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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?

BD: Bill Davis— lead singer and guitarist for Dash Rip Rock

MW: How did you get the chance to play SXSW 2013?

BD: Sometimes our record label helps get us in and sometimes we just get accepted on our good looks. Nah. Actually the festival was tailor-made for bands like us. We’re roots rock alternative indie and in Austin that’s a slam dunk.

MW: Have you ever played SXSW before?

BD: Yes, 25 times.

MW: Where is Dash Rip Rock from?

BD: New Orleans

MW: What is the music scene like in NOLA?

BD: It’s varied— it’s the birthplace of jazz so there are monster musicians here, but the underground scene is very bohemian and heavily populated by people who moved to New Orleans from other states or countries. There are cool punk bands here and eclectic street performers.

MW: Do you have a new release coming out?

BD: Yes. “Black Liquor” was released 11/13/12 on Alternative Tentacles Records out of San Francisco.

MW: Do you plan to tour on your way to SXSW?

BD: We are planning a West Coast tour after Austin.

MW: What are you hoping for coming out of SXSW?

BD: To promote our new record.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?

BD: We have been playing SXSW for years and we keep going back because the BBQ just gets better and better. Last year I went to Billy Gibbons BBQ sauce party, played my showcase, played a party with the dB’s, Thomas Dolby etc. and then drove over to West Texas to play with Joe Ely. The year before we got to see Peelander-Z, Chickasaw Mudd Puppies, and J Mascis. Might be hard to beat all that, but this year we’re going to try.

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself.

Juhyun: Hi!  We’re Galaxy Express.  We play a mix of hard rock, garage rock, punk, and psychedelic music.  There are three members in our band.  I play bass and sing, Jonghyun plays guitar and sings, and Heekwon plays drums.  We started our band in 2006.  We’ve toured in South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, the United States, and Canada.  In 2011, we won “Musician of the Year” at the Korean Music Awards.

MW: How did you get the chance to play SXSW 2013?

Heekwon: We applied online to play at the festival.  We’re so happy that we were invited to play at SXSW 2013!

MW: Have you ever played SXSW before?

Jonghyun: This will be our third straight year to play at SXSW.  In 2011, we toured North America with two other Korean bands and played SXSW while we were there.  This past spring, we toured the United States on our own and played at SXSW again.  We love SXSW!  Austin is a great city and the festival is awesome.  We want to keep returning to SXSW for as long as they’ll let us come back!

MW: Where is Galaxy Express from?

Heekwon: We’re from Seoul, South Korea.

MW: What is the music scene like in South Korea?

Jonghyun: The music scene in South Korea is dominated by pop idol acts.  The indie music scene is small, but things are slowly getting better.  There are a lot of talented indie bands in South Korea, and more of them are attempting to tour abroad.  K-pop has been getting more and more attention globally over the last few years.  Hopefully with indie bands starting to make a stronger international push, Korea’s other music scenes can start to build more of an overseas fan base as well.

MW: Do you have a new release coming out?

Juhyun: We released our third album in late November.  It’s a self-titled album.  We started writing the album right after our last US tour and recorded it from August until the end of October.  We released three singles from our new album before it came out, and made music videos for all three of the tracks.  The first three singles from our new album are

“You and I” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgD8WEk7lbE),

“Horongbul” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9_QweIWsDY),

and “Always” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP5ioOop-d0).

Our new album isn’t on iTunes yet, but it should be soon.  Our past releases can be found on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/galaxy-express/id215972658

Jonghyun: We also recently released a documentary film about our March 2012 USA tour.  It’s called “Turn It Up to Eleven 2: Wild Days.”  The documentary was shown at film festivals in Korea this past summer and opened in theaters here in late November.  It will be screened at the SXSW film festival in March, and we’re now discussing other ways to have it shown overseas.  The trailer for the documentary can be watched here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIoIgkQSZ-E 

MW: Do you plan to tour on your way to SXSW?

Heekwon: We’re going to do a one-month tour while we are in the US for SXSW.  We’re still planning our tour routing now, but I think we’ll be doing around 25 shows or so from March 8 until April 7.  We had fantastic times during our previous USA tours in March 2011 and March 2012.  We’re really excited to catch up with some of the friends we’ve made in the US.  We’ll be visiting a lot of places for the first time on our next tour, so we’re really excited about meeting new people too.

MW: What are you hoping for coming out of SXSW?

