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SXSW 2014 Interviews: London Grammar, Chlöe Howl, Young & Sick, Annie Mac, Tove Lo + more.

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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!

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Your Ultimate 2013 SXSW Essentials Guide

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SXSW has been around since 1987 (music) and 1994 (interactive and film) and has become THEE essential annual music networking event to attend. Being the SXSW veterans that we are, Best Fit has compiled a list of essentials to ensure you maximize your experience in Austin this week. From the gear you’ll need to keep you on top of your game, to where to find the best eats, what to do in-between parties, how to get around, the coolest apps to download on your smartphone and more. Of course we’ve also got a few words of wisdom to keep in mind as you head into one crazy week of music.

Be sure to follow @BestFitMusic on Twitter for live coverage and daily diaries recapping all of the glory of SXSW from the previous days. So without further ado, we bring you our 2013 SXSW Essentials Guide.

GEAR:

Reserve External Battery
We promise you will need this no matter how few snapchats you send

Plancast: 

The hottest new productivity tool at SXSW Interactive, Plancast helps you find out about events and other social activities ahead of time so you don’t miss out on them. The Plancast online calendar can manage all your relevant plans with filters, and dynamically sync your calendar with other calendars like Outlook, or ical. It’s amazing.

Earplugs 

Your ears will thank you.

Coconut Water 

Whatever hangover remedy you think works, you’re wrong. Staying hydrated is the best way to avoid hangovers, headaches, hunger, and not dying. Coconut water actually hydrates better than any other fluid on the planet due to it’s massive amounts of potassium and electrolytes, your body will thank you.

Mini Emergency Kits for Him & Mini Emergency Kits for Her
Includes travel must-haves in a case the size of a deck of cards to toss in your bag: lip balm, dental floss, breath freshener, hairspray, nail polish remover, emery board, stain remover, mending kit, safety pin, extra buttons, earring backs, clear elastics, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, and an adhesive bandage.

B100 Vitamins
This complex vitamin made up of mostly B6, B12, Thiamin and Folic Acid is what celebrities get shots of when they have to perform but are feeling like shit. It’s great for sluggish mornings, sobering you up if you got drunk too quickly, and just feeling on top of your game. These are my lifeline.

Face and Body Spray Sunscreen: 

Liquid makes a mess + you already put makeup and clothes on. Sunscreen wears off after a few hours in most cases, use this handy spray on your face and exposed body parts after a few hours in the sun. You don’t even have to rub that shit in!

Lara Bars: 
Partied too hard last night and missed all the free breakfast tacos this morning? Good thing you packed a snack! Available at just about every grocery and drugstore in America, vegan and gluten free, come in flavors like Cherry Pie and Peanut Butter & Jelly, and they surprisingly don’t taste like bark.

Streetwise Austin Map
Austin isn’t that big, but when filled with thousands of festival goers, pop-up tents set up everywhere, spotty wifi, and events spread out all over the city, it’s easy to get lost and miss your party/show entirely. No matter how direction savvy you are/gps apps you have on your phone, a map is always a good thing to carry during a festival of this size. Plus this guy is laminated and in 3-D!

Flask:
As much as they say all the booze at SX is free, well that’s only half true. Plus how many Sweet Tea Vodka’s can you drink before you feeling like you might barf? Save yourself the energy and your lunch and get saucy on your 20 minute walk to the venue. There are liquor stores conveniently located just about everywhere to ensure you can refuel throughout the day.

Comfortable Shoes:
We’re not going to tell you what shoes to wear but just know Austin is mostly dirt, not to mention the thousands of people littering (yeah we’re sad too) in the streets, and just the sheer amount of walking you end up doing. Don’t be that asshole in heels/flip flops that has to buy shoes there.

Sunglasses:
Unless you like walking around all day scowling at the sun and working on your frown lines.

Layers:
It can get pretty cold at night.

I.D:
Just about every venue will ID you, regardless of badge, wristband or wrinkles.

Cash:
A lot of places don’t accept plastic.

To read the entire guide head over th The Line Of Best Fit.

