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protein
11-03-2008, 20:54:55
currently in austin, texas. wish you were here.

The Shaker
11-03-2008, 20:56:26
I didn't realise Austin had gone with you.

Vincent
11-03-2008, 21:41:47
Wish I was here

zmama
11-03-2008, 23:44:11
I'm nowhere

Lurker the Second
12-03-2008, 00:02:02
Wish I were in Austin. Never heard a bad word about it. Have a blast!

DaShi
12-03-2008, 03:07:25
Originally posted by protein
currently in austin, texas. wish you were here.

Why? What wrong with it? :hmm:

protein
12-03-2008, 03:13:07
it's really nice actually (apart from republicans and denneys). nice weather, cool bars, lots of music, pretty liberal on the whole.

annoyingly we've spent the day trying to locate a missing sampler (thanks british airways you useless cunts) and working out how to get data from a back up scsi drive designed to work with samplers only. looks like we're going to spend the night at an emergency data recovery service and then re-building a whole live set on a computer before our first showcase tomorrow. fucking ace.

TCO
12-03-2008, 03:54:37
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrzxuQZBsSM&feature=related

TCO
12-03-2008, 03:57:43
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWS-FoXbjVI&feature=related

Funko
12-03-2008, 09:11:11
Originally posted by protein
annoyingly we've spent the day trying to locate a missing sampler (thanks british airways you useless cunts) and working out how to get data from a back up scsi drive designed to work with samplers only. looks like we're going to spend the night at an emergency data recovery service and then re-building a whole live set on a computer before our first showcase tomorrow. fucking ace.

Ouch. Good luck.

Drekkus
12-03-2008, 09:52:15
Wow, protein in america. No wonder the earth is raging with storms.

Tizzy
12-03-2008, 09:54:20
Originally posted by protein
currently in austin, texas. wish you were here.

Wish you were there too.
Oh, you are.

Yay!
:beer:

Gramercy Riffs
12-03-2008, 11:09:32
Hey, if you meet Todd P, say hi from me! I used to work for him in NY. He's a good guy to know if you want shows out there.

Venom
12-03-2008, 12:25:36
Originally posted by Lurker the Second
Wish I were in Austin. Never heard a bad word about it. Have a blast!

Austin is a shithole. The taint of Texas.

There. Now you have.

Lurker the Second
12-03-2008, 13:14:41
Coming from you that's a compliment, so no I haven't.

Funko
12-03-2008, 13:16:52
That is a fair point

Lefty Scaevola
12-03-2008, 21:03:04
Link to a page about your showcase, please. Not getting down to San Antonio, are you?

jsorense
12-03-2008, 21:21:59
I thought that this might be helpful:
http://www.pubcrawler.com/Template/searchwc.cfm/flat/zipcode=73301/distance=25/title=Austin,%20Texas

alsieboo
12-03-2008, 21:33:54
:beer: you'll be proper famous soon

Lurker the Second
15-03-2008, 12:09:36
I assume this is what Protein is up to:

1,700 Bands, Rocking as the CD Industry Reels
Richard Perry/The New York Times

Published: March 15, 2008

AUSTIN, Tex. — “I don’t want to feel like I don’t have a future,” sang the Shout Out Louds, one of more than 1,700 bands that have been performing day and night at Austin’s clubs, halls, meeting rooms, parking lots and street corners since Wednesday.

The Shout Out Louds, from Stockholm, were singing about a romance, but they could have been speaking for thousands of people attending the 22nd annual South by Southwest Music Festival. It is America’s most important music convention, particularly for rising bands, gathering a critical mass of musicians and their supporters and exploiters from the United States and across the world. While major labels have a low profile at this year’s gathering, other corporations are highly visible, using sponsorships to latch on to music as a draw and as a symbol of cool.

Southwest is a talent showcase and a schmoozathon, a citywide barbecue party and a brainstorming session for a business that has been radically shaken and stirred by the Internet. For established recording companies, the instantaneous and often unpaid distribution of music online is business hell; CD album sales are on an accelerating slide, and sales of downloads aren’t making up for the losses. But for listeners, as well as for musicians who mostly want a chance to be heard, the digital era is fan heaven. As major labels have shrunk in the 21st century, South by Southwest has nearly doubled in size, up to 12,500 people registered for this year’s convention, from 7,000 registered attendees in 2001, not including the band members performing. In an era of plummeting CD sales and short shelf lives even for current hit makers, the festival is full of people seeking ways to route their careers around what’s left of the major recording companies.

Sooner or later, public forums and private conversations at this year’s festival end up pondering how 21st-century musicians will be paid. For nearly all of them, it won’t be royalty checks rolling in from blockbuster albums. Musicians’ livelihoods will more likely be a crazy quilt of what their lawyers would call “alternative revenue streams”: touring, downloads, ringtones, T-shirts, sponsorships, Web site ads and song placements in soundtracks or commercials. Festival panels offer practical advice on all of them, for career-minded do-it-yourself-ers.

The key is to gain enough recognition to find an audience. Over its four days, SXSW, as the festival is called, is like MySpace moved to the physical realm: more music than anyone could possibly hear, freely available and clamoring to be heard.

Major labels used to help create stars through promotion and publicity, but their role has been shrinking. Multimillion-selling musicians who have fulfilled their major-label contracts — Radiohead, the Eagles, Nine Inch Nails — are deserting those companies, choosing to be free agents rather than assets for the system that made them famous.

