Austin Marquez is a vocalist and songwriter from New York City. His music is in the pop genre, but it also draws on cinematic, ethereal, and ambient stylistic influences that draw the listener into the narratives that his lyrics portray.
Since the age of 10, Austin has been writing music in addition to performing. He tells stories that are so intimately personal that they become universal by drawing on his personal experience, his journey of self-discovery, sobriety, and his interest in human connection.
Releasing his debut EP “Sands Of Time ” which tells 3 specific stories contemplating themes of love, loss, and the passing of time. A perfect sound for this autumn season and with universal themes that will tug at your heartstrings.
In an exclusive interview between Mister Styx Of Musicarenagh and Austin Marquez, the multi-talented artiste, he gave out some part of his personal life, and also went on to say what it was like while growing up. He also shared what enjoys doing when he is not making music.
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What is your name
Austin Marquez! Austin is my moms maiden name, my real name is Robert, which is my dad and grandpa’s name, but everyone has always called me Austin. I love that my name really connects me to my parents.
Where do you find inspiration?
Mostly from my own life experiences, specifically with my journey of self-discovery and recovery. But I’m also very inspired by my city, New York City, and the world that I surround myself with. This specific release, however, was inspired by very specific situations of love lost and the passing of time in healing.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Well I’ve been involved with music my whole life. My mom was a director of a children’s performing group so I grew up performing, but the first time I remember writing or making music was when I was in kindergarten. My mom got me a karaoke machine and showed me I could record myself on tapes.
So, for months I’d lock myself in my room and record myself on tapes, nothing written down—just singing and making it up as I go, and I made like 30 “albums” like that. Eventually I started to learn the structure of songs and crafting verses, choruses etc, but for as long as I can remember I wanted to make my own music.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Yes! I grew up performing with my sisters, my oldest sister went on to study music professionally, she is an opera singer and a music educator, and my mom ran our children performing group, so music has always surrounded me in my family. I feel so lucky for that.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
There are so many artists that inspired me and made me want to pursue music, there has never been a time in my life where I didn’t want to be a musician. An early memory though of artists that I became completely obsessed with growing up was The Spice Girls. I’m not kidding when I tell you I was obsessed, and still am obsessed with them.
How could you describe your music?
Lyric-driven, authentic, energetic and cinematic.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is interesting in the sense that the writing process for me is very isolated. I tend to keep lyrics and ideas to myself in the beginning and like to write in solidarity. Once the idea comes to me either in the form of a lyric or melody, I will find time to really let those ideas brew and write the song. Once the lyrics are done though, I am very collaborative with the production process. I love really working with my ideas and getting their ideas and hands on the songs and making the song find new life through the production process.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
It is definitely already evolving with each release, but this is my debut EP so I’m excited to see how it will grow. I’m definitely becoming more confident with the production process of releasing music and taking more risks in that area, so I’m sure by the time I release my first album.
I will see even more change and growth in my artistry. What I’m witnessing most right now though is that with each release, I am becoming more vulnerable and open with what I am saying in my music.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
What are your interests outside of music?
I am a choreographer and an educator and I’m currently getting my MFA in Dance! I hope to bring that world and my music world together very soon. I’m also a big book worm!
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Probably what I am already doing as well, which is choreographing and teaching. I love teaching and creating in any sense, so I think no matter what I was destined to be in the arts.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Time management skills! I definitely need to learn to give myself more time to allow releases to happen.
What are your plans for the coming months?
To put in a lot of work on my debut album!
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
Nothing is set in stone yet, but I am very open to making those happen and there have been conversations…stay tuned.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Thank you for making my dreams come true and for listening and sending love!