All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Louie Austen

Louie Austen

”Art must be a matter of life and death otherwise it’s not art” is the sincere conviction of Louie. And so is “I will never retire, I will probably die on stage but I do not give a f**k!” One thing the Viennese Electro-crooner does not go for is doing things by half. Whatever he does is done with his fullest commitment and often regardless of the consequences. Admittedly, this reckless attitude has gotten him into serious trouble time and again. And yet it also made him what he is today: a man who finds himself an upcoming and sought-after artist whose career has not yet reached its climax.

There is a lot going on in the life of Louie Austen: Touring all around the globe, the recordings of 2 EPs just a few months after he had released his latest album Iguana on internationally renowned klein records. Having a singer part in a new adaption of the Nestroy play Höllenangst at the Viennese Burgtheater, regularly swooning and crooning at the Marriott hotel in Vienna and collaborations - like only now with the cool cats of Senor Coconut whom Louie recorded a cover of `Dreams (Are My Reality)` - the classic from the La Boum movie soundtrack. In 2007 Louie founded his own label LA Music - a division of klein records - where he will release his future records on and beware he is already working on a new album, to be released next year.

Time for a flashback. In 1999, the bustling Viennese Electro scene gives birth to a new and surprising idea. A Viennese electronic producer contrasts his experimental electronic tracks with the velvety voice of Louie Austen. He had run into the classic jazz crooner in a studio and immediately proposed a collaboration.

Read more

Tags

”Sounds like Dean Martin kidnapped Giorgio Moroder and got very drunk with him in the studio before running away with his wife.” --OWTL

”Louie Austen could brag about having the most contrasting musical career of all - he has a voice and lounge panache that could give even Sinatra a run for his limo” --CLASH

”Lounge wizard Louie Austen resembles nothing less than your devilishly dashing bachelor uncle. His English is straight out of a Sinatra comedy and his conversation is littered with `50s showbiz expressions.” --DAZED & CONFUSED

”Hail the birth of Croonwave! Enjoyed best with a great deal of alcohol, a mirror ball, many (drunk) friends, and ladies

Read more

Albums

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.