Oregon’s dream-pop sensation AUSTN is an incredibly talented young man who produces sweet soft
melodies with funky beats, cheesy lyrics, and smooth yet sleek vocals. The singer is incredibly popular with the ladies with his natural charm. The infectious yet catchy tunes AUSTN creates are certain to get you grooving.
Aged only 19 AUSTN has achieved a great deal thus far by releasing his debut album ‘Chapter 1: In Betweein’ in 2019 and this record was just the start for the teenager as he began his journey to stardom. AUSTN recently released his latest single ‘Touch’ which is a cheery love song for someone special using electric beats and positive energy to give this song some flavour making it personal to him.
As AUSTN continues to climb the charts in the industry, IndustryMe sits down to talk about his journey with just 10 questions.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with IndustryMe. How have you been?
Of course, thank YOU. I have been good, I’ve been in California for the past 2 months just living, and working on music. I’m going back home to Oregon in about a week, so I’m soaking in all the sunshine I can before heading back up north!
You recently released a new single. Tell me about the meaning behind it and explain the process of writing and producing music?
Yes, I recently released a single titled “Touch”! It was a super fun song to make because of its dark mysterious atmosphere. The song is primarily about being wrapped in such intense feelings of lust that you would do anything to see the other person, including running red lights at 2 a.m. the moment my producer/co-writer Patrick played the guitar riff heard all throughout the song, we instantly knew what the vibe and concept of the song would be.
When did you first get into music? How did it all begin for you?
I first found interest in music at a very young age, I honestly couldn’t tell you what age. But ever since I was little I have always had a deep connection with rhythm and sounds in music. When I was about 15 years old I started to gain a social media following after moving to LA originally for acting. I guess the connections just started to snowball once I started posting singing videos with the followers I was gaining, and here I am doing what I love for a living, which is making music. I’m very grateful.
How difficult was it for you as a musician over the past year with the lockdowns? How did it affect you?
Lockdown definitely put a wrench in what was in the works and being planned for my music, but at the time I wasn’t all the way clear with what I wanted to make music/genre-wise so it was actually a very valuable time of introspection for me and my music.
What is one of your most memorable moments in your career? Any highs and lows?
Getting signed by a record label, then being dropped by a record label. (laughs) I would say both those very accurately describe a high, and a low in my career. Being dropped was something very unexpected but ultimately made me step back from this space of not knowing what I want, and prioritizing what I know I want. When you have something so great almost just given to you at a young age, it’s easy to take it for granted, and it can make your priorities a little hazy and hard to navigate. Now that the slate is clean I think it is the best thing that could have happened at this point in my career.
Who were your inspirations for music growing up? Who did you see in concert first and made you think I want to do that?
I grew up teaching myself to sing by copying Taylor Swift, Adele, and other big artists at the time. I would say my biggest singing inspirations had to be Taylor Swift, Adele, Bruno Mars, and Sia. I never went to many concerts when I was younger, but I remember watching YouTube performance videos or documentaries on some of my idols and thinking that’s what I want to do!
Have you ever received any online abuse or hate from people during your career at all or have you only ever received love from people on yourself and your music?
I have definitely received hateful comments on social media. Being in a position where you get hateful or mean comments at such pivotal, early teen years in your life can have some lasting effects. For the last couple years, I have been working on processing how the negative comments would make me feel, and it’s not easy. As I grow up I can see that they affect me less and less because I am more confident than I was at 15/16 years old.
What’s next for you? Any hopes and dreams for the future
I’m trying to focus on small goals right now. One of them being creating music that I love. I spent a while creating music that I didn’t love, but the music I’m starting to brew up in the studio right now feels very much more “me”. So I am really excited to share that within the next year, and be able to hopefully tour, and be able to perform it!
I can imagine being a musician is hard work what do you like to do to relax when your not doing music?
I mean, it’s not really that hard work, at least right now, because I’m doing something I love! So 9 hours in the studio only really feels like 2 or 3. But when I’m not focused on creating music I love to be outside! I grew up in a very “outdoorsy” place so whether that be skiing, surfing, skating, or even just laying out near a body of water, I’m happy.
Finally, I understand you are only 19 years old and I wondered if you feel the pressure more being a young artist? Do you have a back up career incase anything was to go wrong? Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I would assume being a “young artist” is probably sketchy, strange, or fascinating, but it’s honestly all I’ve ever wanted to do, and so far all I’ve ever known. Sometimes I think about my friends in college and feel like I’m making the wrong move by going a more risky route, but again I feel so connected to music, and it’s what I love so I really can’t see myself doing anything else, at least for now. I’m the type of person who sparks a new interest and chases it as hard as I can, so honestly, I have no idea where I will be in 5 years’ time. I could be touring the world, or swimming with whales.