March 29, 2012
South By South West was an experience like none other for the UniqueSquared Mobile Studio Team. Aside from following Ambassadors on the road to SXSW, we also recorded 3 other artists on the Mobile Studio during the busy week. You can read about all of the acts we recorded on the bus by going to the Mobile Studio blog. When we weren’t on the bus recording artists, our team was able to explore what SXSW had to offer. We’ve put together a couple quirky awards for what we saw while walking around downtown Austin. There may be some video footage of some of these in the near future but be sure to subscribe to the Mobile Studio YouTube Channel for updates about the videos filmed there. Without further ado, here are the UniqueSquared Awards for SXSW 2012.
Utter Destruction of The Most Showcases Award:
Not really sure if this …
March 28, 2012
So we just got back in from Miami after a long and eventful week at Miami’s WMC/Ultra and the week before at Austin’s South by SouthWest Music Conference. We had a great time and are home with loads of content that we are logging or converting from notes to articles.
If you’ve been keeping up at all, you have seen our ongoing coverage of “The Road to SXSW” with Ambassadors. The mix for “Habits” is coming along. I am currently sending a rough to the guys so we can pick up a tambourine track we all managed to forget on our last day tracking together, but that mix will be final and proudly shown for all in the next week. In addition, we have our live coverage of the boys from some of their shows with Lights we caught, as well as their appearances at SXSW.
DJ Scott Mad Flip
March 22, 2012
SXSW in Austin, Texas brings together arguably the hottest indie talent from all over the world to the center of the live music universe for a couple of weeks with incredible showcases, networking, and partying. All genres of music are pretty much represented, even electronic producers and remixers. One such event we covered was Exploded Drawing XIII at The Volstead on Thursday, March 15th during the festival. Exploded Drawing is a semi-monthly event in Austin hosted by Butcher Bear & soundfounder with Visuals curated by Nait Ntropy. It’s aim is to encourage creativity and stimulate conversation in the electronic music community of Texas. Each session consists of 6 twenty minute sets by six different beat makers, sound collectors, and electronic composers. The one rule is that performers are only allowed to play their own work during their set. No DJ sets allowed.
The essence of making beats and remix production …
March 21, 2012
South by SouthWest is, quite frankly, always a bit of a brain fry. I don’t mind, simply because I have never been there not working. I can’t imagine just attending as the amount of decisions to be made when no one is paying you to be anywhere are just too much. Lucky us, we were working. We were on the job for one of our sponsors, Sennheiser, who were sending us artists from the Paste Magazine showcase at SXSW. Our team split up; with Ariff and Zack off to cover the remainder of the Ambassadors’ performances and Taylor and myself (Lonely Paul) tasked with running the sessions on the bus.
We discovered our rhythm in these sessions as well. My position, while continuously addressed as engineer in the planning phase, really amounts to producer. Taylor, on hand to film the sessions, had spent the previous year working with everyone who …
March 20, 2012
As Lonely Paul has lauded, the Ambassadors are amazing in the studio, but what he didn’t dive fully into is how they sound live. We had the pleasure of covering their shows in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston and Austin during SXSW, and they killed it, every time. Thanks primarily to Lights ever growing fan base, Ambassadors have been opening shows to hundreds of young, impressionable ears and leaving with dozens of new fans. Every day, their Facebook and Twitter pages get fans posting and tweeting about their performance, and the response is only positive. Since recording on the Mobile Studio commenced we were able to cover their remaining shows while also being able to sit back, and enjoy them as a fan.
To give an idea of what to expect, Sam is the front man who switches between a floor tom and bass while singing. Casey, his brother, plays on …