Music Sessions

SXSW Interview: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - SXSW Music 2013

Hear rising Seattle-based hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis discuss with John Norris their soaring popularity following their self-released debut, The Heist, which shot into the #1 spot on iTunes and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts without the support of a traditional record label. Their single “Thrift Shop” held #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart for four weeks with a wildly popular music video (123 million+ views on YouTube) on heavy rotation on BET and MTV2.

SXSW Interview: Juanes - SXSW Music 2012

With five solo albums to his credit and multi-platinum sales of over 15 million albums, Juanes is the world’s leading all-Spanish language rock artist. Named Latin Music’s “Star of The Decade” by Billboard, Juanes is both a GRAMMY and 17-time LATIN GRAMMY winner who has garnered more Top-5 hits (17) on the “Latin Pop Airplay” chart than any other artist since his chart bow in 2001. Juanes is also frequently recognized as one of the Spanish-speaking world’s leading social media voices with an online following of over 7 ½ million fans. Join us for a special interview with Juanes.

Snacky Tunes: Food, Music & Internet Radio - SXSW Music 2012

For one hour each week, Brooklyn based twin brothers, Darin and Greg Bresnitz (aka Finger On The Pulse) host Heritage Radio Network’s premiere food and music show, Snacky Tunes. The brothers invite the country’s most relevant chefs, foodies, farmers, bands, DJs and label owners for a discussion on relevant culinary and musical topics. Join them in this live representation of their critically acclaimed radio show. Get advice on how to start your own show and breakthrough in the crowded spectrum of Internet radio.

Social Music Strategies: Viral & the Power of Free - SXSW Music 2012

Facebook is launching a massive music integration, casting a spotlight on streaming music subscription service partners MOG, Rdio, Spotify & others. Leveraging a free model as a viral strategy and/or a trailing tool (an up-sell to a paid premium model) has proven successful for newcomers like & Sirius XM, and will likely be a key strategy in subscriber acquisition through social music.

Woody Guthrie at 100 - SXSW Music 2012

Music has always been an important agent for social, political, and economic change in America. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, whose Depression-era songs of protest still resonate today. Digging into the songs and stories of his life adds a vital dimension to an appreciation of his work. First-person stories and historical perspective will frame the discussion.