Those of you who keep abreast of the Music Industry would be familiar with the goliath that is the SXSW conference. Delegates from around the globe converge on Austin, Texas for a few days of networking, conferencing, and, most importantly, check out as many bands as possible. Sounds great, hey. Thing is, the event has become so big that many believe it’s losing its charm. Many bands sell the farm to get over to perform only to find they’re on a nondescript stage at 3.30am. Sure, they can check the “Played at SXSW” box, but for many that’s a far as it goes. Enter CXCW. CXCW stands for “Couch By Couch West “. The brief is as follows:
“Too broke to go to Austin? Can’t get out of work? That pesky thing called “life” getting in the way? Try Couch by Couchwest!
CXCW is the slackers alternative to SXSW. During the week of March 11-18, 2012 musicians from around the world submit videos recorded on a couch, porch, bathroom…anywhere but the stage…for our enjoyment from the comfort of our living rooms. We hope to bring together as many people as possible who are stuck home while all their friends are stuck in the crowds of Austin, TX. So crack open a beer, crank up the volume, and enjoy the couch!”
Or in short, “CXCW: Where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you.”
What can I say, I love it! And I was stoked when my good friend, fellow Penrithian and Podcaster, Erk invited me to participate in this year’s event. So I rallied the troops (well, Grant and Laura, at least), dusted off the upstairs couch and then had an absolute blast doing what I love, playing music with friends for an appreciative audience.
So, without further ado, allow me to present my contribution to the festival that is CouchByCouchWest. You can find it HERE! Please enjoy, “like” and most importantly, share.
Thanks for sticking with me,
P.S I did two songs, one is a little different to normal. Both tracks on YouTube here.