SXSW Poopin’ on The Lil Guy
Every year I’m usually pretty hype about SXSW, but this year was different. As a musician I kinda felt like Cinderella not being invited to the ball. While I’d like to think for the past 3 years I’ve actually been submitting an application for this event, I feel more like I was making a donation instead. What do I need that $35 for anyway. I’m just a starving artist, right? Then come to find out a majority of the acts being selected are already signed!! What’s that about?
I get having a few major acts in town to draw the crowd but using SXSW as a primer for record industry newbie’s is down right insulting. It’s the false hope that kills it for me. Do you know what the promise of free wristbands, industry connections and boundless exposure means to an unknown musician like me? And you might say, Steph, maybe you just weren’t the sound they were looking for. But what about every other awesome unsigned musician in the greater Austin area. Not saying this needs to be an exclusively “Austin” thing, but my whole beef is “major” verses “unsigned”. But you know, it’s moments like this where I appreciate being the type of person that doesn’t wait for opportunity to slap me in the face.
I was blessed enough to be apart of the Spicy Evolution Music Festival as well as play an “unofficial” SXSW showcase held at the amazing 11th Street Station. And guess what!?! It only cost me my time and 1 shot of Patron, Lol. I guess I’m still a little naive to the game and my view of how the system is supposed to work is totally skewed, but I still have hope for the future