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25 February 2010

Alina Simone - SXSW Interview and Video


Lexington, MA

SXSW Show Times:
March 17th at 11 pm at The Ale House
March 20th afternoon Large Hearted Boy showcase at Book People.

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Seeing old friends from all over the country who I otherwise wouldn't see. Also, seeing old friends from around the corner in Brooklyn who I otherwise wouldn't get to see because we are always too busy running around trying to make rent.

Are you out promoting anything?

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Honestly, my musical tastes manage to miss the entire SXSW range: either the artists have already been dead for 50 years or they are at the Madonna end of the spectrum.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Trying to suppress hating yourself for ruining Austin for the nice people who live there.

Do you have any survival tips?
Yes. An evening at SXSW is infinitely more enjoyable if you are hanging out with your best friends. I long ago decided to make the compromise in favor of spending the evening with friends over going wherever the best show was.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
I've done it both way. I am not an ideal advocate for festivals in that: I barely drink, I hate crowds and am short. Plus, all the best shows and "it" bands have a line wrapping around the block that leaves you awash in frustration. I don't think I've answered your question at all, but you get my gist.


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