My Month So Far

Wow! Where do I begin! These past couple of months have been absolutely insane!

I guess I’ll start from mid June: CMA Fest

I ended up working a promotion for CMA Fest, not the gig I necessarily wanted but it does work and pays really good money.

Side note about working promotions: The reason why I do them, it’s a super easy way to make money, meet people and it normally gets you access to the things that are going on! #workingfestivals

But seriously, CMA Fest is just like SXSW. There’s something going on at every corner of the city, and just like SXSW, you can get in to see free shows. Now that I know what I know this year, I know how to go about it next year. But I secretly hope I can work Bonnaroo next year. #yesplease

End of June: Summerfest

As I the month comes to an end, I drive up with my momma to go to Milwaukee. Yes, I’m in Milwaukee as I’m typing this. Because I worked my 4th year at Summerfest: World’s Largest Music Festival.

Hanging with my Summerfest team, I had a blast. I always do! I told all my supervisors, for as long as I can, I will work Summerfest.

Normally, I don’t like to write about artists that I’ve worked with, because I think it’s biased. But check out Gary Clark Jr. and X Ambassadors if you haven’t already!

So right now, I’m technically freelancing, still working towards my dream job, but you never what is to come in the next couple of months!

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