one of those films that make you just see life as this big and beautiful mystery. Now more than ever, we’re nostalgic for those simple comforts we had before the pandemic, and facing the fact we need to let some of them go knowing things won’t be the same again. Even if you weren’t alive in the 80s, that pop sound still invokes childhood nostalgia, teenage romance, and longing for the past. It’s also an escape. I really really hope that my music is either a recharge or escape for those who need it. The ability to contribute to someone’s life in that way, is a concept that I never take for granted.”


Dillon is a public advocate for LGBTQ rights and is not afraid to touch upon taboos within the gay community. Between pining for hot jocks, bad driving, and making out with trees, the music video for “Plastic Ferrari” heavily features the motif of dolls. Just like Barbie is considered the female image of perfection, her male counterpart, Ken, is just as guilty in fuelling unattainable beauty standards.

Gregory Dillon, who grew up with “a distant obsession with Barbies as a kid”, describes the music video as “a unique way to explore the pressure of perfection”.

“I can’t describe how transcending it was to use this campy acting to work through a concept I’ve been struggling with since I can remember,” he says. “I am blessed to have director Joe Fusco as a bff who, after directing the “Love Again” music video, rose to the challenge for this vision I had. Because we were limited by the quarantine, Joe and I devised a trip to the suburbs to meet our friend/actor Bryan Hartlett (the Life Size Ken Doll) to shoot over the course of an afternoon. It truly felt like making a home video for an eighth-grade school project.”


Overall, “Plastic Ferrari” is the sad pop euphoria reminiscent of Marina and the Diamond’s “Primadonna Girl” or Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”-era from exactly a decade ago – which is, coincidentally, probably the last time many of us felt real happiness.

Dillon himself credits the awkwardness of young love as the inspiration behind the track:

“I can say there are a handful of moments that fueled this car pop song and they honestly all revolve around my crushes on the handsome nice boys of my youth… who I saw as my “everything”…. but they had no clue I liked them… yet I was clearly having an internal breakdown,” he says. “The more I think about it, “Plastic Ferrari” is a bake-off between: a fabulous kid at ten, a fourteen-year-old that is facing closeted teenage bro-mance, and the late teen that just got a car and is about to cry off into the sunset. Someone get into the passenger seat and hold my hand through this meltdown!”

Same, Gregory. Same. - Highclouds


Sad Magic
Plastic Ferrari
Love Again
Where We're Going
Alien Boyfriend
Painted Blue
Alone With You




Hailed by V Magazine as an artist that "absolutely needs to be on your radar" and by 1883 Magazine for his “larger-than-life sound,” queer-synthpop artist Gregory Dillon explores sad pop euphoria with a “signature 80’s stained sound.” His complex, American Dream, is drenched with suburban aesthetics and saturated colors.

His recent EP Debut, Sad Magic, features Gregory’s fastest rising singles to date and was named “Best New Songs of the Week'' by Billboard and MTV News. Reaching 3.8m+ Spotify streams across his catalog, the EP was added to Spotify’s FRESH FINDS, OUT Now + Chani Nicholas’s Virgo playlists. Before the pandemic, Gregory Dillon’s MENRVA remix of his acclaimed single, “Love Again” was released via Insanity Records (Sony) and his pop-opera live shows landed him a music headlining slot at the 2019 Bushwig Festival along with pop sensation Slayyyter.

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