Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Kane Strang.
The Dunedin, New Zealand artist’s witty and whimsical songwriting caught the attention of super-indie label Dead Oceans, who will be releasing his album later this year. We’ve, meanwhile, called him the next Stephen Malkmus. The young man is that talented, so it’s no surprise that he was invited to play at SXSW this year.
One of my fav things at SXSW was the Rachael Ray showcase. It was a few blocks away from the chaos in the centre of town (where you can constantly hear 3+ bands playing at once). They had free food, and there were dogs you could hang out with between sets. Rass, our tour manager Ari, and I lined up for way too long just to get 2 seconds with them, but it was some much need dog-time after being away from mine for so long.
The first night we were there was fun, too. I met a few people who are working on my next album, and we went out for BBQ. We were staying at the same grotty hotel as the Aldous Harding crew, and they played us some new songs there afterwards. That was really nice.
One last funny thing that happened was that Rass and I wound up in the Hilton elevator with Nardwuar after wanting to get a pic with him all morning. We completely choked and pretended we didn’t know who he was!
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