SXSBest Week Ever: Diary of Indie’s Favorite Party Girl SXSW 2012 Wrap Up: Saturday

Alright, I’ve dragged out my SXSW 2012 hangover long enough and it’s time to get back to the real world. Not without first wrapping up my week with a picture heavy post on the last day of SXSW, Saturday March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), which ended up being my favorite day overall. In case you missed any of my previous wrap ups, I’ve included links below. Can’t wait for SXSW 2013, Hot N’ Ready Crew 4 Eva

Read Friday’s Wrap Up

Read Thursday’s Wrap Up

Read Wednesday’s Wrap Up

Read Tuesday’s Wrap Up

Saturday:
MWTX SXSW Day Party 2012
Acts I Saw: Fidlar, Nick Waterhouse and the Tarots
Party Favors: Free swag from Seagate (Sunglasses, t-shirts, cups, etc), Neuro Drinks
Voice %: 65-70%
Highlights: Nick Waterhouse and the Tarots blew me away

Fader Fort Presented by Converse
Acts I Saw: Blouse, DIVE, Kindness, Sepalcure (DJ Set), Blondes (DJ set), SBTRKT, Pure X, Darkside
Party Favors: Sharpies to tag up the tile and furniture in the Fader lounge, free Bushmills Lemonade and Budweiser, Roberta’s Pizza, Fader Magazines, photobooth, beats by Dre (not free), ping pong tables, Sirius Radio broadcasting live, lawn chairs, people watching
Voice %: 70%
Highlights: SBTRKT was the overall highlight, Darkside, Pure X, Blouse, Kindness being a shitshow of an act, feeling like five shows were taking place on the stage at once, the dj sets were dope, tagging up the lounge, overall set up was the best I have seen it

XLR8R ICEE HOT SXSW Official Showcase
Acts I Saw: Blondes, Total Freedom, Brenmar (dj set), Shawn Reynaldo (dj set)
Party Favors: Kind of cheap drinks, drugs that made me feel like dancing
Voice %: 70% and ready to party
Highlights: Blondes, Blondes, Blondes- they are so fucking dope live. Go see them. Total Freedom and Shawn Reynaldo (XLR8R editor) were also dope, Brenmar sucked, crowd was super clubby regulars which I was not a fan of, but the music made everything alright



Hype Machine Hype Hotel Closing Night Party
Acts I Saw: Wavves, The Knocks
Party Favors: So much free booze, Doritos tacos, bean and cheese burritos
Voice %: no idea, I’m on drugs
Highlights: Getting drunk with the drummer from The Drums, people having sex at the Taco Bell station, Jacob from Wavves being hilarious, The Knocks being fun at 3am on the last night of SXSW- it just felt right

Bandpage HQ Afterparty:
I feel asleep on one of the couches and got kicked out, and don’t remember the rest but I heard Hudson Mohawke and Lunice’s new project TNGHT played their debut set there earlier

Hot N’ Ready House 4am-6am Afterparty
Acts I Saw: DJ Sets from Itsadredogg and Epicsauce
Party Favors: Shots of vodka soaked gummy bear juice, vodka, Hot N’ Ready’s
Voice %: raspy, inaudible
Highlights: Team Hot n’ Ready bonding, dance party, me knocking over pictures, confirmation that a SXSW Saturday night afterhours party sponsored by Little Casears with 30 bands doing 30 second sets because that’s how long it takes to order and pick up a hot n’ ready…in the middle of a field is 100% happening in 2013

Hot n’ Ready slices consumed: at least 3
Taco Bell Products consumed: 2 tacos, 2 burritos ?
Party favors: Bushmills and lemonade all day, Titos, Segrams 7 and ginger ale all night, designer party drugs with no names
Highlights: Nick Waterhouse, SBTRKT, Darkside, Blondes, Hot n’ Ready House afterparty

