Elliot Montanez
Elliot Montanez
10 Jul 2020

I have been closely covering the Chicago music scene for just about six years now, and I have had the pleasure of meeting plenty of amazing creatives over the years, but someone who I have been following for a handful of years now is Ausar. The first time that I interviewed Ausar was way back in the fall of 2016, and watching him grow as a person + as an artist since that point has been amazing, to say the least. I wanted to bring Ausar through the new LL office to catch up & record our second interview nearly four years later, so back in June he came by, and today I am ecstatic to finally be releasing the interview! We spoke about several topics such as his upcoming music releases, to performing on Rhythm + Flow, and everything between now & our last conversation. You can read/watch the new interview below, and while you’re at it, listen to some of his music on Spotify!

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EM: Last time I interviewed you was 2016, at that time you were pursuing a degree in chemistry. Since then you’ve graduated, how did that college experience shape/mold you into a person + artist?

Ausar:

EM: What do you plan on doing with the degree considering that you are pursuing this music career? Is the degree a backup option?

Ausar:

EM: It’s definitely been a wild year so far in 2020, how has the pandemic been for you?

Ausar:

EM: I’ve been listening to you now for about four or five years, It’s been amazing to watch you progress musically over the years. Can you speak on that?

Ausar:

EM: You were featured on Rhythm + Flow which was a huge show on Netflix, what was your experience like with that?

Ausar:

EM: I’d like to know how Outer(net) formed, how did all that come about?

Ausar: When I got my new job, they booked hotels for all of us downtown for training for a week. While I was there I was like, this would be a dope opportunity to work on new music in a new space. So I called all of the homies like “Yo I am over here, it’s central, pull up”. That night Aaron Deux, IsaiahG, Kiraly Payne, and Myquale all came through. We had this realization that everyone was super talented and we were all already chasing a common goal, plus we already rocked with each other, and we thought it would make sense to put together a group to cross-pollinate our fanbase. That stuff is easier to do when everybody is really homies, so it just made sense.

EM: Not long after that, you guys had a show at Schubas. I had a good time at the show, but from your perspective, what was that show like in your eyes?

Ausar:

EM: What’s your favorite/least favorite part about making music?

Ausar:

EM: What are your thoughts on the current state of the country?

Ausar:

EM: You recently dropped two new songs, “Sirens” & “Duet”, will these songs be apart of your next project?

Ausar: Sirens I wrote a minute ago, I was sitting in the studio with Aaron Deux and when he first turned on the beat he had these siren noises going on in the background but they were faint at first. I ended up telling him to turn those up because I turn it was a dope song concept, so I started writing to it and things just flowed well, I sung all the way through + was very experimental to me. On Duet, I made that one a lot more recently, but during the process of making it, I thought it sounded like a dope part 2 to Sirens, so we packaged them together. The way they sound felt very fitting for the current time period, but no, they will not be on my next project.

EM: Can you speak on your forthcoming project, “Flight Of The Honey Bee”?

Ausar: As some of you may know, Honey Bees are an endangered species. What people may not know is that Honey Bees are essential to our day to day life, if they go extinct, we will lose a third of the foods in the world. In that same way, there are a lot of people in the world that we live in that wake-up every day and work a selfless job, or provide selfless services, or provide to the culture in a selfless way and never get the recognition that they deserve. In this way, the EP is kind of the comparison of that, to everyday Honey Bees if you will.

EM: One random, but an interesting thing to me about it is that you don’t drink, smoke, or even cuss. I feel like a lot of things have to go right in one’s childhood for that to happen, how did you become that person?

Ausar: I grow up in a super tradition Christian household. I was in church every Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. With smoking and drinking, I try to limit my vices as much as possible, I don’t get into things that I believe could lead me down a path that I don’t think could be pretty. With the cussing, the last time I cussed was probably like fifth grade haha, it’s been quite some time. Once it’s not a habit for you, you don’t feel the need to.

EM: You’ve been teasing you’re full-length project “David” for quite some time now, when do you plan on releasing that?

Ausar:

EM: What, if anything, is missing in Chicago’s music community that could benefit rising Chicago artists like yourself?

Ausar:

EM: Who are some Chicago artists that you want to work with in the future?

Ausar: Ajani Jones & I are long overdue, I also want to work with Wemmymo. I’d love to work with Shawnee Dez. I’ve been reaching out to a lot of Chicago creatives, I have stuff in the works with J-Hop & Brittney Carter, I’ve talked to Femdot about getting another joint in. I am open to working with as many Chicago artists as possible.

EM: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Ausar: