South By Southwest Tings

For those of you that do not live in Austin, the South by Southwest (or SXSW) Conference is in full rage mode right now. The Interactive and Film portions of the conference are done which means that all the attention has shifted to music and it’s balls out party time here.

Last night we went to see Photek and Apparat at Kingdom. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of classic Photek, but that wasn’t meant to be. He has switched to producing house and techno & seems to be uninterested in drum&bass at all anymore. He kicked off his set by playing some bass-heavy electro house but then pitched the night down with some very slow, clunky 4/4 stuff for about 25 minutes. I saw the floor thin out and he must’ve noticed because he went right back to the big beat stuff. Overall the night was disappointing, but he’s still an excellent producer and a solid DJ so we still managed to have some fun.

Here are a couple of clips of some of his new stuff.

This is a free download of his “No Agenda” track from XLR8R.

Before Photek went on we dipped down to Plush to see Dara and Evol Intent for a few minutes. We weren’t able to stay long, but the club was rammed and those guys were killing it. Glad to see someone out there still enjoys drum&bass.

Tonight is the Official Hospital Records Showcase at Malverde. Some friends and I are going to try and get in the door, but the max capacity for the place is about 100 so we have a very slim hope. Not having conference badges or wristbands is going to hinder that, but we’ll give it a shot anyway.

Friday afternoon Boiler Room TV is hosting a party on the east side (in someone’s backyard!) featuring Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, Jackmaster B2B Oneman, Nick Hook, and Machinedrum. You can click the link above to watch the shenanigans live starting at 8pm CST.

Friday night Kenny Ken will be playing the Driskill Hotel. This is odd because the Driskill is a very swank, very old hotel downtown and I have no idea how drum&bass is going to go over in the “Victorian Room”…we’ll head down to check it out anyway so I can get my fix.

There will be other streaming events cropping up all the time so just search twitter for the hashtag #sxsw or google around and you’ll come across a bunch of stuff.

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