For this special edition of Best Fit’s All Apologies, we went backstage at SXSW to find out a little more about the people driving the hive of activity in a little more relaxed environment.
Want to know what bands pop trio London Grammar are crushing on? What food truck The Brits Critics Choice nominee Chlöe Howl would be? From Aussie electronic outfit Seekae, to popstar on the rise Young & Sick, to soulful songstress Mauhaut Mondino, Dallas crooner, Conner Youngblood, to the sweet and sexy Tove Lo to BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, we caught up with some of the festival’s most tipped acts for a little downtime.
What does it feel like when you’re on stage performing?
Young & Sick: Like a jump into a nice heated pool.
London Grammar (Dan): A mixture of nerve wracking and just general excitement.
Tove Lo: All adrenaline. I love it.
Seekae: It’s changed a lot. It used to feel far more nerve-wracking, because we felt like outsiders. We were bringing computers and old gear onto stage when other people were just playing with guitars. But now, now we feel more comfortable. I think Alex feels quite a lot like Michael Jackson cos he’s just dancing all over the place. Now it feels good. Now it’s easy enough to do whilst drunk, which is good.
ASTR (Zoe): Awesome. Amazing. Like a wave.
If you were a food truck at SXSW, what type of food truck would you be?
Seekae: I reckon we’d definitely be something very unhealthy, because George, he can’t get enough of that BBQ sauce man. A gluten-free hot dog truck with endless amounts of BBQ sauce.
Annie Mac: The Kelis truck! I just think she is great. She is an incredible artist and she makes her own food and sauces!
Young & Sick: I would sell bananas and every banana would be a different flavour.
London Grammar (Dot): I’d be like Jerk Chicken, something chicken.
Mahaut Mondino: Expensive.
Conner Youngblood: A truck that just sells milkshakes.
Tove Lo: I would be a veggie Mexican place. I had the best veggie tacos at one the other day, and I was like, “This is what I’m going to eat for the rest of my life.”
ASTR (Zoe): We would be a fusion truck. Something fun and eclectic, probably gourmet.
Chloe Howl: I’d be Kelis’s food truck, so I could be Kelis.
Do you have a good luck charm?
ASTR (Zoe): I used to have a crystal I brought around, but then I said “Fuck luck, you just gotta live this shit.” (Adam): Maybe that’s why all our flights are fucked up, you need to bring that crystal around more.
Young & Sick: A coin that Max (my booking agent) gave me here at SXSW, it has the capital of Austin on it.
London Grammar (Dan): We have our tour manager. He is legendary, he’s called Sweeney. And uh, we don’t think we could ever do a gig without him now.
Tove Lo: I always wear my friend’s ring. She makes these rings called “Leontine,” I always wear that.
Seekae: Yeah. It’s probably Alex’s cataract glasses. He wears them on stage even when it’s dark. They’re these real big grandma glasses that give him this super power to just dance like a beast, and us play our best.
Chloe Howl: I wear these boots I’ve got on every time I’m on stage now. Otherwise I think I’ll fall down. I’m superstitious now.
Find out the rest of their answers after the jump!