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Wednesday, March 18
 

12:30pm

Sweet Dreams: Where Creativity and Commerce Collide
Hear from industry leaders who are all generating new revenue streams and opportunities for artists. They'll examine the successes and pitfalls of “new artist revenue” - and together will assess what seems to be working and what is just a bunch of noise.  

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Speakers
avatar for Tom Lovett

Tom Lovett

Commercial Director, Sofar Sounds
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Benji Rogers

Pres & Founder, PledgeMusic
Benji Rogers is currently President of PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan company he co-founded in 2008 and ran as CEO until 2014. A public speaker, investor, and musician from London and New York, Rogers co-founded Radiary Creations in 2014 and is an advisor to a multitude of... Read More →
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Mark Simmons

Author & Brand Strategist, Sofar Sounds
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Dave Stewart

Pres, Dave Stewart Entertainment
A multi-media entrepreneur, Dave Stewart’s career spans more than 25 years and over 100 million album sales. Outside of being one half of Eurythmics, Stewart has worked with some of the best, including Bono, Mick Jagger, Gwen Stefani, Sinead O'Connor, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan. He’s... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 16AB Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

'Upward and Onward': Ian 'Mac' McLagan Remembered

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame keyboardist Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan was fond of saying, with gusto, "You know what I like? Everything!" He brought that joie de vivre spirit to his bands The Small Faces and Faces - and it was the same exultant attitude be brought to all of the musicians he played with, as well as to the community of friends he amassed in his adopted hometown of twenty years, Austin, Texas. Mac made no distinction between the rock stars he played with and the friends he made daily. To know Mac was to love him. And the best thing was you knew he loved you back.

Mac - who passed away suddenly at home last December at the age of 69 - will be remembered at this panel by his pals and co-horts, who will share anecdotes of his riotous romp through rock and roll history.

Along with his work with two of rock's all-time greatest bands, Mac's playing with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg, Lucinda Williams and countless others helped make the soundtrack to several generations' lives. But if he was here he'd just as soon have a Guinness and tell a joke as talk about all that rock and roll stuff (it's all in his book "All The Rage" anyway).

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Speakers
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Jody Denberg

Music Host, KUTX
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BP Fallon

CEO, Vibrosonic Records
BP FALLON LIVE IN TEXAS ~ EVERY RAINBOW HAS A SILVER LINING “I didn’t know it was being recorded” says BP Fallon about his new album ‘Live In Texas’. “That’s maybe why it has such a great vibe”. The album is dedicated to Ian McLagan who sadly passed away suddenly in... Read More →
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David Fricke

Sr Writer, Rolling Stone
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Patty Griffin

Ian McLagan and the Bump Band, KUTX
American Kid, Patty Griffin’s seventh album, is her first album of mainly new material since Children Running Through in 2007. In between, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church (2010), her version of classic gospel (though it featured three original songs). She also... Read More →
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Jo Rae Di Menno

Owner/Press Agent, Hard Pressed Publicity
Ian McLagan sidekick and Bump Band bassist Jon Notarthomas has toured extensively with the ex-Small Faces, Faces and one time Rolling Stone keyboardist. Band mate, tour manager, and personal confidant, Notarthomas has not only played a primary role in navigating an iconic sideman’s... Read More →
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Jon Notarthomas

Ian McLagan and the Bump Band, KUTX
Ian McLagan sidekick and Bump Band bassist Jon Notarthomas has toured extensively with the ex-Small Faces, Faces and one time Rolling Stone keyboardist. Band mate, tour manager, and personal confidant, Notarthomas has not only played a primary role in navigating an iconic sideman’s... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 18ABC Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

808: Ground Shaking Beats
You may not know the Roland TR808 drum machine by name, but you definitely know it by its sound. Hear from artists and the director of the documentary 808 about how the 808 forever changed the musical landscape.

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Speakers
avatar for Alexander Dunn

Alexander Dunn

Dir, 808
Alexander Dunn is a filmmaker based in London, UK, working in film, television and advertising as a director, producer and editor for over a decade.
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Basil Reece

Dir, 808
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Hank Shocklee

Sonic Architect, Shocklee Entertainment
As a DJ, producer, composer and record company executive, Shocklee has worked with and developed artists and musicians across many genres all while keeping a very innovative approach and a distinction for high-quality productions. Shocklee has been a force behind some of the most... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 16AB Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

CRWN @ SXSW Interview: Big Sean
Access Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband

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Speakers
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Alex Kirshbaum

Partner, NUE Agency
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Angel Reyes

Partner, NUE Agency
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Big Sean

Partner, NUE Agency
EW

Elliott Wilson

CEO, Rap Radar


Wednesday March 18, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 18ABC Austin Convention Center
 
Thursday, March 19
 

11:00am

SXSW Interview: Adrian Belew
Explore the imagination of Adrian Belew at this special SXSW interview, as the artist discusses his unique experiences in a life of music. Belew is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer who has released 20 solo albums, while working alongside some of the most groundbreaking artists of the past 30 years, including Paul Simon, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, and Nine Inch Nails, among others. For 33 years he was the frontman, singer, and guitarist in art-rock giant King Crimson. Known for pushing the sonic boundaries of guitar, much of Belew's music mixes pop songwriting with complex time signatures, witty lyrics, wild sounds, and a technical mastery of his instrument.

