Monday, February 18, 2008

SXSW - The Festival for Rich People

I'm into music, and I thought I might check out the SXSW festivities when they were in town, but I'm not $600 into music.

I didn't know it was an 'industry event' - maybe that's how people afford it - their companies pay?

Students have a discount for the film and interactive stuff - which nobody really cares about. People want to rock and roll - not click our mice and watch tv in the dark. Listen, rss feeds and dark French cinema have their places in this world, but would you really want to mess with either when your favorite band is ripping the roof off the vanue next door?

I guess the high cost is partially artificial, but partially driven by demand. The organizers, I suspect, did not want to make it too obvious that only rich people could attend, so they just set the price at some high pricepoint - making sure none of us rabble could afford to go see our favorite bands. And this way, music insiders (have you ever met any? talk about losers...) could go see the best, new up-and-coming bands in an intimate setting. Nice for them, I guess.

This post could mark my entry into the anti-SXSW movement here in town (if there even is one). I find these prices so outrageous that I'm thinking there must be an 'anti-' movement, we'll find out.

There is some kind of cheaper wristband situation I heard about. They sell them to us poor people a week or two before the festival starts, for $130 a piece if you are a local, or $160 if you are from out of town or something. You stand in some godforsaken line for a few hours in the Texas sun and hand over your wad of cash, and you have the privilege of getting a wristband. Then, you can show up at some venue, wait for all the rich people to show up and go in, and then if there is still room, you can finally go in. You are not guaranteed entry at all. You might not get into any show you want to see at all.


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Peter said...

...deleted original comment by 'The' and added new one, with correction.

There is however the option of non SXSW showcases, such as Red Gorilla

no wristband required, free to the public, and still a lot of really great bands

such as:

RedsterLA said...

The guys at Red Gorilla are also helping to sponsor an event at the Speakeasy, 412 Congress Ave # D, Austin, TX 78701, 512.476.8017

Part one is a day event with industry panels (REAL music, TV & film industry folks), the other two are in the evening and FREE. All are geared toward artists & bands who not only want to sell their CDs and tour, but who want their music licensed in film & TV.

Wednesday, March 18, 12noon-6pm
This low-cost, 6-hour event has two sets of panels (Basic & Advanced) that cover everything from Social Networking to Touring; Press (why you're not getting enough) to Radio; Fans & Brands to Distribution and much, much more.

*and AFTER the Boot Camp* Two FREE Events:

Wednesday, March 18, 7-9pm
Music Supervisor "Moment of Truth"
Artists/bands can drop their CDs into a box and have a chance for a minute of their best song to be heard and critiqued by REAL music supervisors & creative folks working on REAL films and TV programs. Those listening include Tony VonPerviux (Director of Music Creative for ABC), Chris Molere (The Box [Cameron Diaz/James Marsden], Greek, Kyle XY) & Dominique Preyer (Lovely, Still [Martin Landau/Ellen Burstyn], the upcoming Conflict of Interest [Michael Madsen]) & Barry Coffing (award winning songwriter & music producer ["How Do You Talk to an Angel?", The Brady Bunch Movie, Beverly Hills, 90210])

Wednesday, March 18, 9pm
Music Supervisor Party
The party starts immediately after the "Moment of Truth" event and is also FREE. Bands get to mingle & schmooze with music supervisors and network with panelists, managers, PR folks, and other artists.

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