He might be a self-described “late bloomer,” but Dylan Von Wagner, aka Linfinity, has no shortage of ambition.
When he wanted to improve his singing, he moved to London to take voice lessons. He self-financed his debut album, “A Manual for Free Living,” with producer Kevin McMahon (the Walkmen, the Mooney Suzuki) by asking credit card companies for huge limits. When he was told he’d be taken more seriously by labels if he constructed a full backing band for gigs and touring, he recruited not just three but eight members, including string players.
Armed with a publishing contract with Bug/Windswept, lawyer Lisa Socransky and “crazy expensive” music videos for his first two singles “Compeñero” and “Broken Glass,” Von Wagner not only dreams big, he acts big.
Last August, the handsome songwriter released a sampler of tracks from his album “Installation” via Secretly Canadian, but the door is open to whatever label is game to take on the full-length—and maybe then some. Linfinity has plans for 10 albums, each volume taking on a different musical and/or lyrical theme.
“I don’t want people to just hum the tunes, I want them to read into them,” Von Wagner says of his eclectic, addictive tracks. “I’m a huge Pearl Jam fan, and have always admired how they did their ‘bootleg’ live series. It sounded different every time.”