Last year Anuhea did an excellent job representing the valley isle. Who is going to be there this year? Is it you? Check it out, on May 21st you can drop by Bistro Casanova to see Phil Tripp who is looking for local talent for the show.
The 25th annual South by Southwest Music & Media Festival happens March 16-20, 2011 in Austin, Texas but in advance of band submissions starting in early August, the Pacific Rim representative of SxSW–Phil Tripp from Sydney Australia–is coming to Hawai’i to scout bands and network with music professionals. Over the past two years, a growing presence of contemporary music artists from Hawai’i have played showcases at SxSW and there has been a stand for labels, managers and entrepreneurs in the SxSW Trade Fair.Tripp’s set up a meeting on Maui Friday May 21, 5 pm at Bistro Casanova located at 33 Lono Avenue in the Kahului Shopping Centre for those artists interested in submitting for showcases or professionals who want to be delegates at the world’s largest and longest-running music festival, conference and trade fair. There is no charge to attend this meeting and it’s the only time Tripp will be in Maui to meet up with local music industry folk in 2010. Tripp is an ex-American living in Sydney but is also experienced in the Hawai’i music scene from his first time stage managing Kool Pacific Festival in 1976 at the Waikiki Shell, through 50 trips here since and working with local artists and labels. He’s coming over this time for the Na Hoku Awards and Festival on Oahu May 27-31 and meeting with Hawai’i government and music business execs who have been pivotal in supporting a major push to this music industry event. In 2009, John Cruz, Anuhea, David Tamaoka, Pimpbot and One Right Turn played a series of showcases while in 2010. Anuhea and Pimpbot returned with Kona, Tavana, Sabrina and Yahiowa 13. There was also a major stand presence in the conference exhibition area and over 30 Hawaiian professionals attended. The presence has been supported over the past two years by the Hawai’i State Government Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), Roy’s Restaurants (where extra nightly shows were held) and World Sound which sponsored the trade fair stand. As Tripp outlines, “We’ve been excited with the contemporary music artists of Hawai’i who have applied and succeeded in getting traction in the mainland and overseas markets by playing SxSW. The music styles best suited for this event are rock, indie, singer/songwriter, pop and more modern, louder styles than slack key, traditional or hula which are more suited to world music festivals.” South by Southwest Music & Media Festival in March 2010 attracted over 13,000 music conference participants from 49 countries which included 2300 music media attendees. Close to 2000 artists from 49 countries played showcase in 89 venues across Austin in the five nights. This is from over 10,500 artists who applied for the coveted showcase slots. Website is http://www.sxsw.com/music No reservations are necessary and there is no cost to attend the meeting.
CONTACT Phil Tripp–[email protected] or (512) 669 3321 —