Meet the Music Team

Aside from our shared love of music, no two members of the SXSW Music staff are the same. Everyone on the team shares their Top 5 of Life (in no particular order) below.


James James Minor
Music Fest General Manager

Top Five
1. Jjampong
2. Einstürzende Neubauten live at Primavera 2015
3. Rangleklods - Straightjacket
4. Ex Machina (dance scene)
5. Wire - s/t


Melissa Melissa O'Brien
Music Conference Chief

Top Five
1. Family
2. Dolly
3. Madisonville Snowballs
4. Boots
5. Singing in the car


Darin Darin Klein
Special Projects Director

Top Five
1. God
2. Country
3. Family
4. Music
5. Good Whiskey


Elizabeth Elizabeth Derczo
Music Publicist

Top Five
1. The beach
2. International showcases
3. Supper Club
4. Peaky Blinders
5. Cooking


Bobby Bobby Nall
Music Conference Coordinator

Top Five
1. Longmont Potion Castle
2. Brain Famine
3. Mensclub
4. Boulder - Back For The Show (outro)
5. Jam Econo.


Adam Adam Wode
Music Conference Coordinator

Top Five
1. Weird Terrier-ish Dogs
2. Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
3. Tacos al Pastor
4. South Austin
5. Cut-Off Jean Shorts


Lizzy Lizzy Newton
Music Fest Programmer / Special Projects

Top Five
1. Listening to music while drinking wine
2. Traveling without an itinerary
3. Sitting at outdoor cafes
4. Running until I'm red in the face
5. Learning most anything really


Todd Todd Puckhaber
Music Fest Programmer / Venues

Top Five
1. Akrotiri
2. Quarks
3. Musique psychedelique
4. 1.6180339887
5. Fava


Alicia Alicia Zertuche
Music Fest Programmer / SXAméricas

Top Five
1. Beaches
2. Dancey Music
3. Tacos & Tequila
4. Pampering ( Mani & Pedi's)
5. Giggling


Stacey Stacey Wilhelm
Music Fest Programmer

Top Five
1. Boats
2. Porches
3. Dancing
4. Laughing
5. Primavera Sound Hot Dogs


Brad Brad First
Music Fest Programmer

Top Five
1. Family
2. Music
3. Enchiladas Y Mas
4. Morning doggie walks
5. 4/20 & Hendricks


Julia Julia Ervin
Music Fest Programmer

Top Five
1. Disco. Always.
2. My bathtub.
3. Good coffee.
4. Tulum.
5. Be nice!


Jessica Jessica Pickett
Music Fest Programmer

Top Five
1. The Pacific Ocean
2. Artichokes
3. Road trips
4. The Wizard of Oz
5. Slow lorises


B. Hobbs Brian Hobbs
Music Fest Programmer

Top Five
1. Outkast - Aquemini
2. Thanksgiving leftovers
3. Concord XI's
4. 96 Impala SS
5. The original nWo (Hogan, Hall, Nash)


Jez Jes Elliott
Music Fest Programmer

Top Five
1. Fam
2. Kebabs
3. T-Shirts
4. Dogs
5. Fans (that move air)


Thorr Thorr Thompson
Music Fest Advancement

Top Five
1. Literacy
2. Gravy: The Under-utilized Food Group
3. Electric fly-swatters
4. Pithy slogans on clothing
5. Barbecue in large quantities


Elliott Elliott Usrey
Music Fest Tech & Advancement

Top Five
1. Faith
2. Writing/Playing
3. Art
4. Beach Boys
5. PS4


Luann Luann Williams
Music Account Manager

Top Five
1. Travel, especially international
2. Anthony Bourdain/Elvis Costello
3. The Dentists - Dressed
4. The New Yorker
5. Dachshunds, specifically one named Shakespeare


Stacie Stacie Cline
Music Account Manager

Top Five
1. Heavy Metal
2. Boots for every occasion
3. My dogs
4. Lobster
5. Austin


Brett Brett Cannon
Junior Music Publicist

Top Five
1. Jamie XX - In Colour
2. The War on Drugs
3. The Empire Strikes Back
4. Mac N Cheese
5. The Avalanches - Since I Left You


Rory Rory Burbeck
Music Content Liaison / SXSWfm

Top Five
1. Chillin’
2. Family/Friends
3. Fast & Furious movies (all of them)
4. Espresso
5. The Roots