We sat down with Austin Feldman of Tempe, Arizona ahead of his upcoming Gas Money Music debut to talk about growing up outside the birthplace of house music, his early inspirations and more.
GMM: Why don’t you start by telling us about yourself, where you’re from and how you got into music?
Austin: Originally I am from a Suburb of Chicago called Deerfield, it was a town of about 20,000 people. To put into perspective my towns feelings towards Electronic Music, I had to beg people to go to Swedish House Mafia's one last tour at the United Center. I got into music because of my father, who when he was younger was a guitarist in a band. I tried to pickup Guitar in middle school, could not do it. I wanted to find a way to express my love for music, so I started DJing weddings, bar mitzvahs and other parties for experience. I got into some club gigs in downtown Chicago which is where I found a love for club music. I came to Arizona for college at Arizona State University. I found the music scene here and started producing as soon as I could.
Chicago is the town where house music was born, do you think that shaped your musical influences?
I would not go as far as to say that me being from outside of Chicago defined or shaped my musical influence, but I was definitely provided with more opportunity to be exposed to proper house music. I like to tell a story of when I went to see a Big Room House artist when I was around 16 or 17 years old. There was some proper Chicago House openers on stage, and people started booing these guys. I could not believe it, because to me, at that point, we would not have the Bigroom House we where there to see, if not for this type of music. And I started yelling at the fans for some reason and telling them to shut up and listen to the proper house. Great times!
So your track thats coming out soon, BoomTom, how would you describe it?
Toms that boom, dominate the track. But seriously this track has come from me being influenced by the Brazilian music scene over a period of time. This style of minimalistic bass heavy house music has been something I have been trying to get a grasp on for quite a while now, and am happy with the result in this track. The track itself has a heavy lead melody, that is there to draw the listener in, and then the drop is brought on quickly and almost without warning, it comes in very thick. There's a term being thrown around recently called "Kick Bass" and I think it almost fits that term.
So who would you say are some of the artists inspiring your sound at the moment
Bijou, Gerry Gonza, Volac, Chris Lake, Illusionize, Gustavo Motta, Dramaki, really vibing with Edson Faiolli as well right now
What are your goals for the next year?
Just continue enjoying this journey. People tend to get lost looking for a destination. I want to enjoy the now, and do that into the future. For me that would be continuing to release music from this point on, and hopefully help bring Brazilian Bass Music to other parts of the world. I really love this music and want to see it expand to the United States and beyond. We have seen some of it with Sevenn, and even when Alok played Ultra a couple years ago, but we need more Brazilian Bass music in the States! It's just like all the other house music we have grown to love!
We're having this interview translated into Portuguese so that Brazilian fans can hear your story in their native tongue, what do you have to say to them?
I hope one day to play music for you in your beautiful country! Thank you so much!
Any other closing thoughts?
Just want to say thank you to the GMM team for signing this track. I hope people vibe with it!
I think they’re gonna man this track is dope.
Austin’s single BoomTom will be available July 24, 2018 exclusively through Gas Money Music.