He’s 17, good looking, can sing and dance, and was discovered when his videos on YouTube started going viral. Sound familiar? No, it’s not Justin Bieber, but there’s a groundswell of buzz that Austin Mahone just might be the next Bieber. And after opening for Taylor Swift on her RED Tour, the teen pop sensation from Texas has scored his first headlining tour, which was to kick off at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Thursday night.
According to a release, the show was nixed due to "illness." The show will be rescheduled for Oct. 22. Venue and time remain the same. All tickets will be honored and refunds will be available at point of purchase. For updates, go to www.austinmahone.com.
But at least you can read an interview Mahone did with Miami.com, and he'll be back soon:
How does it feel to headline a tour?
It feels pretty good – I’m really excited. I’ve been working in the studio for awhile now getting ready and getting more dancers and cool lights and smoke and stuff. And there’s gonna be some really cool people on the tour as well, so it’s gonna be great.
What can we expect from the show?
I think I’m playing for a little over an hour, and you can expect a lot of different costumes and dancing, some flips, and a couple new songs – I’m really excited to show people my new music. It’s gonna be a good time.
Your debut album is coming out soon – how’s that going?
I’m still working on my album, trying to get every detail perfect for my fans. It’s probably gonna come out closer to the end of the year – if not, then maybe next year.
How do you feel about the buzz surrounding you as “the next Bieber”?
It’s flattering, because he’s such a successful artist, but I don’t want to be labeled the “next Justin Bieber.” I’m trying to make a name for myself and show people that I’m my own artist.
You got started through YouTube. Did you ever expect to find this much success?
Definitely not. I was on YouTube starting out, just for fun. I live in a small town, so I didn’t really have much going on there, so I used YouTube and the Internet as an outlet to just keep myself busy. And I had so much fun with it, and it just kind of grew. And I noticed how big it was getting, so I took it more seriously and that’s when I started posting a bunch of covers of my channel.
Is it strange to see people singing along to your songs now?
It is a little strange – it’s crazy seeing other people cover my own songs, when I was doing the same thing. It’s awesome seeing people loving my music – that’s what it’s all about.
When did you realize that you could sing?
Probably around when I was 15 - a lot of people were telling me that I had a nice voice, but they wanted to hear more.
Has becoming famous been a different experience than what you might have expected?
I knew that it would be a lot of work and a lot of long hours, but I didn’t know that there was so much behind-the-scenes stuff, with like working with people and writing songs and all that. I love it, and I love what I do, and it’s amazing.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself going on world tours, and hopefully I will have put out one or two albums by then, and hopefully I will have won a Grammy – that’s my biggest goal. I’m just excited for the future and everything that’s coming.
You’re kicking off the tour in Miami Beach – ever been there?
Yeah, I like to go to South Beach sometimes, and buy some of my shoes.
You mean sneakers?
Yeah. I buy them at Air Traffic Control on Washington Ave.