Jonghyun: We hope to meet more people.  During our previous two trips to SXSW, we’ve met some very talented musicians and some very cool music fans.  It’s amazing getting to interact with so many different people from some many different places at one time.  And it’s also amazing to be surrounded by so much great music.  During SXSW, there’s music being played everywhere you go in Austin.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?

Juhyun: Thanks so much to everyone for taking the time to read this interview.  We’ll be announcing the dates for our 2013 USA tour and SXSW appearance in January on our band Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GalaxyExpressKR.  We hope some of you can come see us play while we’re there!

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
M: Hi, we’re Mahogany: Andrew Prinz & Jaclyn Slimm. We both sing and play a variety of instruments, including 12-string guitars, cello, piano, percussion, synths, sequencers & drum machines. The sound of the group is always developing. People tell us Mahogany is akin to the Factory/4AD aesthetic, shoegaze, psych, krautrock, and other identifiers, but we don’t ascribe to genre (though these are obviously touchpoints).
MW: How did you get the chance to play SXSW 2013?

M: By invitation. We are very much honored to play. There continues to be a burgeoning interest in Mahogany both live and in recordings. We’ve even seen the first Mahogany album ‘The Dream of a Modern Day’ in a “Shoegaze Top Ten” in the December issue of MOJO, next to Ulrich Schnauss, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and Lush — and there is more to come.
MW: Have you ever played SXSW before?

M: Yes, we played last year and also played in 2002. It is interesting to chart how the festival has developed!
MW: Where is Mahogany from?

M: The band originated in Michigan, but moved to New York in 1999. Currently we’re in Chicago, where our label, BLVD Records, is based.
MW: What is the music scene like in Chicago, IL?

M: Strong. There are many musicians here, and many working bands. We continue to meet great people.
MW: Do you have a new release coming out?

M: Yes, a long-forthcoming EP called ‘Electric Prisms,’ which features songs from our upcoming 3rd album ‘Frontiering.’ We premiered “Keystone Sonata” from the EP, through the SXSW YouTube channel. It is no secret that there is usually some time between records, though we frequently play live.
MW: Do you plan to tour on your way to SXSW?

M: Yes, and afterwards as well! Check our website, www.mahogany.nu, for updates.
MW: What are you hoping for coming out of SXSW?

M: We hope to play to many people, celebrate, and be with friends!
MW: What would you like to say in closing?

M: We’d like to thank the SXSW Festival, our label, our families, and all of our amazing friends. And thank you!

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?

K: MY NAME IS KIRK.  I ORGANIZE SILENCIO.
MW: How did you get the chance to play SXSW 2013?

K: WE SIMPLY SUBMITTED. ALTHOUGH I FELT THAT THE BAND’S CONCEPT TIES TO DAVID LYNCH’S FILM SOUNDTRACK CATALOG WAS A SELLING POINT.
MW: Have you ever played SXSW before?

K: NO WE HAVE NOT.
MW: Where is Del Silenco from?

K: LET ME CLARIFY THE THE BAND IS CALLED “SILENCIO”.  WE HAD TO TAG ON THE “DEL” IN ORDER TO NAIL DOWN A WEB DOMAIN.  APPARENTLY THAT NAME IS PRETTY POPULAR OUT THERE FOR A NUMBER OF THINGS, INCLUDING BAND NAMES.   OUR HOPE IS THAT IN THE DAYS TO COME PEOPLE WILL RECOGNIZE OUR OUTFIT AS “THE” SILENCIO THE’RE LOOKING FOR. A UBIQUITOUS SILENCIO.
MW: What is the music scene like in Pittsburgh?

K: PITTSBURGH IS A SMALL SCENE, AND A FRIENDLY ONE.  IT HAS PRODUCED LUMINARY JAZZ PLAYERS IN THE PAST. IN RECENT YEARS IT HAS SPAWNED MORE POPULAR ACTS LIKE RUSTED ROOT, ANTI-FLAG, GIRL TALK & WIZ KHALIFA.  IT’S DEFINITELY THE KIND OF PLACE WHERE SEEING THE SAME FACES AROUND IS MORE COMMON THAN NOT. PEOPLE IN GENERAL CARE ABOUT CULTURE, ALTHOUGH I’VE NOTICED WE GARNER A MUCH LARGER FOLLOWING AND LEVEL OF INTEREST IN MAJOR CITIES LIKE NYC.
MW: Do you have a new release coming out?

