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18 February 2010

SXSW 2010 Preview - Interview with Andrew Belle


Nashville, TN and Chicago, IL

SXSW Show Times:
March 17 - Next Big Nashville Party at Maggie Mae's Gibson Room
March 19 - BMI Brunch at Four Seasons
March 20 - Hotel Cafe Tour at TOT Day Party - Ceaser Chavez & Rt. 35

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
I've spent so much time on the road lately, SXSW is actually the one time a year I get to run around w/ all of my musician friends from around the country. It's a lot of work, but it's so much fun spending time w/ friends and supporting each other throughout the week.

Are you out promoting anything?
Right now we're gearing up to promote my debut full length album 'The Ladder' releasing February 23rd 2010. We're actually making a video this weekend for the lead single 'Static Waves (feat. Katie Herzig) in NYC. I'm hoping to release it in March/April.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
I'm hoping Lisa Hannigan is there again this year - I missed her set last march and have regretted it ever since...I heard it was unreal!

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
The most difficult thing is probably staying healthy when you're running around all week playing shows, taking meetings and giving interviews. It's also ridiculously hard to load-in to your venue, depending on where your venue is and how much equipment you have. I heard that last year the Ten out of Tenn crew hired the bicycle taxis to haul their gear back and forth before and after their showcase haha.

Do you have any survival tips?
SLEEP and WATER. That's my regiment at least. It's the only way I can make it through that week without sounding like garbage by the end of it.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
I am definitely  a stick around guy. Like I said, my favorite part is meeting up with friends from around the country that I normally don't get to spend much time with. It's so much fun!


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