If we were to trace back to the most peculiar (yet extraordinarily rewarding) tweet of the year, it would unmistakably be Pharrell’s proclamation of 20-year old Miami native Austin Paul as “The future!” which was publicized off the official N.E.R.D. Twitter account. Austin Paul has hit a mark in the progressive neo R&B sounds of today, which is continuing to experience substantial growth. The enchanting vocals of Paul are met with invigorating melodic backdrops that exhibit a certain element of passion we have yet to see in Miami’s music scene. It was through his efforts on his first EP, Velvet, where Austin Paul put on a phenomenal showcase of spectral-like crooning, that brought on a sense of delight with each reverberating sound.
It was a discovery like none other, but it was evident that we came across a musical gem. Austin Paul went on to record at the Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles for his second EP Disparia, which was held together by fellow local producers Nuri and POSHstronaut. Under the same project, Paul made his directorial debut for the music video of “Believer”, which turned out to be the lead single. With two projects now under his belt and a set at the Boiler Room Miami III Points Takeover, Austin Paul looked to leave a lasting impression at this year’s Art Basel.
From a performance at the Del Toro Block Party to serving as a headliner for Basel Castle at Grand Central Park, it seemed that Paul was more stage-ready than we could have ever imagined. But as with any glorious run, there is always one accomplishment that is a definite stand out. Most individuals don’t even get the chance to converse with a producer, songwriter and rapper with out-of-this-world credentials like Timbaland. Austin Paul not only had an opportunity to have a meeting with the legend, but he now has the pleasures of working alongside him as well.