Don’t call him the next Justin Bieber because Austin Mahone is certainly an artist in his own right!
As of late, the 18-year-old singer has been making waves in the music industry with songs such as “Mmm Yeah” and “What About Love.”
Like fellow AMP Live 2014 performer Ed Sheeran, Mahone also opened for Taylor Swift on her Red Tour, leading him to a headlining spot on a concert run with Becky G and Midnight Red earlier this year, which included a stop in Detroit in March.
Right now, Austin is promoting his latest EP The Secret, which dropped late last month and currently sits at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The up-and-coming superstar sat down with The Coop Show backstage at AMP Live 2014 to talk about his latest record …and a special reveal about his single “Mmm Yeah” happened when Ed Sheeran decided to drop by!
You claim you check your Twitter more than 80 times a day – what is the craziest tweet you’ve ever seen?
I mean I see a bunch of weird stuff – I saw this girl who was like ‘His hands are prettier than my face.’
What kind of a routine do you go through before a performance?
I just like to hang out with my friends! I just kind of chill and vibe out and I drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. Listen to music…you know – have a good time!
Your fans want to know – what is it that you look for in a girlfriend?
I like a girl that’s shorter than me! A girl that likes to travel…because I do a lot of traveling. So you know, it’d be nice to have a girl that loves to do that.
You’re new song “Mmm Yeah” features Pitbull – how was that and you did you guys get together?
My managers all know Pitbull really well because they all live in Miami together. So we kind of got that hook up and then we shot the video. He’s a cool guy!
Which other artists would you like to collaborate with?
Drake for sure! I would really like to work with Drake. I’ve just been a fan of his music ever since he started.
I understand that you’re first album was Rascal Flatts – which is a country artist. Where did that influence come from?
I’m from Texas so it’s kind of like…you live in Texas, you have to listen to country music! I got Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, George Strait’s 50 Number Ones…all that good stuff.
The new album The Secret is in stores now and on iTunes…do you have a favorite song off of the album?
I’d probably say “All I Ever Need” – the one I wrote and produced myself.
At one point Ed Sheeran dropped by to say hello to Austin and decided to ask him a question of his own…
Sheeran: What makes you say ‘Mmm Yeah’? I reckon you get that a lot because I get “What makes you ‘Sing?'”
Mahone: Just a hot girl!
Sheeran: What makes me ‘Sing?’ Hot girls as well!
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