We had the opportunity to interview Austin Durry from the fast rising band Durry, who's single "Who's Laughing Now" is making huge waves. Check out what he had to say about what their experiences have been like!
1. It's safe to say that social media has been your friend with the growth of your reach, especially on TikTok. Has the way this has come about been a surprise to you? And how do you adjust to this newfound success?
"Before this whole thing we had pretty much given up on TikTok before this we were maybe getting 5 views. Then it hit, and it's been a whirlwind. Our Spotify numbers have been up 8000% since last month. I don't know what the formula is, but something seems to be working."
2. Could you walk us through your process for writing music?
"You know how on 'Sherlock' he has a mind palace? I write all my songs while driving. I go into my mind palace and come up with melodies and lyrics. Something about driving allows me to open up my brain and write more and then I bring stuff home and plug it into Logic."
3. "Who's Laughing Now" is the 8,000-pound elephant in the room. Tell us what it was like to write and record that track?
"I wrote "Who's Laughing Now" on the way to and from Starbucks. It was very different than most songs. Many times I will write something and rewrite it. I felt good about it so I posted a little snippet on TikTok and hadn't even finished writing the song yet. I did another little drive and finished it. I noticed it was getting traction, contacted my buddy who we record with, and laid it in 10 hours. Next, I went to a tattoo shop and we did the cover art. Then, we did the mixes, and had it ready to go on Spotify in about three days. We did the video seven days from the date of the original, then we got on the Spotify Fresh Finds playlist and it's been the craziest couple of weeks of my life".
"Fred Durst found us and has been supportive and cool and messaged them and has liked everything so far which has been super interesting."
4. What would you like the public to know about your music?
"That's a big question. We're trying to capture this feeling of honest nostalgia. Where we're looking back on our lives with a fondness and honesty about the darkness. We try to find a balance of honesty and optimism."
5. What's next for you?
"Honestly, things are blowing up right now. We have a dozen record labels, booking agencies, and managers. It's all coming so fast we're not ready for it. In November we're putting out our next single and music video with a release party in Minneapolis where we're from. Who's to say what's next? It seems every day some crazy new thing happens."