Fast-rising Nigerian singer, Austin Awele Okocha, better known as Austin Boss , has staked a huge claim on the music scene with the quality of music he has churned out in recent times. While his genre cannot be fixed into any particular category he tends to lean towards dancehall crafted with musical sagacity and cutting edge of the likes of Fela and Bob Marley who are his major influences.
According to him in a recent interview, he doesn’t possess the gruffness of the street artistes or make music with only danceable beats but with deep lyrical content that brings a story to life and conveys an emotion or a feeling.
“Unlike many songs out there that really don’t have meaning, the unique thing about my music is my voice, my cadence and also my range in music; Austin Boss is unique..bold and confident and what differentiates my music from others is my ability to tell my story which so many people can relate too.
Austin Boss believes music is too diverse to be classified into a particular set or genre. He says his influences too are diverse as many factors are taken into consideration to make music. To him, good music is any music that connects with the audience.
“To me good music is the type of music that speaks to the soul and you don’t really need to understand it to enjoy it. I am very versatile with my sound. Good music to me is any song you can relate or at least vibe to, the listeners have to have a connection with your songs most of the time. I’m not a street music kind of singer but a versatile one that draws from my African roots.,” he asid.
According to him, he started music when he was just 11 in the school choir. By the age of 13 he had started going to the studio to try out his hands on various musical instruments and writing songs.
But professionally, music started for him in 2015. His first cameo was with a group known as SOD back in Tbilisi, Georgia. He relocated back to Nigeria in 2018 to identify with his roots and take his music to the next level.