K: SILENCIO HAS ONLY EXISTED SINCE DECEMBER OF 2011.  IN THAT SHORT SPAN WE RELEASED AN ALBUM OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL DIRECTLY INFLUENCED BY THE WHOLE OF DAVID LYNCH’S FILM SOUNDTRACKS. WE’RE JUST GEARING UP NOW TO RECORD ANOTHER THAT WE PLAN ON RELEASING BY THE END OF 2013.  STICKING TO FAMILIAR CONCEPTS BUT SHIFTING GEARS, WE’RE FOCUSING ON THE HEAVIER, SEXIER ELECTRONIC DIRGE OF “LOST HIGHWAY” FOR THE NEXT RELEASE.  IT’S AS IF LINK WRAY SPENT A BUNCH OF TIME IN THE STUDIO WITH TRENT REZNOR AND AIR.
MW: Do you plan to tour on your way to SXSW?

K: NO.  OUR SHOWS ARE ORGANIZED INTO REGIONAL, SEASONAL BUNDLES OF DATES, AND WE’LL HAVE SHOWS AROUND THAT TIME. UNFORTUNATELY (FOR OUR TRAVELS) NONE OF THOSE SHOWS ARE ON THE WAY TO AUSTIN. WE HOPE TO HAVE A BATCH OF SHOWS IN THE WEST SUMMER 2013.
MW: What are you hoping for coming out of SXSW?

K: OUR GOALS ARE TO FIND PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE FILM/MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, CONVENTIONS, FILM FESTS, ART OPENINGS, AFTER PARTIES, ETC.  WE ALSO AIM TO WORK ON SCORING FILMS FOR DIRECTORS.  THE GROUND THAT THIS BAND CAN COVER SONICALLY IS LARGE.
MW: What would you like to say in closing?

K: I FEEL INCREDIBLY FORTUNATE THAT THIS BAND HAS MOVED AT A HIGHER SPEED THAN OUR INTENTIONS.  SILENCIO IS A BIT OF AN ANOMALY IN THAT IT CIRCUMVENTS MANY OF THE ROADBLOCKS ASSOCIATED WITH INTRODUCING A NEW INDEPENDENT ARTIST TO THE PUBLIC EYE.  THERE’S MUCH LESS PROMOTION NECESSARY TO SELL THE AUDIENCE ON HOW FRESH OR ORIGINAL THE SOUND IS. THE AUDIENCE FOR SILENCIO WANTS TO SEE AND HEAR THIS ACT BECAUSE THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO EXPECT FROM IT.  ALSO, WITH SILENCIO’S ORIGINAL MATERIAL BEING DIRECTLY INSPIRED FROM THE FILM MUSIC, IT OFFERS FANS AN OUTLET TO SEE, HEAR AND ATTAIN MORE OF WHAT WAS ONCE A LIMITED SUPPLY OF SOMETHING THEY LOVED.  MAYBE AFTER TOURING DAVID LYNCH’S CATALOG FOR A WHILE WE CAN TACKLE OTHER ICONIC POP CULTURE  SOUNDTRACKS.  TARANTINO?

 

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MW: Please introduce yourself?

BD: Hey everybody, I’m Ben Dukes – a good ol’ boy originally from the state of Georgia. I’ve been making music out here in Los Angeles for a few years now, and I’m damned happy to have the chance to play at SXSW13!

MW: How did you get the chance to play SXSW 2013?

BD: I submitted my press kit, and was selected. It’s very exciting to be leading a band out to Texas to play country music for some big-time country fans!

MW: Have you ever played SXSW before?

BD: I’ve never played SXSW, and am PUMPED about the opportunity!

MW: Where is Ben Dukes from?

BD: I grew up in LaGrange, Georgia – a fantastic little town near the Alabama border. Much of my youth was spent in the woods or out on the lake, where I found my love for country music. I started writing my own songs a few years ago and have had a blast performing in all kinds of venues, from corner-stages in dive bars, to National Television!

MW: What is the music scene like in Los Angeles?

BD: Out in Los Angeles, the music scene is an interesting one. When you’re first getting started, you’re told that buying and selling tickets to your own shows is the only way to make your mark. That’s not true. I found a small following by playing songwriter nights, and then started to convince bars to book us simply because we’d bring a drinking crowd in. Bars love drinking crowds. Now, because I’ve had some great success doing what we do, they’re more apt to book us. Craig Ferguson booked us earlier this year on his show, “The Late Late Show” on CBS, and things have really picked up since then. Even though LA isn’t known as a “Country Town,” we’ve been able to draw some great crowds, make some decent money, and spread the word about what we do!

