I haven’t written in the past couple of weeks…because I went to SXSW!
That’s right, I accomplished one of the biggest goals of my life! I went to the world’s largest music conference. And even though it didn’t go according to plan, I’m still glad I did it. I learned a lot about myself and what I want for a job.
First off, let me explain South By South West: AKA SXSW.
A long time ago, it started as a showcase for local artists and artists around the country to come to Austin, and play anywhere and everywhere. Over the years, it became bigger and bigger, to the point where they had to give out “permits” so artists are allowed to play there. With that being said, now SXSW is the world’s largest film,interactive and music festival. That’s a big festival and it’s a beast to take on. I learned first hand.
Second, because SXSW is such a beast to take on, you need to have some sort of strategy going into it. My main strategy: looking at the website, asking Austinites and looking all over social media. Not to say that my strategy didn’t work, but I definitely would have done it differently for sure.
Third, I saw some amazing bands, I can’t express that enough. You don’t need a badge or a wristband, you don’t need to wait in line, all you need to do is walk around, walk in a venue and listen to some damn good music. Believe me, it still exists.
Here are some bands that really stood out to me:
And the Kids
Nicky Lang Music