Here's a fun little video to breakup your day and get a small glimpse into some of us at #TeamGowhere! We documented our roadtrip from Chicago to Austin, TX a couple of months ago for SXSW and unearthed a time lapse of all 21 hours condensed into 90 seconds.
Set to the Requiem For A Dream theme song — the epic anthems of epic anthems, which is clearly quite appropriate here. So naturally, it's best to turn up the volume in your headphones and enter full screen mode. Ha! Good times... Gowhere You Love!
Just a few weeks ago, Team Gowhere and myself took a road trip down to Austin, Texas for its annual music festival South by SouthWest. It was my first time personally actually attending the event and was excited to see what SXSW had to offer. I always heard that it was hundreds of artists from around the world that performed there, but did not realize the truth behind the statement until I actually witnessed for my own eyes. When you actually reach the downtown area of Austin my eyes were opened to many different cultures of people all for the love of music. Not just Americans but Brazilians, Canadians, Nigerians, and many more. It amazes me how music can bring so many different cultures together. Musicians such as Prince, Justin Timberlake, Kid Cudi, and Kendrick Lamar were some of the hundreds of artists that many wanted to see during the weeklong festival.
The Dorittos Stage
Also, SXSW bought you many different major companies together to promote new products such as Doritos, Beats by Dre, and Samsung. Doritos had one of the dopest venues of the major company with the stage and a top of it was about a 2000’ screen. By far the best was Beats by Dre with its newest product the Pill. It was located inside of the Viceland venue; as you waited to get inside of the doctors awaited you outside to tell you a little bit about the product. Once in awaited you were beautiful nurses with an iPad to register you to see a doctor. The vibe of it was a laid back one with music and complementary drinks plus a photo booth. Beats by Dre took advantage of its star power with many artists stopping by like Pusha T, Kendrick Lamar, Bun B, and more.
SXSW had too many shows to actually attend in one week but it was a few that I went to that were some of the best I’ve ever seen. One show was The Source showcase that featured artist such as Trae the Truth, Schoolboy Q, and Wyclef Jean. It was crazy to have this type of star power one building. It was Trae the Truth first time back at SXSW in about 3 to 4 years so he bought a crazy energy to the stage. Plus it’s not every day you get to see Wyclef Jean perform with his guitar and great stage presence. Another show was the BET Music Matters showcase which featured acts such as BJ the Chicago Kid, Joey Badass, Chrisette Michele, and T.I. BET gave you a range of different music from R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop and it blended great. T.I. came out and showed why the Troubled Man is one of the best in the business. It was good to see one of Chicago’s own get some shine on the stage and show why BJ the Chicago Kid is next to blow out of the city of wind. Lastly, the venue Viceland had events going on the whole weekend and on Saturday night they had Action Bronson and Kendrick Lamar headlining. It was my first time hearing Action Bronson and he really opened my eyes to his music with his silk rhymes and powerful delivery. Kendrick owned the week at SXSW and showed it by having the best performance of the week. Bringing out TDE members Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q they brought the house down. Kendrick gave his fan a show that they would not forget that night songs like "MAAD City", "ADHD", and "Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe" had them rocking their hands and heads all night long.
Action Bronson "Larry Csonka" LIVE @ SXSW
A Gowhere Hip Hop Production
SXSW also bought together us as the Gowhere team seeing that we are all from different sides and places in the city of Chicago. Going to shows with the team really brought us together as a family. One of the best showcases us as a team went to was Fader Fort it was a genuinely good time. The many different nights whether it was someone getting into an accident (LOL) or getting a little too drunk at a show we really grew as a family and were one of the best crews and hip hop sites at SXSW this year. It was the perfect environment for us to grow and also get dope videos of Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, and Wyclef Jean. SXSW was one the best festival I've ever been too and must say see you again next year and many years to come — Gowhere You Love.
Kendrick Lamar "Money Trees" f/ Jay Rock LIVE @ SXSW
Our next video production from SXSW has a different feel from the rest. Why? Well, look how up close we were filming Action Bronson, as we captured his lyrical hit "Larry Csonka" at Viceland on the last night of the festival.
Now first off, Rip and I absolutely love it when rappers name a song after a random, now-retired sports athlete. Super Bowl winner, Miami Dolphin Hall-Of-Famer, and American Gladiators co-host Larry Csonka may just take the cake. Action Bronson chose to perform this song to put some more light on his lyrical side and that's driven home with the last quarter of the song going a capella. I especially dig these bars at the end, and really throughout. So whether this is your first time hearing "Larry Csonka" or if you've been rocking with the new XXL Freshman for awhile, press play above and see how these lyrics are passionately delivered and brought to life by Action Bronson.
Black Violin performs at The Source/SOBs/Muve Music Showcase, SXSW 2013
As you've seen this week on Gowhere, we've been posting our recaps and videos from an amazing week last week in Austin, Texas. I'd like to build on our SXSW coverage by putting the spotlight on the one artist that provided the most powerful first impression amongst our team: Black Violin.
