Artistic Echoes recently had the pleasure of interviewing Austeya an intriguing singer songwriter/producer:
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself for those that have never heard of you before?
I am a singer and songwriter/producer and my style is indie pop electronica. It also has a sound of late 80’s and early 90’s, but it is very unique and something that it is still a bit hard to define. You must hear it.
How did you get started?
I was writing my own songs and singing since a very young age, but only with a guitar. Later I found myself putting songs together with an iPhone application and I ended up writing the whole album with one app. After a while i showcased my work to my current producer and we decided to work on the songs with real instruments and in proper studio environment. This is how we got started.
There is so much music out there what do you do to stand out, what makes you different?
As I mentioned previously our music and songs are quite unique and different to what it is out there at the moment. I cannot say there is an actual genre for it. I write, sing and co-produce all of my songs so there is not much influence from outside our group. When playing live we use at least 4 keyboards, guitar, live drums and a few backing vocals. It is always a big show for us and audience.
Who influences you, who inspired you to get on stage and perform?
Since a young age I had a passion for blues signers like Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones but I also loved electronica artists like Kate Bush and Depeche Mode so it is a bit of a weird mixture of styles. When I perform live I think I might have my stage presence influenced by Lana Del Rey, I like that natural connection with the crowd that she has.
What has been you most memorable moment as a performer so far?
Performing to a really big crowd when opening for Finley Quaye. It was a great show and I got to play in one of the biggest venues in Brixton
What is your favourite festival memory?
I have never been to a festival in UK, funnily enough I was never able to afford it/be in time to buy tickets. Although in my home country I went to festivals with parents since a very young age. All the memories are very good, there is usually a lot of drinking and 1 day romances involved. Once I injured my ankle and had to go to hospital, that wasn’t so nice.
Could you tell us a little about the recording of your EP Teach Me, For The Place, Superman Birds?
I wrote my songs on my iPhone first and then we spent about 4 months working on it, maybe more. As we were a new team it took us a while to figure out how to work with each other, how to deal with each other’s emotions and respect each other’s opinion. Sometimes I would have to spend hours and hours in a booth singing and it was quite tiring and frustrating I would cry a little bit and get angry, but it was worth it. I am in a process of recording my new EP, this time we are facing new challenges, I guess we want much more out of this album than from “Teach Me” because we already know each other.
What plans do you have for the summer and the rest of the year?
Working on a new EP and writing more songs, doing a video and gigging. We have a big gig at the end of the summer at the O2 Academy. Later I will be travelling somewhere warm too oh and there is Love Box which is kind of a festival, so my first festival I will attend in the UK!
How do people find out more about you?
I have a brand new website coming up soon www.austeya.com I am also very active on my social media channels and always respond to people if they have questions about me and my songs or have some ideas they want to share. You can find me here: