Festival season is in the air and SXSW, located in Austin, Texas, is about to kick off.

Known for showcasing some of the best acts worldwide, we took the liberty to talk with some of our favorites on the overwhelming lineup (over a few thousand?)—with hopes of making it a little bit easier on your senses, whether you’ll be down South with us or just ready to see who the next big thang will be come March 20th, once the week-long extravaganza is officially just a memory.

From dance players like Oliver Heldens and Illenium, to world-renowned artists (ahem Third Eye Blind) and up-and-comers like Josh Jacobson (who’s bringing soul back in a mesmerizing way), we talked to our favorites across the genre board.

Here are our SXSW 2017 ‘Ones to Catch’:

OLIVER HELDENS

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Genre: (future) house, electro, disco, funk, bass, #Heldeep

What SXSW is this for you? If it’s your first, what are you hoping to gain from this experience that is different from another more traditional festival experience?

It’s my first time so everything is kind of new for me.  Since it’s so much bigger than an average, traditional festival I think it’s going to be a lot harder to choose what show or gig to attend, haha.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

I have my own show, Oliver Heldens presents Heldeep Records, at Kingdom on March 15. I’m really happy with the line-up consisting of loads of great upcoming talent like Dante Klein, Steve James, Kream and Throttle.

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

I think the New Dutch Wave is really cool and I’m excited to check it out. It’s always great when new talent gets a platform to show the world what they’re capable of. 

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

I saw Nile Rodgers is doing a key-note talk, trying to make it to that one. 

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.

Nile Rodgers is, in my opinion, a great artist who I’d love to work with some day. His songs all sound amazing. I think a collaboration between us would be really interesting.

 What are the Top 10 albums that got you through your teen years?

When I was growing up, albums were already becoming less and less of a thing, it was more about singles and compilation albums with the top singles of the year, or at least that’s how it happened in the Netherlands.. I used to listen to a lot of the mainstream music, I guess like everyone does before you start to shape your own musical taste. After I began to listen to house music more and more, it was artists like Sander van Doorn, Disclosure, Kaytranada that really caught my eye and they led me to make the music I make today. I guess if I really have to choose albums I’d soon end up with the really commercially successful ones and I’m actually having a hard time coming up with one that really stands out to me to be honest.

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

THIRD EYE BLIND

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Genre: alternative rock

What # SXSW is this for you?

I think number 4 or 5.

What did you learn in years prior that you plan to keep in mind to make the most of your experience/do better in 2017?

Wear comfy shoes. Seriously. If you want to do SXSW right, you’ve got to get out and walk around, check out a bunch of bands, it’s awesome.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

We’re very loose in our set listing. We’ll most likely make up a set list on the day, or on stage. We don’t play to any backing tracks or any of that, so we change it up on the spot all the time. We’ll actually be in Austin for the whole week, so you never know what we might pull out of the back catalogue.

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

We want to check out the Lennon Bus, they’re doing great work and I love Yoko, but there’s always lots of really cool stuff to see. Stephan and I are Game of Thrones nuts, so we wanna catch that-also there’s a Game of Thrones escape room which sounds fun. There’s also the new Terry Malick movie, loads to see.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

Solange is playing at the YouTube thing, Wu-Tang are playing, Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Anderson Paak. There are people we know and friends playing and stuff like that, but we like to wander around a little and check out random bands from all over the world, there are always a bunch of Irish bands playing, and I love finding the J-Rock bands in town.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.

Prince. Or Todd Rundgren. Or David Bowie. Or Yasuharu Konishi.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you through your teen years?

I listened to no-one but Prince from the age of 9 through 15. Seriously, I would just save up my pocket money for months, then buy a Prince record and listen obsessively to it until I could afford to buy another one. Then I started playing guitar when I was 15, so I took the Prince-Hendrix-Page-Slash-Frusciante-Morello-Corgan road trip and never looked back. Albums like Gish, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Electric Ladyland, Appetite for Destruction, there are so many, too many to mention. I would sink myself into a new recording and lionize every inch of it for days, record it onto my (not Sony, couldn’t afford Sony) Walkman and walk the streets of Dublin. Amazing.

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

Can we pick an entire catalogue?

SOFI TUKKER

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Genre: indie dance

What # SXSW is this for you? If you’ve been before, what did you learn in years prior that you plan to keep in mind to make the most of your experience/do better in 2017?

2nd. We loved going to our shows early and getting to meet and see the other artists perform! We’ll try to do that as much as possible this year.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

We are playing:
Spin on 3.14
Paradigm on 3.16
Stubhub on 3.16
Ultra on 3.17

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

Really excited to see our good friend Maggie Rogers, we still have never seen her live!

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.

Stromae!! Excited that he’s alive!

What are the Top 10 albums that got you through your teen years?

We have been influenced by super different albums, so we will split them up!

Sophie:
Feist – Metals
Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club
Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope
Norah Jones – Come Away with Me
Céu – Vagarosa

Tucker:
Blink 182 – Enema of the State
50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Trying
Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP
Kanye – Late Registration
Cobra Starship – Viva la Cobra

Tucker didn’t get into house music until his teen years ; )

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

JOSH JACOBSON

Genre: future soul

What # SXSW is this for you? If it’s your first, what are you hoping to gain from this experience that is different from another more traditional festival experience?

This will be my first SXSW! It’s my first time in Austin too, so I’m looking forward to just taking it all in and getting inspired by all the creative energy to be found throughout Austin this week. Above all I’m excited to get to share my music with new fans at the showcases and perform alongside both friends and idols.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

I’m doing 2 live sets and 3 DJ sets in Austin this year. I may be bringing up some special guests for my live shows 🙂

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

I just released the first single from my debut EP First Light, and will be dropping a live acoustic video for that song later this month as well. At SXSW I’ll be performing all of the unreleased tracks from the EP, so the people at my showcases will be among the first to ever hear these new songs played live.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

There are so many amazing acts on these showcase lineups, but I’m particularly interested in checking out some of the local bands from Austin. Golden Dawn Arkestra’s live show sounds incredible, and I’ll definitely be catching a set by Survive — they scored Stranger Things and that soundtrack is epic.

I’m stoked to see my Brooklyn friend Gabriel Garzón-Montano play the KCRW showcase this Wednesday too! And Sam Gellaitry is on the Beautiful Buzzz lineup with me, he’s one of my favorite current producers and I’m so stoked to get to see him play live.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.. 

Stevie Wonder.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you through your teen years?

Wow it’s really hard to pick only 10…here goes:
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
Hank Mobley – Soul Station
D’Angelo – Voodoo
Bill Evans – Live at the Village Vanguard 1961
The Beatles – Abbey Road
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
Feist – Let it Die
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Passion Pit – Manners
Kanye West – Graduation
(Honorable mention: Roy Hargrove Quintet – Earfood, The Killers – Day & Age)

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

POMO

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Genre: electronic funk 

What # SXSW is this for you? If you’ve been before, what did you learn in years prior that you plan to keep in mind to make the most of your experience/do better in 2017?

This is my 2nd SXSW. Last time I did a lot of running around to get to the next gig. So I’m more prepared for that this time, also prepared to drink more Lone Stars.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

I have a couple DJ sets lined up and a few Live sets with me on keys and Danny McKinnon on guitar.

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

I have a new single coming out so I will be playing that and also just performing with Danny live which is a new thing.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

I haven’t really checked out that many of the showcases yet, last time we played it by ear and had a great time. I think im gonna do that this year too.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.

Prince.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you through your teen years?

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Led Zeppelin – How The West Was Won
Daft Punk – Discovery
Justice – Cross
Radiohead – Kid A
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part 2
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish & The Hot Dog Flavoured Water

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

ILLENIUM

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Genre: melodic bass music 

What # SXSW is this for you? If you’ve been before, what did you learn in years prior that you plan to keep in mind to make the most of your experience/do better in 2017?

This is the second time I’ve played at SXSW. The first time I played was 2 years ago and so much has happened since then. I definitely learned that SXSW is unlike any other music event that I’ve been to and has its own unique feel. I’ll definitely keep in mind what the audience is like which will effect exactly what my set will be like. Expect something unique.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

This year we are performing at Trap Nations showcase at Monster Energy Outbreak House.

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

Trap Nation’s showcase. Trap Nation has been an amazing support to us and we are there to support them 100 percent.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

Stoked to support all the guys for the Chill Nation showcase. Lots of talent there and can’t wait to see some sets I’ve never been able to check out before.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive..

I’d have to say alive would have to be ODESZA, Ed Sheeran, Flume. Dead would probably have to be Whitney Houston, Jimmy Hendrix.

