SXSW Interview: Haux

Looks like we’ve got one final interview for you before you all venture into Austin. This round, we’ve got an insight into songwriter, Haux, dwelling in the land where electronica and folk unite in a pop format. We even threw in a nice little tune at the bottom for you to sample. Enjoy and be good to each other.

ATH: Every Year there is a lot of hubbub concerning corporate sponsors and pay to play and what not at SXSW. As a band, what’s your reason for coming to play at the festival? What do you hope to get out of it?

Haux: SXSW has always been a little dream of mine. I went once as a fan and saw all of my favorite uk and european based bands in three days. I think corporate world aside its a amazing opportunity for bands to make some new friends and fans.

ATH: For most SXSW sets, you get 30 minutes to leave a lasting impression. What’s your plan of attack? You have a set list mapped out yet?

Haux: Yes! Its true festivals are always fast and furious. Ive mapped out a set list of some songs, but more importantly Ill be playing solo with a friend on cello for the first time so that will be new and different.

ATH: The festival caters to music fans, but food and booze are an important aspect of the fans and the bands. What’s your band’s food and beverage of choice?

Haux: If Im on the road its always a PB&J with a glass of water & Emergen-C. However Austins food truck heaven so Ill be buzzing around trying everything.

ATH: There are tons of bands coming into town. Who would you ideally like to play with of the 1000s of bands gracing our city? Make your own optimal line-up.

Haux: To be honest I havent looked whos all going this year, but I know Lucy Rose is playing so Id say any night playing with her would be an amazing night.

ATH: We are partial to SXSW obviously, but what festival do you feel is the best around?

Haux: Ive always loved Newport Folk, but Austin City Limits is up there too. Both of those festivals are really about the music.

ATH: Let’s say your band has been booked an official showcase at a pop up venue somewhere in the middle of 6th street. The lineup features thrash metal, hip-hop, spoken word, and you. The sound is horrible, the lineup is not your style, and the crowd seems angry at the world. How would your band deal with such a situation?

Haux: I feel like Ive already done that before! And during that set last year the whole music board was unplugged because someone wanted to charge their iPhone. So, I think the key is to stay calm and do what you do.

ATH: What’s your favorite album to come out in the last year? What’s playing in the tour bus?

Haux: I loved Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers.

ATH: Who wins the World Cup this summer?

Haux: France! For sure.

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