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Dan Gentile, The Austin Chronicle
Electronic
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Ivy Sole
Alexandra Berenson, Vinyl Me, Please
Hip-Hop / Rap
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MUNYA
Amy Huang, I Heart Moosiq
Folk
unseen
Squid
Lisa Wright, DIY Magazine
Punk
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Méne
Marty Preciado, House of Arts & Ideas
Latin Rock
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Liily
Amy Huang, I Heart Moosiq
Rock
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NO WIN
Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound
Rock
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Fontaines D.C.
Justin Sweeting, Clockenflap Festival
Punk
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Anemone
Alexandra Berenson, Vinyl Me, Please
Rock
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Kirara
Cecilia Soojeong Yi, Zandari Festa
Electronic
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illuminati hotties
Lauren Khalfayan, Alt Citizen
Rock
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WAAX
Poppy Reid, Tone Deaf
Rock
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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Nastassia Baroni, Music Feeds
Rock
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Public Practice
Elena Childers, BTRtoday/ Alt Citizen
Punk
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KOKOKO!
Dan Gentile, The Austin Chronicle
Electronic
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$tupid Young
Eric Diep, Billboard
Hip-Hop / Rap
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XETAS
Andy O'Connor, Pitchfork
Rock
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Two People
Jaclyn Siu, Majestic Casual
Electronic
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Yorka
Francisca Valenzuela, Ruidosa Fest
Pop
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Drab Majesty
Andy O'Connor, Pitchfork
Rock
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The Chills
Matty Karas, MusicREDEF
Rock
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Kwame
Poppy Reid, Tone Deaf
Hip-Hop / Rap
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Penelope Isles
Lisa Wright, DIY Magazine
Rock
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Wood & Wire
Bill Tucker, The Austinot
Bluegrass
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The Comet Is Coming
Matty Karas, MusicREDEF
Jazz
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Ezra Collective
Andrew Sacher, Brooklyn Vegan
Jazz
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Madge
Jacob Moore, Pigeons & Planes
Pop
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Grim Streaker
Dane Giordano, Alt Citizen
Punk
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Blood Cultures
Katey Ceccarelli, EARMILK
Electronic
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Ayelle
Amy Huang, I Heart Moosiq
R & B
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The Beths
Amanda Hatfield, BrooklynVegan
Rock
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David Boring
Justin Sweeting, Clockenflap Festival
Punk
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WAFIA
Nastassia Baroni, Music Feeds
Pop
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Pip Blom
Lisa Wright, DIY Magazine
Rock
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SASAMI
Pau Cristòful, Primavera Sound
Rock
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Georgia
Pau Cristòful, Primavera Sound
Electronic
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Jojo Abot
Francisco Gonçalves Silva, WOMEX – the World Music Expo
Avant / Experimental
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Sir Babygirl
Amanda Hatfield, BrooklynVegan
Pop
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Sun June
Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound
Pop
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Helena Deland
Mikey B Rishwain, M for Montreal
Rock
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Mabiland
Marty Preciado, House of Arts & Ideas
Latin Hip-Hop
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Foie Gras
Andy O'Connor, Pitchfork
Pop
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JAG
KC Orcutt, REVOLT TV
Hip-Hop / Rap
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Beshken
Jaclyn Siu, Majestic Casual
Electronic
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The Bright Light Social Hour
Bill Tucker, The Austinot
Rock
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Black Belt Eagle Scout
Fabi Reyna, She Shreds Magazine
Rock
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PNTHN
Beca Arredondo, We Are: The Guard
Hip-Hop / Rap
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Nicole Atkins
Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound
Soul
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Doeman
Aaron "Fresh" Knight, KUTX
Hip-Hop / Rap
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Robinson
Grant Owens, We Found New Music
Pop
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Sneaks
Pau Cristòful, Primavera Sound
Pop
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The Pantones
Elke Nominikat, glamglare
Pop
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Twanguero
Felix Contreras, NPR's Alt.Latino
Rock
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DRAMA
David Sikorski, EARMILK
R & B
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Pink Sweat$
Caitlin Wills, mxdwn
R & B
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Ella Vos
Grant Owens, We Found New Music
Pop
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Pottery
Mikey B Rishwain, M for Montreal
Punk
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Grün Wasser
Andy O'Connor, Pitchfork
Electronic
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Dreamer Boy
Alexandra Berenson, Vinyl Me, Please
Pop
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Jackie Cohen
Alexandra Berenson, Vinyl Me, Please
Rock
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Bad Sounds
Abbie McCarthy, BBC Music / Good Karma Club
Pop
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Bedouine
Fabi Reyna, She Shreds Magazine
Americana
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Gong Gong Gong
Matt Wilkinson, Apple Music’s Beats 1
Avant / Experimental
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Natalia Norte
Francisca Valenzuela, Ruidosa Fest
Latin Indie
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Native Sun
Tamim Alnuweiri, Alt Citizen
Rock
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Jambinai
Cecilia Soojeong Yi, Zandari Festa
Rock
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Leyla McCalla
Francisco Gonçalves Silva, WOMEX – the World Music Expo
Folk
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I Know Leopard
Elke Nominikat, glamglare
Pop
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Koran Streets
KC Orcutt, REVOLT TV
Hip-Hop / Rap
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Crumb
Grant Owens, We Found New Music
Rock
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Angie McMahon
Poppy Reid, Tone Deaf
Rock
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Rob Markman
Eric Diep, Billboard
Hip-Hop / Rap
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Jake Lloyd
Aaron "Fresh" Knight, KUTX
R & B
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Katzu Oso
Marty Preciado, House of Arts & Ideas
Pop
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Viagra Boys
Andy O'Connor, Pitchfork
Rock
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Tatiana Hazel
Marty Preciado, House of Arts & Ideas
Pop
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The Nude Party
Elena Childers, BTRtoday/ Alt Citizen
Rock
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Kalu & The Electric Joint
Bill Tucker, The Austinot
Soul
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Blushing
Bill Tucker, The Austinot
Rock
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Bladee
Pau Cristòful, Primavera Sound
Hip-Hop / Rap
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Oscar Jerome
Jaclyn Siu, Majestic Casual
Jazz
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Omar Apollo
Jacob Moore, Pigeons & Planes
R & B
unseen
Steady Holiday
Oliver Bouchard, glamglare
Singer-Songwriter
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Laura Carbone
Drew Pitt, mxdwn
Rock
unseen
Tasha
Fabi Reyna, She Shreds Magazine
Pop
unseen
Oddó
Francisca Valenzuela, Ruidosa Fest
Pop
unseen
Boy Azooga
Matt Wilkinson, Apple Music’s Beats 1
Rock
unseen
Eliza Shaddad
Oliver Bouchard, glamglare
Singer-Songwriter
unseen
Elisapie
Francisco Gonçalves Silva, WOMEX – the World Music Expo
Folk
unseen
yahyel
Justin Sweeting, Clockenflap Festival
Electronic
unseen
The Teeta
Aaron "Fresh" Knight, KUTX
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Black Midi
Matt Wilkinson, Apple Music’s Beats 1
Rock
unseen
Amyl & The Sniffers
Abbie McCarthy, BBC Music / Good Karma Club
Punk
unseen
Ouri
Dan Gentile, The Austin Chronicle
Electronic
unseen
Linying
Jaclyn Siu, Majestic Casual
Electronic
unseen
Jackie Mendoza
Jaclyn Siu, Majestic Casual
Electronic
unseen
Warmduscher
Elena Childers, BTRtoday/ Alt Citizen
Rock
unseen
Hitchhiker
Cecilia Soojeong Yi, Zandari Festa
Electronic
unseen
Cimafunk
Felix Contreras, NPR's Alt.Latino
Funk
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Novelist
Eric Diep, Billboard
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen

Whether it be playlists, radio, blogs, writers or even music festivals, we all have our own trusted sources for discovering new music. We’ve asked some of our favorite curators from around the globe to highlight a few of the acts they’re most excited about seeing at SXSW 2019.

 

It is our hope that The SXSW Music Preview Guide points to something new that resonates with you.

 

I would like to thank those who have taken the time to contribute their words and shine a light on the great up-and-coming artists you’ll find in the following pages.

James Minor

Head of SXSW Music Festival

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Dan Gentile

Dan Gentile

The Austin Chronicle

Dan Gentile is a writer and DJ based in Austin who has written for publications like Austin Chronicle, VICE, Rolling Stone, American Way, and Wax Poetics. His writing focuses on emerging electronic musicians, DJs, and Texas barbecue. He can be found playing vinyl records at venues like Cheer Up Charlies, Sahara Lounge, and the South Congress Hotel.

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Alexandra Berenson

Alexandra Berenson

Vinyl Me, Please

Alexandra Berenson is Senior A&R at Vinyl Me, Please. She currently lives in Denver, CO.

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Amy Huang

Amy Huang

I Heart Moosiq

Amy graduated with a masters degree in comparative biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley before discovering how deep her passion for music runs. This insatiable obsession lead her to create I Heart Moosiq, a San Francisco based music blog that celebrates exceptional new music and highlights noteworthy artists, bands, and producers from all across the genres. She spends a profuse amount of her time listening to and writing about music. A lot of her spare time is spent attending shows and concerts, particularly ones at intimate venues where emerging artists are showcased. I Heart Moosiq is a rewarding experience and a heartfelt endeavor she plans on continuing for much time to come.

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Lisa Wright

Lisa Wright

DIY Magazine

Lisa Wright is the Features Editor and Live Events Booker at DIY – a nationwide music platform, with a monthly print issue and an online reach of more than a million unique users per month. She also currently writes extensively for Time Out and has had regular bylines in NME, Noisey and more. She has booked festival stages at Reading and Leeds, Bestival and All Points East, and ran a new music clubnight in London for six years, giving early shows to the likes of Wolf Alice, Slaves and the Fat White Family.

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Marty Preciado

Marty Preciado

House of Arts & Ideas

Marty Preciado is a researcher, writer and editor. Marty’s research and writing focuses on transcultural exchange of politics and gender, with an emphasis on music, arts and culture.

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Amy Huang

Amy Huang

I Heart Moosiq

Amy graduated with a masters degree in comparative biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley before discovering how deep her passion for music runs. This insatiable obsession lead her to create I Heart Moosiq, a San Francisco based music blog that celebrates exceptional new music and highlights noteworthy artists, bands, and producers from all across the genres. She spends a profuse amount of her time listening to and writing about music. A lot of her spare time is spent attending shows and concerts, particularly ones at intimate venues where emerging artists are showcased. I Heart Moosiq is a rewarding experience and a heartfelt endeavor she plans on continuing for much time to come.

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Ben Kaye

Ben Kaye

Consequence of Sound

Ben Kaye is News Editor for Consequence of Sound, a leading independent online publication covering the latest in music, film, and television. Raised just outside Boston, educated on Long Island (Hofstra University), and living in Brooklyn, Ben has been covering music and entertainment for some nine years now. In addition to helping run CoS’ daily news section, he contributes heavily to live coverage and features with both his writing and his photography. He has an in-depth knowledge of comic books and superheroes, as the owner of what some would call an obscene amount of comics and memorabilia.

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Justin Sweeting

Justin Sweeting

Clockenflap Festival

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Justin Sweeting has over eighteen years music industry experience, centered within Asia. Having established the pan-regional, cross media platform AMP (Asia’s Music Platform) for Channel [V], Justin went on to co-found Magnetic Asia as Music Director. Magnetic Asia operates festivals & events: Clockenflap, Sonar Hong Kong, YourMum, Ticketing; and offers further agency services to a broad reach of clients including digital marketing, PR, production and consultancy. Connecting the dots between Asia and the global industry at large, Justin enjoys spreading the word on the region’s music potential and is actively involved in its positive evolution.

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Alexandra Berenson

Alexandra Berenson

Vinyl Me, Please

Alexandra Berenson is Senior A&R at Vinyl Me, Please. She currently lives in Denver, CO.

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Cecilia Soojeong Yi

Cecilia Soojeong Yi

Zandari Festa

Cecilia Soojeong Yi manages music and performing arts projects such as festivals and artist management. She used to work at the Korean Cultural Center in Spain and now she works as the executive manager for Zandari Festa, Asia’s premier independent and international showcase festival. In 2018, she co-founded the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival, taking charge of programming, booking and international relationships.

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Lauren Khalfayan

Lauren Khalfayan

Alt Citizen

Alt Citizen is a music and culture website and magazine focused on New York City’s emerging and underground artists. Established in 2012, Alt Citizen has been putting on shows and events, creating magazines, and daily digital content.

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Poppy Reid

Poppy Reid

Tone Deaf

Poppy Reid is the Managing Editor of Australia’s fastest-growing music media company, Seventh Street Media, which includes Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer and numerous other publications under its umbrella. She was shortlisted for B&T’s Women in Media Awards in 2017, is the former Editor at The Music Network and a journalist who has been published in various publications including Rolling Stone, The Edge and Red Bull Music. When not writing about music, Poppy is binge-watching Netflix series with badass female protagonists.

