By Renee Dominguez
I recently had an amazing opportunity to work for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017 this past week. Over the course of that week, I saw a lot. Although I was fortunate enough to attend the film and interactive parts of SXSW, my heart was impatiently waiting for the music portion and thus led to the majority of my pictures. These photographs include bands and artists that are unknown but talented, small but loud, and definitely on the rise. I have no doubt, that if you don’t already know some of them, you will very soon!
When I attended my orientation meeting for SXSW, I learned about their mission statement. It stated that SXSW is about “helping creative people achieve their goals.” This was definitely the feel that I got from walking around Austin. There was literally music on every street downtown. Any and all types of music could be heard. And the best part?! Anyone could pop in and take a listen. With the exception of the venues that were bought out by big brand names (i.e. Youtube, Pandora, and Apple) that sold their own wristbands. Aside from that, it is the golden opportunity for bands to showcase their raw talent and their deep passion through their music. SXSW gives bands from around the world the opportunity to play to an audience that is simply there for the art of music. I walked into a couple of venues not knowing what to expect, but now some of those bands/artist are on my Spotify. I wanted to capture some shots of the crowd during the performances because I loved seeing how the music was touching them. I love watching live music, myself. It’s my favorite thing in the world. I love to see the passion in a guitarist’s eyes when they perform that solo they have been practicing for weeks. I love to feel the connection that the lead singer creates with the crowd of strangers that know all the words to his/her songs. And I love to see the group of friends onstage giving the performance they have been dreaming of ever since they started jamming together in someone’s bedroom. I hope I captured some of those moments to share with you all. Enjoy, and rock on.
Manila Killa feeling the bass drop during his set at The Brew Exchange.
Bearson took a step aside during his set at The Brew Exchange.
These two girls in front of me were really enjoying Bearson’s set.
Lou Rebecca is a French synthpop band based in Austin.
Lou Rebecca maintained her fierce, French sass throughout her performance.
’Darling West came to SXSW all the way from Norway.
’While everyone else was sitting down, this little girl wasn’t afraid to get up and dance.
’I went to the Sidewinder for the free beer, but stayed for Topaz Jones.
’Topaz Jones likes to dance.
’South African rapper Kwesta gave such an inspiring speech after a touching performance. It was his first time at SXSW.
The crowd was small but very electrifying during Kwesta’s performance.
Benjamin Booker showing his fiery passion at Banger’s.
’Benjamin Booker slaying on his guitar.
’The Midnight Stroll guitarist Jonas Wilson knows he kills it on guitar.
The Midnight Stroll frontman Aaron Kyle Behrens always hypnotizes the crowd with his voice.
’Tennessee natives Colony House rocked the Pandora House!
’Colony House guitarist Scott Mills played to a pack show at the Pandora House.
’Small Time Giants came all the way from Greenland.
’Small Time Giants brought the emo feels to Esther’s Follies.
’A.Chal was a new kind of rapper. He was accompanied by a metal-looking guitarist and a DJ.
All photos by Renee Dominguez.
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