“Don’t let your ego get in the way. I have seen so many artists not go anywhere and/or are not going to go anywhere because their ego is in the way. It is the easiest thing to let happen and you won’t realize it.”
Check out the interview with Austin Howell exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Austin Howell: My journey began on June 21, 2005 when my step mom passed away and music became my only outlet. 9 years later I signed my first underground record contract on May 25, 2014 to a mini label called Bad Breaks Entertainment. After leaving BBE I was able to meet MidNight Mosh LLC and joined the team. Now in one year, I have released 3 albums and 2 mixtapes through MidNight Mosh and the trip is not over.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The creative ways I use are getting on DJ hosted mixtapes, getting features outside of state, and getting my own official website and interviews like this one or on radio stations. Taking the time to look for other ways to create and give my music more outs then ins is a daily thing.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge has been that everyone wants a piece of the pie. Not to sound negative, but there is barely anyone who wants to support another artist like themselves. With no one coming from Colorado, we all really need to come together so that it makes it possible for the breakout.
How I get past that is real basic. I have found the crew that I’ve needed and we take other directions like this magazine interview here. We study what other people or artists are doing and we take it a step further here at MidNight Mosh. We’ve been featured on MTV, 2 magazines, a website, and having a legitimate business.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene is very competitive, but I will work with anyone who is serious and committed to their craft. Thing I don’t like is how people will step right over and not care.
What I do like are the ones who aren’t like those type of people. They are some of the most interesting and best supportive people I have met. It’s nice getting recognized in most locations we go too.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is going to be amazing. So many artists now are trying so many different ways to accomplish a different sound and I believe that eventually the sound of music will be the sound of music. Right now is an experimental stage. Right now artists can keep stretching the limit and let there be no limit. Keep fighting for the change of sound.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t let your ego get in the way. I have seen so many artists not go anywhere and/or are not going to go anywhere because their ego is in the way. It is the easiest thing to let happen and you won’t realize it. Stay positive and don’t be over cocky, have confidence mixed with a little bit of cockiness because we are all human.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The thing that inspires me most is how life is going at that point in time. In my music I use a lot of references that relate to a day in my life or a week or a month or a friend or a situation etc. Outside of music I’m a regular guy.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps I take are of course finding an instrumental that fits my interest and then start singing to get an idea and then give it a title and begin the writing and revising portion of the process. After writing and revising I’ll go over the song and fix what needs to be fixed and call it a day.
What do you think makes a great song?
What makes a good song is being able to feel the emotion in the artist’s voice. If they can make the song have all the emotion inside and have it come across makes for a great song. I enjoy it when the artist doesn’t run on with their lines. Some artist run on unnecessarily.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: www.midnightmoshmusic.wix.com/austinhowellixiv
YouTube: @White Boy from MidNight Mosh