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Nastassia Baroni

Nastassia Baroni

Music Feeds

Head of Content at Evolve Media Australia. Managing Editor of Music Feeds. Eurovision hopeful.

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Elena Childers

Elena Childers

BTRtoday/ Alt Citizen

Elena Childers was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA by a punk rock drummer from the mountains of Kentucky and a rebellious scientist from the capital of Chile. Now living in Brooklyn, NY, she’s a rebel with no cause needed and a podcast host/ music journalist for BTRtoday and Alt Citizen. Catch her backstage at all the coolest underground shows in NYC.

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Dan Gentile

Dan Gentile

The Austin Chronicle

Dan Gentile is a writer and DJ based in Austin who has written for publications like Austin Chronicle, VICE, Rolling Stone, American Way, and Wax Poetics. His writing focuses on emerging electronic musicians, DJs, and Texas barbecue. He can be found playing vinyl records at venues like Cheer Up Charlies, Sahara Lounge, and the South Congress Hotel.

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Eric Diep

Eric Diep

Billboard

Eric Diep is a freelance hip-hop writer and journalist. A hip-hop nerd from the Northwest, he previously held positions as a news writer for BET and an editor at XXL, where he once traveled to 50 Cent’s Connecticut mansion for a G-Unit cover story and interviewed Tony Yayo near a pool. He worked on the 2013 and 2014 XXL Freshman classes, profiling Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze, Troy Ave, and Lil Bibby respectively.

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Andy O’Connor

Andy O’Connor

Pitchfork

Andy O’Connor is that dude you see at every metal show in Austin. He is also a freelance writer with bylines in Pitchfork, the Austin-American Statesman, NPR, SPIN, Noisey, and numerous other publications, covering metal, hardcore, and other forms of dudes screaming loudly. His Deaf Forever column, highlighting the best new metal releases, appears every month at Vinyl Me Please. Though a lifelong metalhead, Andy will also talk your ear off about Southern Rap, and born in Galveston, he reps the same area code as UGK. Whenever the Thick and Hearty comes back at Whataburger, that Whatasized with a Dr Pepper is his order. Most importantly, Andy is the proud father of an orange cat named Miles.

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Jaclyn Siu

Jaclyn Siu

Majestic Casual

Hong Konger, New Yorker, and now Berliner, Jaclyn heads up brand partnerships (and was most recently the Interim Editor-in-Chief) at Majestic Casual, one of the Internet’s most beloved music and photography curators passionately bringing together different perspectives to tell some of the most exciting stories in the creative world. Come experience something new; Majestic Casual’s second-ever SXSW showcase presents an exciting live music lineup at Bungalow on March 15th.

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Francisca Valenzuela

Francisca Valenzuela

Ruidosa Fest

Composer, activist, entrepreneur and bilingual singer, Francisca Valenzuela is one of the most active representatives of Chilean pop at an international level. The promising start of her career in 2007 with the hit single “Dulce”, was only surpassed by a constant recognition in the music world where she has two platinum albums, a Latin Grammy nomination and collaborations with artists such as U2, Miguel Bosé, Pablo Alborán, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade and Pedro Aznar among others. Her discography produced independently through her own record label, Frantastic Records, include the albums Muérdete la lengua (2007), Buen soldado (2011) — both platinum records — and Tajo Abierto (2014). She’s currently promoting her newest singles “Tómame” (Drink me) and “Ya no se trata de ti” (It’s not about you anymore) from her upcoming album. Francisca is also founder and director of Ruidosa Fest, the festival and international feminist platform which seeks social and cultural transformation through the empowerment of women in the creative industries.

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Andy O’Connor

Andy O’Connor

Pitchfork

Andy O’Connor is that dude you see at every metal show in Austin. He is also a freelance writer with bylines in Pitchfork, the Austin-American Statesman, NPR, SPIN, Noisey, and numerous other publications, covering metal, hardcore, and other forms of dudes screaming loudly. His Deaf Forever column, highlighting the best new metal releases, appears every month at Vinyl Me Please. Though a lifelong metalhead, Andy will also talk your ear off about Southern Rap, and born in Galveston, he reps the same area code as UGK. Whenever the Thick and Hearty comes back at Whataburger, that Whatasized with a Dr Pepper is his order. Most importantly, Andy is the proud father of an orange cat named Miles.

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Matty Karas

Matty Karas

MusicREDEF

Matty Karas is the writer/curator of MusicREDEF.

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Poppy Reid

Poppy Reid

Tone Deaf

Poppy Reid is the Managing Editor of Australia’s fastest-growing music media company, Seventh Street Media, which includes Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer and numerous other publications under its umbrella. She was shortlisted for B&T’s Women in Media Awards in 2017, is the former Editor at The Music Network and a journalist who has been published in various publications including Rolling Stone, The Edge and Red Bull Music. When not writing about music, Poppy is binge-watching Netflix series with badass female protagonists.

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Lisa Wright

Lisa Wright

DIY Magazine

Lisa Wright is the Features Editor and Live Events Booker at DIY – a nationwide music platform, with a monthly print issue and an online reach of more than a million unique users per month. She also currently writes extensively for Time Out and has had regular bylines in NME, Noisey and more. She has booked festival stages at Reading and Leeds, Bestival and All Points East, and ran a new music clubnight in London for six years, giving early shows to the likes of Wolf Alice, Slaves and the Fat White Family.

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Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

The Austinot

Jerseyian turned Austinite Bill Tucker writes words for a number of sites and publications. He currently serves as Lead Blogger for The Austinot (hyper-local lifestyle blog), and as a columnist for skirmishfrogs.com (retro gaming). His past credits include the Entertainment Weekly Blogging Community, Texas Highways Magazine, and penning film reviews for a variety of sites and outlets. He enjoys video games, craft beer, Austin’s incredibly vibrant music scene, and convincing his friends Dr. Strangelove is one of the greatest films of all time.

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Matty Karas

Matty Karas

MusicREDEF

Matty Karas is the writer/curator of MusicREDEF.

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Andrew Sacher

Andrew Sacher

Brooklyn Vegan

Andrew Sacher has been writing about music at BrooklynVegan since 2010, but he’s been obsessing over it since hearing The Beach Boys at age 6. In addition to writing, he’s helped curate events and playlists. He has represented BrooklynVegan at SXSW for the past five years, as well as at music festivals like Firefly and Lockn’, and on BBC Radio 1. He is currently a senior editor at BV and living in New York City.

