Austin Mahone Interview: Singer Talks Justin Bieber Song Details, Writing Music in the Bathroom + More [EXCLUSIVE]
Austin Mahone is at the top of his game.
The 18-year-old singer, who recently teamed up with Allstate to promote safe driving for teens, is releasing his highly anticipated new EP 'The Secret' this month and is getting ready to head out on the road headlining a summer tour. Oh, and he just recorded a song written by Justin Bieber, and Mahomies + Beliebers can't stop freaking out.
The 'MMM Yeah' singer chatted with PopCrush about all of his exciting new ventures, including new details about the JB track, his upcoming EP and even what the word is on a full-length album.
We think it's great that you teamed up with Allstate to promote safe driving. Can you tell us a little bit about your involvement with that?
Yeah, so I teamed up with the Allstate Foundation to basically inform teens why it's important to drive safe. I feel I'm new on the road, so it's important to do these three main things: The first one is buckle up, the second one is slow down, don't speed, and the third one is don't let your friends distract you in the car. If they're trying to take a picture or turn the radio really loud, tell them to just knock it off because it's important to drive safe. And if anyone has anything more they want to know about the foundation, they can go to TeensGetThereSafe.com, and you'll find some more tips.
What is it about this cause that makes it so important to you?
It's important to me because … I'm new on the road, and it's actually the number one killer of teens in America. That's pretty insane right there.
Taking this stance definitely puts you in a role model position. How does it feel to know that your actions are impacting so many lives?
It's amazing to me to know that my actions are impacting a lot of lives because a lot of people look up to me as a role model, and I think that's amazing. I want to do my part to be a good role model to people and show them the right things to do.
Your second EP, 'The Secret,' is coming out on May 27. Is there one song on the release that is the most personal to you?
I would pick … there is one song on there called 'All I Ever Need' that I wrote myself, so that's pretty cool. I was in my bathroom, and I wrote it in there, and I just got the idea and I just started writing … I write a lot of my songs in the bathroom. It's really strange, but whatever works, right?
Since the EP is called 'The Secret,' do you have a secret talent or hobby that fans would be surprised to know about?
A secret talent or hobby… Hmm … I weirdly collect shot glasses. [I have] about 200. I usually get them from each place that I go to. [My favorite] is probably the one from Texas.
Home state souvenir! Do you have any plans to release a full-length album in the near future?
Yeah, I'm trying to get one out by the end of this year, around November or so. But if not, I'll have one by next year.
That's awesome! Would you include any of the songs from your previous EPs on there, or would it be entirely new material?
Definitely all new material.
Have you started recording any of that yet?
Yeah, I've been recording ever since I announced my EP ['The Secret'], so I'm always working on some music and new stuff. So, I'm gonna have a lot of cool songs that I've been working on to show everyone.
Speaking of recording new music, all of us at PopCrush are super excited about your collaboration with Justin Bieber. We know you've revealed some details about it already, but can you tell us a little more? Do you guys both sing on the track?
No, it's not a [duet]. It's a song that he had written and gave to me, so he was in the studio helping me record that. I'm not sure if it will come out yet, but if it does, it will probably come out by the end of the year or by next year.
What is the vibe of the song like? Is it like a ballad, or more upbeat …?
It's not really a ballad; it's kind of like a mid-tempo, R&B-pop type deal.
Can you share an anecdote from the recording session?
We basically just went in there and I recorded the song. [Justin] was in there helping me, giving me some studio tips and all that. It was a real chill vibe and it was a good time.
Did he give you any specific advice?
He was helping me out and giving me different tips on how to sing different words and how to warm up differently. Just stuff like that.
Do you have any other collaborations going on right now?
I have no other collaborations going on right now, but I'd love to collaborate with Drake. It's definitely a dream, but I'm trying to make it happen as well, so hopefully some day I'll get to do that.
Mother's Day is coming up this weekend, and you and your mom are super close. Do you have any special plans for the holiday? Any special memory that you can share?
I'll probably take her to a nice dinner or something. Something nice. It's so hard [to pick one favorite memory] -- we have a lot of special memories because it was just me and her growing up. We did a lot of fun stuff together; we did a lot of traveling. I remember one year we went to Albuquerque, [New Mexico] for the hot air balloon festival there. It was cool! It was a lot of fun.
What can you tell us about your upcoming tour?
I have my own headlining tour starting in July, and I'll have Alex Angelo, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes and the Vamps opening for me, so that will be really cool.
Fifth Harmony are known to be pranksters. Are you prepared for that?
Definitely! I have some pranks up my sleeve, but I can't give away my tricks.
Guess we'll just have to wait and see in concert!