Austin Mulka, is solo grunge artist and singer/songwriter based in Detroit, Michigan. Austin strives to bring listeners on existential journeys through my music. His latest album, “Reveries and Requiem,” is a grunge rock compilation, deeply influenced by the raw sounds of the 90s. The music carries listeners through the dichotomies of life and death, hope and despair, weaving a captivating tale through strong vocal performances, layered instrumentation, and thought-provoking lyrics. By integrating philosophy, psychology, and a sense of rebellion, Austin aims to challenge, inspire, and touch the souls of listeners.
Introduce us to the band! What are your names and what do you do in the band? Where do you call home?
Hi there, I’m Austin Mulka, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist, essentially the one-man band. I call the vibrant city of Detroit, Michigan, my home.
How long have you been together as a band and how did you find each other?
Well, as a one-man band, I guess you could say I’ve been with myself since birth. I began my music journey seriously a few years ago when I realized the power of songwriting and how I could use it to express myself and connect with others.
Do you have a special songwriting recipe you follow?
There’s no fixed recipe, but it usually starts with an idea or a feeling. From there, I build a melody and lyrics around it. It’s all about authenticity and trying to capture a genuine human experience in the form of a song.
How would members of your family describe your music to someone that hasn’t heard it?
My family is over the top. *laughs* They would say I’m an unbelievable musician and the next big thing you have to listen to.
What do you have on your Spotify playlists you would be embarrassed for others to see?
Well, I wouldn’t say I’m embarrassed by any music I listen to, but you might be surprised to find Rebecca Sugar.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I like to have a quiet moment to myself before stepping on stage. It’s a moment to gather my thoughts and mentally prepare for the performance.
Who have you met that has left you starstruck?
My starstruck moment isn’t music related, but it’s meeting Penn Jillette.
What do you consider your greatest achievement as far as a band? Releasing my debut album was a huge milestone. It represented years of hard work and personal growth.
What key elements do you believe makes up a successful song?
A successful song needs to be authentic and emotionally resonant. It should communicate a feeling or an experience in a way that listeners can relate to.
When writing, how do you know when it is finally done?
That’s a tough one. A song can always be tweaked and improved, but there comes a point when you have to trust your instincts and let it be.
What song of yours are you most proud of?
I’m proud of all my songs, but “Peace” holds a special place in my heart because it encapsulates a lot of my philosophies and feelings about life.
Is it possible to be on the road and not eat junk food? How do you keep it leveled out? It’s definitely challenging, but not impossible. I try to stick to healthy snacks and remember to stay hydrated.
Are you able to write while on the road or do you need a calm familiar space like home? I can write anywhere, but I do find that the peace and quiet of home is conducive to creativity.
What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen on stage or on tour? Once I forgot the lyrics to my own song. I just smiled and made up new ones on the spot!
What can BleachBANGS do to help you in any way? Spreading the word about my music would be fantastic! Reviews, interviews, anything to help get my music out there.
How can everyone keep up with everything you have going on? Where can they get albums/merch?
You can stay connected with all things Austin Mulka and keep up to date with my latest releases, shows, and other news through my website and various social media platforms. You can get albums, merchandise, and more from these platforms: