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SXSW Baby Podcast: Andrew D’Souza (Bionym)

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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Bionym (www.bionym.com) President Andrew D’Souza talks about identity via your heartbeat with Ewan Spence.

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Announcing the 7th SXSW Baby Social Breakfast

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Okay, so a little bit last minute, but hey, isn’t that the Southby way? Now the Baby! team have landed in Austin, and everyone has been asking if we’re organising our regular breakfast on the Saturday morning of Interactive at Magnolia Cafe (South Congress), I guess we’d better make it official.

This year’s ‘SXSW Social Breakfast‘ will be on Saturday March 8th, starting at 8am at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. Everyone is welcome, and the SXSW Baby! team will be there so make sure to say hi!

A big thank you as always to the staff at Magnolia, who’ll be opening up the patio area early for the Social Breakfast so you can all mingle, meet old friends, make new ones, and set yourself up for the rest of the day. If you’re keen to get back to the Convention Center, most folk are finished by nine and there’s a local bus that will take us all back to town in time for the first morning sessions.

You can RSVP on Facebook.

Also, if you run one of the many ‘we’ll sign you up to all the parties at SXSW for $10′ services, please do not add the Breakfast. It’s unrealistic to have 4,000 people on an RSVP list for an intimate event like this (as we have had in previous years). We like to have an honest idea of who is turning up, rather than who the RSVP has been sold to.

20×2 asks "What’s the last thing you remember?" for 2014

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Another stalwart of the evening entertainment at SXSW Interactive is Saturday night’s 20×2 event. The format is simple – the team ask twenty people the same question, and they are each given two minutes on stage. No restrictions on style, presentation, or methods, are given.

If you’ve not been along before, you’re going to find a wild night of entertainment, inventiveness, excitement, adventure, and a theremin (well there was one last year)…

It all goes down at Elysium (7th and Red River) from 7pm on Saturday March 8th. SXSW badge holders get in for free, for everyone else it’s a $10 cover charge.

The speaker list (but not the runnig order) can be found at 20×2.org.

See you there?

Five questions for Shelby Earl

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Seattle’s Shelby Earl is getting ready to head down to Austin for SXSW Music, but there’s enough time to answer our five questions!

Shelby Earl

Shelby Earl

1. Welcome to SXSW Baby. Tell us a bit about the yourself.

I’m a Seattle-based singer/songwriter who, in the words of NPR’s Ann Powers, “writes music for folks who’ve been through a few things.” I have a new Damien Jurado-produced album out called Swift Arrows, which has received a healthy dose of critical acclaim since it’s release in late-2013, and which, in the words of Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab/Postal Service), “proves [Shelby] has the most heartbreakingly beautiful voice in Seattle” (thank you, Ben!). Last month, Spark and Shine Records (Ken Stringfellow, The Maldives, Starr Anna) released the album on pink vinyl and I’ve been out on the road promoting it ever since (I’ll be out with the amazing Tom Brosseau up ’til SXSW!).

Swift Arrows is the follow-up to my solo debut album, Burn the Boats, which was produced by John Roderick of the Long Winters, and which Amazon.com named the “#1 Outstanding 2011 Album You Might Have Missed.” If you’re one of the many who missed that one, I recommend picking up both records!

2. Why have you decided to showcase to SXSW this year?

I’ve played SXSW multiple times, but always unofficially. I got the invite to play an official showcase this year and I couldn’t pass it up! But most importantly, I’m proud of the collection of songs Damien and I recorded together (almost entirely live) and I love playing them for people up-close-and-personal.

3. Who are your musical influences and heroes?

My musical heroes are all over the map stylistically, but I tend to gravitate toward artists with unique voices and songs. Among that list of heroes are Bjork, Rufus Wainwright, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, and, of course, Damien Jurado.