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Jacob Moore

Jacob Moore

Pigeons & Planes

Jacob Moore started Pigeons & Planes in his bedroom in October of 2008. He ran the website independently for years before joining Complex and running the site as an owned and operated property. Pigeons & Planes is a music brand that focuses on discovery and curation, produces live shows, and creates original editorial, video, and social content around new music.

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Dane Giordano

Dane Giordano

Alt Citizen

Alt Citizen is a music and culture website and magazine focused on New York City’s emerging and underground artists. Established in 2012, Alt Citizen has been putting on shows and events, creating magazines, and daily digital content.

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Katey Ceccarelli

Katey Ceccarelli

EARMILK

Katey Ceccarelli is the dance/EDM editor for EARMILK. Katey hails from Atlanta and currently resides in Brooklyn. She is a publicist by day, and can be found raving in dark warehouses by night.

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Amy Huang

Amy Huang

I Heart Moosiq

Amy graduated with a masters degree in comparative biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley before discovering how deep her passion for music runs. This insatiable obsession lead her to create I Heart Moosiq, a San Francisco based music blog that celebrates exceptional new music and highlights noteworthy artists, bands, and producers from all across the genres. She spends a profuse amount of her time listening to and writing about music. A lot of her spare time is spent attending shows and concerts, particularly ones at intimate venues where emerging artists are showcased. I Heart Moosiq is a rewarding experience and a heartfelt endeavor she plans on continuing for much time to come.

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Amanda Hatfield

Amanda Hatfield

BrooklynVegan

Amanda Hatfield is a photographer and writer from New Jersey. She’s contributed to BrooklynVegan in a variety of roles since 2010, and currently as photo editor and social media manager.

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Justin Sweeting

Justin Sweeting

Clockenflap Festival

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Justin Sweeting has over eighteen years music industry experience, centered within Asia. Having established the pan-regional, cross media platform AMP (Asia’s Music Platform) for Channel [V], Justin went on to co-found Magnetic Asia as Music Director. Magnetic Asia operates festivals & events: Clockenflap, Sonar Hong Kong, YourMum, Ticketing; and offers further agency services to a broad reach of clients including digital marketing, PR, production and consultancy. Connecting the dots between Asia and the global industry at large, Justin enjoys spreading the word on the region’s music potential and is actively involved in its positive evolution.

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Nastassia Baroni

Nastassia Baroni

Music Feeds

Head of Content at Evolve Media Australia. Managing Editor of Music Feeds. Eurovision hopeful.

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Lisa Wright

Lisa Wright

DIY Magazine

Lisa Wright is the Features Editor and Live Events Booker at DIY – a nationwide music platform, with a monthly print issue and an online reach of more than a million unique users per month. She also currently writes extensively for Time Out and has had regular bylines in NME, Noisey and more. She has booked festival stages at Reading and Leeds, Bestival and All Points East, and ran a new music clubnight in London for six years, giving early shows to the likes of Wolf Alice, Slaves and the Fat White Family.

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Pau Cristòful

Pau Cristòful

Primavera Sound

Organizing shows since he was 14, Pau Cristòful (1993) is now a booking agent for Primavera Sound and MUTEK Barcelona.

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Pau Cristòful

Pau Cristòful

Primavera Sound

Organizing shows since he was 14, Pau Cristòful (1993) is now a booking agent for Primavera Sound and MUTEK Barcelona.

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Francisco Gonçalves Silva

Francisco Gonçalves Silva

WOMEX – the World Music Expo

Francisco Gonçalves Silva is a Lisbon-born music journalist, copywriter and marketer with a background in music, tech and cultural/event management. Based in Berlin, he currently works as PR & Communications Manager for Piranha Arts, an independent creative company best known for organizing WOMEX — the World Music Expo — the most international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene.

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Amanda Hatfield

Amanda Hatfield

BrooklynVegan

Amanda Hatfield is a photographer and writer from New Jersey. She’s contributed to BrooklynVegan in a variety of roles since 2010, and currently as photo editor and social media manager.

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Ben Kaye

Ben Kaye

Consequence of Sound

Ben Kaye is News Editor for Consequence of Sound, a leading independent online publication covering the latest in music, film, and television. Raised just outside Boston, educated on Long Island (Hofstra University), and living in Brooklyn, Ben has been covering music and entertainment for some nine years now. In addition to helping run CoS’ daily news section, he contributes heavily to live coverage and features with both his writing and his photography. He has an in-depth knowledge of comic books and superheroes, as the owner of what some would call an obscene amount of comics and memorabilia.

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Mikey B Rishwain

Mikey B Rishwain

M for Montreal

Mikey B Rishwain was born and raised in Stockton, California (home of Chris Isaak & Pavement). He started working in the music world at age 17, as a music buyer and store manager for local record stores as well as booking DIY concerts through out Northern California. He also worked for The Militia Group (Juliette Lewis, The Appleseed Cast), an independent record company based in Long Beach, for four years. Mikey eventually relocated to Montreal, where he rapidly established himself as a trendsetter ranking in the top 100 in Nightlife Magazine’s Montreal personalities that changed our nightlife, after being in the city for only a year! He has been Programming Director for M FOR MONTREAL, since 2007. His natural ability to discover the best up-and-coming acts has helped the careers of many artists including, Mac Demarco, Grimes and Half Moon Run. Throughout the years, he has been collaborating with VICE, NOISEY, BrooklynVegan, Cult MTL & others. He was nominated three times and won City Champion and Best Festival Networking Activity at the YMCA Awards (3 times), in Brighton, England.

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Marty Preciado

Marty Preciado

House of Arts & Ideas

Marty Preciado is a researcher, writer and editor. Marty’s research and writing focuses on transcultural exchange of politics and gender, with an emphasis on music, arts and culture.

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Andy O’Connor

Andy O’Connor

Pitchfork

Andy O’Connor is that dude you see at every metal show in Austin. He is also a freelance writer with bylines in Pitchfork, the Austin-American Statesman, NPR, SPIN, Noisey, and numerous other publications, covering metal, hardcore, and other forms of dudes screaming loudly. His Deaf Forever column, highlighting the best new metal releases, appears every month at Vinyl Me Please. Though a lifelong metalhead, Andy will also talk your ear off about Southern Rap, and born in Galveston, he reps the same area code as UGK. Whenever the Thick and Hearty comes back at Whataburger, that Whatasized with a Dr Pepper is his order. Most importantly, Andy is the proud father of an orange cat named Miles.

