Austin’s powers as a songwriter are paying off for the Grimsby native
Lying in bed filled with anxiety, Troy Austin wondered what was going on.
“There was just a lot of anxiety and stress,” the Grimsby native said. “It was 2 a.m. and I was staring at the ceiling. I thought, are there any monsters present?
He began to put his feelings to paper and use a chord progression he had been working on and the basics of his debut single, “Monsters in My Head”, which he released on September 16. The song was also chosen for placement. in the MTV reality series “Teen Mom”.
Recorded at his home in Grimsby with the help of a producer he found online, the song is the first in a series of singles he plans to release before finally dropping an EP later this year.
“I recorded all the vocals myself,” Austin said. “I had blankets hung everywhere for soundproofing.”
“Monsters in my Head” draws on his many influences, including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran and others.
“It was mostly by osmosis,” he said of the impact of these influences on his work. “I like to create something similar.”
Songwriting for him is a work in progress. He writes what he feels rather than setting out to create a certain type of song.
“I want to build to have a way to judge my writing and know what’s good,” he said.
He has played several musical instruments since childhood but only took up the guitar seriously in college when a roommate brought him his instrument.
“I started playing. I started to write. It was really bad,” Austin said with a laugh.
Fast forward to today and Austin already has a video already shot on location in an old Toronto mansion and Grimsby/Vineland mountain. It is scheduled to be released at the end of September.
The feedback he received for “Monsters” was largely positive.
“I got great feedback on the sound and the vibe,” Austin said.
As for including “Monsters in My Head” in “Teen Mom,” Austin said the experience was “unreal” for him.
“You try to believe in yourself and your ability to create great music, but there’s always some doubt that creeps in along the way, so making someone like MTV appreciate your work enough to to use in his programs is very rewarding.”
More information about Austin can be found at troyaustinmusic.com. “Monsters in My Bed” is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.