South Korean doo-wop group The Barberettes chats with Hello Asia editor Johnny Au at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The Barberettes had a successful SXSW 2015 with showcases at the International Day stage, K-Pop Night Out and SXSW Closing Party. The trio spoke to Johnny on the famous 6th Street in Austin on the last night of SXSW and answered questions about their SXSW experience. TURN ON YOUR CAPTIONS FOR ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Even though for a lot of us it probably only feels like a short time ago that we were basking in all the free cans of Millers beer and Tito's vodka we could get our mitts on during SXSW, the cogs have already begun turning in the organisation and promotion of SXSW 2016. Applications are beginning to open, initial details about the Interactive, Film and Music programs are beginning to be revealed and for Australians, there are a run of events set up for the east coast to provide more information for first-timers and those still on the fence as to whether or not making the journey out to Austin for the event is something they'd be keen on doing. For the first time, Adelaide has been included in the group, with a special meet and greet session being confirmed for August 3rd.
All-girl Japanese rock trio TsuShiMaMiRe chatted to us at SXSW 2015. This is their second time at SXSW after attending in 2004, ..."it was amazing...". TsuShiMaMiRe show their excitement for their 15th anniversary, the plans for the rest of the year and hoping to visit Australia.
Hello Asia! editor Johnny Au met up with Taiwanese rapper and song-writer Dwagie in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2015. Dwagie discussed what made him want to carry out his messages through hip-hop, saying that he has enjoyed the genre since he was young. “I can use hip-hop as a channel to change society and the world,” he explained, seeing his job as motivation for him to change the world for the better.
Johnny Au recently had a chat with Taiwanese psychedelic rock band ECHO at SXSW 2015. The band attended SXSW in 2011 and now they're "...getting more familiar with the festival. It's easy to get into the mood...". ECHO talk about the changes in SXSW, favourite performer of the night, and plans on releasing new recordings for the rest of the year.
Hello Asia! editor Johnny Au had a chat with Japan based Americana roots band Pirates Canoe during SXSW in Austin, Texas. The group discuss the places they had toured just prior to attending SXSW, including their experiences in Nashville which is known to be the home of the Americana roots genre. They also speak about their previous albums and EPs and what makes their most recent album special.
Our editor Johnny Au has a little chat with Japanese pop duo moumoon before they headed on stage to perform at the Japan Nite showcase during SXSW. moumoon talked about their first experience at SXSW as "...crazy, fun, the whole city is filled with happy music, we are enjoying so much...". Listen below for more of the duo's talk. (TURN ON YOUR CAPTIONS FOR ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Taiwanese fusion pop act Toffee chats to Hello Asia editor Johnny Au in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2015. Toffee is a band consisting of vocalist Debbie, a Brazilian-born Taiwanese descendant with Broadway singing background; guzhengist Kaye, a classically trained guzheng player of more than 18 years; erhu & pipa player Yuna, classically trained player mastering in multiple Chinese classical instruments; and rapper MC GaWeed, who started off as an emcee-cum-rapper at a local club in Taipei. Toffee also performs a snippet of their upcoming English track called "Made To Shine".
Editor-in-Chief Larry caught Perth's The Love Junkies out the front of the record store Waterloo Records, the day after the SXSW mayhem had come to an end. We find out what their experience was like and what they bought at Waterloo! Having performed for the first time in America at the showcase events, the band expressed how nervous they were before their first gig. Looking a little worse for wear, the band said they had seen heaps of good bands, ate lots of great food and drank lots of free alcohol..." Click through for the full interview.
Pixar's latest short film project Lava is scheduled to be showed alongside upcoming feature Inside Out when it's released in June. Larry Heath had a chance to sit down with Lava Director Jim Murphy while at SXSW who treated us to a song from the film on his trusty ukulele in this very special AU session.