One of the core draws of SXSW is to discover new artists for the first time. And it didn't take too long for us to find a new artist to put on our radar. About five minutes, in fact. Black Violin was the very first artist we saw at SXSW, ha! We arrived Wednesday night and headed first to The Source/SOBs Showcase. As we got settled in, the first artist we see on stage is this Florida collective that's part hip hop, part orchestra, part pop/rock, part... well, most everything. The speakers were turned all the way up, which allowed for the booming hip hop beats and live string instruments to be heard crisply into our ears, with vibrations that were quickly felt throughout our bodies. Seriously, the music moved us... to the point that we were talking amongst each other before the first song ended, and then raced to be the first one to tweet and Instagram this new group to the gowherehiphop account, ha.
Their live show was entertaining from beginning to end and featured a mix of sounds and genres that I haven't quite heard executed like Black Violin displayed that night. All of which, I must emphasize, boomed through the sound system and created an infectious hype throughout the increasing members of the crowd.
So naturally, the next step was to look these guys up. And Black Violin has already built up quite the resume... they just wrapped up a studio session with Travie McCoy, performed at the Inauguration Ball a couple months back, opened for Kendrick Lamar, and most recently got a shoutout from Wyclef that very night later on in the showcase (it's the first words he says in our newest video).
I gravitated toward Black Violin's most recent release, Classically Trained, which has been a staple in my work playlist since coming back to Chi this week. Everyday I give the 11-track project a run through or two. Their description below perfectly describes the project, for which I'd like to add features a perfect balance of complimentary vocals on top of the primary string and hip hop sounds of the production. Simply put, it's a must-listen from beginning to end. Some of my *Tibs Favs. include "Opus", "Virtuoso", "Rock Anthem", and "Go" (which has a John Legend feel, vocally).
The only thing left to say is press play!
2 parts Classical, 2 parts Pop, with a splash of hip-hop, served chilled–“Classically Trained” is a genre-busting collage that pushes the limits of music and dares listeners to think outside the box. For their sophomore release, Black Violin front men Kev Marcus (violin) and Wil B (viola), cleverly feature smooth verses and symphonic hooks underscored by an array of rhythmic grooves, ranging from pop-rock cadences to trunk rattling bass.
There were a lot of special shows and experiences at SXSW 2013 — intimate settings, major artists, dynamic venues. One standout performance that had me floored was Wyclef Jean, who brought out the soul, and sprinkled some magic dust to close out his set with "911". As Wyclef ripped the guitar, his vocals also brought chills; he channeled his signature note on this one — classic Wyclef!
Because we hustled all weekend long, got cornered into mosh pits, and destroyed several pairs of shows, we, the gowherehiphop team, did this all for you.
SXSW is amazing not just because of the conference but also the concerts and even better surprise concerts surrounding the event. Bumping shoulders with celebs on the street, enjoying BBQ on the streets, and running to shows as if we were trick or treating for candy, I have SXSW’s recap…
Myspace Secret Show: Myspace has relaunched their site and they have come back with a VENGENCE. Tickets were only given as a first come first serve and surprise tweets from myspace. Our own video team captured Kid Cudi’s performance, now with over 100,000 views!!! You, our beloved followers saw it here first! Other performances included Diplo, Sleigh Bells, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, ?uestlove, RjD2, ***Pinches self***… this all actually happened!
The FADER FORT presented by Converse: Absolute mayhem but in the best way possible. I think the line was 1000 people long but definitely worth it for the eager concert goers. A huge tented fort featuring video game tents with Call of Duty, free cotton candy, free HOBNOB wine, Vitamin water for necessary hydration, Hard Rock & Fender booth with priceless memorabilia, kept fans busy between shows and DJ sets. Fader Fort brought a super stacked line up from all weekend long with Kimbra, Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Big K.R.I.T., Bun B, and French Montana.Not to mention, a surprise appearance by Usher chilling then later performing at the fort with Afghan Wings… oh you know… NBD, another only at SXSW happening.
#VICELAND:Snoop Lion, Ghostface Killah, and Kendrick Lamar headlined the night parties. The 'land was always dope and a go to for everynight. Though none of the rumors circling that Jay Z would surprise show up were true, #Viceland offered free drinks and an urban Disneyland like feel for hip hop aficionados fueled with Pepsi products and free alcoholic drinks. On the last night, Kendrick Lamar almost shut down the place. Reaching capacity, the police had to monitor capacity limits as Kendrick ran the stage.
MTVU Woody Awards - Music College Kids Love: An all day event with an award show at nightfall. The venue featured Salt Lick, the best barbeque in Austin, Mom and Pops posicles, Doritos, and Pepsi products galore… all of which were Free! The venue boasted two stages alternating sets in the daytime, MTVU that primarily featured indie groups and MTVJams for Hip Hop. Transitions between the shows were seamless. There was always something to watch. I was able to check out new acts such as Haim (rhymes with "time"), a Jewish sister trio with non apologetic vocals – also to be featured by NPR’s rising act to follow, and also Twenty One Pilots a duo with intense flame visual and poetic punk reminiscent flow. Weaved between acts were Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, and closing out the daytime set, Pusha T. The crowd consisting of primarily younger college kids, I wish more of the crowd had appreciation for Pusha T, a classic to say the least. T.I. made a surprise appearance, and yes you can have whatever you like. Coming out in his thrift-store-find 99-cent poncho, Macklemore not only worked up the crowded but also poured his emotions out in his “Same Love” ballad. Tegan and Sara performed and also doubled as hosts alongside Machine Gun Kelley. The night closed out with overstimulation by Zedd… the music, the lights, everything ended the night.
