Dallas Austin discusses importance of creativity at Lil Nas X event

DALLAS AUSTIN/Music and film producer Dallas Austin at Lil Nas X’s homecoming event in Atlanta on Oct. 20.
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Dallas Austin doesn’t thirst for any additional attention on himself.

The musician, record producer, songwriter and film producer understands his impact on the culture, and that’s the only reward he said he needs while living in Atlanta, the city that started it all for him.

“I’m going to keep my flowers while I’m here in Atlanta all day long, every day,” Austin told rolling out on Oct. 20, “because I’m going to keep being busy here in the ATL, doing stuff to help the community and help push the envelope.”

Austin filmed movies Drumline and ATL in Georgia and pushed for the film industry bill to get passed, which allows film creators to get hefty tax breaks if they choose to film in Georgia. There were 391 film and television productions in Georgia in 2019 alone, according to Explore Georgia.

“I just like to be on the forefront of creativity and pushing the envelope,” Austin said. “I’ve been doing it the whole time in Atlanta just from being an oddball, you know? So, I represent the oddballs just like I always have and those oddballs have become what Atlanta’s about more than not.”

On Oct. 20, Austin celebrated one of Atlanta’s latest “oddballs,” Lil Nas X. Austin hosted a homecoming event for the BET Hip-Hop and Grammy Award-winning artist to celebrate his accomplishments. Austin said he wanted to hold the event before Grammy nominations were announced in November and the A3C Festival and Conference on Oct. 22 through Oct. 24.
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