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single: 

DIAMOND THUG

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Genre: alternative pop

What # SXSW is this for you? If it’s your first, what are you hoping to gain from this experience that is different from another more traditional festival experience?

This is our first time performing, not only at SXSW, but in the States! For us, SXSW is a great opportunity to experience the full force of the music industry. Living in South Africa, we’re really far away from a lot of the biggest shows and festivals in the world, so it’s a huge mission for us to get up from the bottom corner of Africa. However with SXSW because of the gathering of fans, professionals, musicians, businesses, artists etc, it makes the trip so worth it. We’re really far away from a lot of fans and key industry people, there’s only so much a digital message can do. Having some face-time with people is a huge help in getting to build up contacts and a fanbase.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

We have two performances! The first is at Container Bar for the Culture Collide Showcase on March 15. We’re on at 15h00. The second is on March 18 at Trinity Hall @ Old School at 22h00. It’s really cool to be playing a show during the day and another at night, because it can really influence how a show feels.

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

Our upcoming album. We recently recorded a bunch of tracks in Cape Town that we’re hoping to release in the form of singles and an album by the end of the year. It’s a slight branch off from our previous releases and we’re keen to see how Americans like it.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

Well we’re excited for a few individual artists like Sylvan Esso, Gary Clarke Junior, The Drums and Wu Tang Clan.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.

We’d love to sit down and write a song with either Kevin Parker or Thom Yorke.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you through your teen years?

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell
Blink 182 – Take off Your Pants and Jacket
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Californication
Radiohead – The Bends Coldplay – Parachutes
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
Goldfish – Caught in the Loop
Kings of Leon – Youth and Young Manhood
Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West
The Doors – LA Woman

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single: 

PLS&TY

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Genre: “no genre”/future bass

What # SXSW is this for you? If it’s your first, what are you hoping to gain from this experience that is different from another more traditional festival experience?

This will be my first year attending SXSW, and first time performing in Austin. I’m very excited and grateful to be invited this year as an official showcasing artist, having access to all that SXSW offers. I can’t wait to finally meet the friends that I have been conversing with over the Internet, in person.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

My official showcase is on Thursday, March 17 at Kingdom presented by Brownies and Lemonade.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

I’m really excited to check out the Get Buzzzed Showcase presented by Beautiful Buzzz, We The Beat, Crossroads, & Closed Sessions. Erin from Beautiful Buzzz has been supporting the PLS&TY project since its inception. Nathan & Matt from Closed Sessions set up the first PLS&TY Washington D.C. and Brooklyn performances. After discovering that Beautiful Buzzz would be partnering with Closed Sessions for the showcase, we could not wait to get involved.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.

I’d love to collaborate with Lido, Anderson Paak, Mura Masa, or graves.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you thru your teen years?

Linkin Park – Meteora
The Used – The Used
Rise Against – Appeal to Reason
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium
Lil Wayne – The Carter III
Kanye West – Graduation
Sublime – Sublime
Slightly Stoopid – Closer To The Sun
Yellow Card – Ocean Avenue
Gorillaz – Gorillaz

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

CRYWOLF 

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Genre: indie electronic

 What # SXSW is this for you? If you’ve been before, what did you learn in years prior that you plan to keep in mind to make the most of your experience/do better in 2017?

This is my fourth SXSW. My first south by mainly taught me about networking. So many incredible artists all over, all meeting each other. I was from a small town in North Carolina so before that I had barely met anyone.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

I have a couple of casual DJ sets (Brownies and Lemonade, Beautiful Buzz), and then one actual Crywolf LIVE set with the full show (Nakid Mag Showcase).

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

I just released a brand new EP, called Skeletons, on March 10th, so that will be the main pieces I’ll be performing.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

I have been so slammed with my new EP release that I haven’t even gotten to check out the schedule much.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive..

Either Bon Iver or Sigur Ros. Both musical idols of mine and huge influences on my music.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you thru your teen years?

Assuming we are including *all* the teen years (up to 19)
– For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
– Define The Great Line by Underoath
– At War With Walls And Mazes by Son Lux
– The Con by Tegan and Sarah
– Illuminate by Lydia
– Beneath The Medicine Tree by Copeland
– All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone by Explosions In The Sky
– I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child by Manchester Orchestra
– I’m Only A Man by Emery
– Takk… by Sigur Ros

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

MANILA KILLA

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Genre: indie electronic

What # SXSW is this for you? If it’s your first, what are you hoping to gain from this experience that is different from another more traditional festival experience?