ASOS Lounge: As someone lucky enough to attend parties as a part of the job, ASOS reminds me of all the reasons why I’m in this business. ASOS was an Oasis at Cedar Door away from all the stress and bustle that was SXSW. Hosted by the all inclusive London Fashion brand, ASOS set the tone for a stylishing cool party.We were fueled with lots of Coco Café… I don’t know how I would have survived SXSW without this stuff!Its equal parts coco water, expresso, and goodness.For someone that’s lactose tolerant, this was perfectly refreshing and ideal for a hot day in Austin.Youngblood Hawke and Angel Haze were among the ones to perform on the intimate ASOS stage.The whole crew had tons of fun recharging, playing ping pong, sipping on Asahi beer, and of course shopping ASOS!
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Solange brought great energetic vibes to the FADER Fort stage at SXSW last week. What's cool about Solange is that her music has this revamped for modern times 80's pop sound and 90's R&B inspired sound from her beats/lyrics (a little David Byrne sounding). And her attire, wearing a Pencey Spring 2013 suit jacket and dress pant (which was a collaboration with artist DJ Mia Moretti) was an ideal fit that paired well with the vibe of her music.
Here's my personal favorite song of hers, "Losing You". It's the song that rebranded her into the indie industry - creating a more authentic place for herself and her music choice.
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Plus, The FADER Fort always has a great stage and lighting and that adds to the concert experience. Their own lighting designer caught our compliment on Instagram! We'll have our own original video of Solange (and more artists) from FADER Fort at SXSW — stay tuned!
Photo by: Heath Michaels
TIBS ED. NOTE: We also got a shoutout from Solange herself! Jodeci was backstage and talked with her after the set. Solange shouted Jodeci and her friends on Twitter, showing love back to her fans. Gotta love her humble and giving spirit as well!
The SXSW footage continues! One of the many poppin' venues that attracted some buzz in Austin this year was Vice's Viceland, which featured a 3-day showcase with Kendrick Lamar headlining their final night this past Saturday.
Our team was in attendance, hyped from a potential Jay-Z appearance rumor, and just excited to see K.Dot perform 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D City' was enough. Following Kendrick's career rise, this year's SXSW was just another marker signifying just how much bigger his presence has gotten. You can always tell when someone put in the years to craft their skills through sincere willingness and intention; there is a fearlessness that radiates out from the absolute knowing of what one is capable of. This is why it's exciting to see Kendrick — the decade he spent honing his abilities are now bearing fruit; a master is one who is capable of holding a flowing stability while allowing the magic to shine out!
"If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an "artless art" growing out of the Unconscious."
— D.T. SUZUKI
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
Therefore, before he was going to hit the stage, the crowd already knew the show was gonna be special — so for everyone that missed it, enjoy a taste of what Kendrick delivered that night in Austin with the video performance of "Money Trees" featuring Jay Rock!
BUMP: Perhaps our best performance video to date! Our first of many more to come from SXSW (including more on Cudi). Enjoy!
- Sgt. Tibs
03.15.13: The wizard knows how to get the crowd hype! Last night Kid Cudi performed at the Myspace Chevrolet SECRET SHOW at SXSW 2013 and delivered an absolutely spectacular show. We got a chance to capture his performance of 'Memories & Day 'N' Nite' to give you a taste of the epic night which ended with a set by Diplo. More videos to come SXSW 2013!
Allow us to brighten your day with the best stage dive FAIL you have ever seen!
We had the cameras rolling during an intermission at Peter Rosenberg's NYC Showcase the other night here in Austin and captured a College Dropout-esque mascot clearly overestimating his favorable status with the first few rows.
Shouts to our own Teddy Waffles who had the presence of mind to record this and the ensuing idea to slow-mo one of many funny moments we witnessed or had this week at SXSW.
And with that, we're embarking on our road trip back home to Chicago! We'll be editing more (serious) videos from a week full of great performances so keep it locked all week as we drop 'em one by one! (Starting with Kid Cudi in the post above, in case you missed it... perhaps our best performance video to date :))
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and the new buzzing social media app Vine as we'll continue to document our travels on the #SXSWRoadtrip and more from the past few days that was. Username for all is "gowherehiphop".
"The Go Wheres"
Our (ficticious) new rock band outside the "Mona Lisa" (our rental house for the week)
From left to right: (kneeling) Billy Z. (acoustic guitar), Daniel "Rip" Dantzler (saxophone), Sgt. Tibs (tambourine), Teddy Waffles (cowbell), (kneeling) Who Dough (drums), Heath Mic (violinist), (kneeling) The Real Skateboard P (rapper #1), Maks G (bass guitar), Ronnie "TP2" Roscoe (rapper #2), 'Gene (lead singer)