Top Quotes:
“Awkard drinking moments part 27”
“I wonder where Nick Waterhouse buys so many styles of high waisted men’s jeans in a size 27.”
“So Pure X is like Peaking Lights…but really good live.”
“We get around, still tweeting for the underground.”
“When you save seats for people at a festival everyone hates you”
"Girls wearing heels at #SXSW You’re an idiot”
“Woke up in someone else’s pee.”
“What time is SBTRKT and where is the Faded Fort?”
“Tipsy networking = good bands playing, but you’re not sure.”
“Best new band of SXSW 2012: Taco Bell Doritos Loco Tacos”
“@Skrillex @atrak @HolyGhostNYC #MichaelMcDonald at #VIPfest #sxsw 4 am #rumors #killingit 1 in, 1 out at this point” -@Hipsterrunoff

Photos courtesy of Jenna Mason, Tanner Pikop and my Iphone

The Videos That Made My Week w/THEESatisfaction’s LOBF session, Lunice at LFTF SXSW party and TNGHT live at SXSW 2012, Blouse live in Rome, Summer Heart, Butterclock and oOoOO, and my faves Tanlines

This week’s vids are extra special considering there is so much live footage from recent festivals. I’m finally recovered from SXSW and have been posting my SXSBest Week Ever wrap ups all weekend. Be sure to check out all the fun you missed in Austin HERE.
THEESatisfaction - Deep (Line of Best Fit Session) 
Lunice - Live at LFTF’s SXSW 2012 Showcase 
Butterclock feat. oOoOO - Hustling 
TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice) - Debut Performance @ SXSW 2012 
Tanlines - All of Me 
Summer Heart - A Million Times
Blouse - Into Black (live at Circolo Degli Artisti)
The Videos That Made My Week w/THEESatisfaction’s LOBF session, Lunice at LFTF SXSW party and TNGHT live at SXSW 2012, Blouse live in Rome, Summer Heart, Butterclock and oOoOO, and my faves Tanlines

This week’s vids are extra special considering there is so much live footage from recent festivals. I’m finally recovered from SXSW and have been posting my SXSBest Week Ever wrap ups all weekend. Be sure to check out all the fun you missed in Austin HERE.
THEESatisfaction - Deep (Line of Best Fit Session) 
Lunice - Live at LFTF’s SXSW 2012 Showcase 
Butterclock feat. oOoOO - Hustling 
TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice) - Debut Performance @ SXSW 2012 
Tanlines - All of Me 
Summer Heart - A Million Times
Blouse - Into Black (live at Circolo Degli Artisti)

The Videos That Made My Week w/THEESatisfaction’s LOBF session, Lunice at LFTF SXSW party and TNGHT live at SXSW 2012, Blouse live in Rome, Summer Heart, Butterclock and oOoOO, and my faves Tanlines

This week’s vids are extra special considering there is so much live footage from recent festivals. I’m finally recovered from SXSW and have been posting my SXSBest Week Ever wrap ups all weekend. Be sure to check out all the fun you missed in Austin HERE.

THEESatisfaction - Deep (Line of Best Fit Session)

Lunice - Live at LFTF’s SXSW 2012 Showcase

Butterclock feat. oOoOO - Hustling

TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice) - Debut Performance @ SXSW 2012 

Tanlines - All of Me

Summer Heart - A Million Times

Blouse - Into Black (live at Circolo Degli Artisti)

SXSBest Week Ever: Diary of Indie’s Favorite Party Girl SXSW 2012 Wrap Up: Friday

Read Thursday’s Wrap Up

Read Wednesday’s Wrap Up

Read Tuesday’s Wrap Up

Friday
11am - 3pm Hung over as fuck sleeping at the Hot n’ Ready House, after waking up at a weird apartment with books about drive-bys and pics of kids with guns.