This is my very first SXSW. I’ve never gone but all my friends have attended and played shows in the years past – it looks like such a blast and I’m so excited for it. What I’m hoping to gain from this experience that’s different from other festival experiences is to check out a lot of underground acts, try the amazing food (I GOTTA TRY TEXAS BBQ), meet up with friends, and overall just do as much as I can possible to feel inspired after leaving.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

This year I’m playing two official events on the same night actually. I’ll be performing at the Chill Nation party as well as the Brownies & Lemonade party. I’m super stoked for these two just because both crews have really helped me throughout my career – and I haven’t played a Brownies & Lemonade party in so long so it’s finally time to turn up with the guys again!

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

As a fan, I’m excited to check out the Trap Nation party because there are a few homies playing that I haven’t had a chance to see yet (Illenium and San Holo, i’m talking about you). There’s also the Closed Sessions party where my collective, Moving Castle will be performing. I also heard Action Bronson will be performing at Rachel Ray’s Feedback party… I am a huge fan of both of their food personas, so I’m hoping to get in there. And I also heard Lil Yachty’s performing at the Mazda Studio. I definitely want to check him out.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.

My answer hasn’t changed for a while, but it’d be super dope to collaborate with Porter Robinson. He’s been such a huge influence on me and musically, I think he’s a genius.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you through your teen years?

I didn’t listen to too many albums in my teen years, but some notable ones includes: Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish & The Hot Dog Flavored Water; Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago; Green Day – American Idiot; Avenged Sevenfold – City of Evil, Blink-182 – Self Titled, Daft Punk – Alive 2007, and Justice – Cross. Some of my music choices were pretttttty interesting back then, but I hold them all close to my heart because they’ve shaped who I am today.

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

PICTURE THIS

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Genre: pop/rock

What # SXSW is this for you? If it’s your first, what are you hoping to gain from this experience that is different from another more traditional festival experience?

This is our first time at SXSW and it has always been a festival that we’ve heard about. Hearing of some of our favourite bands play the festival in years gone by is so cool to us because it means we will get to experience what they experienced too. It’s important for us to experience this festival properly and make the most of our time here to really show people who we are.

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

We are playing a few shows this year at SXSW, one important one to us is the Communion showcase as we have been with them in the U.K. Since the beginning and they’ve helped us a lot. A lot of people talk abut that showcase being a great gig and a great opportunity for bands since Communion has such a great reputation.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

We are interested in less known bands as much as the very known bands. This festival brings talent from all over the world and we just want to be immersed in it and try and see as much diverse acts as possible.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive..

Michael Jackson/Freddie Mercury.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you through your teen years?

What’s The Story Morning Glory (oasis)
A grand don’t come for free (The Streets)
Ready to die (Biggy Smalls)
Luke Kelly’s Greatest Hits (Luke Kelly)
Don’t Believe The Truth (Oasis)
Continuum (John Mayer)
Into The Morning (Ben Rector)
Heavier Things (John Mayer)
Caveat Emptor (mike got spiked)
Watching Time Run (Steve Moakler)

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single: 

MONDO COZMO

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Genre: alternative singer/songwriter

What # SXSW is this for you? If you’ve been before, what did you learn in years prior that you plan to keep in mind to make the most of your experience/do better in 2017?

Can’t remember. A lot. Ive learned that if you start drinking beer at noon, it’s best to not stop or you’ll want to take a nap. Pack aspirin.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

10 performances over 4 days. Ridiculous. I’m convinced someone is trying to kill me.

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

Project? Mondo Cozmo. Is that what you mean? My biggest goal is to not fall down and make an ass of myself. Or end up in rehab by Saturday morning.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

Bishop Briggs cause she can sing like a mother fucker .

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive..

Keith Richards. Alive.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you thru your teen years?

In uter
Rubber soul
Ok computer
Dark side
Folsom
Blond on blond
Urban hymns
Vitalogy
Mutations
Slanted and enchanted

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

KREAM

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Genre: deep house, tropical house

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

This is our first year at SXSW and we are playing 2 sets. One at Kingdom with Oliver Heldens and the other is Get Buzzzed at Brew Exchange!

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

The Trap Nation Event with Illenium and Whethan will be sick! We`ve been loving the stuff they’ve been putting out this past year. The Ultra Showcase will also probably be one hell of a party.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.

