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SXSW 2017 Interview: Dan Hagerty of The Sandinistas

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 at 3:00 pm
 

The Sandinistas from Wales were one of my favourite acts at this year’s SXSW. Their combination of taut, catchy rock tunes, hilarious stage patter between tunes and plenty of charisma made for an entertaining and engaging performance. This was true both times I got a chance to see them in Austin, first at Thursday afternoon at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30, followed by a set at Valhalla on Red River at Long Beach’s Music Tastes Good showcase.

Following quite a show they put on at Latitude 30, I sat down on a table – literally – outside Latitude 30 with their guitar-toting frontman Dan Hagerty (in the foreground of the photo at the top of this post). He’s a man who favours an almost split whilst performing that Prince would probably squeal with approval at, and as stated in his answers to our SXSW 2017-flavoured Quickfire Questions, the Beatles changed his life. Given my agreement with many of his answers, I figured he and I would have a nice conversation under the Texas sun, and you can have a listen in to this interview below. Oh, and am I allowed as a woman to say he’ll be the next pin-up on your bedroom wall, girls? (Step back and stop foaming at the mouth, ladies. I’m sorry to tell you he’s already married.) To read more of our coverage on The Sandinistas on TGTF, follow this link.

DSC01378-The Sandinistas Thursday at British Music Embassy, Latitude 30, SXSW 2017

 

SXSW 2017 Interview: SuperGlu

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 at 1:00 pm
 

Anyone who’s ever been to SXSW knows you have to be prepared for anything and everything. It’s true for musicians, surely, but also for us journalists too. Two years ago, I was promised by a journalist from Louisiana that I’d get equal billing on an interview I helped record for him; needless to say, the credit didn’t appear when the video went online, leaving a bad taste in my mouth. (The interviewee in question is now a good friend of mine, and Mr. Louisiana is nowhere to be found…) I didn’t think I’d ever have to tag team on another interview again but last week in Austin for SXSW 2017, a blogger (or a super fan even, possibly?) asked me to tag team on an interview with Manningtree rockers SuperGlu (no “e”), and here are the results. Unhelpfully, the mystery man never introduced himself or his outlet, so I honestly can’t credit him until he surfaces.

SuperGlu and I have a funny history, in that I found out about the band via one of their band members’ former partners a good 2 years ago before they came out here to America for their first-ever shows. The details are not so important now (you can read more back here) but it just goes to show that word of mouth indeed helps us journalists find out about good bands to check out and listen to. Further, the hundreds of new fans they played to and made in Austin can’t be wrong, can they? While they’ve grown by leaps and bounds no doubt with all the blood, sweat and tears they’ve shed in their pursuit of writing, recording, and performing to get even better (and frontman Ben Brown had to make a joke out of my starting question in this interview!), at the end of the day, it’s a group of four pals who enjoy being together and making music together, and if their music connects with people across an ocean, then something right is going right in this world. Listen to the interview by me and this other mystery blogger below. For more coveage on SuperGlu – and I assume we’ll have plenty more soon – go here. Special thanks to their manager John for snapping the photo of us below for posterity. Go Longhorns! (It’s an in-joke.)

editor Mary with SuperGlu at SXSW 2017

 

SXSW 2017 Interview: Magnolian

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Singer/songwriter Magnolian was the first-ever Mongolian artist to receive a shout and appear at SXSW, so I feel rather lucky to have not only see him and his band perform, but also had a chat with him about his music. Using ‘The Beach Song’ that we gave away before SXSW 2017 as proof, there really isn’t that much separating his musical stylings from a whole host of folk artists and singer/songwriters we know you already know and love.

Dulguun Bayasgalan sings in English, which is quite unusual in Asia. The tendency is for artists to sing in their native tongue and solidify their fanbase in their home country, or at least on their continent, never venturing further out. However, in Magnolian’s case, catching the ears of American media outlet Nerdist for his debut EP ‘Famous Men’ last summer provided unexpected and well-deserved hype. Bayasgalan cites Matt Berninger and The National as major influences, which seem obvious when you hear Magnolian’s baritone leanings. Have a listen to my conversation with him and his band below. To get your free download of ‘The Beach Song’, go here.

Magnolian at Westin, Second Play Stage, Wednesday 15 March 2017, SXSW 2017

 

SXSW 2017 Interview: Ten Tonnes

 
By on Tuesday, 21st March 2017 at 1:00 pm
 

Ten Tonnes is Hertford singer/songwriter Ethan Barnett. I met him at the Twix showcase at Bar 96 on Wednesday afternoon and asked him for an interview after his set to open the showcase. He asked me to not talk about his brother and if you’re tenacious and a Google ninja, you can certainly figure out who he’s related to. But it’s not useful in this context b/c the two brothers have very different styles. I find it encouraging that someone so young is interested in blues and rockabilly, two genres that don’t get a whole lot of attention when it comes to popular music.

Evidenced from his newest single ‘Silver Heat’ that literally dropped the day after I spoke with the young talent, this lad’s ready to rock, with his prime accompaniment to his guitar-playing a surprisingly deep, rich voice for a young man, a voice I would imagine most men would envy and would make women swoon. I can’t imagine an album will be far off, so keep your eyes peeled and ears open for more from Ten Tonnes. In the meantime, have a listen to my brief chat with him below, followed by a stream of the new single ‘Silver Heat’ directly below it.

Ten Tonnes, Bar 96, Twix showcase, Wednesday 15 March 2017

 

SXSW 2017 Interview: James ‘Wally’ Howlett of The Elliotts

 
By on Tuesday, 21st March 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Header photo by Ebony Madden

Like the Brits and the Irish, the Aussies know how to throw a good party at SXSW. This was true this year at SXSW 2017, where they put on two acoustic-focussed lineups – Sound Gallery I and II – at Irish pub B.D. Riley’s on the Tuesday and Saturday afternoons of the festival. These showcases are brilliant, because those of us who can’t catch Aussie bands during their evening showcases have a second (sometimes third) opportunity to see them, exponentially increasing their acts’ opportunities in front of punters and industry folk. Sessions of Sound Gallery I and II were in addition to not one, but two afternoons they had booked in the East Test of Brush Square Park on Thursday and Friday, the Friday used specifically to accommodate the many electronic acts coming out of Oz.

The Elliotts are from Melbourne, argued by many to be the cultural capital of Australia, and they have a fresh pop sound sure to keep your toes tapping. Call him James, Jimmy or Wally (far right on the photo at the top of this page), one of two lead singers in the band and their bass player (or at least in Austin); I chatted with him outside B.D. Riley’s after their rousing set on Tuesday afternoon. Have a listen to our conversation on the ground on 6th Street below. They will be touring here in America for the next 2 weeks; show them some love by checking out their gig list here.

The Elliotts at Sound Gallery I, B.D. Riley's, SXSW 2017

 

(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #125: Draper

 
By on Monday, 13th March 2017 at 11:00 am
 

This year’s SXSW Music Festival is here! And we’re bringing you the last set of our special SXSW 2017 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today, we’re giving the stage to electronic dance producer Draper. The song he names as his favourite in his childhood, the one that was his earliest memory and the one that makes him laugh is surprisingly by an American entertainer from yesteryear. Should we be surprised? I’m not sure. But read on for more of his intriguing answers… [We’ve been informed that sadly, Dan Bettridge will not be joining us in Austin. – Ed.]

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Super hype synths.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’m not really sure! It’s my first time out there so I’m excited to do anything and everything whilst I’m there!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I’d like to see Fickle Friends live, but there are just so many acts I’ll be pleased to see any of them!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Ha, nothing unusual from me, I used to pack way too much but then I realized that I end up wearing the same outfit for about 3 days…

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
That’d be great! Mine’s a gin and tonic. [Serious question: why do the Brits love gin and tonic so much??? – Ed.]

What was your favourite album from 2016 and why?
Honne’s ‘Warm on a Cold Bight’. I loved so many of those songs, the guys brought something fresh and I loved it.

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Yes! I’ve heard only good things, mostly about how awesome it is. I’m excited! I’m confident and ready for this.

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Lighthouse Family – ‘High’, we used to listen to it in the car as a family driving places.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Growing up, it was probably ‘Fat Lip’ by Sum 41.

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What song makes you laugh?
Anything by Lil’ Dicky.

What song makes you cry?
Coldplay’s new ‘Everglow’, beautiful track.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
I listened to this a lot: Chingy – ‘One Call Away’.

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What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Coldplay – ‘O’, another beautifully poetic track, or Jonsi – ‘Hengilas’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Coldplay – Fix You’…a lot of Coldplay, I’m realising…

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Of songwriters there are many… people who I admire for their poetry, others who know exactly how to Chris Martin (big fan of Coldplay, in case that wasn’t very obvious).

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Hopefully something in the music industry or at least a creative industry.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
The Beatles – ‘1’. So many smash hits. [I should have not allowed greatest hits collections either. That’s cheating, ha! – Ed.]

We thank Draper for answering our SXSW flavoured Quickfire Questions and Sarah for helping us sort this for us. Draper has two high-profile appearances in Austin: Tuesday 13 March at 1:15 AM at ScratcHouse and Saturday 18 March at 1 AM at Swan Dive Patio.

 
 
 

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