St Patty's Day at SXSW
Apparently, St. Patty's Day in Austin has coincided with SXSW for the past few years. Whether this is a coincidence or not is up for debate. It seems to good to be true given the thousands of revelers, the vibrant bar scene in Austin, and the free flow of alcohol that SXSW already brings to the town. Regardless of whether this is a happy coincidence or a plan carefully orchestrated by SXSW and Budweiser, St Patty's Day in Austin is a sight to behold.
I knew I was in trouble when I woke up to a cold brew being pressed against my forehead. That is my only clear memory from the day. From then on things just got blurrier and hazier until boom, black out.
Anyway, as expected we drank the day away. We got to downtown Austin and everywhere you looked there was a place to grab a drink, many of them free. We made a bee line to the Converse Fader Fort to catch Mr. MuthaFuckin' Esquire. As I stood in the crowd enjoying the show he ad his posse got off the stage into the crowd and came directly to where I was standing. They started battle rapping, crumping, and pouring liquor down all of our throats. Now I know why he insists on the MuthaFuckin' as part of his monicker.
A lot of the rest of the day was a blur of bars and drinks on the boisterous 6th st of Austin. Everyone dressed in green and hammered out of their minds, it was an exciting if not exhausting way to spend a Saturday.
The only thing I remember afterwards was staggering to the SMOG vs UKF party. Even with my mind completely shut down, my body knows to lead me to wherever the bass is (and 9 times out of 10 that means SMOG). We arrived super early, which is normally a mistake, but tonight it worked to our advantage. The crowd was scarce but that meant no line at the bar. The people that were there were all bass heads and producers who just wanted to chill and dance.
We arrived just in time for Kelly Dean's set. Dean, an up and coming dubstep producer, threw down hard for the scarce crowd. I spoke to him afterward and he said that you have to play the same way for ten people or 1000 to make a name for yourself. I agree wholeheartedly and am very excited to see more from this character when I get back to LA.
Next up was Pawn, another dubstep producer from the SMOG label that I had seen as an opener at various shows in LA. This affable character was nice enough to introduce himself to my friends and I during Kelly Dean's set. Like Dean, he is an up and comer out of Los Angeles who plans to stop at nothing to make it in this crazy EDM scene. Judging by the set that he played here at SXSW, I would say he has a pretty good chance.
Then, all of a sudden, I woke up back at home. I am told that we stayed at the SMOG show, kept drinking and dancing, and then took a cab home. So I guess all in all it was a pretty good way to spend a St. Patty's Day.