Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life,then we can proceed to the rest of the interview

Sean Austin:I grew up in a small town named peppertown, it's about twenty minutes from Tupelo. We probably had a population of like 700 so everyone knew everybody. I started singing at the age of five in church, the first song I ever sung was a southern gospel group Gold City's "I'm Not Given Up". When I was a kid the only hobby I really had was basketball, I wanted to be the best I could be and one day play for the University Of Kentucky, well obviously that didn't happen lol. I started going to concerts at the age of three and Sawyer Brown was my first concert and I believe that changed everything in me and I knew what I wanted to do when I got older was to be an entertainer. Life when I was growing up sometimes was so fast paced always seem to had to be somewhere or doing something an example of this would be when me and my cousins was playing pee wee basketball our grandfather was our coach and there was this cloud around us. The other kids and parents thought we was getting special treatment and playing time because we was his grandkids. What they didn't realize is that our grandfather (who by the way has always been more of a dad to me) worked us every day before practice shooting jumpers, running laps, lay ups, dribbling excercises, he was a tough coach but I loved it cause it made us all better. I had a pretty normal childhood I had seizures when I was younger all the way to the age of 13 and that presented roadblocks to certain things but we made it through and GOD healed me of my seizures at 13. Sometimes you got to go down the hard road to be able to fully understand GOD'S plan
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Country Music Explosion:When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?

Sean Austin:I started writing music when I was 16. I have always been a big fan of Sawyer Brown also early influences would be all over the place from other country acts as Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys, Tim McGraw, Randy Travis and many others.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Sean Austin:I want to create songs and albums that people can relate to and touch their souls like so many artist and songs have touched mine through the years
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Country Music Explosion:What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your songwriting and/or career?

Sean Austin:Opening for Sawyer Brown I would don the grandest thing in my career so far and Shayne Hill from Sawyer Brown being my producer is just flat out amazing to me. Songwriting wise is when you have played a song so many places and stuff and you come back to play and sing the song and everyone is singing it word for word, really cool and a great feeling.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Sean Austin:I'm from Tupelo, Mississippi. Right now the state of local music where I'm from is in a state of limbo. There is only like 3 places to play and yes I am thankful for those places for booking me but when I started writing, we had 12 to 13 places for live music. So we in the community are hoping that we see the music scene come back alive.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Sean Austin:The main thing to me I want to make sure we are creating the best song we can possibly create.
My producer Shayne has instilled in me and taught me to dig deeper and not make everything so cut and dry in some aspects of a song. I truly care about the message that I send with my music and we want people to feel life but also have a little fun as well.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Sean Austin:It changes from Each song sometimes it's a melody and sometimes I get lyric first. The cool times though is when start out blank paper and no melody and get both at one time it's truly magical.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Sean Austin:Well most of my songs I draw off my personal life or someone close to me. When I first started writing songs at 16 first song I wrote I wrote about my dad not being in my life and that song was called "That Was Me". Then I wrote a lot of stinkers cause I had not lived any life and I was trying to write about being on a bus on the road, when I was 16 in a classroom. So for me when I started to write from my heart is really when my writing opened up and I started to become a songwriter. Now there have been songs where I have done some research and read articles that inspired it. I just wrote a song a few weeks ago called "All Lives Matter" and it just talks about wanting the world and everyone to share that same view and forget about the hate and express and show love, The way that GOD showed it on the cross.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, “illuminate, educate and entertain” fans? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Sean Austin:It's depending on the song what the writer is doing and what kind of story are they trying to say. I believe music is all those things you asked what should it be. To me music is a freeform of expression and can be anything you want it to be to the listener. Not all music I think should have to be fully explained, there are some songs out there just meant for fun there's no life altering explanation behind the song but there is some songs that I love hearing the story behind them cause the song itself was so captivating .
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Country Music Explosion:In which way does writing and reading about music change the way it is perceived by the public?

