DEBUT PROJECT HOMELESS STAR COMING THIS FALL
Detroit-born and Los Angeles-based artist, model, and maverick creative Sam Austins reveals a new single and music video entitled “KILOS,”. He exclusively debuted the music video via Billboard—who noted, “With his musical style, Austins is a boundary-breaker, challenging long-held ideas of what it means to be an alternative artist.”
LISTEN TO SAM AUSTINS’ “KILOS” HERE
“KILOS” hinges on an evocative guitar line offset by a lo-fi beat as Sam Austins’ melodies bubble up over this backdrop. He paints a vivid picture of anxiety in the face of a city in flames with confessions like, “I haven’t slept in a month. These fireworks are like the fourth of July.” The surreal accompanying visual brings his words to life as he leaves a shady motel to roam the empty streets at night before joining a giant Donnie Darko-style bunny in a diner. If Frank Ocean and Johnny Greenwood collab’ed, it might sound something like Sam Austins…
“KILOS” is in some ways my introduction to adulthood, and now it’s the world’s introduction to me,” notes Austins. “When I wrote it, I was thinking of when I stayed with my aunt on Detroit’s west side. In the Midwest, you have ‘100 Days of Summer,’ which is the hottest time of year. People get intense, and murders skyrocket. Everything is basically dangerous. Those aren’t fireworks; they’re gunshots. I was running around the city with my friends. At any moment, something could happen, so I felt like I had to make a song about the trauma that comes with going from the suburbs to somewhere you’ve never been and having to figure out things the hard way.”
He has quietly infiltrated music, fashion, and film and television. With buzzing acclaimed tracks under his belt, including a co-write on Big Sean’s gold-selling “Wolves” [feat. Post Malone], he notably just joined Sir Chloe and Kaytranada for a Vogue interview and spread in book and online. Vogue observed how he “went down rabbit holes of creativity.”
However, everything sets the stage for the release of his debut project, HOMELESS STAR, due out this fall. Stay tuned for more as Sam Austins redefines “alternative” in 2021.