In his first ever release, Austin Mulka’s single Soul received praise from multiple media outlets including: Please Pass the Indie, Indie Spoonful, Alternative Addiction, and Jam Sphere Radio. The singer/songwriter again impressed with a modernization of poetry, by Emily Dickinson, in a pop/folk-esq EP titled: This is My Message to the World.
Austin Mulka will now tackle the world of grunge and alternative rock — promising to bring another legendary artist, Kurt Cobain, to the year 2022. This bold claim comes from an artist without a single song that one might classify as ‘grunge’. Consequently, in his upcoming album, PariNirvana, Austin will face an insurmountable task, living up to Cobain, in a genre of music he has never once recorded.
“Audiences will be surprised,” said Austin.
The release date of the PariNirvana album will be announced with the release of the single ‘Peace’ on June 15th, 2022, which promises to bring Cobain to the modern era without sacrificing the essence of Nirvana’s music. Throughout his writing process, Austin claims to be implementing a process akin to method-acting, whereby he personifies the character of Cobain as if he were acting the role in a movie. The specificity of the music influences has also been limited during the duration of the project.
“It’s not that serious,” Austin said. “I’m not running out of a store with my ears plugged if the music isn’t grungey enough” he joked. “My listening habits have been of artists/bands of whom Kurt influenced or by whom he was influenced: The Pixies, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, etc.
“The most surprising artists in my playlist include: The Frogs, The Wipers, and Splendora.”
As an English/Linguistics graduate from the University of Michigan, Austin is known for spending a great deal of time on his lyrics and giving everything meaning.
“There is such a thing as over-analysis,” he said, “But there are hidden messages in this album that I wouldn’t expect non-Nirvana fans to recognize. If you’re a fan of Cobain, you’re going to come away with more from the album. It’s a tribute to him”
Austin says much of his influence in regards to adding hidden meanings in his songs comes from prominent artists like Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar. Austin said of Gambino:
“He’s the guy that encouraged me to play around with obscure euphemisms and overly-specific references. He has a line in his song Sweatpants: ‘hanging in the islands looking for Earl like Toejam’ that I guarantee 90 percent of his fanbase didn’t understand. He was the inspiration behind spending excessive amounts of time on lyrics that will fly over the majority of people’s heads.”
Click the link: here for updates on the PariNirvana album. To find out more about the artist, and to explore his music further, search Austin Mulka on Spotify, Apple Music, or any other outlet. Feel free to reach out to the artist via the email address provided to schedule any interviews or collaborations.
Austin Mulka is an up and coming singer and songwriter from Detroit, MI. The artist is known for his rigorous study while writing and producing his music. His EP This is My Message to the World melodized the poetry of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson.
Being a passionate, multi-talented individual, Austin Mulka holds exceptional command over his vocals as a lead and backup vocalist, while also displaying immense mastery of the guitar, piano, bass, drums, saxophone, and synth. Nick Dalbis, his trainer, mentor, and producer, whom Austin calls a musical savant, has also coached him in multiple instruments. With his unique research-driven approach to writing albums, Austin Mulka is set to become one of the more respectable artists in the industry today.