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KC Orcutt

KC Orcutt

REVOLT TV

KC Orcutt is a freelance music writer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. After going on tour with her favorite upstate New York rappers and tirelessly covering upstate New York’s music scene for five years, she began to try her hand at freelancing, expanding her pen game to sites such as Beatport, 12ozProphet and the Source Magazine. KC has since gone on to contribute to an array of reputed digital publications, including REVOLT TV, BET, XXL, UndergroundHipHop, Hypebeast, Spotify, HotNewHipHop and more. An enthusiast of her craft first and foremost, KC is inspired by music, art, culture and people who do things with passion.

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Jaclyn Siu

Jaclyn Siu

Majestic Casual

Hong Konger, New Yorker, and now Berliner, Jaclyn heads up brand partnerships (and was most recently the Interim Editor-in-Chief) at Majestic Casual, one of the Internet’s most beloved music and photography curators passionately bringing together different perspectives to tell some of the most exciting stories in the creative world. Come experience something new; Majestic Casual’s second-ever SXSW showcase presents an exciting live music lineup at Bungalow on March 15th.

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Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

The Austinot

Jerseyian turned Austinite Bill Tucker writes words for a number of sites and publications. He currently serves as Lead Blogger for The Austinot (hyper-local lifestyle blog), and as a columnist for skirmishfrogs.com (retro gaming). His past credits include the Entertainment Weekly Blogging Community, Texas Highways Magazine, and penning film reviews for a variety of sites and outlets. He enjoys video games, craft beer, Austin’s incredibly vibrant music scene, and convincing his friends Dr. Strangelove is one of the greatest films of all time.

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Fabi Reyna

Fabi Reyna

She Shreds Magazine

Fabi Reyna is a Mexican-American guitarist who founded and runs She Shreds Media—the world’s first and only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. Best known for her influence in shifting narratives about womxn, guitarists, and industry representation through language and education. Reyna also organizes national events, provides consulting and creative services, as well as performs with two 2019 SXSW showcasing artists: Reyna Tropical and Sávila.

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Beca Arredondo

Beca Arredondo

We Are: The Guard

For Beca Arredondo, music has always been a part of her life. She’s been fortunate enough to be in a career that she loves, where discovering artists, writers, and working with amazing, talented people fuels her blood each and every day. You bet, she’s on the hunt for the next big thing.

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Ben Kaye

Ben Kaye

Consequence of Sound

Ben Kaye is News Editor for Consequence of Sound, a leading independent online publication covering the latest in music, film, and television. Raised just outside Boston, educated on Long Island (Hofstra University), and living in Brooklyn, Ben has been covering music and entertainment for some nine years now. In addition to helping run CoS’ daily news section, he contributes heavily to live coverage and features with both his writing and his photography. He has an in-depth knowledge of comic books and superheroes, as the owner of what some would call an obscene amount of comics and memorabilia.

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Aaron “Fresh” Knight

Aaron “Fresh” Knight

KUTX

Aaron “Fresh” Knight is a 30 year old media personality. He is currently working as a radio personality for KUTX 98.9 FM in Austin, TX, also co-hosting The Breaks Saturdays on the same station. Better known as “Fresh”, Knight has worked in music blogging, podcasting, and freelance writing.

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Grant Owens

Grant Owens

We Found New Music

WE FOUND NEW MUSIC is an artist discovery platform dedicated to introducing exceptional artists to music industry leaders, music organizations and fans. Since 2012, we have helped introduce artists through performance & interview sessions, blogs, radio shows, and weekly LA concerts with today’s most relevant artists, including Billie Eilish, Alec Benjamin, Kim Petras, Imagine Dragons, and Bishop Briggs. We book the artists we discover at our weekly concert series, at LA’s live music concept, Madame Siam, as well as additional top level LA venues. This will be WE FOUND NEW MUSIC’s fifth time presenting an official showcase at SXSW, this time, teaming up with We The Beat, to create a unique 12 band lineup at The Palm Door on Sixth Street, on the evening of March 14th.

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Pau Cristòful

Pau Cristòful

Primavera Sound

Organizing shows since he was 14, Pau Cristòful (1993) is now a booking agent for Primavera Sound and MUTEK Barcelona.

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Elke Nominikat

Elke Nominikat

glamglare

At home in New York, Elke runs music blog glamglare which focuses on emerging artists in the indie pop, rock and electronic genres. The blog is best known for its Song Pick of the Day series, which has continuously featured a new single each day since 2015, often giving artists their first media exposure. Covering SXSW since 2014, glamglare also runs an official SXSW showcase with its first installment last year. Elke founded ENOBO music & media, which glamglare is part of, and provides management and other services for artists. When asked about her favorite band in a cab ride from AUS to Downtown Austin for SXSW 2017, The Strokes were the answer — but ask her again.

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Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras

NPR's Alt.Latino

Felix Contreras is host of Alt.Latino, NPR’s program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers. Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR’s Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR’s award-winning series 50 Great Voices.

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David Sikorski

David Sikorski

EARMILK

A San Francisco-based music critic and the Senior Editor of EARMILK. David is a frequent contributor to various music and entertainment publications such as SPIN, Billboard, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, SF Weekly and many more.

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Caitlin Wills

Caitlin Wills

mxdwn

Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in journalism and a minor in creative writing. Despite not being musically inclined herself, her passion for music spans multiple genres and can be reflected by her large and ever-growing vinyl collection. She credits Bob Dylan as her inspiration and has always wanted to pursue a career that combines her love of music and writing.

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Grant Owens

Grant Owens

We Found New Music

WE FOUND NEW MUSIC is an artist discovery platform dedicated to introducing exceptional artists to music industry leaders, music organizations and fans. Since 2012, we have helped introduce artists through performance & interview sessions, blogs, radio shows, and weekly LA concerts with today’s most relevant artists, including Billie Eilish, Alec Benjamin, Kim Petras, Imagine Dragons, and Bishop Briggs. We book the artists we discover at our weekly concert series, at LA’s live music concept, Madame Siam, as well as additional top level LA venues. This will be WE FOUND NEW MUSIC’s fifth time presenting an official showcase at SXSW, this time, teaming up with We The Beat, to create a unique 12 band lineup at The Palm Door on Sixth Street, on the evening of March 14th.

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Mikey B Rishwain

Mikey B Rishwain

M for Montreal

Mikey B Rishwain was born and raised in Stockton, California (home of Chris Isaak & Pavement). He started working in the music world at age 17, as a music buyer and store manager for local record stores as well as booking DIY concerts through out Northern California. He also worked for The Militia Group (Juliette Lewis, The Appleseed Cast), an independent record company based in Long Beach, for four years. Mikey eventually relocated to Montreal, where he rapidly established himself as a trendsetter ranking in the top 100 in Nightlife Magazine’s Montreal personalities that changed our nightlife, after being in the city for only a year! He has been Programming Director for M FOR MONTREAL, since 2007. His natural ability to discover the best up-and-coming acts has helped the careers of many artists including, Mac Demarco, Grimes and Half Moon Run. Throughout the years, he has been collaborating with VICE, NOISEY, BrooklynVegan, Cult MTL & others. He was nominated three times and won City Champion and Best Festival Networking Activity at the YMCA Awards (3 times), in Brighton, England.

