Amy Mantis


SXSW Update

March 14, 2013

So I missed a few days.

We made it to Austin in one piece.

SXSW is as crazy as ever, but I’ve found some clarity here amongst the chaos.  I haven’t quite figured out how to explain it.  In it’s simplest terms, everything is going to be okay.  Sure, we didn’t play here this year, but that’s okay.  This festival has gone from being a breakout festival for new acts to a gathering of relatively established acts.  For the most part, that is.

There are so many bands here.  It’s insane.  If you get on the right shows, it’s definitely worth it.  Last year Canary didn’t have the right shows.  We had one solid show at Friends which was through Berklee.  The other shows we had were not.  We were rookies and literally had no idea what we were doing.

We didn’t have enough buzz going down either.  We had some buzz in Boston, but that was all.  It was probably the best learning experience I could have had though.  One of the biggest reasons we were chosen to go was because I have excellent relationships with the faculty involved at selecting the bands that go.  There’s a lot of truth in the saying it’s all who you know.

In my fantasy of the trip, we played a killer set (we did) and Jackie Nalpant, my favorite person (I’m only half-kidding) would have been there and she would have become our agent on the spot.  Needless to say, the latter part didn’t happen.  But that’s okay.  We weren’t ready.  And considering three of the five people in the band at that point are no longer in the band, we really weren’t ready.

But back to my current clarity.  I know what the problem is, and I’m remedying it.  It’s all I can do.

"It’s not what you’ve done, but what you’re doing."
- Bob Lefsetz