Even a moderately well-known musician can reach fans without a middleman. Daniel Lanois, who has produced U2 and Bob Dylan and is also a guitarist and songwriter, noted during his set that he now sells his music directly online in high fidelity at the Web site redfloorrecords.com.

“We can record something at night, put it on the site for breakfast and have the money in the PayPal account by 5,” he said. “With all due respect for my very great friends who have come up in the record-company environment, it’s nice to see that technology has opened the doors to everybody.”

South by Southwest has insisted, ever since it started in 1987 as a gathering for independent and regional musicians, that major-label contracts have never been a musician’s only chance. Musicians who have had contracts are lucky if they recoup their advances through royalties. Lou Reed, who gave an onstage interview as a convention keynote, was terse about getting a label contract. “You have the Internet — what do you need it for?”

There’s never a shortage of eager musicians. Many bands drive cross-country by van or cross an ocean to perform an unpaid showcase at South By Southwest, and the most determined ones play not only their one festival slot but also half a dozen peripheral parties as well, hoping to be noticed. Sixth Street and Red River, two downtown streets lined with clubs, are mobbed with music-hopping pedestrians until last call.

Musicians make the trek even though discovering a local band from another town or another country is just a few clicks away. That spread of information opens new career paths, from tours stoked by blog buzz to recognition for a song tucked into a commercial or a soundtrack. South by Southwest draws like Ingrid Michaelson and Sia got big breaks through songs that appeared in television shows, while Yael Naim found an international audience through a MacBook Air commercial.

With music whizzing across the Internet, South by Southwest probably has fewer completely unknown so-called baby bands, but hundreds of more toddlers. They have unlikely allies now. If record labels can’t help them, corporations might. Few musicians worry about selling out to a sponsor; now it’s a career path. This year’s festival has brand-name sponsors everywhere, from Citigroup and Dell to wineries, social-networking Web sites and the chef Rachael Ray (who is the host of her own day party).

Governments subsidize bands from countries including Australia, Norway, Spain and Britain, which see new markets and trade value in music.

Radio stations are also active. Two well-established bands, R.E.M. and My Morning Jacket, played through their coming albums at packed South by Southwest shows that were broadcast live on National Public Radio and can be streamed at nprmusic.org/music — giving away new songs they know full well will soon be bootlegged. The logic is that fans who hear them will show up for concerts, pick up T-shirts and perhaps even buy the studio versions.

But for many of the performers at South by Southwest, the ambitions are on a smaller scale: just to be heard. Casey Dienel is the 23-year-old songwriter, pianist and wispy-voiced singer of White Hinterland; her gentle melodies carry tales of visionary transformations. She said she was at the festival just hoping that “if you put yourself out there authentically, you’re going to attract people who think like you.” Looking at her rapt audience of perhaps three dozen people, she smiled shyly. “There are so many of you!” she said.

Lurker the Second
15-03-2008, 12:13:29
And a link to some reporters/critics' blog:

Clicky (http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/)

Shining1
15-03-2008, 20:42:07
If there's still a major label around in a decade, good luck! =)

Oerdin
16-03-2008, 12:49:10
Lefty's article makes it sound like a blast. Hope you enjoy it, I'm envious.

protein
17-03-2008, 01:46:25
currently staying on sunset strip in hollywood to shoot a video. very filmy here. we've already been offered a walk on part in an hbo show. :lol:

i'm a different kind of tired now. yesterday we got up early after three or four hours sleep. did an interview with alternative press, then a photoshoot, then the same for spin, then went to yet another gifting (free swag, if anyone wants a copy of halo 3 for the xbox360 or a copy of guitar hero let me know) then we had a gig in the afternoon, then we had another interview, then a two hour photoshoot for a worldwide converse campaign, then a soundcheck, then another gifting and more interviews, then we played another gig (best one yet), then we ate some disgusting denneys food, then went to bed for two and a half hours and then caught a plane here.

all in all i think sxsw was a success, our label are really pleased and reckon we had a huge buzz.

TCO
17-03-2008, 03:38:38
Is this funko's band? You guys are becoming a success? What's your best song and can I listen to it? (Not even jerking you, here.)

zmama
17-03-2008, 06:23:49
No
yes
click on the link in the sig to start

Vincent
17-03-2008, 18:45:31
You call that a band? bah!

And any random line from a TV show would be a better band name than that.

Vincent
17-03-2008, 18:52:55
Here, I turned on my TV and heard "You seem to know a lot about my drinking". Now THAT's a good band name FACT

Oerdin
17-03-2008, 19:35:13
LA is actually a surreal place to visit. It's so LA that someone offered you a walk on part! :lol:

Oerdin
17-03-2008, 19:43:49
Oh, I see you're playing Coachella. I go there every year so I'll have to watch your band play then. :beer:

devilmunchkin
18-03-2008, 01:13:10
Originally posted by Oerdin
LA is actually a surreal place to visit. It's so LA that someone offered you a walk on part! :lol:

that is because the toxic fumes go to your head.

MoSe
18-03-2008, 11:28:31
and did you exchange a walk on part in LA for a lead role in CG?

TCO
19-03-2008, 03:20:36
What link in a sig?

Oerdin
19-03-2008, 04:55:19
Own goal.

Drekkus
19-03-2008, 08:44:33
Originally posted by Lurker the Second
And a link to some reporters/critics' blog:

Clicky (http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/) Ah, the London Ballet