Rain check! Austin Mahone never wants to disappoint his fans (aka Mahomies). Alas, the teen heartthrob had to do just that last fall when he was forced to cancel his concert at The Fillmore after being hospitalized with a blood clot. Now fully recovered, Austin is rested, doing great and ready to go, the pop star said from his home in the Fort Lauderdale area.
For his Monday night sold-out show, at the same Miami Beach venue, the 17-year-old said audience members should expect serious fun.
Its gonna be really cool, Austin says. I have all my singles plus a few songs that I havent released yet. Well also do an acoustic set with guitar. Theres some new choreography, so Im pretty excited.
For someone whos lived as short a life as he has, Austin has some pretty influential friends and collaborators. Hes already opened for Taylor Swift, recorded a song, MMM Yeah, with Mr. Worldwide Pitbull and headlined with Miley Cyrus at the 2013 Jingle Ball. Shes really cool; a nice girl, he says of the former Hannah Montana star turned wild child.
Unlike Miley or another young performer, Justin Bieber, Austin, who is home schooled, seems grounded. Could be that he has a unbreakable support system.
My mom raised me. She is amazing and always there for me. I think shes pretty proud.
Though Mama Micheles taste in tunes is a little different.
I grew up in Texas and started listening to country music because she listened to it, Austin says. Then I started getting into R&B, hip hop and rock n roll. Im more influenced by people T-Pain and like Mario and Drake now.
Speaking of Drake, Austin says he greatly admires the rapper: I think he is great lyrically and his work ethic. He works really hard.
So does Austin, who recently built a studio in his room. But in his rare moments of downtime, he swims, plays basketball and hangs out with friends, just like a regular teenager.
Except this regular teenager has 5.3 million Twitter followers and counting.
Though the singer can still go into a Starbucks and get some peace and privacy, he doesnt mind getting approached. I love all my fans, Austin says. Thats why I do social media so much. I want them to know what Im up to and stay in touch. Its all good.