He soon found himself in a notable downtown residency, of which Austin.com said “he pulls you into the songs he sings and doesn’t let you go..” Since releasing his debut EP “DNA” in 2017, Where Did You Go and Dance the Night Away have won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize and a separate, affiliated showcase performance on the NAMM Show’s Grand Plaza Central Stage. The Iola Register calls the track “a torrent of notes, glittery, synthetic, a light show for the ears” and The Orange County Register and Austin.com called him a “rising star”. He has headlined Portland Pride, represented local Austin talent at the 2ND Street Soundcheck Festival, multiple showcases during SXSW, has released a track with Dancing Astronaut, has joined the Austin Music Foundation’s Artist of the Month alumni, and will be partnering with Facebook during the nationally recognized Austin Pride Parade on August 26th with his song Dance the Night Away.
With each song on DNA of a different sub-pop genre, they perfectly depict the larger picture Strickler had been challenging; to disembody his songwriting from any performance expectations and permanently push the bounds of his comfort zone. Expect to hear more great feel-good tunes coming soon.