In 2010 the Scottish Arts Council will again be supporting a handful of emerging Scottish acts to showcase their talents at SxSW in Austin, Texas. We will be coordinating the Showcasing Scotland events and presence in Austin and we'll be supporting the following bands to appear.
- Broken Records
Edinburgh's Broken Records (4AD) combine Violent strings, droning accordions and abrasive guitars to create passionate widescreen music.
- Colin MacIntyre aka Mull Historical Society
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mull who has released acclaimed albums as Mull Historical Society and under his own name
Recent work with Kid Gloves has been Attracting attention both sides of the Atlantic and creating buzz from Glasgow to LA.
- Frightened Rabbit
Returning to the US for their first show of 2010 to showcase their new album [Ital] The Winter of Mixed Drinks.
- The Law
Renowned for high-energy, raucous performances they combine riff-driven rock'n'roll and sing-along melodies.
- St Deluxe
After last year's explosive debut and countless gigs, festivals and supports St Deluxe have now distilled and bottled their sound to
unleash on the world.
- Trembling Bells
Reanimating the mythic landscapes of Great Britain via a love of traditional folk, early music and canonical rock, their debut [ital]
Carbeth has been hailed by Joe Boyd and Paul Weller.
- Unicorn Kid
Unicorn Kid is infusing his gamewave, chiptune bleeps with classic music writing to make big pop tunes, with rousing choruses. Exciting, new and uncategorisable.
For more information on SxSW, please read the Scottish Arts Council SxSW Music Festival FAQs (pdf) or visit the SxSW Showcase FAQs on the SxSW website.
The Scottish Arts Council and Cultural Enterprise Office held two training events on 17 & 18 September for artists, managers and others wishing to showcase at the SxSW Music Conference in Austin Texas in March 2010.
The events were very well attended and the speakers (Scott Paterson (Sons & Daughters), Una Johnston (SxSW), Francis Macdonald (Manager of Camera Obscura), Paul Grieve (Paul Grieve Management), Katie Ray (Traffic Control), Ziggy Campbell & Tommy Perman (FOUND) Stuart Thomas (Scottish Arts Council) passed on key information and advice.
Handouts and pdfs of presentations are available via the Cultural Enterprise Office Website
Last year The Showcasing Scotland event witnessed performances from Primal Scream, Glasvegas, The Proclaimers and Camera Obscura showcasing alongside Dananananaykroyd, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Found, Twin Atlantic, My Latest Novel and The Pictish Trail.
SxSW 2009 photo gallery - Take a look at the cream of Scottish musical talent performing at SxSW 2009
In 2009 the Scottish presence at SxSW featured Primal Scream, Glasvegas, The Proclaimers, The Pictish Trail, Found, Come on Gang!, Alex Smoke, Twin Atlantic, Nacional, We Were Promised Jetpacks, My Latest Novel, Camera Obscura and Dananananakroyd.
Over four days, from 18 to 21 March, the Scottish contingent met with other artists, international promoters, record companies and booking agents during the annual SxSW festival.
Ten bands were supported to appear at SxSW 2010 by the Scottish Arts Council:
- Come on Gang! - The tight pop-punk three-piece have released two singles to date, each to critical acclaim
- Found - make melodic, experimental pop music with a distinctive Scottish accent
- Camera Obscura - Glasgow’s finest purveyors of literate, melodic pop, will release their fourth album on the seminal 4AD label
- Dananananaykroyd - fun loving post-hardcore/indie rock have been winning hearts and capturing fans across the UK,
- Nacional - music bursting with energy with rhythms that will make you dance like Joy Divison,
- We Were Promised Jetpacks - move at a breakneck pace and deliver a mini-anthem in every song
- My Latest Novel - April sees the release of their second album ‘Deaths and Entrances’
- The Pictish Trail - features Johnny Lynch, electro-folk-pop troubadour
- Alex Smoke - blurs the boundaries between electronica, techno, classical and hip hop
- Twin Atlantic - prior to departing for Austin, the unsigned band will first have a UK headline tour