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SXSW Panels: Get Your Vote On!

logoHere at The Orchard, we love a good roundtable chit-chat about what’s going on in the industry. So, as you might’ve guessed or already know, we’re really big on conference panels! Next year’s SXSW is no different (yes, we’re already deep in planning…). For the occasion, we have two very important topics to discuss, along with killer speakers who’ll knock your socks off with their knowledge. We just need YOU to get your vote in by September 5th so that we can make these hot-topic discussions come to life.

Vote to see my session at SXSW 2015!Everyone is on YouTube these days, probably even your grandmother. It’s one of the best places out there for new music discovery, and can also be a great tool in an artist’s revenue-making back-pocket. But lots of artists and labels keep getting caught up in the same YouTube conundrum — which is more valuable: making a profit off these videos, or reaching worldwide glory status through exposure? Do we even have to choose? In the panel we’ve pitched, titled “Exposure vs. Revenue on YouTube: Must We Choose?,” our own Sarah Caliendo, VP of Video Services, along with YouTube’s Elliott Walker and Bob Lugowe of Relapse Records will lead you through the ins and outs of creating your own YouTube strategy. Exciting, informative stuff, right?!

Vote to see my session at SXSW 2015!Film distribution is another heavy-hitter in conversation these days — think day-and-date release rise — and we’re all over it with plenty to say. In our suggested panel, which we’ve called “To Window Or Not To Window: Film Release Strategies,” we’ll talk about all the different elements to consider when releasing a new project. From release platforms to distribution strategies, each film needs its own, specific implementation process, and who better to take you through them than our Senior Manager of Film Distribution, Danielle DiGiacomo, along with Adam Klaff of VHX and Harmontown Director Neil Berkeley. Together, they will discuss and give concrete examples of all the windowing opportunities out there and, depending on the film, audience and genre, determine which tactics to use.

Hopefully you’ve already gotten your SXSW badges and are all set for the big shindig. We hope you’ll support our panel picks and will choose to be part of the conversation by voting away (just click on the “vote for my session idea” icons above!). Don’t delay — voting ends September 5!  See y’all in Austin.

“This Is Where We Live:” The Power of Unlikely Friendships

This Is Where We Live filmMaking their directorial debut, Josh Barrett and Marc Menchaca, who appeared on several episodes of Showtime’s hit show, Homeland, bring us This Is Where We Live, a film about the true meaning of family. It tells the quietly profound story of a friendship that develops between a twenty-five-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and a loner handyman who becomes his caregiver. But that’s not all — the boy’s father is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, his sister has grown dangerously distant, and his mother is the sole provider and slowly falling apart. The family is close to its breaking point, and the question is whether this new relationship can be its saving grace.

Set in Texas Hill Country, This Is Where We Live juxtaposes a complex family dynamic with a simple landscape. Its Texas backdrop makes it fitting that the film premiered and was “chosen from among 1,200 as one of eight to compete for best narrative feature” at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013. The setting is brilliantly paired with the story, allowing the film to ultimately challenge whether the place where we live is a physical space or an emotional one.

Official selection at Dallas International Film Festival 2013, Nashville Film Festival 2013, and Florida Film Festival 2013This Is Where We Live is out now on your favorite digital stores. Check out the trailer below:

All Eyes on SXSW 2014: From Our Client Managers

SXSW2014March may be over, but we’re still reeling from our SXSW experience. More than 30 Orchardites were in Austin this year, including a handful of our Client Managers, and they wanted share some thoughts and memories from the conference. Without further ado…

João Brasil‘s DJ set from The Orchard’s Happy Hour on Friday 3/14 was one of my favorite sets. His mash-ups of Baile Funk brought a much needed dance party vibe. Kind of the right place, right time, right grooves all coming together at once.” – Corey Sheridan

“Standout shows included Haley Bonar at the Ginger Man; Marijuana Deathsquads at The North Door (Totally Gross National Product Showcase) — Har Mar, Channy from Polica were guest vocalists — Astronautalis at Holy Mountain (First Ave Party): he does a freestyle rap at every show based on ideas from the audience. This one was about missing planes and bunnies. It was amazing. And Riverboat Gamblers at Jackalope: Mike Wiebe with a tambourine on a bar, then going behind bar to get/make people’s drink orders.” – Sarah Sandusky

“For me, the highlight was having the opportunity to meet with all of the labels I work with and spending time with them at our happy hours, various meals and their shows. It’s always awesome to put a face to an email and connect with people in a more relaxed, sunshine-filled environment. Joining the team over at Rock The Cause to participate in their panel on cause-based music during their day party was an honor; RTC and their teams are some of the most dedicated people working through music to make a change in the world. Additionally, having a chance to check out all the FatCat artists who have releases coming out later this year, including We Were Promised Jetpacks, Paws and Honeyblood, was pretty great. Stand out show though was closing this year’s SXSW trip with Travis Barker and Yelawolf :)” – Amanda Suriani

