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Check out the exclusive interview with Austin Brown by Christina Chaffin from the official US Austin Brown Fansite RealAustinBrown.com in which he talks about his live show, music, fans, backpackkids and more! The images are courtesy of RealAustinBrown.com and South 5 Records.
Christina Chaffin: You’ve recorded numerous songs and have been performing live shows. What is it like being on stage, performing for audiences and seeing their reactions?
Austin Brown: It’s great on both sides because it gives me different ideas. In the studio, it’s more of a thing where we can articulate the messages well. But when we’re live, it’s all about the energy of the song. When I see the crowd getting into it, it’s like, “Wow, they are loving it.” Their reactions give me ideas and really shows me what they connect with.
CC: What can fans expect from an “Austin Brown” show?
AB: Energy, energy, energy. There’s just so much expression put into every show. Without a doubt, 1000 percent energy. It’s just energy all around. We’re just trying to connect with people the best the way possible and we want them to see, feel and get into every aspect.
CC: Your new single “Ménage a Trois” is now being played on several U.S., radio stations countrywide. When looking back to the making of the song, what has made it meaningful to you?
AB: It all goes back to the place it came from. I got to do the record with my best friends Tommy [Parker] and Scott [Bruzenak], and we wanted to do a soulful record and tell a funny, corky story about a love triangle. I’m happy we were able to do that. “Ménage a Trois” comes from a place that’s real because it’s always felt right.
CC: “Music Monday” was very unique and gave fans and music listeners a taste of your sound. What is like to know your music is being heard and to see fans responding?
AB: It’s amazing. I’m just happy that they’re able to hear it. You can explain your music for so long, but there finally comes a time when people just have to hear it. We are getting such great responses from the fans and I am so grateful. I really do read everything they say.
CC: You’ve released a lot of songs and have received a lot of feedback. “City of Angels” is one that stands out. Talk more about the song.
AB: “City of Angels” was a song that Tommy had originally done. I was literally moved when I heard it. It’s so emotional. It’s about every-day life and the struggle one faces. It has all of the elements of a soul classic and the drums to move you, and it’s cool because the reaction is that people are loving it.
CC: You’ve had an amazing relationship with your fans over the years. Talk about your relationship with them - the Back Pack Kids.
AB: My fans are some of the most loving, sincerest, nicest people. The Back Pack Kids is a real movement, and it’s everyone coming together. It’s a comrodery, and whether others realize it or not, they’re a Back Pack Kid, because it’s all about being who you are. Everyone is feeling the movement, and knowing that they are taking the “Back Pack Kid” meaning to heart, represent a lot to me.
CC: Thinking back through all of your years of hard work and determination, what is it like to create and release your own sound and style of music?
AB: It’s absolute freedom. For the first time, it’s freedom. You don’t fall victim to the gatekeepers. It’s the freedom to connect to the fans on a personal level. For me, it’s a personal freedom. Being an Indie artist is so important to me because that’s a major piece of what let’s you step into your own style and release it.
CC: As a new artist paving your way in music, how would you define who “Austin Brown” is?
AB: I’m an eclectic, soul-loving, pop music person trying to show new ways to think about music.
Austin invites all backpackkids in the New York area to come watch him perform at the BET Music Matters Showcase at Santos Party House on August 14th. The doors open at 8PM and the show starts at 8:30PM. Age is 21 and over and Admission is free. The venue is Santos Party House and the address is 96 Lafayette Street, New York, NY (between Walker St and White St).
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