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Austin’s interview with Essence Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:54 ESSENCE.com’s “New and Next” column spotlights the brightest new talents we think you should know. This week they meet Austin Brown, who is working hard to create his own spotlight and not live in the shadows of his famous uncles. His debut single “Menage A Trois” boasts a fresh sound while paying tribute to the great sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. Check out the interview!
ESSENCE.com: How would you describe the sound you create?
AUSTIN BROWN: It’s really basic. I just take all of the influences that inspired me to want to make music in the first place and everything that I love and I give my interpretation of it. I kind of just talk it all in, whether it be past sounds from the Beach Boys, Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder, The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Jay Charles, all the things that inspired me that I listened to. My producing partner and I like to pay homage to the people, and then we go in on our own personal experience.
ESSENCE.com: How do you think your own family’s music influenced you – particularly your uncle Michael Jackson, and the Jackson 5?
BROWN: They influenced me a lot. Not even just from standpoint of the work ethic and their drive for excellence and always trying to give their fans something new and exciting to look forward to, but their overall sound, harmonies and melodic changes. How they brought the energy. Their CD’s would have so much energy, and when you saw it on stage it was like, “Yes!”
ESSENCE.com: How has your family responded to you making music? Have they been very encouraging?
BROWN: Yeah, actually they’ve been really encouraging. At first my mother at first didn’t want me, but I think she was just being protective. When you have a love of something no one is going to stop you from it if you are truly passionate about. And they see me finding myself in it more so. So it’s nothing but encouragement from my entire family.
ESSENCE.com: Does being a Jackson make it easier to go into the music business? BROWN: Well, I think you will obviously get people’s curiosity but that’s really it because people have such an attachment to a sound and the nostalgia that they have grown up with, like the Jackson 5 starting in the late 1960s. So I would completely understand why some people might be reluctant, you know, thinking that there might be an entitlement issue. And it’s not that by any means and I don’t think I really have to say that. I think once they sit down and listen to the music and see what I am really about they see that’s it much deeper than that.
ESSENCE.com: Looking at the musical landscape now, where do you think you fit in? Who do you think is pushing the same agenda that you are?
BROWN: I would say Drake is doing a really great job. And Bruno Mars and their crew are always doing an amazing job of soulful pop feel. And there’s people like Jack White who continue to push their creativity to a whole another level. And so many other musical greats that I look up to and am inspired by. Kanye West is always somebody who doesn’t hide different music styles that he tries to put into his sound.
ESSENCE.com: Where can people see you performing?
BROWN: I will be hitting up a few festivals coming up shortly this year and we will be announcing more tour dates on my website coming up so it’s a lot of performing. A lot, lot, lot of performing. And that’s pretty much what it’s about. The main thing that we are pushing right now is my “Menage” single and video which has been getting some really good love so I’m really excited an happy that people are being receptive to it and wanted to check it and see what I’m really about.
Check out this new video of @AustinBrown interview meeting with BossLady News. The video also has great footage from Austin’s performance at Brockton Rox Summer Concert Series 2012 at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Massachusett.
@AustinBrown sits with Hot97/Heavy Hitter DJ Enuff for a dope interview. They discussed his upcoming album Highway 85 and where he gets his sound from. They discuss some of his earlier influences and who has he worked with. They also touched on who he was looking forward to working with and more. Check the video interview!
Being the nephew to the late King of Pop Michael Jackson and son of Rebbie Jackson could be intimidating for some, but not Austin Brown. The singer, whose recent single “Ménage à Trois” is generating some attention, tells ABC News Radio that he’s focused on creating his own path and bridging musical generations.
Growing up in the famous family, says Austin, “[Music] was all around me, of course, and that’s where I was really blessed to see a lot of great musicians work hard at what they do.” Austin explains his outlook on his famous family as, “I was lucky to be born into a family that lives and breathes music but it’s important that I forge my own path.” That’s why, says Austin, his sound has a mission that’s all about, “keying into the real music of the past and having my generation understand it for now and today.”
Not that his famous aunts, uncles and others haven’t influenced him. Austin recalls a trip to London during Michael’s History tour, when his superstar uncle brought Austin on stage. “What really blew me away was how I saw all these different races of people singing and loving life and there for a purpose of music that he brought them there for, and I’m like, ‘Wow, this is a beautiful thing,’” says Austin. “Now, this is what music’s about.”
For Austin, making music isn’t about the fame. “My mother never allowed me to think that way,” he says. “She always put into perspective where, you know, ‘Your family, they have a job other people see and that’s the difference.’”
While it may be easy to get caught up in the Jackson family fame machine, Austin declares, “That’s not why I’m here… I really, don’t really care about that aspect of it. It’s more so the beautiful music that came from it.”
Look for Austin’s debut album Highway 85 in stores later this year.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Watch @StevenMcCoyB interview @AustinBrown - Austin’s picture with his mom Rebbie at the Amsterdam Airpot Schiphol from 1988 goes around on the web and again in this video. The photo is actually property of the archives of the Official Dutch Jackson Fanclub, the precursor to Jackson Source. The picture was taken by Charlotte Wortmann.