Eli Cook’s virtuoso blues-rock guitar wowed the crowd at Rowdy’s Saloon. Eli’s debut album for Cleopatra, Primitive Son, will be released on April 29th 2014.” – Riker Griffiths

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas’ showcase at the Palm Door on Sixth on Friday, 3/14.” – Valeri Travagliante

Primitive Man hurled molten lumps of awesome dissonant crust at the Relapse showcase.” – Riker Griffiths

“I had been waiting for five years, patiently, to finally see Tinariwen. The last schedule performance they had in San Francisco was a few years ago, and I was traveling at the time. While the performance only consisted of six of the core members of Tinariwen, it didn’t at all seem thin, or that any parts were missing. In fact, it all seemed perfect. The show featured all new material from their new album Emmaar. While the set was short, it certainly did not disappoint. As the show came to a close, the band played through the last song “Chaghaybou,” bringing up members of their crew who danced on the stage. Shortly thereafter the lights went up, but the crowd was chanting for more… a true rarity that you don’t see often at SXSW, given everyone is too busy hustling from venue to venue.” – Corey Sheridan

Forest Swords at the Pitchfork showcase at Central Presbyterian Church — some gorgeous weather-beaten dubtronica here.” – Riker Griffiths

The Districts — a rag-tag group of underage rockers from Lititz, PA. They recently found a home at Fat Possum Records, which seems to be the perfect fit for the up-and-coming lo-fi rockers. The Districts had the dreaded early 12:00pm-12:30pm slot at the Another Planet / Noise Pop party at Red Eyed Fly. As they began the set, you could tell that the crowd was not giving the young group even half of their attention. However as the first track really opened up, and the riff-heavy rock took over, EVERYONE’S attention was now centered on these kids. The room began to fill out from the outside stage, and soon enough it was a full-on rock concert. The youngsters left it all on the stage — sweating through their clothes by the end of the second track, and leaving the audience in awe on how they magically avoided knocking each other over while rocking out on stage. Rare is it when you get a group of youngsters that demands a crowds attention at SXSW — even rarer when it’s that early in the day. In my years of attending SXSW, I feel like I have only seen one other band that had this effect on the crowd. And that was Delta Spirit, before they were “Delta Spirit.” Keep an eye out for these kids!” – Corey Sheridan

“Eoin Loveless from Drenge rocking out so hard at the British Embassy day party during “Bloodsports” that he accidentally unplugged his guitar. He seamlessly plugged it back in and carried on with the song.” – Valeri Travagliante

Until next year, folks!

The Orchard Does SXSW 2014

shutupanddance-editSXSW is one gigantic, exhausting, immersive playground of an event made up of small, memorable moments that last long after our planes land in NYC. There was the time some dude next to me asked me if he could buy a Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas CD after stumbling across her soulful talent at a showcase. The challenge of slyly leaving our branded bottle openers at a competitor’s party. The embarrassing text to our Orch GroupMe that was meant for our coworker’s friends. The realization that one of our venue coordinators also co-runs one of our labels (shoutout to Street Ritual). The demo of wireless, smart Muzik headphones, debuting soon. The moment of silence during Psycho White‘s set for victims of the crash. The dinner where small talk wasn’t necessary. The live stream of Edward Snowden. The magical pedicab ride across town at 1am. And the many, many introductions, shows, panels, parties, handshakes and hugs.

We’ve captured some of those moments to share with you, but sometimes you just have to shut of your phone and dance (to our SX 2014 sampler).

Stream Our Texas-Sized SXSW 2014 Music Sampler

sxsw_texas-sized-samplerIt’s hard to believe, especially given the seemingly inexhaustible supply of cold and snow heaped on us here on the East Coast this winter, but SXSW is once again right around the corner. To that I say YEE FREAKING HAW! Goodbye twenty degree weather and the possibility of snow flurries. Hello to the relative certainty of warmer temps and the inevitability of good BBQ, breakfast tacos, margaritas, cold beer, and more great music than you can shake a stick at.

The team has spent the last few weeks listening to as much music as we can by artists who will be performing next week to get ourselves in the right frame of mind. And because we also want you to be in the right frame of mind, we’ve assembled the following massive 200-track Spotify playlist (also available on Playlists.net) featuring some of our favorite tracks from Tweens, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, Sam Roberts Band, Leif Vollebekk, Albert Hammond, Jr., DJ Rashad, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Lizzo, Travis Barker, and many many others.

Now all we have to do is dig up our warm weather gear.

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