Most people know Awsten knight as the lead vocalist of the fast-rising pop-punk band, Waterparks. Many people also know that the singer has a penchant for fluorescent hair colors. Did you, however, know that Knight is a bona fide hairstylist and even makes his friends’ hair? Did you also know that the Waterparks frontman dropped out of college in order to pursue his passion? Well, if you didn’t know these facts, then you are in for a treat as we have more mind-blowing titbits about Knight below.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Awsten Knight and His Band, Waterparks
He dropped out of college to pursue his music
Awsten Knight (Austin Constantine knight) was born on the 17th of January 1992 in Houston, Texas. He hails from a family of four; comprising of his mom, a PE teacher, his dad, a nurse, as well as a beloved younger sister. Knight was first inspired to pick up the guitar after hearing a Sum 41 song while he was in fourth grade. The young lad subsequently started singing and penning lyrics, and thereafter joined several local bands. Knight combined his burgeoning music career with college studies until he made the courageous decision to drop out entirely. This decision shocked his parents, as well as some others who felt that it was a dumb thing to do.
Awsten Knight is a founding member of Waterparks
In 2011, Knight joined hands with bassist, Gage Matthieu, and they co-founded Waterparks, the band specializes in pop-punk, pop-rock and electropop genres, and is presently made up of Awsten, Geoff Wigington (lead guitarist and backup vocalist) and Otto Wood (drums specialist and backup vocals). Waterparks have taken the pop-punk rock circuit by storm, thanks to their unique blend of melodic vocals and strong guitar foundation. The band has dropped no fewer than three EPs (Airplane Conservations, Black Light & Cluster) and two studio albums (Double Dare and Entertainment). They have also performed at several concerts, including the Slam Dunk Festival in the U.K. Knight and his bandmates have received several awards, including best breakthrough artists at the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards, as well as best international breakthrough artists at the 2017 The Rock Sound Awards.
Waterparks was previously signed to Equal Vision Records
Waterparks previously had no record label and released their first two EPs independently. The band eventually landed a deal with Equal Vision Records in November 2015. Under the label, Knight and his bandmates released their first two albums, Double Dare (2016) and Entertainment (2018). The band also released an EP titled Cluster. Waterparks, however, announced that they had left Equal Vision for Hopeless Records in May 2019. Knight has since disclosed that the move was motivated by the fact that their former label was unsupportive. According to him, he and his bandmates spent most of their time touring, and making money for the label, rather than focusing on their creative process.
Awsten Knight is an author, as well as a podcaster
Asides music, Awsten Knight is also an author and released his debut effort, You’d Be Paranoid Too (If Everyone Was Out To Get You) in 2019. The book is a collection of short autobiographical stories and Knight was inspired to pen it during his band’s tour of the UK in March 2018. During the tour, the Houston native suffered from bouts of depression and insomnia and decided to do some writing. He kept on spewing his thoughts on paper and before long, he had reached 80,000 words count. The singer thereafter presented the manuscript to his management team and the rest is history. Asides writing, Awsten knight is also a podcaster. The rockstar co-hosts The Slumber Party Talk Show with author Travis Riddle. The podcast basically involves both hosts lovingly reading and reviewing sweet bedtime stories in the form of Waterparks fan fiction.
He penned the hit track, Turbulent, in 15 minutes
One of the Waterparks’ most popular songs is Turbulent and Knight has disclosed that the track was penned in 15 minutes. Turbulent is essentially a breakup song and Knight was inspired to write it after his ex, Ciara Hanna, cheated on him. The Houston native, however, did not want to approach the track from a place of being broken but rather from a place of empowerment. He, therefore, made sure to infuse the lyrics with feelings of self-worth, as well as a tight attitude. Knight’s gamble paid off big time. The song not only received major love from the fans but also fetched him praise from his peers.