The Influences in Austin Godsey’s Music

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When it comes to the arts and influences, it’s safe to say that, with a few exceptions, artists are not islands. Some like to borrow generously from the people who came before them, and even their contemporaries. Others just let their influences find more subtle ways into their artwork. Either way, with a little know-how and willingness to do some digging, it’s possible to discern several influences in any artist’s work.

Austin Godsey is an artist who sings, plays instruments, and writes his own songs. As an independent artist based in Houston, he does his best to be as active as possible in any venue that will have him, as well as working to expand his audience with his online presence. While Godsey uses contact with live audiences to hone his writing and performing skills, the sounds that inspired him to start creating music are always noticeable in his music. They’re everything but ordinary.

For one, it seems that Austin Godsey has a serious love affair with trap beats. Various artists have incorporated the beats typical for trap artists into all kinds of music, from regular pop to progressive rock. Few have been able to do it so masterfully as Austin Godsey, crafting a distinct sonic landscape that’s both familiar and strangely alien at the same time.

Then, other sources pop in and out of focus while Godsey’s songs show to the listener what the world looks like from his eyes. There’s everything in the mix, from folky guitars and singing that’s been used by dance music producers, to the synth sounds that conjure the memories of the best-produced music from the golden age of synth. Overall, Austin Godsey’s music shows the eclectic influences that had to converge to give birth to an artist as potent as he is.

When approached about the subject, Godsey is always ready to give credit where credit is due and mention what he sees as direct inspiration for his songs. Whether he draws from the realm of trap, intelligent dance music, or good old country, he isn’t afraid to wear his influences where they belong—with his heart, on his sleeve.

To stay up to date on everything related to Austin Godsey, follow him on Instagram.

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