ND House Presented by The Windish Agency Official Night Showcase
Acts I Saw: 1,2,3, Tanlines, Free Energy, Maps & Atlases
Party Favors: SXSW Survival Packs with earplugs, M&M’s, lube, + more for $3, opposite of free booze, Jameson from the liquor store we pounded outside before we went in
Voice %: screaming whisper
Highlights: 1,2,3 not sucking, Tanlines being awesome in every way possible including a jean on jean outfit, Free Energy sucking (so hard)



Hype Hotel Curated by I Guess I’m Floating
Acts I Saw: White Rabbits, Lower Dens, Neon Indian
Party Favors: I gave in and ate like 10 Doritos flavored Taco Bell “Locos” Tacos- they were good, so much free booze in the blogger lounge
Voice %: screaming whisper getting stronger with every Advil I swallow
Highlights: Lower Dens, all my friends at the blogger lounge, meeting one of my favorite bloggers, Nialler9 in person


Hot n’ Ready slices consumed: 3-5
Taco Bell Products consumed: at least 4 tacos
Party favors: Drinks of all varieties, advil, coffee
Highlights: Tanlines, Lower Dens, Doritos Taco Bell Locos Tacos
Top Quotes:
“I always wonder why candy companies bother making gross flavors like green. What flavor is that? Forest?”
“Tanlines are so hip. This mutherfucker is wearing jean on jean and still looks cool.”
“Free Energy sucks”
“When you are a blog and you are rude to others bloggers, we hate you forever. #FYI

SXSBest Week Ever: Diary of Indie’s Favorite Party Girl SXSW 2012 Wrap Up: Thursday (G.R.E.A.M. Gummies Rule Everything Around Me)

Read Wednesday’s Wrap Up

Read Tuesday’s Wrap Up

Thursday:
Eventbrite Brunch SXSW 2012:
Acts I Saw: Alpine, EOTB (dj set) Dana Buoy
Party Favors: Free full brunch, free mimosas, bloody’s, coffee, photobooth, free massages
Voice %: 50%
Highlights: Alpine was fucking great- so much chemistry and charisma, running into Miami Horror/Gold Room’s manager Jerry Soer, Lambert’s is a dope space, getting tipsy before noon on free booze, overall the intimate party was a lot of mellow fun and the perfect way to ease into a crazy fucking day

Motorola Cafe @ Moonshine Grill
Acts I Interviewed: Wild Belle, Penguin Prison
Party Favors: Cafe lunch items, free Zico Coconut water bar, open bar, free swag
Voice: 50%
Highlights: Getting to interview both acts. Penguin Prison answering my question “Explain Twitter to your Grandparents” and Wild Belle telling me about their blogger friends Awesome Tapes From Africa, so much free shit


Hype Hotel Curated by Aquarium Drunkard
Acts I Saw: The Orwells, Futurebirds, Future Unlimited (interview)
Party Favors: free Tito’s vodka and whatever mixer they gave me
Voice %: 50 (maybe)
Highlights: The Orwells are like twelve and a half, Futurebirds are always great, hanging with Future Unlimited’s manager, blogger E.J. Friedman of Loudersoft, interviewing Future Unlimited- they are going to blow up


Death & Taxes East End Party
Acts I saw: Dan Deacon
Party Favors: ate delicious tacos while I listened to Dan get insane
Voice %: trying not to talk at this point
Highlights: Eating


EOTB & Yvynyl Present: MEGABLAAG
Acts I Saw: Beat Connection, Supreme Cuts (dj set?), Snowmine (dj set), Ghibli (dj), Hooray For Earth
Party Favors: 3 ziplocks of vodka soaked gummy bears, so many Jameson shots
Voice %: 40-50%
Highlights: All of the awesome blogger friends I got to hang with, licking gummies off Chrome Sparks face, Hooray for Earth interview and live set, the entire night was amazing but the Gummy Bears are the real star, (finding out later Carles of HRO was at the party and used a pic of Ghibli djing for his #SXSW #VIP post)



Hype Hotel Curated by Gorilla vs Bear x Yours Truly
Don’t remember any of it so it doesn’t really count

Daily Recap:
Hot n’ Ready slices consumed: 0 (too drunk and went home with a sketchy band dude, sex was absolutely involved)
Taco Bell Products consumed: 1 (probably lying to myself and 5 is more realistic)
Party favors: Drinks of all varieties, vodka gummies, shots, very little food
Voice %: 40
Highlights: Alpine at Eventbrite, interviews, MEGABLAAG
Top Quotes:
"I want to live on diarrhea planet" - Carter from Futurebirds
“Heading to the Boiler Room for a bit so I can dance awkwardly on the internet.”
“Hype Hotel is bumpin’, staring at Matt Pinfield.”
“Hits from the Blaaaaaagggg”

