The Untitled Interview #170 – SXSW Edition: Starring Isaac Emmanuel (Young Magic)

One of the first harbingers of Spring is not, in fact, the adorable, fluffy robins hopping along looking for worms or the bold yellow bursts of daffodils blooming. Sure, the longer days and Daylight Savings Time act as pretty good indicators. But they're not what I had in mind. Nay, friends, one of the first signs of the new season is SXSW, the week of music and mayhem down in Austin. I wrangled some of the bands I'd want to see, if I was going, to get their take on this year's installment of South by Southwest.

If you've not yet made the acquaintance of Young Magic, friends, you might soon wish to do so. The NYC-based trio has some serious sonic moves, bringing their varied global influences together into a heady, steamy concoction that will have you daydreaming, grooving, and grinning your face off in equal measure. They're hard to classify, which is a sentiment I suspect the band would enjoy. Let's just call them awesome and be done with it, shall we? Read on for the Young Magic festival notions, and make damn sure to catch them live whenever possible.

Fuzzy Logic: How are you getting to SXSW: plane, train, or automobile?
Isaac Emmanuel: Road trippin from NY to Texas. We drove last year too via New Orleans...crazy days.

Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
IE: Diary, a pen, and the right jack for my headphones. Now I won’t forget...

How many showcases/parties will you be playing?
IE: I think 5 or 6?

Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
IE: HudMO, Peaking Lights, Sean Kuti & Egypt 80.

What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Austin?
IE: Drop off some gear, find a spot in the sun, a little Mexican food and catch up with friends.

What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
IE: Hmm probably Market Day... a little festival run by a community radio station in Australia called ZZZ. All punk and trance and hip hop and the weirdest combination of people that hide away in their basements for the rest of the year.

Favorite thing about festivals?
IE: The sensory overload, if you’re in the mood.

[photo by Bek Andersen]


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