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04 March 2010

Kate Miller-Heidke - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.katemillerheidke.com
www.myspace.com/katemillerheidke

Hometown:
Brisbane, Australia

SXSW Show Times:
3/17 Wednesday Dakota Lounge (Manic Fest Destiny Party) @3:30 pm
3/18 Thursday - Antone¹s (SIN/Sony party) @12:50 pm
3/18 Thursday - Hotel Café at The Parish @ 9:00 pm
3/19 Friday – Sonic Bids Party at Maggie Mae’s time tbc
3/19 Friday The Bayou (All Together Now Party) @ 7:20 pm
3/20 Saturday Maggie Mae¹s Aussie BBQ @ 11:00 pm

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
I'm not sure, I've never played there before. I've heard there's a lot of great music and good margaritas.

Are you out promoting anything?
My album Curiouser is coming out in the US on March 16. I'll be touring around the States all through April, mainly as the opener for Ben Folds.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
There are so many bands playing - it's a little overwhelming. I love Frightened Rabbit. I saw them play in Australia last year, in a huge outdoor amphitheatre in the middle of a lightning storm. It was one of the most unforgettable gigs I've ever seen. Also, Hot Chip! There are a lot of good Australian bands playing too.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
From past experience playing industry-type events, I suppose the challenge will be firstly getting people to come to the show, and then getting them to shut the fuck up.

Do you have any survival tips?
Survival tips? What kind of a festival is this? Should I be worried about my survival?

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
Well, I suspect anyone who opts for the latter is going to sound like a bit of an uppity prick. In all seriousness, I've been informed by reliable sources that SXSW is the one music conference that is actually fun, so I'm looking forward to it.

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