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Andy O’Connor

Andy O’Connor

Pitchfork

Andy O’Connor is that dude you see at every metal show in Austin. He is also a freelance writer with bylines in Pitchfork, the Austin-American Statesman, NPR, SPIN, Noisey, and numerous other publications, covering metal, hardcore, and other forms of dudes screaming loudly. His Deaf Forever column, highlighting the best new metal releases, appears every month at Vinyl Me Please. Though a lifelong metalhead, Andy will also talk your ear off about Southern Rap, and born in Galveston, he reps the same area code as UGK. Whenever the Thick and Hearty comes back at Whataburger, that Whatasized with a Dr Pepper is his order. Most importantly, Andy is the proud father of an orange cat named Miles.

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Alexandra Berenson

Alexandra Berenson

Vinyl Me, Please

Alexandra Berenson is Senior A&R at Vinyl Me, Please. She currently lives in Denver, CO.

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Alexandra Berenson

Alexandra Berenson

Vinyl Me, Please

Alexandra Berenson is Senior A&R at Vinyl Me, Please. She currently lives in Denver, CO.

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Abbie McCarthy

Abbie McCarthy

BBC Music / Good Karma Club

Abbie McCarthy is a TV & Radio presenter. She currently presents BBC Music Introducing in Kent and can also be heard covering shows on BBC Radio 1, as well as hosting the popular music podcast, Live Lounge Uncovered, which brings listeners behind the scenes of the BBC’s home of live music. You can catch Abbie on your TV screens, via 4Music & The Box Network, hosting Boxfresh, a show that shines a spotlight on the biggest new artists on the planet. Abbie is also the mastermind behind Good Karma Club, a club night championing the best acts around. Previous acts to have played the night include The Amazons, Pale Waves and Tom Grennan.

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Fabi Reyna

Fabi Reyna

She Shreds Magazine

Fabi Reyna is a Mexican-American guitarist who founded and runs She Shreds Media—the world’s first and only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. Best known for her influence in shifting narratives about womxn, guitarists, and industry representation through language and education. Reyna also organizes national events, provides consulting and creative services, as well as performs with two 2019 SXSW showcasing artists: Reyna Tropical and Sávila.

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Matt Wilkinson

Matt Wilkinson

Apple Music’s Beats 1

Matt Wilkinson presents on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Monday–Friday 11am–1pm — listen live via apple.co/B1_MattLive and on-demand at apple.co/B1_Matt.

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Francisca Valenzuela

Francisca Valenzuela

Ruidosa Fest

Composer, activist, entrepreneur and bilingual singer, Francisca Valenzuela is one of the most active representatives of Chilean pop at an international level. The promising start of her career in 2007 with the hit single “Dulce”, was only surpassed by a constant recognition in the music world where she has two platinum albums, a Latin Grammy nomination and collaborations with artists such as U2, Miguel Bosé, Pablo Alborán, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade and Pedro Aznar among others. Her discography produced independently through her own record label, Frantastic Records, include the albums Muérdete la lengua (2007), Buen soldado (2011) — both platinum records — and Tajo Abierto (2014). She’s currently promoting her newest singles “Tómame” (Drink me) and “Ya no se trata de ti” (It’s not about you anymore) from her upcoming album. Francisca is also founder and director of Ruidosa Fest, the festival and international feminist platform which seeks social and cultural transformation through the empowerment of women in the creative industries.

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Tamim Alnuweiri

Tamim Alnuweiri

Alt Citizen

Alt Citizen is a music and culture website and magazine focused on New York City’s emerging and underground artists. Established in 2012, Alt Citizen has been putting on shows and events, creating magazines, and daily digital content.

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Cecilia Soojeong Yi

Cecilia Soojeong Yi

Zandari Festa

Cecilia Soojeong Yi manages music and performing arts projects such as festivals and artist management. She used to work at the Korean Cultural Center in Spain and now she works as the executive manager for Zandari Festa, Asia’s premier independent and international showcase festival. In 2018, she co-founded the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival, taking charge of programming, booking and international relationships.

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Francisco Gonçalves Silva

Francisco Gonçalves Silva

WOMEX – the World Music Expo

Francisco Gonçalves Silva is a Lisbon-born music journalist, copywriter and marketer with a background in music, tech and cultural/event management. Based in Berlin, he currently works as PR & Communications Manager for Piranha Arts, an independent creative company best known for organizing WOMEX — the World Music Expo — the most international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene.

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Elke Nominikat

Elke Nominikat

glamglare

At home in New York, Elke runs music blog glamglare which focuses on emerging artists in the indie pop, rock and electronic genres. The blog is best known for its Song Pick of the Day series, which has continuously featured a new single each day since 2015, often giving artists their first media exposure. Covering SXSW since 2014, glamglare also runs an official SXSW showcase with its first installment last year. Elke founded ENOBO music & media, which glamglare is part of, and provides management and other services for artists. When asked about her favorite band in a cab ride from AUS to Downtown Austin for SXSW 2017, The Strokes were the answer — but ask her again.

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KC Orcutt

KC Orcutt

REVOLT TV

KC Orcutt is a freelance music writer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. After going on tour with her favorite upstate New York rappers and tirelessly covering upstate New York’s music scene for five years, she began to try her hand at freelancing, expanding her pen game to sites such as Beatport, 12ozProphet and the Source Magazine. KC has since gone on to contribute to an array of reputed digital publications, including REVOLT TV, BET, XXL, UndergroundHipHop, Hypebeast, Spotify, HotNewHipHop and more. An enthusiast of her craft first and foremost, KC is inspired by music, art, culture and people who do things with passion.

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Grant Owens

Grant Owens

We Found New Music

WE FOUND NEW MUSIC is an artist discovery platform dedicated to introducing exceptional artists to music industry leaders, music organizations and fans. Since 2012, we have helped introduce artists through performance & interview sessions, blogs, radio shows, and weekly LA concerts with today’s most relevant artists, including Billie Eilish, Alec Benjamin, Kim Petras, Imagine Dragons, and Bishop Briggs. We book the artists we discover at our weekly concert series, at LA’s live music concept, Madame Siam, as well as additional top level LA venues. This will be WE FOUND NEW MUSIC’s fifth time presenting an official showcase at SXSW, this time, teaming up with We The Beat, to create a unique 12 band lineup at The Palm Door on Sixth Street, on the evening of March 14th.