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Speakers
avatar for Brian Zisk

Brian Zisk

Exec Producer, SF MusicTech Summit
Brian Zisk is a parallel entrepreneur specializing in digital media, web broadcasting and distribution technologies. He is a founder of BuzzMakers, Inc., which produces the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money & Technology Summit. He is a co-founder of the SF MusicTech Fund... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 13AB Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

The Celebrity Economy in Music feat Paul Krugman, Win & Will Butler, & More
How will artists make money in ten years? Twenty-five years? In a forward-looking predictive piece in 1996, The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote about “the celebrity economy,” in which “creations must make money indirectly by promoting sales of something else.” Today, artists are increasingly turning to sponsorships and ad placement for funding, and with a new generation rising to fame on YouTube and Vine rather than through record labels, traditional revenue streams will only become less valuable. Hear how industry professionals are navigating this changing landscape, what they predict lies ahead, and what they believe will be discussed at SXSW 2040.
Presented in partnership with All Things Go.

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Speakers
avatar for Nicky Berger

Nicky Berger

CEO, Berger Management
Nicky Berger began his career as a music manager while still a student at the University of Pennsylvania. During his Junior year, he stumbled upon an EP from a band that didnt even have a name yet. Excited by what he heard, he flew to LA to meet them, and within weeks he was a full... Read More →
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Rembert Browne

Senior Writer, Grantland
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Will Butler

Artist, Arcade Fire
Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years. This is his first release under his own name. Policy is American music—in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah... Read More →
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Win Butler

Professor, Arcade Fire
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Paul Krugman

Professor, Princeton University
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Tatiana Simonian

VP Branded Entertainment Music, Nielsen Entertainment


Thursday March 19, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 18ABC Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

The Who at 50
The Who became a landmark British Invasion band in the mid-60s, altering the course of rock & roll with such seminal works as the song, “My Generation,” the album Who’s Next, and the rock opera Tommy. We'll examine the role of the Who in rock history and explore the many artistic paths blazed by this classic British band.

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Speakers
avatar for Rod Argent

Rod Argent

VP, The Zombies
The second UK group following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles like "She’s Not There" and "Tell Her No... Read More →
avatar for Colin Blunstone

Colin Blunstone

Writer, The Zombies
The second UK group following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles like "She’s Not There" and "Tell Her No... Read More →
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Clem Burke

VP, Blondie Music Inc
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Holly George-Warren

Writer, Jackalope Press
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Chuck Prophet

Chairman/CEO, Wicked Cool Records
Night Surfer was recorded in Prophet’s hometown of San Francisco at Decibelle Recording Studio and in Nashville at Alex the Great with noted producer Brad Jones and was mixed in upstate New York by Paul Q Kolderie. Of the album, Prophet comments, “This record is loosely conceptual... Read More →
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Bob Santelli

Exec Dir, The GRAMMY Museum
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Steven Van Zandt

Chairman/CEO, Wicked Cool Records


Thursday March 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 16AB Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Hover presents Song Exploder Live Podcast: Will Butler
Join us for a live recording of Song Exploder, where musicians take apart a song, and piece by piece, tell the story of how it was made. The show is produced and edited by Hrishikesh Hirway. His own background as a songwriter, producer, and arranger (with his project The One AM Radio) led him to doing remixes for other artists, and every time he would hear the isolated tracks for their songs, he found it fascinating. Inspired by that, along with a love of editing, and stories about problem-solving and creativity, he created the popular podcast.
Joining Hrishi is Will Butler of Arcade Fire, who's releasing his first solo record, Policy, on March 10th.
This session presented by Hover.

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Speakers
avatar for Will Butler

Will Butler

Artist, Arcade Fire
Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years. This is his first release under his own name. Policy is American music—in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah... Read More →
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Hrishikesh Hirway

Host, Song Exploder


Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 16AB Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Rhymesayers 20th Anniversary
Rhymesayers, the home of Atmosphere, MF Doom, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Dilated Peoples, Freeway & Jake One & more is celebrating their 20th Year Anniversary in 2015. In honor of that the Rhymesayers staff and artists will discuss the path of turning a passion into a successful business model. Starting from point zero (or less than), the founders of the Rhymesayers Label had no music industry experience and limited business backgrounds, but filled with passion and determination they were able to cultivate and invigorate a local following. Over the course of a few years they were able to grow that following regionally, nationally and eventually globally. This discussion will revisit the continual evolution of our story; the challenges and the successes.

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Speakers
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deM atlaS

GM, Rhymesayers Entertainment
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Kevin Beacham

Project Mgr, Rhymesayers Entertainment
Kevin Beacham is a respected underground Hip Hop educator, writer, DJ and most importantly, fan. He discovered and fell in love with Hip Hop in early 1980 and has continued on a path every since to not only be active in the Culture, but to continually learn more and share that knowledge... Read More →
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Jason Cook

GM, Rhymesayers Entertainment
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sean daley

GM, Atmosphere
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Evidence

GM, Dilated Peoples
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Brent Sayers

Pres, Rhymesayers Entertainment


Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 18ABC Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

SXSW Interview: Wyclef Jean
Access Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband

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Speakers
avatar for Nick Huff-Barili

Nick Huff-Barili

Dir/Journalist, Hard Knock TV
Launching HARD KNOCK TV in 2005, Nick Huff Barili, a fifteen-year veteran in the entertainment industry, recognized the need for credible in-depth coverage of Hip Hop culture and the emergence of new media. In 2006 Hard Knock TV became the FIRST Hip Hop show to create original content... Read More →
avatar for Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean

Dir/Journalist, Hard Knock TV
Musician. Poet. Technologist. Producer. Songwriter. Philanthropist. Raconteur. When seeing Clef in his element, on stage; so completely comfortable, it’s easy to see him only as performer. A short dive into his history reveals we are only witnessing the tip of the iceberg. Wyclef... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 12AB Austin Convention Center
 
Friday, March 20
 

3:30pm

SXSW Interview: The Church
The Church arrive for their featured speaker spot at  SXSW 2015 highlighting their new album ‘Further/Deeper,’ and wrapping up a short US jaunt. From their Sydney origins in 1980, through a compelling discography highlighted by the 1988 hit “Under The Milky Way,” the group led by Steve Kilbey present utterly unique and ethereal songs with universal appeal. As they play into their fourth decade, The Church will discuss the road that brought them here and the road ahead.

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Speakers
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David Fricke

Sr Writer, Rolling Stone
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Ian Haug

Sr Writer, The Church
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Steve Kilbey

Sr Writer, The Church
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Peter Koppes

Sr Writer, The Church
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Tim Powles

Sr Writer, The Church


Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 16AB Austin Convention Center

4:30pm

SXSW Music Hackathon Awards Show
Using their programming know-how and our collection of music-tech APIs, teams spent 24 hours to create new tech innovations in the music space for artists, industry, and fans. and compete for the $10,000 Grand Prize, awarded by our panel of celebrity judges. Joining the hackers as Hackathon Artists-in-Residence are the fabulous Robert DeLong and Neon Hitch. The 2015 Hackathon judges include Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Ty Roberts (Co-Founder of Gracenote), and Alex White (CEO of Next Big Sound), Jonathan Dworkin (Warner Music Group), and Eric Sheinkop (Music Dealers). BONUS: check out a live performance by Neon Hitch during the show!
Come see what these brilliant teams created for the future of music tech!

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Friday March 20, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
ACC Ballroom G Day Stage Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

SXSW Interview: Wynonna Judd
Five time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author Wynonna Judd has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, charted countless singles and won over 60 industry awards.
Her fearless honesty and commanding voice have garnered her millions of fans over the years. Wynonna sits down with Ann Powers to discuss her 35 year career as well as what’s in store for the future. Presented in conjunction with SAG-AFTRA.

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Speakers
avatar for Wynonna Judd

Wynonna Judd

Artist/Performer/Speaker, NPR Music
Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna has always revolved her career around telling stories. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Wynonna’s... Read More →
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Cactus Moser

Critic & Correspondent, NPR Music
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Ann Powers

Critic & Correspondent, NPR Music


Friday March 20, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 12AB Austin Convention Center
 
Saturday, March 21
 

2:00pm

Provocateurs: Art, Music, Politics featuring Shepard Fairey & Chuck D
Art and music have always lived alongside politics. Sometimes quietly and sometimes loudly. Join Shepard Fairey and others as they look at the ways visuals and or melodies can make an impact not only on youth culture but the political landscape.

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Speakers
avatar for Lorrie Boula

Lorrie Boula

Pres, Soul Kitchen
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Chuck D

Chuck D, Public Enemy/Enemy Books
Leader and co-founder of legendary group Public Enemy, social activist, author and digital music pioneer, Chuck D rose to acclaim in the 1980’s with a string of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums that addressed weighty issues about race, rage and inequality... Read More →
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Shepard Fairey

Artist, OBEY GIANT
EP

Evan Pricco

Editor-In-Chief, Juxtapoz
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Todd Roberts

Head of Visual Arts, Windish


Saturday March 21, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 18ABC Austin Convention Center