Travelling from Glasgow to Austin began with bundling ourselves into a taxi with as much gear as we could carry, bleary eyed and ill-prepared. I say ill-prepared because we're recently back from a UK tour and I felt that the best way to prepare myself for our first North American incursion was to ignore that it was happening until the last moment. I packed my case 4 hours before Lewis (drummer/producer) rang my doorbell.
Time is of the essence in a sport that is measured in the one thousandth of a second and to change all four wheels in under two seconds is a terrific feat by anyone's measure. Teams practice pitstops regularly and in Austin you could catch some of those practice sessions during the pit walk on Thursday.
Home of the rodeo and rock 'n' roll, texmex and tejano, Buddy Holly and Beyoncé; it's no surprise that Texas is full of force. Its variety contributes to its world renown; whether inspiring city arts movements or tranquil coastlines picking up surfers from shore to shore, delicate seafood dishes or hearty home grown chilli, Texas has a range of scenes all of which pack as much punch as the next.
Since Marion Bartoli won the 2013 Women's Singles at Wimbledon last Saturday, the internet has been awash with analysis of the French star. But the vast bulk of the digital wave has been not discussion of her style, her power, her focus... and no coverage appears to have taken issue with the other party to the conversation: former world number one (female) tennis player Tracy Austin.
Eating ribs sat opposite Dave Grohl, inhaling vaporised cannabis with Action Bronson and watching Snoop Lion casually covering Bob Marley's hits are all in a days work at SXSW. With the music industry descending on Austin in Texas, its scorching heat and music-drenched streets behold a utopian playground for music lovers from across the globe.
Majical Cloudz is the musical project of Montreal-based songwriter Devon Welsh, with producer and live collaborator Matthew Otto. Their introspective brand of synth-driven music is characterized by an almost architectural desire for balance, crafting songs that are as sonically minimal as they are emotionally complex, equally reliant on negative, hollow space and lush, warm textures.