MW: Do you have a new release coming out?

BD: Yes. I’m writing a whole new album to debut at SXSW.

MW: Do you plan to tour on your way to SXSW?

BD: I’m looking into a number of options concerning the trip out to Austin right now. We may tour on the way out, or we may tour from Austin up to Nashville afterwards. As I continue to develop the plan, I’ll be keeping folks updated on my site, www.bendukes.com.

MW: What are you hoping for coming out of SXSW?

BD: I’d really love to come out of SXSW with an opportunity to tour with a more established act. I’m enjoying the entire ride that music is bringing to me, and I want to keep that going. This new album is going to be a statement, and I want to get out on the road and support it. I’d love to leave Austin with a group of new great fans who are moved by the music we make, and the opportunity to reach more fans as well.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?

BD: In closing, I’d like to say “Thanks for reading, thanks for listening, and I hope you’ll come see us at SXSW13. Country music ain’t just for pop-tarts, y’all…some of us still like to kick ass. Yeahcomeon!”

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MW: Please introduce yourself?

TEE: Hello people, my name is Timothy Edward Easton.
MW: How did you get the chance to play SXSW 2012?

TEE: Pure talent!

MW: Have you ever played SXSW before?

TEE: Yes indeed. Over ten times.
MW: Where is are you from?

TEE: I was born on the Canadian border in Lewiston, NY. You could throw a rock in the Niagara River from the hospital. My Mom was Canadian.  But I learned to drive a car in Akron so I’m from Ohio.
MW: What is the music scene like in Nashville,TN?

TEE: Nashville, TN. Well, just saying “Nashville,” which is where I live, should cut it. But honestly it’s by far the best music scene on the planet with the quite possible exception of New Orleans.

MW: Do you have a new release coming out?

TEE: Yep. My Best Of collection with New West Records. My new album with Easton Stagger Phillips, my new solo album AND me and the great violinist and songwriter Megan Palmer are releasing an ep under the name OUT OF OUR TREE.

MW: Do you plan to tour on your way to SXSW?

TEE: Indeed.  Memphis, Little Rock, Denton.
MW: What are you hoping for coming out of SXSW?

TEE: Stress free good times seeing all my old friends and making new ones too
MW: What would you like to say in closing?

TEE: Call your Mom or Dad today.

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MW: Please introduce yourself?
DB: Dan Bornhorst, I play drums in Blackstone Rangers.

MW: How did you get the chance to play SXSW 2013?
DB: Practice, Practice, Practice…

MW: Have you ever played SXSW before?
DB: No. This is the first time any of us have had the opportunity to play SXSW. Though we’ve all attended in the past.

MW: Where is Blackstone Rangers from?
DB: Blackstone Rangers the gang was from Chicago. Blackstone Rangers the band is from North Texas.

MW: What is the music scene like in North Texas?
DB: The region’s major music markets are Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth. This provides an array of talent that creates a lot of cross-pollination. The proximity between the cities harnesses quite a bit of show swapping between the bands, which is ideal for those with horizons stretching beyond their city limits. We’ve really got some A-plus acts here: Pinkish Black, Mind Spiders, Skeleton Coast, New Fumes, Sarah Jaffe, and much much more. We really like being a part of it.

MW: Do you have any new releases coming out?
DB: We’re in the process of recording a follow up to our “Into The Sea” EP, which was released last summer. We’re not really sure what shape it will take: a string of singles, another EP, a full length? Who knows? But, yes, we’re laying stuff down as we speak. Meanwhile, check out the EP that’s out now. We prefer it on cassette tape.

MW: Do you plan to tour on your way to SXSW?
DB: Well, Dallas is only about 3 hours from Austin, so we’ll probably just make the drive straight there. There’s nothing for us in Waco. No offense. However, we’re planning to use SXSW as a launching pad to a late-March tour, probably through the Midwest. Then, come home, rest a few weeks, and head back out. We just got a box trailer, so we’re road-ready!

MW: What are you hoping for coming out of SXSW?
DB: We’re not approaching it with any grand expectations. We’re just looking forward to participating in the biggest and best music party in the world.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
DB: Thank you for the opportunity for this interview. We hope to see you in Austin come mid-March.