Sean Austin:Oh it's huge, the public is so quick to turn on an artist for one wrong comment you could be selling a million records and then you say one thing wrong comment or it was takin out of context and then you have folks burning your records, smashing them and then you will never get that kind of success back you was having. On the other hand artist can help themselves by doing good things and saying the right things and be great in the eyes of the public. The best thing you can do at the end of the day is Be yourself
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Country Music Explosion:Whom do you feel your obligation is to other artists and the fans,not writing for a publication ? In how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Sean Austin:I feel like my obligation is to GOD first cause without him I wouldn't be able to write and sing and then it's to the fans the people who shell out their hard earned money for the albums that we have been creating and come to see the live show and spend their night with us. I love all my fans more than they will ever know and I hope to continue to build my fanbase. I don't feel like as an independent artist I'm restricted in any way in my songwriting I can say whatever I want to say and I usually do.
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Country Music Explosion:song writing have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should - be new forms and formats for song writing?

Sean Austin:I honestly don't know. I started with a pen and a pad, now I'm writing most of my tunes on my phone and charting them as well on it.
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Sean Austin:My view on music today is everyone is searching for what's next. I released a new single a few months ago, next day I'm asked that question. Everything is so fast paced and the day of selling millions and millions of records I believe has come to an end. It's all streaming and paid services now or just downloads. I'm a traditionalist I want the record, the artwork, the whole nine. I feel like iTunes and digital is great for singles but for albums and what we as artist work hard for it tears apart our hard work we put in.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start playing Music and/or songwriting?

Sean Austin:I have always been drawn to it since I was a kid. Always singing in the car and stuff but when my dad walked out of my life and everything I was feeling drove me to express the way I felt and that started my songwriting and really trying to sing.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Sean Austin:I play the guitar I have been playing since I was 18 after a lot of encouragement from my grandfather to learn how to play. I started writing before I learned to play but when I finally put the two together it was amazing.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Sean Austin:One of the first songs I learned to play was Outskirts Of Town by Sawyer Brown.
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Sean Austin:No my family really is not that musical, I know that GOD gave me what I have because I'm the only one in my family that really is musical lol.
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Sean Austin:My mom and my grandmother (she passed away in 2010) started me on Sawyer Brown since day I was born and I'm so thankful they did. My cousins & my best friend influenced me to like rock music when I was younger and my teen years.
My uncle influenced me with a lot of pop music. Non of my family really took up an instrument except for one of my cousins in the younger years took up drums for awhile.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Sean Austin:Mark Miller lead singer of Sawyer Brown. He has influenced me my entire life just watching him through all the years on stage and knowing him off stage how he lives his life for Christ and being a country star was always inspiring to me. I can't leave out my producer Shayne Hill lead Guitar player for Sawyer Brown. I admire him more than he could possibly know. He has taught me so much through makin this record about the industry and choosing the right songs and not always jumping on something right away to live with it and make sure it's where it needs to be. He also encourages me with our talks about life and GOD I'm so blessed to have him as my producer and as my friend.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Sean Austin:Shayne Hill from Sawyer Brown
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Sean Austin:I've heard stories of shouting out in the middle of stores "I'm Shameless" when I was kid. I also reenacted the Sawyer brown video for "Thank God For You" the whole chair routine to all the way jumping over my Grandmothers broom.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Sean Austin:Well of Course all Sawyer Brown, Conway Twitty, George Strait, Randy Travis, Clay Walker, Just so many to name.
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups?