Calvin Harris.

Most important album in your teens?

50 Cent: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’

Noiseporn’s Favorite Single:

ANA BULBROOK (CEO/FOUNDER OF ‘GIRLSCHOOL’) 

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What # SXSW is this for you? If you’ve been before, what did you learn in years prior that you plan to keep in mind to make the most of your experience/do better in 2017?

I’ve been to SXSW many, many times as an artist. (I’m a member of the Airborne Toxic Event…) So I’m used to SXSW feeling like the indie rock Olympics: you have this event, and that event, and then a show, and then press, which involves performing, and then more press, and then a party, repeat. As your band gets bigger, though, your schedule gets more focused and efficient—but it’s always fun to see how artists at all levels fare in the face of a lot of variables, including no soundchecks and that cruelly damp Austin heat. That said, this will be my first time going as a festival leader instead of an artist, so I hope that Girlschool will be able to provide a bit of a Shangri La zone for our artists at TOMS Austin. Ahem, which is at 1401 S. Congress Ave.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

Girlschool is curating two nights of women-fronted bands on Thursday and Friday night alongside TOMS (who are curating a Saturday night bash) at TOMS Austin for a capsule festival called WE ARE ONE. We have artists including Kate Nash, Madame Gandhi, Phoebe Bridgers, the Regrettes, Weaves, and more coming through, plus a very special guest that I can’t tell name who is going to close the show on Friday night by destroying worlds in the most fun way possible. This will be happening from 5 – 9 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at 1401 S. Congress Ave. Should I repeat the address again?

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

Girlschool, Girlschool, Girlschool. We are already working on next year’s LA festival, and we are planning to bring the community to some new places over the next year or two. It’s been a really exciting year already, so stay tuned for more news there!

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

Who doesn’t want to see Maggie Rogers before the whole world does? Also, you should see Lizzo, Boyfriend, Kate Nash, Big Thief, The Wild Reeds, The Regrettes, and Phoebe Bridgers, or you’ll be sad later.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive..

If we can one day have a three day festival with Beyonce, Bjork, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sia, and Blondie all on the bill, I will legitimately die of happiness.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you thru your teen years?

Buckle up, because I am a 90s child:

The Roots: Things Fall Apar
Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Fiona Apple: Tidal
The Beatles: Best HitsSimon & Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence
Aphex Twin: I Care Because You Do

Operation Ivy: Energy
Britney Spears: Baby One More Time + Oops!… I Did It Again
Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville
Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death

ANDRE BENZ (CEO/FOUNDER OF ‘TRAP NATION’)

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What # SXSW is this for you? If you’ve been before, what did you learn in years prior that you plan to keep in mind to make the most of your experience/do better in 2017?

It’s my second SXSW, I’d say it’s mostly just planning the day accordingly with all the meetings. It’s a great time to network and meet varying industry insiders and leaders.

What do you have planned (in terms of performances/gigs) this year at SXSW?

We’re doing two official showcases, one sponsored showcase, and one day party. The two official showcases consistent of Trap & Chill Nation nights with acts like Illenium, San Holo, Ekali, Coyote Kisses, Whethan, etc. The sponsored showcase will be for Rap Nation who has Young MA, Night Lovell, Ugly God, and a few others. The day party is a Lowly Palace pool party presented with Brownies & Lemonade. Can’t say the names of acts that’ll be performing there, but it’ll be fun!

What is the biggest project your time at SXSW will be in support of?

Trap Nation & Chill Nation showcases. Our team has been prepping for these since the beginning of fall and it’s finally time to show SXSW who we are and what we represent.

Who/what showcases are you excited to check out this year (as a fan)? And why?

I’m not a massive fan of shows in general and with our showcases I’m not sure I’ll even have time to checkout any other showcase. Hopefully, I’ll have time to checkout Sofi Tukker at Ultra Records showcase.

Who is your dream collaborator? Dead or alive.

I’m just a kid who likes uploading music.

What are the Top 10 albums that got you thru your teen years?

Considering I just turned 20 and I grew up listening to solely singles, I never really got into albums. But right now Rufus Du Sol’s album ‘Inerbloom’ and Tame Impala’s album ‘Currents’ are my all time favorites. Daft Punk’s album ‘Random Access Memories’ was a massive part of my teen years as well.

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See you in Austin!