SXSBest Week Ever: Diary of Indie’s Favorite Party Girl SXSW 2012 Wrap Up: Tuesday

With one of the best SX’s behind me the inevitable wrap up post(s) are probably ripping through your tumblr feed like a shit faced drunk girl at the 24 hour pizza joint, which can be funny but also a bit much, especially since it’s only 10:30pm. This bitch isn’t allowed to take shots anymore. So in the spirit of keeping things like SXSW, shorter than usual but still amazing, sensory overload and so much fun to take part in, I decided to create a very Dre style rating system for each day, include the TOP pictures and quotes from the week, and of course all of the music that made my SXSBest Week Ever.

If you saw my massive Guide to SXSBest Week Ever mixtape, I’ll tell you upfront there were a handful of bands from the list I was extremely excited I was able to see, a few pleasant surprises, and only one or two flops. Overall I couldn’t have asked for a more incredible experience, with particular attention to the countless number of awesome people I got a chance to hang with, people that run my favorite music outlets, labels, venues, as well as the artists themselves. That’s really what SXSW 2012 was about for me, spending time with the people I love. No “Get To Know Your Neighbor” this week, instead welcome to an inside peek at SXSW 2012 through the Diary of Indie’s Favorite Party Girl. Enjoy!


Hot N’ Ready House 2012 SXSBest Recipe 4 A Successful Week:
EOTB (Peter)
¼ Phantom Kicks (Tanner)
½ IGIF (Conor)
Small Plates Records (Conor and Eamon)
Dailybeatz (Chris)
Epicsauce (Kevin)
1 Hawt photographer babe (Jenna)
3 bags vodka soaked Gummy Bears courtesy of GITNB/The 405 SX Correspondent (Me)

Shake, stir and add any combination of music and parties that you so desire. Results may vary but guaranteed to be fucking great.

Sidenote: For every day that my voice diminished, the number of Hot n’ Ready’s in our apartment increased. By the last night we looked like an episode of Hoarders, it was gross.

Tuesday:

The Cloud Lounge Happy Hour at The Belmont

Highlights: Free hard alcohol, networking and hanging out with my boss (Shuffler.fm)

Prefix/Pianos Party @ Club Deville

Acts I saw: Tiny Victories, Exitmusic, New Moods, Gardens & Villa,
Party favors: Gin and sodas
Voice %: 98
Highlights: Exitmusic, Hot chick from Young Magic in New Moods,

Pitchfork Interactive Closing Night SXSW Party
Acts I Saw: Matthew Dear
Party Favors: Needed to focus on the music
Voice %: 75
Highlights: Matthew Dear, chatting it up with Star Slinger, hotel party with tequila shots immediately following this show

Daily Recap:
Hot n’ Ready slices consumed: 0
Taco Bell Products consumed: 0
Party favors: Margaritas, gin and sodas, tequila shots, tv dinner from the Hot N’ Ready freezer
Voice %: 75
Highlights: Exit Music, Hot chick from Young Magic in New Moods, reuniting with friends, Club Deville is the shit, Somehow getting into the Pitchfork party to see Matthew Dear-he fucking killed it, man is a dancing machine.

Top Quotes:
“I feel like they should do SXSW a couple times a year.”
"Day #1: 3:45am Voice %:19%"

SXSBEST WEEK EVER Favorite pics + stream one of my fave SXSW acts, Blondes EP

Highlights, Recap and My Favorite Quotes from SXSW 2012 coming soon! Until then check out some of my favorite pics from the fest including Chrome Sparks at the Ghostly International Party, Blouse at the Fader Fort, Blondes at XLR8R’s ICEE HOTT party, Blood Orange and Aquarium Drunkard, Tanlines at the Windish Party, and Nick Waterhouse at MWTX.