Sean Austin:Hands down favorite of all time is no surprise by now it's Sawyer Brown. I'm also a mixed bag when it comes to my favorite artist I love pop music, Rock music, Christian music and all my favorite artist finds their way into my music. Some of my artist are Kenny Chesney, Nickelback, Daughtry, George Strait, Craig Morgan, Casting Crowns, Third Day, John Waller
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Sean Austin:Yes I have been in quite a few and some wins and a good many loses but I'm just happy for the experience and getting to meet a lot of great people
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Sean Austin:Yes I do.There is nothing like performing in front of a crowd of people who is wanting the music you bring them.It's a high that you just have to feel to be able to know what it feels like.I'm performing a lot of acoustic shows right now and have been for a many years but in 2017 will be with my band and we plan to bring the show that we possibly can to everywhere we can play and promote the upcoming album.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Sean Austin:Well I try to be a perfectionist in an imperfect world. I handle mistakes just like anyone just try to laugh them off and usually the crowd never knows but just like anyone I have my days were my perfectionist trying self can be an issue.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Sean Austin:I did at first for years. Now I feel probably more at home on a stage than I do off the stage. Everyone who comes to see the live show they know me before I hit the stage like friends and co-workers and there like hope you put on a good show and then when the shows over there like who was that guy on that stage. Cause I'm very erratic on stage and move around a lot and do a lot of jumping and entertaining the best that I can. They say I'm two people lol
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Sean Austin:I would tell anyone starting out to just have fun and enjoy he process. Don't try to get caught up in being signed and becoming the biggest thing around cause you will miss out on so many things that happen because you ceiling is set so high. To me now any type of success is better than none.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Sean Austin:To me a good session is when you can feel what's being played and the guys are all in sync with one another.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Sean Austin:I try to practice every day at least an hour.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Sean Austin:I'm always evolving either the band show or the acoustic set so it keeps the fans guessing what is going to be played.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Sean Austin:Oh it's a Full time job in itself, it's always about having a great support and that's what I have in my wife. When I'm away she takes care of everything and our two kids, I wouldn't be able to get out play music and record an album if she didn't support me and it means the world to me. I also work at a furniture factory back home Monday - Friday so I have a lot of irons in the fire.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?If so,can you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Sean Austin:I am wanting to be signed I believe that's everyone's dream. I really don't know how they are to be honest with you I would hope it be like a big family, but I can not say at this time.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song,Album and is it available now for pre-order?

Sean Austin:I have a brand new album we are finishing up on coming out in spring of 2017 titled "No Stone Unturned" and the first single off the album came out in July and it's called "Southern Comfort". There will most likely be a 2nd single to be released later this year or January of 2017
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Sean Austin:My current single "Southern Comfort" and my song "That Was Me" is available in all digital music stores.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Sean Austin:Yes,I can be found at the following

Facebook: Sean Austin Band

Twitter: seanaustin2125

YouTube: 1sbfan

Instagram: seanaustin2125
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Country Music Explosion:are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Sean Austin:I am currently playing local gigs around home playing acoustic sets.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You're most proud of?If so what is the name of it?

Sean Austin:I have three and one is on the upcoming album it's called"Way Too Fast" and then one is called "Music To My Heart" and the other is "This I Promise You"
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Sean Austin:Yes there is I'm gonna tell you all three. Way Too Fast is a song I wrote about my kids. I had just got home from a show the night before I got up and was sitting in the living room and my kids both just started crawling and I didn't even know, I had missed it and that tore me up. So late that night I started writing the song that became "Way Too Fast"
Music To My Heart is a song I wrote for my girlfriend at the time and she became my wife. I actually proposed to her on stage with this song.
This I Promise You is a song I wrote for my wife for our wedding and for her to walk down the aisle too. The song encompasses everything in our relationship and where we are going. It's a very special song to me and it's special to us and to that one day.
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Country Music Explosion:Which of your song's do you feel most people can relate to?Can you tell us the story behind the song

Sean Austin:I have a song on the upcoming album called "Fire & Water. If you have ever been in a relationship that you tried everything to make it work and it just wouldn't this song is for everyone like that which I believe it's most the population of the world.
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

Sean Austin:I'm trying to send a positive message with my music even with songs such as my single "Southern Comfort" it plays on the whiskey overtones and such but it's really a relationship song. I want people to throw my album in and know that their kids can listen without having to worry about what it might be saying!!!
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards? Everyone!!!!

Sean Austin:I think we have something for everyone on this upcoming album that's why it's called "No Stone Unturned"
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Sean Austin:I would say between Country, pop, southern rock
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Country Music Explosion:What are your songs about?(What specific themes do they cover?)

Sean Austin:Small Town Living,Relationships, Old stories and Memories, Growing Up with Christian Values
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Country Music Explosion:What image do you think your music conveys?

Sean Austin:I hope it conveys a positive message to have fun but not get crazy and live life to the fullest!!!
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

Sean Austin:My favorite venue has to be Crossroads Arena in Corinth, Ms the people there get live for concerts.My least favorite venue had to be a club I played a few years ago It was always packed but the people could care less about music and what we were doing there!!!!
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This Concludes the interview,We hope you enjoyed it.