Keith Austin is an aspiring artist from Tennessee trying to make his way into the industry with a rather fresh feel to his work. Music always inspires people to do good things in the world, whether that be for themselves or for other people. It is an art form that can touch the hearts of many and more often than not has a personal element to it’s origins. Keith Austin began his hip hop journey just over four years ago because of a promise he made to somebody very special. I caught up with Keith in order to learn more about him and what he does and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
So who are you and where do you come from?
I’m from Dunlap/Chattanooga, Tennessee. The reason I say I’m from both is because I’ve had parents that have lived in both areas for years and I’ve called both places my home.
Who was the biggest influence on you growing up?
Honestly, ever sense I was little I kind of consider myself a “lone wolf”, but not the gay kind of way where I consider myself the best at what I do and don’t need any help, just more like I never looked up to anyone, I just did me.
Why choose to rap/hip hop? Was there anything else that you were good at?
Ever sense I was little I’ve always wanted to do music but I never knew what genre till I was 15 years when I saw other local rappers like Shawn Cooley, Rodney Alder, etc. and I thought if they can do it, why couldn’t I? And yeah I was good at other things like comedy but I’m also still working on that.
How long have you been making music?
I started when I was 15, so it’s been about 4 ½ years.
When did you decide that this was what you wanted to work on outside of other commitments?
My senior year of high school is when I decided to take it seriously once I had someone that I knew deep down in her heart believe in me, now that she’s no longer with us I promised I would make it, for her.
Who would you say inspires or influences you musically?
Like I said earlier when I was in high school I had a friend named Tamara Jones and she believed in me 100% that I would make it, so I promised her that I would make it no matter what.
How would you describe your style?
That’s a hard question for me, I’m just an average white male rapper that uses auto-tune to sing, so I guess whatever style that is.
Do you cover everything when it comes to your music?From writing the lyrics to producing the beats? Do you get any help from friends?
I do everything with music except produce the beats. I end up getting to aggravated trying to learn how to make them.
How do you write your lyrics? Is it spontaneous or planned? What do you write about?
When it comes to writing I normally wait for some kind of inspiration, but most of the time if I listen to a beat long enough I can think of something catchy. I like to write about whatever really, like I have my days when I’m really serious but most of the time I’m just a laid back kind of guy and love to make music you can just have a good time with.
What are your ambitions for your music? Is it just a bit of fun in your spare time or do you want to take it up to another level?
I wanna take it as far as possible.
Do you have any artists in mind that you’d like to do a collab with?
I love to collaborate with anyone really, but right now I really would love to work with singers; like Jeremih, August Alsina, Ty Dolla $ign and Ariana Grande.
You have released “I ain’t working today” and “Instagram” this year, any plans for more videos? Any plans for an album?
I actually released one project already this year called “Anticipation 3” on Soundcloud and HotNewHipHop so I’m still working on vidoes for the songs on that project, but I am working on my first official album as we speak.
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