Dave Grohl's keynote speech

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    Dave Grohl's keynote speech

    Great keynote speech by Dave Grohl for South by Southwest in Austin.He's funny,open and honest.One of my favorite parts was when he talks about his childhood and how his influence to become a musician came from Edgar Winter's "Frankenstien".Well worth checking out if you're a fan of his.

    Here's the text version:

    http://music.yahoo.com/news/dave-grohls-sxsw-keynote-speech-complete-text-164521545-rolling-stone.html

    Here's the video if you prefer:

    http://www.npr.org/event/music/173331505/dave-grohls-sxsw-2013-keynote-speech

     

     
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    Thanks, MrMojo.   The idea that SXSW has a keynote speaker is pretty cool.   

    The SXSW event is so vast, it's not one that I covet being part of at all.  150,000 people (and I don't care how big the space is, that's not doable for me), 2,000-plus bands, social media events, advertisers, etc., and it's too much of a zoo.    27-years and counting, but it's begun to be under fire for all the same reasons that most of the other festivals are criticized for now -- and the mission of SXSW in the first place, as an incubator for emerging artists, has lost its grip.   In reading industry insiders' view of it, the place has changed, and not for the better.   

    I read a blogger who had gone for the past 6-7 years (for her job) who opted out this year because it had become so discouraging.   There are so many bands, and so many stages, many of the artists are playing concurrently, making it impossible to see a fraction of the bands you may want to see.   Or discover.   Sounds like ADHD in the making.   ugh.

    For those that are interested:

    Artists that made an impression

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-sxsw-2013-the-artists-the-stories-that-made-an-impression-20130317,0,4302491.story

     

     
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    Since we didn't discuss SXSW -- just thought I'd cut and paste an overview for anyone that is interested.   Easier than clicking on a link.    FYI:

     

    SXSW 2013: A search for authenticity amid all the corporate hype

    (Though it's hard to ignore the branding buzzing around the festival nowadays, catching acts like Autre Ne Veut and Indians is a reminder of what it's really about.)

    By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times

    AUSTIN, Texas — The South by Southwest music festival and conference, now in its 27th year, was once a meeting ground for industry debates and indie artist showcases. Today the festival is a vehicle for promotion for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Prince and Green Day, and afternoon chats with artists are less about realities and more about compromises. Which brand are you willing to partner with and will the association with, say, Taco Bell take something away from your music?

    But the artists are arguably not even the stars, as a stroll around the 100-plus stages that pepper Austin's 6th Street attests. The area around the venues is the modern-day equivalent of opening a Web browser and being flooded with pop-up ads.

     

    A Doritos stage is built as a multi-story, interactive vending machine. Companies such as Myspace and StubHub have rebranded Austin establishments in their image. And to get to the stage at pop-up venue Viceland? One first must navigate around a makeshift Garnier beauty salon. Want a beverage? Hopefully you like free energy drinks.

    There's lots of noise and increasingly little in the way of substance, even at the daytime panels. Housed in the Austin Convention Center and designed to disseminate information in a crowded festival with 2,500 bands, approximately 10,000 registrants and an untold number of college-age partiers, the encroaching power of brands often made the panels feel more like a pitch session than a mecca for career advice.

     

    When an artist on Wednesday stood and asked representatives from streaming music services Spotify, Rdio and Xbox Live just how much money the companies pay artists per stream — believed to be fractions of a penny and the subject of industry debate for multiple years now — he was met with blank stares.

     

    After a moment he got a pitch. Join the Rdio "artist program" he was told by the company's Adam Rabinovitz, and receive $10 for every new fan the act persuades to sign up. Simply put, he wasn't given an answer, he was given an advertisement.

     

    During his keynote Thursday, Dave Grohl used singing competitions to get at the idea of who the gatekeepers of music and taste have become. "'The Voice'? Imagine Bob Dylan standing there singing 'Blowin' in the Wind' in front of Christina Aguilera: 'I think you sound a little nasally and sharp.' It's your voice. Cherish it, respect it."

    Stephan Altman, a partner in Venice Beach-located commercial agency Mophonics, which helps connect artist and brands, had another way of looking at the current environment: "You have to sell out to play the game, but you don't sell out your authenticity."

    Come nightfall, there were more than 100 stages filled with artists walking that fine line. Some are as well-known as Grohl and Stevie Nicks, some are up-and-comers such as rapid-fire rapper Angel Haze, and some are relative unknowns such as drama-filled electro-pop trio No Ceremony///.

     

    An A&R executive for Sony was stopped briefly on 6th Street and asked, quickly, if he thought he could sign an artist at SXSW in 2013. While he wasn't being properly interviewed — and hence is being kept anonymous — he shrugged and said, "like a needle," and kept walking.

    And yet, there was quality to be found.

    Autre Ne Veut, the musical project of New York artist Arthur Ashin, was R&B at its most intense and bold. Having recently released sophomore album "Anxiety" on little-known indie Software Recording Co., Autre Ne Veut is primed to be one of the acts here that could walk away from Austin with a larger deal, and former Warner executive Lyor Cohen was spotted in the crowd.

    Hip-hop effects, techno-snaps and live drums that pound in odd rhythms kept Ashin's songs off balance — these are the grooves of a heart racing rather than beating — and his lyrics were equally riveting. "I'm counting on you to stay alive" he sang in a love-letter-turned-breakup song, which was one of Ashin's many tunes that stopped just shy of where passion becomes something more dangerous.

    Amid all the hullabaloo, an act such as Denmark's patiently low-key Indians could have easily been lost in the Austin craziness — so the fact that it made an impression speaks volumes. The product of Copenhagen's Søren Løkke Juul, Indians don't make noise so much as slow it down. Juul's music is quiet, calming and aims to soothe the senses rather than knock 'em out. At a place where first impressions are made in 30 seconds or less, Indians had the nerve to require pin-drop-silent attentiveness.

     

    Stage patter was kept to a minimum. "This is a guitar song," Juul said and then performed "I Am Haunted," where the brisk strumming and echoing, lingering harmonies suggested slow-motion. Just how to classify Indians is a challenge. Juul's sounds, whether emanating from a guitar or one of three keyboards, all feel as if they were born inside of a reverie. Call it a dream world, a place outside of SXSW, where substance finally trumped the noise.

     
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    Thanks for posting that article Yoga.The SxSW event is something I wouldn't want to be a part of,it sounds too massive and confusing.It probably started out as a good idea that just became too big for it's own good. 

    One thing I did like about it though,it's website has a link to listen to the SXSW artists that performed there.It's set up like a radio station,but you can also look at the history link for another band you might be interested in hearing rather than the one playing.

    Here's a link if you want to try it:

    http://sxsw.com/fm

     I hope you got a chance to read/watch the Dave Grohl speech.I thought it was really good.The more music I hear from him or become aware of the projects he's working on,the more impressed I am by him.He's a extremely talented guy. 

     

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