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 Ofeliadorme.

Ofeliadorme are Italy’s answer to Archive and Phoria – bands who mesmerize and cripple your senses with their trip-notica (dark, hypnotic ambient-electronica). Their songs, like “Alone With The Stars”, are immersive experiences, but these journeys are largely introspective and deeply emotive. If one day someone like say Richard Branson created a religion based on transcendence (and we’re not talking about Scientology), Francesca Bono, Tato Izzia, and Michele Postpischl would be writing its songbook. Not surprisingly, one of their favorite memories of SXSW 2017 was witnessing a master within the confines of church.

1 – We got excited because Wu-Tang Clan were performing at SXSW, and when in hell are we going to see them in Europe?! No chance! But the line was infinite and Security just laughed at us. They said to us, “We’re not even sure people with Primary badge will get in!” Damn!

2 – We got to see Agnes Obel perform in a Church, which was one of the highlights of the Festival. Complementary to that, we made friends with the guy sitting next to us, a musician called Jesse aka Fiori, who is originally from NY. In addition, the guys sitting behind us asked, “Were you playing BD Riley’s two nights ago? We loved your set!’ Oh boy, were we flattered!

3 – Francesca got very excited at Bella Union’s 20th anniversary party because she got the chance to finally meet in person Midlake’s drummer McKenzie Smith, with whom she had a brief email correspondence and to whom she gave our brand new album, Secret Fires. He’s a cool guy and a great musician.

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