the AU review's Jules LeFevre caught up with Vietnamese rapper Suboi backstage after her performance at the Brooklyn Vegan Party at SXSW. Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City and influenced by Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu, Suboi has risen to become one of Vietnam's first female rappers. Her repertoire includes the ability to rap in both English and Vietnamese. Suboi is indeed the “Queen of Hip Hop” in Vietnam. Jules talks to Suboi about her record "Run", touring internationally and what inspires her to write.
Korean Electronic wizard Hitchhiker performs his hit "Eleven" at the K-Pop Night Out Korean music showcase at SXSW 2015. This was the first time an electronic artist from Korea has showcased at SXSW. Hitchhiker brought a lot of buzz with his trademark costume and even visited the NASA booth during the SXSW convention.
Performance art duo EE was one of the most original acts that showcased at the K-Pop Night Out event at SXSW 2015. Calling themselves "Total Art Performance" they blend electronic music with contemporary dance, hip hop, visual arts and theatre - all in the same show. Here is a snippet of their live performance in front of a packed audience at SXSW.
Korean doo wop girl group The Barberettes was one of the showcase artists at this year's K-Pop Night Out Korean music showcase at SXSW. Here is a snippet of LIVE footage of the girl's performing on the night.
the AU review captures Petter Ericson Stakee - the lead vocalist and guitarist of UK (via New York) group Alberta Cross - in the AU's pop up venue at SXSW performing their latest single "Isolation" as part of their SXSW AU Sessions series. The track comes from the forthcoming self-titled album (number three!), due out in the Northern Hemisphere's Summer.
The Japan Nite showcase celebrated its 20th Anniversary this year with another eclectic lineup of indie and pop music from Japan. From the Anime inspired sound of Mahoshojo-ni-naritai to a Gogol Bordello style act called Samurai Dynamites to country western inspired Pirates Canoe, indie pop the fin. to pop duo moumoon (pictured above), 70s inspired psychedelia of QUORUM right through to girl rock outfit TsuShMaMiRe. Japan Nite 2015 at SXSW had something for everyone. Photos by Johnny Au.
the AU review captured Brooklyn group Great Caesar in the AU's pop up venue at SXSW performing a brand new track "Hey Jolene" as part of their SXSW AU Sessions series. Watch the full performance here:
The K-Pop Night Out Korean music showcase returned for its third year at SXSW 2015. As per previous versions of K-Pop Night Out the artist lineup was an eclectic mix of Indie, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Electronica and Performance Art. This year's artists include Eastern Sidekick, Asian Chairshot, The Barberettes, EE and Hitchhiker. Photos by Johnny Au.
Head to Texas for her fourth SXSW, Lenka has brought us back a tour diary of her return to the massive event, which was full of birthday celebrations, delayed flights and a brief few days in LA for rehearsals and Pho.
The K-Pop Night Out music showcase at SXSW 2015 featured Chrome Entertainment's K-Pop girl group Crayon Pop. The girls of Crayon Pop debut their brand new comeback "FM" as well as played some of their much loved back catelog of songs. Photos by Johnny Au.
YG Entertainment's hip hop masters EPIK HIGH headlined the third K-Pop Night Out showcase at SXSW 2015. Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz performing for over an hour with a two track encore to satisfy their fans who packed the Elysium venue in Austin, Texas. Photos by Johnny Au.
Pop's up and coming artists performed at the annual Perez Hilton's One Night In Austin showcase at SXSW. Artists include ASTR, BRENMAR, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, Elle King, Ivy Levan, Kate Boy, Melanie Martinez, The Mowgli's, The Ting Tings and Swedish sensation Tove Lo. The theme for this year's SXSW showcase was strong independent women and Perez Hilton and his team delivered on that promise with some of the best upcoming female pop going around. Photos by Johnny Au.
the AU review sat down in the AU's pop up venue at SXSW with Dispatch's Chadwick Stokes, about to head to Australia to play shows in Australia for the first time with his band - as well as appearing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay and playing solo shows of his own. Chadwick's solo record The Horse Comanche, is out in Australia on Friday 3 April.
2015 will no doubt be George Maple’s year. The Future Classic star first won fans nationally in 2014 with her debut EP Vacant Space and had everyone singing along to lead single ‘Talk Talk’. Now the singer-songwriter is making waves overseas, grabbing the attention of music heavyweights in Los Angeles, San Diego and New York City.
As we fly back to Australia from our sixth annual week of coverage at SXSW in Austin, Texas, we've spent some time reflecting on our experiences and now present to you the second annual AU review SXSW Music Awards - acknowledging the bands who made the biggest impressions on us at the event. These awards were voted on by our team at the event: Larry Heath, Sosefina Fuamoli, Jules LeFevre and Johnny Au! Read on: