My SXSW 2015 Experience
With another SXSW in the history books, I must say that this was the best experience that I ever encountered in my 3 consecutive years attending SXSW. I was able to have my first official showcase as EchoSlim thanks to the beautiful people at Sol Collective, and also thanks to one of the greatest gifts that one can be honored to have as a friend, Dr. Melissa Leal. They made everything possible. I give much thanks for knowing them. My SXSW 2015, however, really started during SXSW 2014.
While attending SXSW 2014 with Black Violin, who were named one of the top bands at SXSW 2013, I was is in a state of mental limbo in regards to my own career. I wanted to push EchoSlim to another level, but it was hard to do so while still working with Black Violin. The comfort of making a living off of music is not easy to obtain. Most musicians dream of having that comfort, and I pretty much had it with Black Violin, but I wanted more than just comfort. I wanted to make my own way while hopefully making musical history. I knew what I had to achieve, but I still needed confirmation. Like Ishmael from Anothr Breed sings, "Blame Me I'm Human." I def didn't have the answers at the time like the Good Brother Sway does. So I decided to attend some SXSW panels in 2014 searching for inspiration and possibly the answers I needed to hear at the time. I heard about the Night of the Living Dead - The Grateful Dead + EDM panel, and I decided to check it out being that I am a fan of The Grateful Dead and a producer of EDM. I believe this panel helped to finally push me in the direction that I needed to go. Although I didn't make my decision right away, the speakers on this panel, Don Strasburg of AEG Live, Lee Anderson of AM Only, Rich Schaefer of The Artists Organization, and Sam Hunt of The Windish Agency, gave me some incredible advice that I remember to this day.
Fast forward to 2015 and I was apart of one of the most diverse showcases at SXSW. I was reunited with My Brother George Green, the greatest tour manager and friend I could ever ask for. The fact that someone with his credentials and love for humanity was willing to assist me on my journey is such an amazing honor. I was also supported by My Brother BEATdown!, the leader of Panther Jonez, and another former member of Black Violin. We toured the world together and built a brotherly and musical bond that can never be broken. It was an honor to share the stage with him once again. Anothr Breed... What can't I say about them. They are the future of music. Singers, Rappers, Songwriters, Producers, and Performers. I was happy to share the stage with them, and I look forward to releasing music with Anothr Breed very soon. Lastly, My Brother Ataklan. The Rapso general that never wavered and never sold out for fame or radio play. We linked up only a few weeks ago, and made some great things happen. Be on the look for some sick music coming soon from the both of us. "Maaad Calypso" being the first. You can only hold good people down for so long. The sun shall rise.
This showcase showed me that I did make the right decision to step out on my own. Whether I am able to make a living off of music or not, these have been the happiest days of my life. No longer will I worry about fame or fortune. Creating a lasting legacy that will hopefully inspire others, especially younger generations has been my primary concern as of late, and will continue to be so as long as I'm breathing.