We had the good fortune of connecting with Alice Austin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alice, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Self-care. If my day starts off with meditation and exercise, the ideas I have are clear. The quality of mental and physical focus from these disciplines have really helped me generate inspiration, a sense of ease, positivity, and the ability to tune into people and situations effectively. I only meditate 10-30 minutes per day and exercise 1-2 hours per day. It used to seem like a sacrifice, in that I thought I’d have less time to work and achieve daily goals, but now I see how much more focused and productive I am during working hours. We all know this, and it’s so simple. But I can’t express enough how important the consistency of these habits has made my professional and personal life both fulfilling and lighthearted.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. In my Americana solo act, which I have done for 5 years, I play a suitcase drum set with my feet while singing and playing guitar. In one of my other bands, Black Sabbitch, I have been singing lead for 2 years. I am also really excited about another metal band in the works that I play guitar and sing in, which has been something I have been working at slowly but with a lot of inspiration for over a year. I used to be concerned that playing such eclectic and polarized musical genres would be confusing to people. I have a lot of interests and passion, and I never wanted to sacrifice that for the sake of ‘brand identity’. One of the challenges I had to overcome when I first started singing covers for Black Sabbitch was that it felt so great to be well-received by an audience on a different level than had ever happened for the band I had written songs for. A lifetime of blood, sweat, and tears had gone into songs that had I been writing, recording, promoting, and performing in my original bands for a decade. In Black Sabbitch, it was hard for me to feel that what I was bringing to the stage really had anything to do with my performance or me personally, since the ease and creative component was totally different than I was used to. I have seen what a valuable experience this is for me as an artist and a performer because I have had to find my voice and style within the legend of something as great as Black Sabbath. It is always humbling and exhilarating, as well as confidence-building. Most importantly, the sense of detachment from the material has allowed me a freedom I hadn’t anticipated. Now I am working on finding a way to maintain that sense of freedom with the music that I write, and perform it in an earnest and generous way, to connect people, as a human service.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Whenever I have a friend visiting me in LA, Griffith Park is usually the first place I take them. I like to go to the Observatory to show the big picture of as far as the eye can see. The juxtaposition of high desert and urban is a nice thing to show people before they sit in traffic and don’t understand how people can live here. Wandering around the arts district is really fun for spontaneous exploration, dining and happy hour cocktails or microbrew beer. My favorite music venue in LA is The Echo and Echoplex, and their summer Grand Ole Echo shows on Sundays is always full of great acts. the Lovesong Bar, The Redwood Bar, Footsie’s, all favorites!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My dear friend and mentor for 15 years, JS Lee, has been consistently supportive and inspiring throughout my evolving career. She is an author and artist I admire for her courageous self-revelation and honesty. Sharing our various arts with each other over the years has been incredibly valuable to me as a developing artist and businessperson, and human. Find her at https://jessicasunlee.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN15fQ-cjfI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=361zPMo7Rx4
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