I’m not sure if it was jetlag or excitement, but despite a bedtime of 3:15am, I was up and unable to get back to sleep at around 9:00am. Thankfully, almost all of my roommates seemed to be in the same boat.
I arrived later than most (or at least many) on Wednesday night. Unsurprisingly, my flight was full of musicians and industry types.
An hour or so after landing I was in the hotel room. I quickly addressed the work emails that had accumulated during my travels, and booked it to the Convention Center to grab my badge and begin my SXSW adventures. (more…)
I’ll be honest, Spanish Prisoners isn’t the standard fare that makes me take stand up and notice. They are dreamy, hazy and meandering, and from Brooklyn – usually a lethal combination for me. Much of their debut album Gold Fools, doesn’t accomplish anything I haven’t heard before, but yet…is strangely pleasant and compelling. (more…)
With the annual South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival now just days away, industry professionals from blogger to supervisor are all hustling to catalog, notate and RSVP to entire inboxes full of artist schedules and event invitations. Of course, the day they land in Austin on March 14 (or earlier), the meticulous work will all be in vain, swept away by word of mouth and tagging along with friends to that secret show no one else knows about. Thus is the glorious standard operating procedure at SXSW.
For most people I know, the above rarely includes conference panels. It’s easy to enjoy the festival without spending the $500 – $750 on a badge, and avoiding the Austin Convention Center entirely. Still though, SXSW was founded on a conference and that is still at it’s core. (more…)