Every year, artists come to SXSW with goals such as signing with a label, finding a booking agent or manager, and securing a publishing deal. At SXSW 2018, several artists made these goals a reality.
Cork, Ireland-based Talos, who was part of the Music From Ireland showcase, signed a deal which will result in the June 15 deluxe reissue, via BMG, of his acclaimed debut album Wild Alee, which will include four new songs on a bonus EP titled Then There Was War.
British pop artist Suzi Wu capped off a hugely successful SXSW, where she performed on showcases presented by DIY, Vinyl Me Please, and BBC Radio 1 & DIT, by signing a U.S. deal with Def Jam.
Brooklyn post-punk band Bodega applied for SXSW 2018 with no team in place but came out of the festival with a U.S. booking agent and just supported Franz Ferdinand on its reunion tour.
Australian garage rock act RVG were also relatively unknown coming into 2018, yet following their performances at SXSW–one of which was on the Part Time Punks + Felte showcase–they just recently announced signing to Fat Possum Records.