I had the immense pleasure and privilege of being allowed to tag along with David and Pete to SXSW this year. That’s us with Warren G. The legend. On the last night of SXSW. What a way to end it. We’d just finished the walk back to our hotel after the ‘Respect the West’ Nate Dogg Memorial show, talking about how crazy it was that we’d all just sung Regulate with Warren G onstage – and there he was, just casually standing outside as we walked in. The show, with Kurupt and Daz, Snoop and Warren G was the highlight by far of SXSW. It was a totally surreal moment singing along to Ain’t No Fun with all the above doing their parts on stage.
I’d previously been with Pete and Dave to SXSW in 2009, before the name David Dallas had really begun to appear on any overseas blogs. He was a total unknown in the States, but impressed with his showcase and gained critical acclaim that year. Thanks to the hard work from he and his team since then, and the recent signing with Duck Down, it was really great to see a difference in his SXSW experience this year compared to 2009.
People were recognising him and coming up to him, they were stoked on ‘Caught in a Daze’ saying they’d had it on repeat since it came out, and others were telling him how they could relate to ‘Big Time’. This year he was also being interviewed by MTV, DjBooth and SlamxHype.
On top of that we were all given not only entry to the Fader Fort, but VIP access backstage. Craziness. So, the other highlight of the festival was being able to see the progress David had made in such a short time.
Was lucky enough to catch Wiz Khalifa and Odd Future at the Fader Fort.
I was told there were a number of big name musicians/celebs who checked the Odd Future set, most of whom I wouldn’t have recognised but James Blake stood next to me throughout the entire set (all the tall people together). Comedian Aziz Ansari and Mayer Hawthorne were also there.
The first night we’d gone to check the Vibe House and were all wondering who the terrible rapper on stage was. When he said he had this song Purple and Yellow that had ‘blown up on the internet’ (lol!) we realised it was Chet Haze…son of Tom Hanks. More hilarious though was Sean Garrett (producer of 15 number one singles) who said things like ‘no matter how big my muscles get, I’m all about peace.’ Also managed to catch Freddie Gibbs, Big KRIT and Cyhi Da Prynce.
Kendrick Lamar had the most impressive set. Even if you’re not into his music, his performance was undeniable. A kind of antidote to the manic performances of Wiz and OddFuture, his was polished and engaging without all the surrounding hype.
Oh yeah, and David killed it at the NZ Showcase. That is all.