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A name-change, a charismatic collab, and a deft music video for “Catch & Release” – Dillon John preps his 2021 comeback

At the end of 2019, before the world fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into Covid, Dillon John (previously Dillon Bhana) was pegged by our boss lady herself, Tecla Ciolfi as “a name to memorise” on Best of 2019: Indie Newcomers. Although the Gqeberha-based singer-songwriter had only released a handful of singles, she reckoned Dillon John was “making some of the best pop music she’d ever heard”.

After over two years of textbook radio silence and a slight name change, it looks like Dillon John is engineering a smooth comeback starting with his latest single and music video, “Catch & Release” featuring recent sonic wave-maker, alt-hip hop artist, and Dillon John’s long-time friend, Kearne Dragon

The pair make a charismatic duo in the two minute, 48 second, simple but slick, visual which was filmed on an overcast Sunday afternoon in the suburban streets of Gqeberha by cinematographers, Mzimasi “Zizi” Ndzombane and Tom Radford. 

Along with the diffused lighting courtesy of mother nature, Radford, who has filmed every project Dillon John has ever made, swapped hard saturated colours for a softer style, characteristic of the suburban-neighbourhood aesthetic initially envisioned for the video.

“Catch & Release” is the first single Dillon John has produced, mixed and mastered entirely on his own, and centers around the frustration of back-and-forthing with a love interest. The visual plays beautifully into the narrative – two mates milling about the ‘burbs decoding the ever-tricky love game. 

It’s great to see Dillon John back at it, riding the sound waves once again. What’s even better is that, in a recent Instagram post, the pop muso has assured us that there is way more where “Catch & Release” came from. We’re waiting and watching!