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Poppy Reid

Poppy Reid

Tone Deaf

Poppy Reid is the Managing Editor of Australia’s fastest-growing music media company, Seventh Street Media, which includes Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer and numerous other publications under its umbrella. She was shortlisted for B&T’s Women in Media Awards in 2017, is the former Editor at The Music Network and a journalist who has been published in various publications including Rolling Stone, The Edge and Red Bull Music. When not writing about music, Poppy is binge-watching Netflix series with badass female protagonists.

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Eric Diep

Eric Diep

Billboard

Eric Diep is a freelance hip-hop writer and journalist. A hip-hop nerd from the Northwest, he previously held positions as a news writer for BET and an editor at XXL, where he once traveled to 50 Cent’s Connecticut mansion for a G-Unit cover story and interviewed Tony Yayo near a pool. He worked on the 2013 and 2014 XXL Freshman classes, profiling Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze, Troy Ave, and Lil Bibby respectively.

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Aaron “Fresh” Knight

Aaron “Fresh” Knight

KUTX

Aaron “Fresh” Knight is a 30 year old media personality. He is currently working as a radio personality for KUTX 98.9 FM in Austin, TX, also co-hosting The Breaks Saturdays on the same station. Better known as “Fresh”, Knight has worked in music blogging, podcasting, and freelance writing.

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Marty Preciado

Marty Preciado

House of Arts & Ideas

Marty Preciado is a researcher, writer and editor. Marty’s research and writing focuses on transcultural exchange of politics and gender, with an emphasis on music, arts and culture.

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Andy O’Connor

Andy O’Connor

Pitchfork

Andy O’Connor is that dude you see at every metal show in Austin. He is also a freelance writer with bylines in Pitchfork, the Austin-American Statesman, NPR, SPIN, Noisey, and numerous other publications, covering metal, hardcore, and other forms of dudes screaming loudly. His Deaf Forever column, highlighting the best new metal releases, appears every month at Vinyl Me Please. Though a lifelong metalhead, Andy will also talk your ear off about Southern Rap, and born in Galveston, he reps the same area code as UGK. Whenever the Thick and Hearty comes back at Whataburger, that Whatasized with a Dr Pepper is his order. Most importantly, Andy is the proud father of an orange cat named Miles.

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Marty Preciado

Marty Preciado

House of Arts & Ideas

Marty Preciado is a researcher, writer and editor. Marty’s research and writing focuses on transcultural exchange of politics and gender, with an emphasis on music, arts and culture.

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Elena Childers

Elena Childers

BTRtoday/ Alt Citizen

Elena Childers was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA by a punk rock drummer from the mountains of Kentucky and a rebellious scientist from the capital of Chile. Now living in Brooklyn, NY, she’s a rebel with no cause needed and a podcast host/ music journalist for BTRtoday and Alt Citizen. Catch her backstage at all the coolest underground shows in NYC.

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Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

The Austinot

Jerseyian turned Austinite Bill Tucker writes words for a number of sites and publications. He currently serves as Lead Blogger for The Austinot (hyper-local lifestyle blog), and as a columnist for skirmishfrogs.com (retro gaming). His past credits include the Entertainment Weekly Blogging Community, Texas Highways Magazine, and penning film reviews for a variety of sites and outlets. He enjoys video games, craft beer, Austin’s incredibly vibrant music scene, and convincing his friends Dr. Strangelove is one of the greatest films of all time.

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Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

The Austinot

Jerseyian turned Austinite Bill Tucker writes words for a number of sites and publications. He currently serves as Lead Blogger for The Austinot (hyper-local lifestyle blog), and as a columnist for skirmishfrogs.com (retro gaming). His past credits include the Entertainment Weekly Blogging Community, Texas Highways Magazine, and penning film reviews for a variety of sites and outlets. He enjoys video games, craft beer, Austin’s incredibly vibrant music scene, and convincing his friends Dr. Strangelove is one of the greatest films of all time.

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Pau Cristòful

Pau Cristòful

Primavera Sound

Organizing shows since he was 14, Pau Cristòful (1993) is now a booking agent for Primavera Sound and MUTEK Barcelona.

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Jaclyn Siu

Jaclyn Siu

Majestic Casual

Hong Konger, New Yorker, and now Berliner, Jaclyn heads up brand partnerships (and was most recently the Interim Editor-in-Chief) at Majestic Casual, one of the Internet’s most beloved music and photography curators passionately bringing together different perspectives to tell some of the most exciting stories in the creative world. Come experience something new; Majestic Casual’s second-ever SXSW showcase presents an exciting live music lineup at Bungalow on March 15th.

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Jacob Moore

Jacob Moore

Pigeons & Planes

Jacob Moore started Pigeons & Planes in his bedroom in October of 2008. He ran the website independently for years before joining Complex and running the site as an owned and operated property. Pigeons & Planes is a music brand that focuses on discovery and curation, produces live shows, and creates original editorial, video, and social content around new music.

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Oliver Bouchard

Oliver Bouchard

glamglare

Software engineer by day, Oliver has been writing about music since 2010 and considers all-female quartet Warpaint to be the best band in the world. He is the co-founder of New York-based music blog glamglare which focuses on emerging artists in the indie pop, rock and electronic genres. The blog is best known for its Song Pick of the Day series, which has continuously featured a new single each day since 2015, often giving artists their first media exposure. Covering SXSW since 2014, glamglare also runs an official SXSW showcase with its first installment last year.

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Drew Pitt

Drew Pitt

mxdwn

Graduate of Northern Arizona University, Drew finished in three years, and quickly realized he should’ve stayed for round four. Currently living in beautiful Los Angeles, California, where there’s no AC, the rent is high, but the people and weather are gorgeous, so you take your lumps where you have to. Drew thrives on listening to/babbling about music that confuses people, sometimes even himself, and is very glad to have a platform to force people to read his thoughts on music they may or may not have heard.

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Fabi Reyna

Fabi Reyna

She Shreds Magazine

Fabi Reyna is a Mexican-American guitarist who founded and runs She Shreds Media—the world’s first and only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. Best known for her influence in shifting narratives about womxn, guitarists, and industry representation through language and education. Reyna also organizes national events, provides consulting and creative services, as well as performs with two 2019 SXSW showcasing artists: Reyna Tropical and Sávila.

