New Zealand @ SXSW 2014

March 13th 2014
The South By Southwest Music & Media Festival 2014 will run from March 8th through March 17th and will see the music and entertainment world descend upon Austin Texas, and again New Zealand has a strong representation of artists making the journey south.

The South By Southwest Music & Media Festival 2014 will run from March 8th through March 17th and will see the music and entertainment world descend upon Austin Texas, and again New Zealand has a strong representation of artists making the journey south.

This year will see over 1900 bands play during the 6 festival days devoted to music in a multitude of venues in and around the world famous 6th street in downtown Austin, Texas. The conference attracts over 19,000 music professionals and fans alike from all over the world with a passion for music, music business and new technologies.

This year will feature the following New Zealand acts making the trek to Austin;

 

Truth

"Truth is the best thing that's happened to Dubstep in North America" - Datsik

Sonic architects of songs with an emotional heft as heavy as the subwoofer rupturing basslines that underpin their work, Truth are one of New Zealand's finest creative exports. Respected across the globe, since inception several years ago, Truth (Andre Fernandez and Tristan Roake) have, as both world-class producers and party-rocking DJs, cut a clear pathway through the international dubstep scene.

** Nominated "Best Producer" - 2013 Dubstepforum Awards**

** Nominated "Best Remix" (Seven - "Walter White"), "Best Podcast" ("Truth Chronicles") - 2014 Dubstepforum Awards**

**Nominated "Best Track" (Born Enemies) - 2013 Bass Music Awards**

 

Connan Mockasin

Described by Clash Music as "a true cosmonaut of inner space," Connan Mockasin has been wowing critics and audiences alike with his new album Caramel and his unparalleled live shows.

The album explores different regions of Mockasin's singular galaxy, guided by his truly adventurous songwriting that favors reconfigured pop structures with a skewed funk sensibility. And it has a concept..

"It starts with the dolphin [from the debut album] leaving, and the boss (the man) who is so in with love with the dolphin is sad, and then it kicks into the new album, and he is happier. But there's a car race and a crash..."


Streets Of Laredo

It's always hard to put your finger on the exact moment a band began, but it's safe to say that Streets of Laredo probably started in a beach-house on the wild Coromandel coast of New Zealand back in the summer of 2012.

Inspired by the evangelical fervor of the 70′s folk circuit that spawned modern day re-incarnations like Alex Ebert, Joshua Tilman and Arcade Fire, Streets of Laredo quickly gelled around the idea of a traveling family band playing unruly sing-along tunes with whatever instruments were at hand.

"A bunch of blogs started calling Girlfriend ‘Twisty Psychedelic Folk', which seemed fairly appropriate. We definitely all have a passion for rock solid songs and arrangements built around a bizarre sonic palette. Kinda like if Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor produced Paul Simon's songs being sung by Sharon van Etten. Or something."

 


New Zealand @ SXSW 2014
Wednesday 12th March, 5 - 8pm. Brush Square Park, West tent, corner of 4th street and Trinity street, Austin, Texas.

Line up
5.30pm - Streets Of Laredo
6.15pm - Connan Mockasin
7.00pm - Truth

Entry is free with a SXSW badge and proud NZ music fans Spy Valley Wines will provide a range of delicious Marlborough wines.

 

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