I think you would side with me when I say Jack Austin is not just any musician, let me tell you why, let us use his latest single to ‘Get Away’ to explain. This single stands unique “GET AWAY” isn’t just a song; it’s like a mixtape of life’s ups and downs.
Jack Austin was born and raised in Battle Creek, MI, Jack’s music is a blend of pop, rock, indie, alternative, and folk. It is interesting how he is able to blend all this genres and produce something extra ordinary out of it. Well, if you’re wondering who Jack is, he’s not just a singer, but a total package – actor, performer, recording artist – you name it.
With ‘GET AWAY,’ is like a musical sunset train, with electric guitar strums, thumping bass, and drums racing at full speed. Jack’s voice is the glue that holds it all together, hitting high notes and low tones like a boss.
We got the chance to have an interview with Jack Austin and also talk about his latest single “GET AWAY”. In this chat with Jack, we’re digging into his roots, finding out how music shaped his life from his early choir days to rocking out in high school. Jack spills the beans on his inspirations, struggles with writer’s block, and how he keeps it real in an industry that sometimes expects you to be something you’re not.
So, grab a seat and join us for a chat with Jack Austin – the guy who’s turning music into a journey you’ll want to take over and over again.
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What is your stage name?
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in listening to all types of genres of music to pull from when writing my own songs. I find inspiration in versatile songwriters who find ways to tell stories with many different sounds and emotions.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music has always had a huge role in my life. I’ve been singing my whole life but I really started to sing when I joined choir in the fifth grade. Since then, my love for music has only grown as I continued to pursue singing, songwriting, acting, and a life in the performing arts. Music and songwriting have played a huge part in shaping me into the person and performer I am today.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
I am not.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I’ve always had dreams of pursuing music from a young age. I loved the idea of providing a sense of belonging to others through music. To share emotions, thoughts, and wonders through song. I grew up listening to songs that had lasting effects on me and made me feel seen, and I wanted to be able to give that back through my own music.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I first remember writing songs for the first time in the shower when I was super young. I thought it was so fun to play around with melodies. They weren’t anything special at that stage in my life and I could not recall how any of them went today, but it was my introduction to songwriting.
Then in middle school, I started to dabble in production software and loops and making songs on that software. But, in high school, it all started to piece together. I would write on the guitar, which is my favorite instrument to start writing on, and was finally putting together full cohesive songs.
How could you describe your music?
I would describe my music as versatile. You’ll never know what my next release might sound like. I write what I feel in my heart and sometimes that means I’m pushing out pop songs, singer-songwriter, rock, folk, etc. You just never know what it might sound like, but it is always authentic to what I am feeling.
Describe your creative process.
I am almost never able to sit down and say “Okay, I’m going to write a song”. It just never works. I have to find a reason to write. From there I am usually able to write out a whole song, if not a majority of it. If the songwriting flows out of me naturally, I know that song is a keeper.
What is your main inspiration?
My main inspirations are my parents who endlessly love and support me. I owe all my success to them as they have always supported me and my musical endeavors.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
My musical style is always evolving. My genre is always changing. One day I’m writing a pop folk song and the next I’m writing a rock ballad. I think that’s a good thing.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I’ll always be performing. Whether it be singing or acting I will always be performing. I would also love to educate other young performers as well. I was truly shaped into the performer I am today by the amazing educators I had along the way and I would love to return that favor in some form someday.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I’d say the biggest problem in my journey of music so far has been writer’s block. Trying to force music and storytelling out of myself when it’s just not there in that current moment. I’ve learned to let it come naturally.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I would change the expectations. I would like to see a music industry where you don’t have to conform to anything, anyone, or any sound. I think the industry would flourish on authenticity.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
I chose “GET AWAY” as the title of this project because I love the idea of push-and-pull storytelling in this song. And I thought “GET AWAY” summed that up perfectly. I couldn’t see it as any other title.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I’ve been writing a ton of music recently. The next song I release is going to be much different than “GET AWAY”, but still have a familiar sound. I am also excited to be on an upcoming cast album of the new musical, Boy on Billboard, and also be a part of the show’s New York City debut. So many things to look forward to!
What message would you like to give to your fans?
My message is to be kind always. Kindness always wins and will get you so far in life.