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Francisca Valenzuela

Francisca Valenzuela

Ruidosa Fest

Composer, activist, entrepreneur and bilingual singer, Francisca Valenzuela is one of the most active representatives of Chilean pop at an international level. The promising start of her career in 2007 with the hit single “Dulce”, was only surpassed by a constant recognition in the music world where she has two platinum albums, a Latin Grammy nomination and collaborations with artists such as U2, Miguel Bosé, Pablo Alborán, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade and Pedro Aznar among others. Her discography produced independently through her own record label, Frantastic Records, include the albums Muérdete la lengua (2007), Buen soldado (2011) — both platinum records — and Tajo Abierto (2014). She’s currently promoting her newest singles “Tómame” (Drink me) and “Ya no se trata de ti” (It’s not about you anymore) from her upcoming album. Francisca is also founder and director of Ruidosa Fest, the festival and international feminist platform which seeks social and cultural transformation through the empowerment of women in the creative industries.

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Matt Wilkinson

Matt Wilkinson

Apple Music’s Beats 1

Matt Wilkinson presents on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Monday–Friday 11am–1pm — listen live via apple.co/B1_MattLive and on-demand at apple.co/B1_Matt.

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Oliver Bouchard

Oliver Bouchard

glamglare

Software engineer by day, Oliver has been writing about music since 2010 and considers all-female quartet Warpaint to be the best band in the world. He is the co-founder of New York-based music blog glamglare which focuses on emerging artists in the indie pop, rock and electronic genres. The blog is best known for its Song Pick of the Day series, which has continuously featured a new single each day since 2015, often giving artists their first media exposure. Covering SXSW since 2014, glamglare also runs an official SXSW showcase with its first installment last year.

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Francisco Gonçalves Silva

Francisco Gonçalves Silva

WOMEX – the World Music Expo

Francisco Gonçalves Silva is a Lisbon-born music journalist, copywriter and marketer with a background in music, tech and cultural/event management. Based in Berlin, he currently works as PR & Communications Manager for Piranha Arts, an independent creative company best known for organizing WOMEX — the World Music Expo — the most international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene.

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Justin Sweeting

Justin Sweeting

Clockenflap Festival

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Justin Sweeting has over eighteen years music industry experience, centered within Asia. Having established the pan-regional, cross media platform AMP (Asia’s Music Platform) for Channel [V], Justin went on to co-found Magnetic Asia as Music Director. Magnetic Asia operates festivals & events: Clockenflap, Sonar Hong Kong, YourMum, Ticketing; and offers further agency services to a broad reach of clients including digital marketing, PR, production and consultancy. Connecting the dots between Asia and the global industry at large, Justin enjoys spreading the word on the region’s music potential and is actively involved in its positive evolution.

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Aaron “Fresh” Knight

Aaron “Fresh” Knight

KUTX

Aaron “Fresh” Knight is a 30 year old media personality. He is currently working as a radio personality for KUTX 98.9 FM in Austin, TX, also co-hosting The Breaks Saturdays on the same station. Better known as “Fresh”, Knight has worked in music blogging, podcasting, and freelance writing.

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Matt Wilkinson

Matt Wilkinson

Apple Music’s Beats 1

Matt Wilkinson presents on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Monday–Friday 11am–1pm — listen live via apple.co/B1_MattLive and on-demand at apple.co/B1_Matt.

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Abbie McCarthy

Abbie McCarthy

BBC Music / Good Karma Club

Abbie McCarthy is a TV & Radio presenter. She currently presents BBC Music Introducing in Kent and can also be heard covering shows on BBC Radio 1, as well as hosting the popular music podcast, Live Lounge Uncovered, which brings listeners behind the scenes of the BBC’s home of live music. You can catch Abbie on your TV screens, via 4Music & The Box Network, hosting Boxfresh, a show that shines a spotlight on the biggest new artists on the planet. Abbie is also the mastermind behind Good Karma Club, a club night championing the best acts around. Previous acts to have played the night include The Amazons, Pale Waves and Tom Grennan.

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Dan Gentile

Dan Gentile

The Austin Chronicle

Dan Gentile is a writer and DJ based in Austin who has written for publications like Austin Chronicle, VICE, Rolling Stone, American Way, and Wax Poetics. His writing focuses on emerging electronic musicians, DJs, and Texas barbecue. He can be found playing vinyl records at venues like Cheer Up Charlies, Sahara Lounge, and the South Congress Hotel.

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Jaclyn Siu

Jaclyn Siu

Majestic Casual

Hong Konger, New Yorker, and now Berliner, Jaclyn heads up brand partnerships (and was most recently the Interim Editor-in-Chief) at Majestic Casual, one of the Internet’s most beloved music and photography curators passionately bringing together different perspectives to tell some of the most exciting stories in the creative world. Come experience something new; Majestic Casual’s second-ever SXSW showcase presents an exciting live music lineup at Bungalow on March 15th.

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Jaclyn Siu

Jaclyn Siu

Majestic Casual

Hong Konger, New Yorker, and now Berliner, Jaclyn heads up brand partnerships (and was most recently the Interim Editor-in-Chief) at Majestic Casual, one of the Internet’s most beloved music and photography curators passionately bringing together different perspectives to tell some of the most exciting stories in the creative world. Come experience something new; Majestic Casual’s second-ever SXSW showcase presents an exciting live music lineup at Bungalow on March 15th.

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Elena Childers

Elena Childers

BTRtoday/ Alt Citizen

Elena Childers was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA by a punk rock drummer from the mountains of Kentucky and a rebellious scientist from the capital of Chile. Now living in Brooklyn, NY, she’s a rebel with no cause needed and a podcast host/ music journalist for BTRtoday and Alt Citizen. Catch her backstage at all the coolest underground shows in NYC.

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Cecilia Soojeong Yi

Cecilia Soojeong Yi

Zandari Festa

Cecilia Soojeong Yi manages music and performing arts projects such as festivals and artist management. She used to work at the Korean Cultural Center in Spain and now she works as the executive manager for Zandari Festa, Asia’s premier independent and international showcase festival. In 2018, she co-founded the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival, taking charge of programming, booking and international relationships.

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Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras

NPR's Alt.Latino

Felix Contreras is host of Alt.Latino, NPR’s program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers. Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR’s Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR’s award-winning series 50 Great Voices.

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Eric Diep

Eric Diep

Billboard

Eric Diep is a freelance hip-hop writer and journalist. A hip-hop nerd from the Northwest, he previously held positions as a news writer for BET and an editor at XXL, where he once traveled to 50 Cent’s Connecticut mansion for a G-Unit cover story and interviewed Tony Yayo near a pool. He worked on the 2013 and 2014 XXL Freshman classes, profiling Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze, Troy Ave, and Lil Bibby respectively.

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