INTERVIEW: Austin Powell

“No Vacancy” by the talented LA producer, musician and internet personality Austin Powell is your favourite new song. The sexy undertones fits perfectly with the sweet, very minimalistic R&B melodic sound. Powell exchange of high-pitch with fully falsetto vocals blends very well with Angela Barlow soaky voice. It’s on the singing where the track finds itself elevating to a completely whole new ground.

Hi Austin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great. Thanks for taking the time to chat.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No Vacancy”?

Sure. “No Vacancy” is my most recent record. It features Abigail Barlow (who also co-wrote). She absolutely crushes the vocals on it as well. I self-produced, mixed, and mastered it. It’s about two lovers who hole up for the weekend at a hotel and shut out the world.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

This song is based on an experience I had once. I met a girl out one night and we were really feeling each other, so we got a hotel and had an amazing weekend. It was really something and one of the only times I’ve had that happen. Hopefully, the spirit of spontaneity made its way into the song.

No Vacancy – what’s the story behind the title?

No Vacancy, like no more rooms left. We took the last one in the hotel.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process was really cool. It was Abigail and mine’s first session together. We met up at my place and clicked immediately. She’s a real talented artist, a total natural. The song was written in an hour or two and I started working on the track right then and there.

How much does your previous production skills help you on this particular record?

Every record you make helps you with the next one. Truthfully, each record teaches me to do less.

Simplify everything. I feel like I really brought that to this one and it’s what I’m most proud of.

Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else instead of working on your own solo material?

Sort of. I feel like the best collaborations are when two artists really know who they are AND they mesh well together as individuals. So you have to really be open to the other person. Also when I’m producing, I have to make sure to get my vision out there as well as taking in the vibes from the artist I’m working with and infusing them in the track. So there’s definitely a lot more that goes into it. I love it.

With a clear love for pop and soul – how do you go on balancing these two genres in your music? Does the lyrics’ theme – will one particular genre lead or would you focus the most?

I think that my approach tends to be from a soulful and sensual perspective, but because I have a pop background and sensibility, I end up where I end up.

Where do you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

For me, most songs, whether they’re based on an experience or a fantasy, begin conceptually. I have an idea for a song and then lyrics or a melody begin to coalesce around it. Lyrics tend to sit in the driver’s seat, but sometimes a melody just floats in around it when it enters my head. But lately, it almost always comes from a concept.

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now I’m focusing most on producing and recording new music. I’m playing the occasional pop up show in Los Angeles (where I’m based). I’ll probably be looking to tour next year.

What else is happening next in Austin Powell’s world?

Working on another really awesome collab with another artist as well as releasing some more solo stuff at the end of this year. Other than that: showing up on React to give my opinion on funny videos. It’s a good life.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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