Who are you, and what kind of art do you do?
I'm Angel Austin and I'm a singer/songwriter. I also promote all kinds of art in any way possible.
What inspires you?
I'm inspired by my own personal human experiences and those of others that I've been blessed to come in contact with. I'm inspired by art and music that comes from a special place in a person's heart. I am inspired by seeing things that make us all the same.
What are your goals?
I want to release my next song by the end of the year. I want to be free to do it the way that I feel it and I don't want to do it unless I can.
I want to increase my health and mobility so I can sing, perform, and give myself to music in a way that I have never been able to in my adult life.
I want to create a thriving artistic community for under-served artists of color in Austin who might lack access or representation. I want Austin to be a viable place for everyone who wants to make a home here. Art is my activism.
I want to do all I can to have North Austin artists be recognized in Austin. I wan to be instrumental in the creation of the North Austin Studio Tour.
How do you work?
Music comes to me in my sleep, almost exclusively. My songs wake me up. I very rarely actually mean to write a song.
Do you see themes in your work?
Yes, most definitely. I seem to hear the sentiments of people's hearts and can easily relate to their experiences. People are extremely hard on themselves. I write about giving ourselves room to be and to love ourselves, just where we are, until we get where we want to be.
How much and what kind of research do you do?
None. Honestly. I'm influenced by conversations and experiences, but I don't seek them out. I don't think that would work very well for me.
Of which work are you most proud, and why?
The song I'm working on right now speaks to me loudly. The theme is believing in your own beauty and value, even if no one else does. This is timely theme that's always relevant, and a lesson that I think I've finally mastered in this, the latter part of my life.
Any memorable responses to your work?
Years ago, I was singing a song and after I was done and things were wrapping up, a lady approached me and said that as I sang, she could feel pain leaving her body. That blew my mind.
What is your ideal project?
I would have all of my favorite musicians and all the studio time I wanted. I'd have the best producers and everyone would do exactly what I said until things sounded exactly like I wanted them to. Then, I'd have a crazy distribution deal and everyone in the world would hear my song. I'd also like to sing in people's houses as often as possible and have jam sessions and learn about them and become friends with them.
On what are you currently working?
I'm working on releasing my next song and gathering a group of artists to promote. I'm also working on establishing a name for artists in North Austin via our upcoming event and by consistently locating places to install art for the artists I serve.
You can Google "Who Could Love Me Like That" to get more than enough information about my song, including where to download it. Search "Angel Austin" on Facebook, I'm @LifeMusicATX on Twitter, and angel_lifemusicatx on Instagram. If you're looking for me, you can find me in any of those places. Connect with me on Tumblr as well. I'm at lifemusichouseconcerts.tumblr.com.