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What We're Listening To - Vol. 13

SXSW Edition

First off, if you haven't voted for our South by Southwest panel, 'Fermentation Nation: Culturing Our Culture,' yet, DO IT! The link to the Panelpicker site is here, or you can click the top button on the right. Terry Romero, our good friend and advisor over at Kickstarter, is the force behind this awesome panel that will discuss how fermented foods and drinks are creating communities.  You can click the bottom right button to check out our blog post from last week with all the details on the panel, or use this link, here

Now, onto this week's playlist. Since we're clearly looking forward to going to next year's SXSW festival, it only made sense to dedicate this week's playlist to some of last year's headliners worth nothing (according to Complex and Consequence of Sound). The list includes a mix of alternative, rock, electronic, and hip-hop/rap artists that are emerging on the scene. 

Photo from SXSW (2015)

Photo from SXSW (2015)

Most of you have probably heard of SXSW, but may not know just what it's all about. Well consider this your crash course; you'll soon understand exactly why we're so excited about the opportunity to participate and attend in 2016.

Now "the premier destination for discovery," the festival began in Austin, Texas 18 years ago. Each year the event has grown, both in size and cultural importance, being a space for creative thinkers worldwide to converge - whether they be musicians, artists, documentarians or other film types, or technological innovators. Over the course of 10+ days, people swarm to view and participate in a variety of conferences and festivals that take place in different venues all over the city.

Photo by SXSW (2015)

Photo by SXSW (2015)

In the words of the SXSW people themselves:

"New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion."

Basically, SXSW isn't your traditional music-centric festival. Rather than just coming to listen to some of your favorite artists (which is still a pretty amazing experience), you have the chance to learn something and take part in something with the potential to make an impact in the world. If that's not exciting, we don't know what is.  

So go ahead and click the link above to vote for our panel (if you haven't done so already) and give us the chance to be part of this special event. Make sure to click the link below to listen to our SXSW 2015-themed playlist while you vote for our panel, and any others that pique your interest.