Just kicked off day 2 at SXSW and have already had several highlights! Watching Anne Litt interview Devendra Banhart at the Convention Center and seeing out of the corner of my eye Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan casually chill with a cup of coffee was one of them! KCRW held two showcases which were amazing! Toro Y Moi absolutely blew my mind away. Watching an artist perform songs from an album you love and hold in a high regard is always a great experience. Wild Belle and Tom Odell killed it too!! Okay 2 in effect. Currently listening to Clive Davis from across the hall while waiting for this panel session with Elliott Smith and Kendrick Lamar! Stay posted for more shots + updates!
I intend on hitting SXSW as a person documenting the madness. But along the way I get these dj gigs. So Im packing all my camera and Serato gear into separate bags. The minute I touch down I gotta fly to the Blah Blah Blah Science Party and rock a short set then head to the official KCRW jump off’s right after. Im also playing all night Saturday at the Direct TV/Guitar Center Jump off at The Rattle Inn. I’ve already lined up a few artists that Im excited about for the blog! So make sure to follow me on instagram, twitter and the blog for updates! Below are a few of the shows and panels ‘Im excited about!
:: Shows Im Excited to see! ::
2012 was my second year at the Austin music festival and by then I had already become a pro at finding my way around town, finding cheap hotels, escape routes after hours from the traffic and where to eat. This year Im gearing up for my 3rd year at the festival and excited to blog and document all the madness for KCRW. I find it easy to plan lightly every morning via the schedule and just float like the breeze. Allow changes, sit in on music panels during the day and always, ALWAYS recharge at the Convention Center! And purchase a music badge! Ive met so many artists, movers and shakers who avoid picking up a badge and complain how the festival sucked. The music badge gets you into events, avoid lines, receive a booklet with ALL the shows and guarantees you an amazing experience! Otherwise your stuck on 6th Street or local bars. Not that anything is wrong with 6th Street! I find some great bands playing there but just trust me! Purchase your badge here.
I was randomly searching through my pictures of last year’s pictures and found so many cool photos in my instagram feed. Das Racist, Miles Bonny, Theophilus London, Mobb Deep, Nardwaur, some toothless chola who offered me vices of my choice, Sonnymoon, The Stepkids, Homeboy Sandman , Fiona Apple and J Sole all popped up. I try to explain to friends that I approach SXSW as an adventurer and as a music fan. Id much rather bypass the smoozing and business card exchange in the VIP lounge for some live shows, loud guitars and photo snapping. It’s like that movie “Almost Famous” but on steroids. If your out there I’d love to see you! Give me a hollar! Email is below!
I caught Homeboy Sandman at SXSW in 2010. I was hooked. By 2011 we linked up at the following SXSW and lots of great things had happened since. Now working on releases for Stonesthrow, this brother gets to showcase his unique rhyme patterns to a new audience. His cadence and delivery are unlike any of contemporaries. I sat with HBS last year and we discussed his content for his music. I was moved about him writing a song about the homeless. His content reminds me of that, of a great boxer who throws jabs and punches that connect. In HBS’s case, those japs and upper cuts are rhymes. Great videos below that break down his past, present and future. Go google this brother and buy his product.