Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just three years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. These memories are from Flint Eastwood.
Jax Anderson, who is the mastermind behind Flint Eastwood, is one of the more creative forces in electronic. Merging rock, pop, orchestral pop, R&B, soul, hip hop, and MIA-style lyricism, she is the future of the genre. Apparently, SXSW agrees because they invited her back for the second straight year.
SXSW is always a doozy. It’s a mixture of the biggest party you’ve ever been to and the most chaotic show you’ve ever played. I love it. If you roll with the wave, you’ll have a great time, and you’ll typically find yourself in some crazy situations. This year was a short, tame trip compared to previous years:
This was my first set. I played a day party at Mohawk. I was wrapping a tour opening for my friends in a band called PVRIS and drove all night to Austin to play this show, and that was followed by immediately driving to San Antonio to play the final show with PVRIS, then driving back to Austin to play another day show the following day. This is pretty common practice for SXSW. It’s pretty casual to play multiple sets in a day. It can get tiring, but overall I love the challenge.
I played an outdoor party for M&M’s. SXSW has so much going on that they pretty much take any space that can hold a stage and sound system and turn it into a venue for the week. I can’t remember where we played, but I will say it was very beautiful. And very hot. I started touring around Christmas time and have been pretty much traveling only in winter. So when I got to Austin and realized it was 80 degrees, I immediately regretted only packing winter clothing. Oh well – work with what you’ve got, am I right?
After I played, I got a chance to walk around a bit. I ate some amazing Thai food and got a coffee from a machine that was setup like a coffee shop which I’ve noticed have been popping up in a lot of cities around America. It makes a lot of sense time-wise, but also is like, whoa… we’re in the future. I didn’t take pictures of either of those things.
I played a private office party in a skyscraper. They let us use their conference room as a green room, and I was feeling antsy so I spent my time doodling.
After our set, we picked up our boy Nydge, who needed a ride back to Detroit and started the trek back home.
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