SXSW Showcases You Need To See
Our friends at Trap Nation have an amazing showcase lined up. 8 of the hottest trap stars will be taking the stage and are sure to break the Outbreak House. In collaboration with Monster Energy, this is just one of three outstanding lineups put together by Youtube powerhouse The Nations. RSVP here.
Chill out with Chill Nation’s impressive SXSW lineup. From Moving Castle all star Manila Killa to tour expert Sweater Beats, Chill Nation has lined up eight incredible artists for this year’s showcase. The Nations are about to be the talk of Austin with the showcases they’ve lined up. RSVP here.
“Really excited to see how this goes. It’s a first for our team, and we really focused all our time and effort in the last 4 months to make sure this came together as planned. We’re showcasing the best talent from Trap Nation and Chill Nation this year as well as a dope Lowly Palace pool party in collaboration with Brownies & Lemonade. Come through if you’d like, it’s going to be dope!” – Andre Willem, A&R / Founder Trap Nation, Lowly Palace.
4 days and nights of glorious future bass, trap, and electropop. What more could you ask for? The dream team comprised of Beautiful Buzzz, We The Beat, and Closed Sessions put on an epic showcase last year and this year’s lineup is bound to make you swoon. This will be Beautiful Buzzz’s 7th year at SXSW and it’s no surprise why. Featuring a range of artists including Prince Fox, Whethan, Crywolf, RAC and more, Get Buzzzed is definitely the place to be at SXSW. RSVP here.
“This will be my 7th year producing this SXSW showcase – we have had many names over the years, but it’s always been 4 days and 4 nights, and it’s always at The Brew Exchange. Getting to transform this sports bar into a venue that’s hosted The Knocks, Gorgon City, and Rufus … and that has debuted live sets from Goldroom and MSTRKRFT, is honestly the most fun I have ever had … and the most stressful putting it all together. This year we are really focusing on what the Beautiful Buzzz brand has evolved into, the best of what electronic dance music has to offer with all that future bass and hip-hop flavor! Delicious!” – Erin Maher, Founder Beautiful Buzzz
Brownies & Lemonade
The LA party kings are back this year with another stunning showcase. Known for their special guest sets and Skrillex pop-ups, B&L has gained nationwide recognition and brought so many SoundCloud artists to the forefront of dance music. Continuing the tradition, B&L has lined up some of the top electronic artists in the industry for what will definitely be an unforgettable showcase. RSVP here.
“Last year was a breakthrough year for us. This year we’re returning to SXSW with the hope of being a destination for cutting edge music lovers from all over. The biggest change this year is that we’re upgrading to Austin’s renowned nightlife venue Kingdom and going after hours for an unforgettable all night experience. Along with the world class talent in store for our showcase, we’re also bringing a surprise or two. Very excited overall to be back.” – Kush, Co-Founder B&L.
“We’re excited to return to Austin on Thursday, March 16th for our second official SXSW showcase. Last year’s lineup featured a handful of acts that have since become festival mainstays and gone on to tour globally such as Louis The Child, Ekali, and oshi. This year’s edition features rare performances by Sam Gellaitry, Crywolf, Manila Killa & Pomo along with some of our favorite emerging talent like Quix, Medasin, Whereisalex. If you’re making the journey out there this year, don’t sleep on what we have in store.” – Chad Kenney, Events Producer B&L.
Space Yacht X SMOG X 40 Oz Cult
Space Yacht is known for collaborating with amazing labels, collectives, and more to put on incredible shows across the country. From their LA residency to shows in Phoenix and NYC, Space Yacht has become a national and memorable brand in the electronic world. Back for their second year, Space Yacht has linked up with SMOG and 40 Oz Cult to bring a secret and bound to be epic lineup to SXSW. RSVP here.
“A few years ago at SXSW, Henry and I walked into the sweatiest dankest basement party that 12th planet was throwing and had the time of our lives. We’re super honored to be a part of bringing him to SXSW this year and we’re thrilled to be doing it alongside SMOG and 40 Oz Cult!” – Ollie Zhang, Space Yacht
For all our hip hop heads out there, a must see showcase is being thrown at Clearport by the homies at All In. The Austin-based collective is out here this year with artists from all over the world like AJ Tracey and Kaiydo. The show is free as well so definitely make sure to stop in and get your dose of rhymes. RSVP on their website.
