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SXSW Baby Interview: Holy Nothing

Friday, March 18th, 2016

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Ewan chats to Holy Nothing ahead of their SXSW debut set.

Directly from Porto, Portugal, this electronic music trio travels deep into the exploration and experimentation of what a lab full of synthesisers and grooveboxes can produce. When mixing tropical rhythms with industrial vocoders or diving danceable grooves deep into hypnotic ambiences, everything seems possible and unexpected in the hypertextual language of this band.

So it is stated by their debut album ‘Hypertext’. The sum up of a year of exploration, experimentation, failure and accomplishment, brought up by the creative madness of their peculiar rehearsal and composition sessions.

This musical exploration is charged even further by the live projections created specifically to make the links between the knots. Music and video are symbiotically performed to generate a profoundly immersive voyage.

More on Holy Nothing at SXSW.com.

SXSW Baby Interview: Call Me Kat

Friday, March 18th, 2016

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Ewan chats to returning SXSW star Katrine Ottosen (Call Me Kat) ahead of her Austin showcases.

Under the name CALLmeKAT Danish native Katrine Ottosen creates alt-pop with playful ease and a curiosity for the darker corners of the pop music spectrum. Known for her psychedelic approach and captivating live performances, her refreshing take on contemporary pop combines a woody earthiness and a soaring curiosity that leaves a lasting impression.

More on Call Me Kat at SXSW.com.

Permits, events, and old-fashioned detective work

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

You might recall Austin City Council has cut back on the permits for events at SXSW this year (SXSW Baby, Feb ), so the release of all of the issued permits makes for interesting reading. It also gives an idea of some of the events that are going to be happening downtown during the ten days.

Deborah Stith has went through the names and dates with a fine toothed comb, like a modern-day musical Columbo:

  • Pandora has an event set for 710-718 Red River St, 710 is Hoboken Pizza and 718 is Valhalla, could this be a block party on the street?
  • SXSW Film will host outdoor screenings on the Long Center Terrace. Also, there’s going to be a “Power Puff Girls” premiere parade at the Long Center.
  • This year’s Spotify House will be at Nuevo Leon on East Sixth Street.
  • A series of Samsung events and a Capital Live Entertainment event were denied because they came in after the cutoff, although they were submitted on Feb. 5, the original deadline the city advertised. There is, however, a Samsung event taking place at the old Downtown post office on Guadalupe.

Pick out your highlights at Austin 360.

Can SXSW solve the ‘how to get money to artists’ problem?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

One of the great benefits of SXSW is that it puts lots of smart people from a number of disciplines into the same place and encourages them to share ideas. Ten years ago the Interactive, Film, and Music strands were very much separate. That’s not the case now, with crossover days, shared sessions, and events like the Third Music Hackathon.

Brent Wistrom looks at this year’s event, which is going to focus on how to get money from listeners to artists:

That’s been done. But there’s plenty of room for big innovations in music. And with the Grammy’s this weekend, how we listen, how artists innovate and how they get paid is on everyone’s mind. This year’s SXSW Music Hackathon asks hackers to team up on ways to get cash directly to artists and rights-holders; new ways to boost music performances with tech; and ways to improve the listening experience.

That’s a huge window for innovation from your earbuds to your fingertips to beacon technology. Hackers will have 24 hours to execute on the next big thing.

Any SXSW badge colour will give you access to the event. It runs from 3pm on Tuesday 15th, through to 2pm the next day.

Popular Music Venues Lose Out In City Permit Scramble

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Last year saw 147 ‘Events’ take place in Austin during SXSW week, primarily around music and the inclusion of temporary stages. All of these required a permit from the City of Austin.

There’s a drive to reduce the size of SXSW in the city, and the council had indicated that there would be an earlier cut-off fate of Feb 5th this year… it also had a hard limit of 120 permits. Those permits were all used up by Tuesday 2nd Feb, and a number of SXSW mainstays had focused on the date cut-off and not the permit limit. Austin360 picks up the story:

Among those caught in the lurch is the South by Southwest Music Festival itself. Festival organizers failed to get in the permit application for St. David’s Church. The downtown church has hosted popular SXSW showcases for years, including capacity shows from Fort Worth soul sensation Leon Bridges and French Cuban sister duo Ibeyi in 2015.

“(The application for) St. David’s church was 24 hours late (or 24 hours early based on the published February 5 deadline depending on how you look at it),” SXSW organizers said Friday morning.

Also caught up was South by San Jose. At this point the permit for the long-running free, family-friendly event that takes place each year in the parking lot of Jo’s Coffee and the Hotel San Jose is up in the air, as it was turned in after the Tuesday cutoff.

As noted, this is a new process that is under review, so it would not surprise us here at SXSW Baby! if the hard limit of 120 is very slightly bendable given the historical weight of some venues. We shall see…

Last Call for Vols

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Hey Babies!
Welcome to a new year of SXSW!!!

If you have ever wanted to volunteer for SXSW-now is the perfect time. Hour requirements to gain perks have been lessened, so it is easier to earn a badge.

Last vol call for this year is…

FEBRUARY 6th, from 3p to 6p, at Austin Convention Center (ACC).

Head here to get all the info you need.

Keep checking back here for more news, Babies! Till next time…

I Trust MPress Fest Will Deliver

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

There are lots of showcases from labels at SXSW, lots of ‘multiple performers on one bill’ going on under the official SXSW banner, and we’re not going to mention all of them (that is, after all, what the official site should be doing)… But we’re going to highlight a few favourites as March approaches, starting with MPressFest.

I’ve been at SXSW Music too many times to remember, and every year I’ve dropped in (at some point) to Rachael Sage’s gig at the Soho Lounge because I trust her to put together some great music on the roster. So this is a case of ‘not looking at the line-up, don’t need to, I trust Sage.’

You should too.

Come join MPress Records for our 10th Annual MPressFest at SXSW 2016 and enjoy an afternoon of free cocktails, free food and amazing music! Performers include A Fragile Tomorrow, Rachael Sage & The Sequins, Seth Glier, K’s Choice and more!

More details and RSVP at Eventbrite.