4. If our readers could listen to just one of your tracks, which track would it be and why?

I would suggest “Swift Arrows”, the title track off the new record. I think it best encompasses the intention and meaning behind the rest of the album. Some of the other songs might be a bit more raucous or visceral, but this song is probably the truest reflection of my voice as an artist. Also, the video below will break your heart in an NSFW sort of way. So, if you’re into that kind of thing, this is for you.

5. Who else do you think we should be listening to at SXSW Music 2014?

I don’t know, but you’re going to see me right next to you at all those showcases and parties, hunting for the newest gems!

Follow Shelby Earl online, or find her showcase details online at SXSW.

Get ready for the iTunes Festival to drown out SXSW Music

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

You know, I’m in two minds about the announcement from Apple that the first iTunes Festival outside of the UK is coming to SXSW Music this March. It’s a huge win for SXSW as an organization, and Apple are going to livestream the heck out of the performers taking to the stage at the Moody Theater.


There’s only so many stories that the media can take coming out of Austin in March. With only four days of music, the major digital and print publications have limited space to cover the event. The management of every one of those publications will be looking at the page views and ad impressions; the focus will go to the stories that get the social shares, eyeballs, ‘viral’ traffic, and increased click-through rates. With the best intentions in the world, the stories will be written around the same names you see at the MTV Awards, the VH-1 Documentaries, and on ‘The Tonight Show With Jack Parr‘.

And don’t get me started on the flood of US Talk Shows setting up camp in Austin taking out even more of the PR oxygen…

So it’s great that Apple are here. I just wish that their announcement had not included names like Coldplay, Keith Urban, or Pitbull. If Apple had brought everything to SXSW but filled the line-up with the best new and unknown artists that Southby can serve up (Ages and Ages, Honeyblood, Bring Me The Horizon, Ruby Jane,spring to mind out of the two thousand to choose from) then I would have had a lot of respect for the Festival coming to Austin and honoring the space.

Right now it feels like Apple are joining the big brand names, bringing in the big band names, and turning the word on the street from ‘did you come across Mia Dyson?’ to ‘did you get an Apple ticket?’

That’s not what SXSW means to me.

Ready to spend ten grand to promote at SXSW Interactive?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Once upon a time you needed just $100 to rock a launch at SXSW. Then it was $1000. Now the going rate in an article headline to launch a brand new service at SXSW is $10,000, as Posse explains over on the New York Times blog:

Last year, I went back to SXSW to introduce Posse, a social network that helps users see their friends’ recommendations for places to go. Technology companies now use the conference as a platform to capture the world’s media in a bid to be the next big thing. Like many top bands, Twitter and Foursquare got their big breaks as start-ups at SXSW.

With the conference season here again, thousands of entrepreneurs will head to SXSW, TechCrunch Disrupt, Launch and a myriad of other trade shows and exhibitions that showcase products and services. But with so many competitors and limited resources, how can one start-up stand out?

Find out all their advice here.

Five questions for The Wilderness of Manitoba

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The fascinating name of The Wilderness of Manitoba are making the trek down to Austin and Southby from Toronto this year. What can we expect from them? Let’s find out…

The Wilderness of Manitoba

The Wilderness of Manitoba (picture: Jennifer Rowsom)

1. Tell us a bit about the band.

We’re based out of Toronto and we’re in the process of recording our fourth album, which we’re planning to finish when we return from our current Western Canadian Tour.

2. Why have you decided to showcase to SXSW this year?

Are you kidding? It’s SXSW!!!

3. Who are your musical influences and heroes?

There’s a huge range here. From Cocteau Twins to Marvin Gaye, from Wayne Shorter to 90s slow core, we’re all over the map.

4. If our readers could listen to just one of your tracks, which track would it be and why?

Our newest song, When You Go, showcases the new directions this band is moving in. As well, Reveries En Couleur; it’s an audio journey, an exploration, it’s experimental, it’s rad.

5. Who else do you think we should be listening to at SXSW Music 2014?

Perfect Pussy! Meredith Graves can really wail.

Follow The Wilderness of Manitoba online, or find their showcase details online at SXSW.