Maxim Meyer-Horn

22 Sep
Music

August 08: “I Used to Do Shit to Avoid Feeling Fucked Up”

“I’m a street kid that makes pop songs”, that’s how the upcoming singer-songwriter AUGUST 08 describes himself. After writing songs for major acts like Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and G-Eazy, the critically acclaimed artist recently released his new EP ‘Happy Endings With An Asterisk‘, which saw him collaborate with GoldLink and Duckwrth. We sent him over some questions to get to know him a little bit better.

Hi August, how are you?

I’m great, currently sitting inside of Dupars in LA.

You’re a man from the street. Where does your love for music come from and what inspired you in your childhood?

My love for music comes from family, even I wasn’t raised on it in my home. My uncle was a musician and it led to drugs so my mom wanted to keep me away from that.

What inspired me was lil kid shit Idk lol. When I was a kid, my anxiety was so high, I used to do shit to avoid feeling fucked up.

You’ve just released your second EP Happy Endings With An Asterisk. In what way is the EP different compared to your debut FATHER?

Happy Endings With An Asterisk is a continuation of my journey. They aren’t different, they work together to further the story. Like a porno series.

The new EP counts six diverse songs with very vulnerable lyrics. How important is it for you to be transparent towards your audience?

Very important! If you’re not comfortable opening up to people who want the best for you, it’s impossible to grow.

Duckwrth and GoldLink are featured on two amazing songs. What are you looking for in a collaborator?

Lately I’ve been gathering all the people I know and trying to collaborate with them ’cause they make the best shit.

You covered Billie Eilish’s “Lovely” with the lovely Bonnie McKee. Is there another female act you’d love to work with?

UMI, she’s fire! And Hamzaa, she’s incredible, although I DM’d her and she ain’t fuck with me yet.

Your biggest song “Midsummer Madness” has over 100.000.000 streams. What, in your opinion, is the biggest advantage and disadvantage of the rising streaming-era?

The advantage is more people hear your music. True musicians just wanna help people and influence the world. The disadvantage is that streaming is like moving a company from Cleveland to Mexico, there’s jobs that are lost that may not make sense for the business.

The EP is still very fresh, but when can we expect new music from you?

Very, very soon!

We can’t wait to hear what you have in store for us next!

Listen to August 08’s new EP ‘Happy Endings With An Asterisk’.

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