2012 was my second year at the Austin music festival and by then I had already become a pro at finding my way around town, finding cheap hotels, escape routes after hours from the traffic and where to eat. This year Im gearing up for my 3rd year at the festival and excited to blog and document all the madness for KCRW. I find it easy to plan lightly every morning via the schedule and just float like the breeze. Allow changes, sit in on music panels during the day and always, ALWAYS recharge at the Convention Center! And purchase a music badge! Ive met so many artists, movers and shakers who avoid picking up a badge and complain how the festival sucked. The music badge gets you into events, avoid lines, receive a booklet with ALL the shows and guarantees you an amazing experience! Otherwise your stuck on 6th Street or local bars. Not that anything is wrong with 6th Street! I find some great bands playing there but just trust me! Purchase your badge here.
I was randomly searching through my pictures of last year’s pictures and found so many cool photos in my instagram feed. Das Racist, Miles Bonny, Theophilus London, Mobb Deep, Nardwaur, some toothless chola who offered me vices of my choice, Sonnymoon, The Stepkids, Homeboy Sandman , Fiona Apple and J Sole all popped up. I try to explain to friends that I approach SXSW as an adventurer and as a music fan. Id much rather bypass the smoozing and business card exchange in the VIP lounge for some live shows, loud guitars and photo snapping. It’s like that movie “Almost Famous” but on steroids. If your out there I’d love to see you! Give me a hollar! Email is below!