This native New Yorker is a name to know!
A few years after his debut on season 14 of The Voice, singer songwriter Austin Giorgio is taking the music industry by force. His talented vocals make you swoon and reminisce for that old fashioned love. With a voice as smooth as velvet paired with a prince charming smile, it’s nothing but up for Austin. Cue hearts melting. This artist is a timeless classic. He could make the phone book sound like a top hit. Austin Giorgio gave us the scoop on what he’s been up to, his latest release, and fun future plans. Get to know Austin below!
How have you kept busy during quarantine?
“A lot of Netflix and writing music! I’ve been watching ‘Game Changers.’ I watched it and I’m now trying a plant based diet because of everything they talk about.“
How have you seen your fans connect with your music, especially during a time where you can’t see them live?
“TikTok definitely helps because I can see a lot more, quickly. Whereas on Instagram, people are afraid to post organic and who they are. TikTok is more transparent. It’s easier for me to see people using the songs because they’re not afraid of someone judging them. It’s cool for me to see videos of them playing with their dog or expressing mental challenges. I think that’s how I connect that. I see a lot of TikTok videos, and I’ve had a lot of deep letters written to me about things I don’t even think about when I’m in a recording booth.“
Have you always known you wanted to be an artist? What was your journey to get to where you are now?
“To be honest with you, I didn’t want to be an artist. I wanted nothing to do with music until two or three years ago. I wanted to sell antique bicycles. That was my dream! I just wanted to make a massive antique store. In 2017, just by fluke, I wanted to go to Philly. That was when The Voice was casting, and that’s when I got on the show. Even at that point I wasn’t an artist, I don’t think I really was who I am now. Whereas now I see the bigger picture. I just loved old school jazz and everything it embodied. Now it’s fun to create a new version of that for the next generation. Someone for a little kid to look up to!“
Where did your love of old school jazz come from?
“That’s all my family. It’s the American songbook. It’s in all the movies, it’s all the cute scenes. I literally thought Frank Sinatra was like, the second coming of Jesus Christ. He was like my Justin Bieber. But then I realized Frank Sinatra was just a regular dude. So I just grew up with it, you know, it just became innate. “
Who or what do you draw inspiration from when writing and creating your music?
“Well, they get separated between story and the music. The music is definitely inspired by jazz. I love blues like Mayer, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The foundation of the music is pop. I love exploring new sounds. That’s what I’m talking about when I say that who I am now is so much different from who I was when I first started singing. Just because back then it was more repeat, and now it’s more create. Now, it’s fun exploring new sounds, like trying to combine what a really romantic dark song would sound like. Or something that’s never been done. The stories, the lyrics, come from personal stories or other people’s stories and then I’ll colorize and romanticize it a little bit.“
You just released “Am I” congrats! Can you speak about its meaning?
“So it was actually one of those songs where, not that I didn’t want to write it, it was more of a jingle. I was scrolling on TikTok and I saw a lot of people talking about not feeling worthy. So I thought to write a song as if I was in their shoes. I think everyone’s felt the essence of “I’m not enough” or, “am I good enough for you?” or, “is this going to last?” So I just wrote a quick little thing. I put it up, and the video blew up, and then I was like… man I have to finish this song! I felt obligated, not that I didn’t want to! It wasn’t a natural thing. It was more of what I saw was happening, and I wrote something as a quick message. Then it took off, and I was like, oh, I gotta finish this thing. Long story short, I think the song’s about someone not knowing if they’re worthy, with the end of the day realizing they are.”
Should we expect more new music from you soon?
“We’ve got about six or seven songs coming out in the next couple of months. I recently joined teams with Sun and Sky and we will be distributing through them. So it’s cool steps forward. I don’t know the exact times. I just think a couple of songs every month. I’m excited for that! I’m excited for the songs I really love to come out in the summer.“
You’ve been using TikTok to promote your music and talent. How has this platform helped you gain a following through promotions, challenges, and fun content?
“I think TikTok is cool! I joined a little late in the game. I definitely think about TikTok when I’m writing songs sometimes. I don’t want to be a trend artist. I don’t want to just be known for what’s hot and make quick cash. I like playing with cool sound effects. In ‘Am I” there’s a lot of flute sounds, and I normally might not have done that but I did because I know there’s a couple of memes we can make out of that. But I think it all goes back to the old lesson of, you can’t force what you want down people’s throats. I’ve learned that I have to serve it in medicine. So my medicine is playing a TikTok game of pointing at messages or looking real smily or cringing at the camera and then singing. So I think that’s how I get through to TikTok is I’ll do what grabs someone’s attention the first couple of seconds.“
As a growing artist, what is a goal you hope to accomplish, and how do you plan on achieving it?
“My goal has remained the same from the beginning when I actually had the epiphany of, “oh my god I think it’s time to actually make some new music!” I want to recreate what I love from the old, but I want it to be new. No one wants to relive the same old. I think the goal is I would love to see an impact on young culture in a sense that I think our generation struggles with authenticity and respect for individuals and love. What I mean by that is I feel like our grandparents didn’t have social media, or didn’t have as much of the temptations as our generation. So if I can somehow help guys and girls just see each other with more respect instead of making fun of this person for self gain. Back to the romance thing – be respectful. You’re a couple, you’re not two separate people. It’s the old school thing that I feel has fizzled.“
Keep an eye out for heart throb Austin Giorgio. His latest release ‘Am I’ is a must listen! Stay up to date on all things Austin by following him on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and his website!