YouTube star Austin Mahone, 16, may have been referred to as “the second coming of Justin Bieber” but with hundreds of thousands of social media followers and 72 million views on YouTube, it’s clear Austin’s making a name for himself in his own right. Since the release of his original single “11:11” back in February, Austin’s been hard at work on an album, which he hopes to release at the end of the year. Here’s a sneak peek of his interview from the Oct/Nov issue of Justine… get ready to jump on the “Mahomie” bandwagon!
You’ve had quite an amazing year. How has your life changed since 2011?
I started posting videos with my best friend Alex on YouTube about two years ago and then in January 2011, I started doing my own thing. I just started posting covers online and I built this huge fan base over time. I also moved from Texas to Miami, which is where I’m living now and recording my album, which will hopefully come out at the end of the year.
Who would you say are some of your musical influences?
Drake, Chris Brown, and, of course, Justin Bieber.
How would you describe your musical sound?
I’m going towards a more pop, upbeat, fun sound – something you’d hear when you’re at the beach and can jump up and down in the sand to. I’m just trying for a different sound. I think pop is coming around again.
For the full interview, check out page 100 in the Oct/Nov issue! For more face time with the hottie, check out this video!