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Interview :: Girl talk with BAUM at SXSW 2018

Casually chilling outside The Sidewinder before her SXSW performance, BAUM represents the next generation of pop starlets. The best way to describe this girl is unapologetically bad ass. Following in the footsteps of Lorde, it seems that this generation are in full control of their image and artistry.

Not only is it BAUM’s first time playing SXSW, it’s also her first time in Austin. “The people here are really friendly, which makes me relaxed. SXSW is just like a big party! I’ve been here almost a week. Last night I caught a bunch of cool people like Noah Cyrus and Kitten.”

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Interview :: Girl talk with Hoodlem at SXSW 2018

Tessa Pavilach, better known as Hoodlem, is widely recognised as Australia’s front runner of experimental soul and future R&B. The Aussie beat maker first caught our attention with her glitchy synth pop, dreamy vocals, and brutally honest lyrics.

We are outside The Sidewinder on Austin’s famous Sixth Street. It’s 9PM and SXSW 2018 is in full swing. The Australian-born left-field singer songwriter is moments away from stepping on stage. As we compliment each other’s outfits, Hoodlem recalls how she recently re-located from Australia to Toronto.

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Interview :: Sam Himself at SXSW 2018

After falling for rock n roll, soul and the blues in his native Switzerland, Sam Himself followed the music. It took him to Brooklyn. “I love Switzerland, but it feels like there’s bit of a glass ceiling there culturally. New York is where you want to be for music. Or also Austin, as I’m discovering.”

This is Sam’s first time playing SXSW, we’re outside in the Texas sunshine at The Sidewinder off 6th Street. After attending the festival a few times as a fan, it seems Sam has a love affair with Austin, “I just love being around so many new musicians and discovering new shit that I didn’t expect to see.”

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My SXSW Diary 2018 :: Day Six :: Rae Sremmurd, G Flip, Lucy Dacus

My last day of SXSW and I found myself wanting to saviour each moment. Turning off my phone and walking downtown, it felt as though I was truly appreciating the small details for the first time. The pick up trucks, the way people smile as you walk past, the local family run sports bars, kids playing instruments on the streets.

The thought of returning to reality made me grateful for every second but sad that such a spontaneous adventure would soon come to an end. With temperatures hitting 32 degrees I did what any Brit would do, cancelled my planned sessions in the air-conditioned Convention Centre and headed for Fader Fort to sizzle in the sun.

Already wishing we were back at Fader Fort 😍💕✨ #SXSW #sxsw2018 #faderfort

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My SXSW Diary 2018 :: Day Five :: Kim Petras, Khalid, AJ Tracey

With every booker and promoter wanting them on their showcase, I headed down to Austin Convention Centre to meet Lola Marsh before their second show of many at SXSW. These guys are high on life and their music is finding its way around the world.

An honest and lovely interview talking music, fashion, fate and chance meetings made me fall in love with them. No ego, pure talent and big hearts. Drawing comparison to Lana Del Rey, you can expect big things from Lola Marsh.

SXSW CAM: Day 5 📹✨ #sxsw

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My SXSW Diary 2018 :: Day Four :: Bishop Briggs, Sam Fender, Superorganism

As Austin turns up the heat, so does SXSW. To really hustle, your heart has to be in it. With some acts playing up to six showcases in four days, you realise the hunger and thirst not only for success in the music business but to have voices heard is remarkable.

Packed streets filled with every type of artist, manager, A&R, agent, promoter, publicist, media and music fan. The locals are friendly, welcoming and share community spirit. I head over to Aloft Hotel for Universal Music Group’s exclusive all-female emerging artist showcase headlined by Bishop Briggs.

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My SXSW Diary 2018 :: Day Three :: Pale Waves, Billie Eilish, Dermot Kennedy

Four hours sleep and back at it. The music industry’s work hard, play hard tactic applies here. With The Fader heading up one of the best parties in the city, I wait in line for over an hour in 30 degree heat to get my Fader Fort wristband.

There’s something special about wandering around in cities you feel lost in. Sixth Street is the craziest street in Austin. Think of Camden on a Saturday afternoon in summer. Located within the city’s urban core, Sixth Street is the heart of SXSW and it marches to its own beat night and day. I spend an hour here people watching.

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My SXSW Diary 2018 :: Day Two :: Noah Cyrus, Nilüfer Yanya

Waking up and remembering through a jet lagged haze that you’re in Austin, Texas for SXSW is the best feeling. Early start, I meet for breakfast tacos with the hard-working Maxie Gedge from PRS Foundation – the UK’s leading independent charitable funder of new music and talent development.

Not only do PRS Foundation help fund SXSW for UK artists including Shame, Nilufer Yanya, Jade Bird and Jerry Williams – they recently launched Keychange initiative, bringing together 45 international festivals and conferences to make the pledge for a 50/50 gender balance across their line-ups, conferences and commissions by 2022.

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My SXSW Diary 2018 :: Day One :: Ludacris & Thutmose

After losing trainers, wellies and hats to the rivers of mud at some of last years festivals, I decided it was time to hit The States and discover music on a new terrain. Granted this decision isn’t as simple as buying a last minute ticket to Lovebox and jumping on the tube to Victoria Park.

After two emergency passport appointments, one Air BnB booking fail and a layover in Atlanta, I finally arrived in Texas. Sitting in the back of an uber alone at 3am and driving across Austin, running only on adrenaline and with Haim on the radio – I knew this was going to be the trip of a lifetime. Cue the happy tears.

#SXSW I’m ready ❣ #nosleep 🤩

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