Epicure Artist Collective x Almost Real Things x PRIME x ALTernate Reality Gallery
Up and coming artist collective Epicure has risen quickly through Soundcloud with their rapid release of music. In their first SXSW showcase, they will be teaming up with other art and music collectives Almost Real Things, PRIME, and ALTernate Reality Gallery. With a lineup featuring acts like Luca Lush, BLVK SHEEP, and more it seems like these guys are going to be making a real mark on this year’s SXSW. Get your tickets here.
SXSW Must See Artists
Crywolf is an undeniable eye catcher and seeing him at SXSW with definitely be a treat. Granted, he’s mostly doing DJ sets as opposed to his phenomenal live sets but regardless, Crywolf’s set is sure to blow your mind. His indie electronic style is unique and carries elements of rock and pop while still maintaining that electronic sound. Catch him at the Beautiful Buzz and Brownies & Lemonade showcases.
Medasin is a RTT favorite that we can’t ignore. The Dallas producer is known for making some of the coolest future bass flips and we’re sure he has some tricks up his sleeve for next week. Catch him at the Beautiful Buzz and Trap Nation showcases.
The Polish producer has had some top notch singles this past year. From his recent single with Anuka to his Next Wave release with Malcolm Anthony, Pham’s soundscape ranges from future hip-hop to sultry R&B and everything in between. Catch him at the Beautiful Buzz showcase.
PLS&TY is the king of future bass and it’s been so exciting to watch him grow over the past year. From bootleg flips to original tracks featuring MOONZz and CosmosNCreature, PLS&TY has done it all flawlessly. Coming off some dates with Crywolf, PLS&TY has clocked the touring experience to put on a great show. Catch him at the Beautiful Buzz and Brownies & Lemonade showcases.
Pomo has been skating under the radar for the past few months and that’s exactly why you need to see him at SXSW. Pomo definitely has a lot of unreleased goodness up his sleeve and SXSW is the perfect place to debut unreleased material. Pomo is surely going to bring the funk to SXSW. Catch him at the Beautiful Buzz and Brownies & Lemonade showcases.
Sam Gellaitry is another one who has been quite so far this year but hopefully that just means he has a lot in store for us. The out-of-the-box producer has been a staple of the ever growing future bass genre and is sure to put on an amazing set. Catch him at the Beautiful Buzz and Chill Nation showcases.
Hot off his U.S. tour, our favorite Holland producer is making a pit stop at SXSW and we could not be more excited. His latest original “Light” has been a smash and shows just how creative the young producer can be. Catch him at the Beautiful Buzzz and Trap Nation showcases.
Sweater Beats has been cranking out original tunes and they have all been glorious. With features including Imad Royal, Nicole Millar, and MAX, Sweater Beats keeps surprising us with his growth and unique sense of self. Catch him at the Beautiful Buzz, Brownies & Lemonade and Chill Nation showcases.
Whethan has had a major year. From trapped up remixes to a collaboration with Flux Pavillion to his debut headline tour, Whethan has pushed his way into the spotlight and for good reason. Catch him at the Beautiful Buzzz and Trap Nation showcases.
Tips & Tricks To Make It Through SXSW
- RSVP to EVERYTHING! It’s better to have a way to get in the door than have no way in. As soon as you get to SXSW, get your badges and wristbands even if you’re not sure if you’re going to go to the showcase. It’s infinitely easier to grab that Fader wristband in the beginning of the week because otherwise you’ll wait in a line for hours .
- Make a schedule. You can’t see everything or even half of all the showcases you’re going to want to see so making a schedule is an absolute necessity. See where artists overlap and most of all don’t worry if you don’t see everyone. Google Maps and Google Calendar are your best friend. Some showcases are going to be on opposite ends of Downtown Austin so map out your destinations ahead of time. And remember: most of these artists are preparing tours or are playing at other festivals this summer so you will have a chance to see them again.
- Bring water. SXSW is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay hydrated.
- Pack snacks. Snacks are necessary in any festival backpack. Cliff bars and protein bars are great because they give you just the energy you need to keep going in between meals.
- Stash your cash. ATM machines charge an insane amount ($5-10) to take out cash. It’s not your typical $1.50 fee and no one wants to spend $40 on ATM fees by the end of the week. You’re better off bringing some and keeping it for desperate times.
- Lock down your transportation. Uber and Lyft do not exist in Austin but there are other apps like them that you should definitely download.
Have fun at SXSW and be sure to check out Snapchat and Instagram throughout the week!
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[By Jordan Farley]