We had such a good time chatting with Austin Mahone over the phone that we just had to ask about his musical influences, his thoughts on One Direction and how excited he is to tour with Taylor Swift.
Though Austin is just getting started, he already has had some major names tied to his. "For a first tour and going with Taylor Swift, I think that's pretty amazing," says Austin. Agreed. (Austin will be opening six shows for Taylor next year on her 'Red' tour.)
"I've always wanted to work with Flo-Rida and my managers knew him so they made it happen," Austin reveals. Flo-Rida is featured on his song, "Say You're Just a Friend," which came about when Austin wanted to remake Biz Markie's "Just a Friend.'
"I thought it'd be cool to remake the song and put Flo on the track," says Austin. "It came out pretty good."
Since we asked about Taylor, we couldn't help bringing up 1D. The biggest boy band in the world seems to be admired by everyone. "I love One Direction," he says. "I have their new album, and I think it's really good."
Austin grew up around country music but shifted toward a different genre when he heard T-Pain for the first time. "I thought, 'OMG, this music is amazing!' So I started getting into more hip-hop and R&B," he reveals.
We can't wait to hear more.