The Thein Way to Live: Adventures of SXSW

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:

Split Single
And the Kids
Silver Palms
Nicky Lang Music
Charli XCX
Chet Faker
Cymbals

Why I Want to Move

This time of year, it makes me very uninspired to do anything. If it’s too cold out, who the heck wants to go outside? If it’s nice out but no snow, it is still to cold to do anything and too crappy to want to do anything!? It is pretty much a lose lose situation.

That is why I want to move to Nashville or Austin. Not only are those two great cities for music but they have warm weather mostly year round and there is so much richness and culture in those cities. So much history and yet they are major cities that are affordable.

However, as a job seeker, I’m finding it hard to be taken seriously when I’m applying from out of state.I’m trying my best to stay positive but it looks like when I move… I might have to go in blind sided.

But if I fail, at least I tried following my dreams.Because if I don’t try, I’ll never know. If I never know, I live in a place of regret for the rest of my life.

But knowing me, I don’t think I’ll will fail miserable. I can’t because I won’t let myself. I’ve come this far, it’s about damn time something falls into place.

 

Because the weather sucks, here is a great song for the weather!

Austin City Limits: Moody Theater

So I was just down in Texas for work.

First off, I have an awesome job. I get to travel and meet a bunch of people. Plus, my coworkers are amazing people.

Anyways, the first night we got there, we rented out ACL Moody Theater for our reception. If you don’t know what Moody Theater is ( so help me if you don’t), it’s one of the most famous theater where they record live music shows. Recently they just moved the theater right to downtown area where we were staying.

That’s besides the point, it was amazing. There were pictures everywhere of people that performed there and the theater itself was just breathtaking. That’s not even the best part. ACL the festival unfortunately was rained out, but the headliner for Sunday ,Atoms for Peace, played at Moody Theater that night. We were able to see a headlining act of ACL the festival! It was amazing and they played an amazing show!!

Long story short: Austin is awesome!

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Austin: City of Live Music

I love Nashville, I always have. My senior year of college, I went there on my spring break to hand out my resume… yeah I was a little over ambitious.

Since Nashville, I’ve always kept that thought in my mind of wanting to move down south . Where it is warm and has good music. But my mind set has changed since I went to Austin. Austin is such a cool city when it comes to music. However, I was pretty disappointed by 6th street ( but I did go during the middle of the week). But you would think for a major city, 6th  street would always be happening right?

Regardless of 6th street, Austin has so much to offer when it comes to  the venues and the culture of the city . Most of the cities’ venues are these little run down places ,but they truly have a lot to offer. The best part about it is, the audience loves the music. So everyone is so into it. I love it.

And of course, ACL ( Austin City Limits) is one of the coolest venues I’ve ever seen. If you ever get the chance, go to Austin .