I love SXSW (South By South West) music festival and Austin, Texas! I visited there in 2008 and went for the whole event; Film, Interactive and Music! You can read and view photos of that trip in a blog that I wrote for Barflies.net titled Tink’s 2008 Year End Music Redux!
This years trip was anticipated by the starting Gundo Records and taking EFFU promo CDs with me. Albeit I hobbled around Austin, TX with an injured ankle . . .
I did this trip a bit differently then 2008. I only came for the Music portion of the event and I stayed outside of Austin at my friends Kelly and Chris’s house which is on a farm with cows, donkeys, 2 cute pups and one very rogue GOOSE!
I did my best to get to as many panels and to see as many bands as I could. The panels that I attended were Archiving and Accessing Music Media – The Great Migration. This was primarily about how record labels, music libraries etc are archiving music on a cloud and CDs. Since I’m a full-time Digital Archivist, I found this interesting.
Next was Cash for Songs – Getting Music in Commercials. I went to this because I think this is the future of music. Getting licensing deals. Which led me to the next panel . .
Insider Tips for Maximizing Licensing Income and Opportunities. The panel set up a mock licensing deal. Many people involved . . . a lot of back and forth. . . a lot of renegotiation and enrolling the client(s) to the project . . . a lot of compromising and flexibility. You have to keep in mind the artist, the manager, songwriters, labels, etc.
Vinyl Records 3.0 – Challenges and Rewards. Since I was going to be releasing EFFU’s 7″ clear vinyl, I thought it was important . . .
I’m sure I went to more panels but these were the ones I took notes on!
Now for the fun stuff, THE MUSIC!
Duran Duran @ Stubbs – Highlight on my trip and life. I heart DD!
Wanda Jackson over at a venue off of Congress. LOVE HER!
But the sad part of this is that I know I saw more bands but I can’t find my notes and I can’t remember their names! BOO! And I apparently bought a crappy camera before sxsw. Never buy a crappy camera before going on a trip or at least try it out first before you leave . . .
Had the best BBQ @ Black’s in Lockhart, TX. Went to San Antonio, TX and saw The ALAMO! Saw a white Donkey, no, not me silly . . . a real white donkey that goes heehaw. . . heehaw . . . Went to a bar that had Gnomes everywhere . . . Lilacs were in bloom!
Yep! I love sxsw and Austin, TX