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SBSW..who is going...been there? And can tell me about it?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by bassbully, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    SXSW- I need stories and info, thoughts on it is it great...not so great?. I thought this would be the best place to post this if not mods please move.

    I will post why I am interested in SXSW after I get some info..Thanks!
  2. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday

    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I was in Vegas for CES, and was just swamped with meetings the entire time. I'm finally home.

    SXSW is huge. If you've never been, you can only imagine how it takes over part of the city. I've been to shows that are packed, and I've been to many that I was the only person there. There are the official SXSW showcases, which take place primarily at night, and then there are the unofficial shows, which account for 75% of the weeks entertainment. On a typical SXSW day, I'll leave the house at 10 am, and not get home until 3am. I ride a bike because I'm willing to go out of the way to see a band I'm really interested in. Most people won't. The majority of people never leave the downtown area.

    Your band's success at SXSW will depend upon the location of your shows. Shows are all over the city, but 99% of the people won't leave the area in the box below.


    If your shows are in (or very near) this area, you can draw people, if it is outside, don't expect many people to come. (There are a few places that are notable exceptions: Emo's, Beauty Ballroom, Spider House, Trailer Space Records, French Legation Museum). The vast majority of people walk, and simply won't venture too far because there are plenty of other options close by. The other challenge is what the venue is offering. Some bars have a good reputation and people will go there all day and not leave. Places that aren't bars can't sell liquor, so they give it away. Free food and other giveaways are common as well.

    What is your press packet like? Good promo shots? Are the ladies attractive? Guys will go see bands just because they have attractive girls. That can definitely be an advantage for you.

    My advice: Don't come unless you have more that one show lined up at a club or venue in the area outlined above. Your best bets are parties that are giving away food and drink. Don't try to crash it with pop up shows, or get shows once you're here unless you have quality shows already lined up.
  3. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Sent you an email. I just wanted to come on here and thank you for all the help again.
  4. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I drove a few hours to go a couple of years ago... wasn't too impressed. I live in North Austin now and probably still won't bother going again unless some bands that really excite me go.

    Just my $.02!
  5. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    hey, was just looking for TB related info on this years SXSW and found this thread.

    We'll be there as Suzanna Spring and the South Livermore Boys Club (aka the Surly Jackasses). Its an alt country/rockish thing.

    We are doing a showcase on Fri 3/15 @ 8pm at The Hanger Lounge (Sony/Red label venue). We are also doing a showcase on Sat 3/16 at the Uncorked Tasting Room which is not an "official" Sx venue.

    come on down and say hello fellow TBers.
  6. I'll be there, playing bass with 'We The Sea Lions'.. just filling ni tho... its not really my band
  7. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    enjoy dude.
  8. macribas


    Jan 17, 2009
    Austin, TX
    To me the highlight is the actual conference. If you have an artist wristband, make sure you hang out at the convention center during the day. That's where the real conversations and opportunities arise. You can hear from music industry veterans what works and what doesn't, and you can network with musicians, producers, journalists, etc. The Gear Expo is really cool too.
    Unless one of my buddies is playing, or a band that I really dig, I don't care for the showcases. The shows are like 45 min of each band, for (usually) small crowds.