SAVE THE DATE!
Austin Music Foundation will be hosting Feel the Love, our first music community expo for professionals in the music industry to learn about the resources and services that are available in the Austin area. The event will commence Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Emo’s Austin.
With nearly 20 nonprofit organizations in attendance, local artists will become familiar with what free & low cost amenities they have available to them as well as providing a free opportunity to network and become involved in the uniquely supportive community that is Austin, Texas.
“Austin’s Music Organizations & What They Can Do For You”
HAAM (Health Alliance For Austin Musicians)
SIMS (Mental Health Services For Austin Musicians)
AMF (Austin Music Foundation)
ATX MUSIC (Economic Development, Music Division)
AMP (Austin Music People)
AFM (Austin Federation Of Musicians)
ACVB (Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
TALA (Texas Accountants & Lawyers For The Arts)
PLUS The Texas Music Office, Capitol View Arts, Grammy Pro, Urban Artist Alliance, Austin Blues Society,
ALMA, Austin Tejano Music Coalition AND MORE ALL UNDER ONE ROOF!
With the fourth annual 2ND Street Soundcheck event right around the corner, we encourage you to start making plans on attending! Join us February 28, 2015, for a day full of FREE music, delicious food, thrifty merchant shops, and Austin love.
Starting at 1:00 p.m. there will be over a dozen artists fashioning soulful music all the way into the night on the streets of Austin, Texas. Presented by 2ND Street District and Austin Monthly, this street festival will span from Colorado Street to San Antonio Street with entertainment and fun everywhere in between.
While the event is free, Crown Royal VIP badges are available for purchase by clicking the link here. This badge provides access to the VIP lounge where live feeds of the festival is going on. Throughout the day, all of the artists performing 2ND Street Soundcheck will be stopping by the lounge to hang out, have a drink, and sign autographs!
Bring your family, bring your friends! Come out and support local artists as well as the Austin Music Foundation. For more information, click the poster to the side!
Austin Music Foundation is proud to announce that the one and only Nakia will be kicking off, The Signature Series, our brand new artist consultation program for 2015! A fixture on the Austin music scene, Nakia has experience in every facet of the music business both as a solo artist as well as leading many bands over the years. Nakia’s vocal talents landed him an audition on season one of The Voice on NBC, where he quickly became a fan favorite and a finalist on Team CeeLo. He is currently on the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy – Texas Chapter, and member of the Austin Music Commission. Visit austinmusicfoundation.org to book a consultation with Nakia today!
First off, what is a Migrant Kid?
Our (John and Miguel) parents worked as field workers in Texas. They grew up in San Antonio and Eagle Lake Texas. They ended up migrating up to Michigan to pick cherries in Traverse city and we were born up there. It really comes down to our parents working hard to give us choices. The gift of options and choices are probably the best thing they could have ever passed down to us.
Throughout the album the lyrics seem to take you on a roller coaster of inner soliloquy and storytelling. When is the moment you pick up a pen and start writing and what follows in your songwriting process? What influences you? – There really is no set formula we have for this. I think we really try and write about things as they come as to not sound forced. The last record we were all going through a break of some kind with an ex girlfriend so we did not have to look too far for inspiration or influence when creating the vibe and feel for the songs. Migrant Kids is completely collaborative from start to finish, one of us may have an Idea and it snowballs into a song after we all have had our hands on it. As far as our influences, we have many, right now we are all into Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saint’s, Michael Jackson and the National, but it really comes down to what we are all feeling at the time we start playing as a group, sometimes the music ends up sounding like nothing we have been listening to or influenced by, but that is a good thing!
Where do you wish to take Migrant Kids and what do you wish people to take from you?
We want to take Migrant Kids as far as our creativity and support will let us go. We have goals for this year, wanting to play ACL, record a new record, and tour more, but we will keep pushing ourselves as hard as we can until we feel like we can’t. We want what most other artists want, and that is to have people be moved by our art. I hope for us, people will feel like they can trust that our intentions are genuine, and want them to feel for the music just as much as we do. We work very hard at being honest. I mean our favorite comedians, favorite directors, artists, authors, musicians and people are all honest to the point of making themselves vulnerable. Iconic doesn’t boast iconic. Wise doesn’t boast being wise. We are what we put into it and as artists this means giving up many creature comforts for the benefit of the art. We are just people hungry to create our art and will make sacrifices in every aspect of our life to do so. Migrant Kids are not waiting for anything to be handed to us. This year will be a huge year for Migrant Kids and we’re very glad all the buzz is happening in Austin and all over Texas.
And lastly, what is your spirit animal?
We each have our own as individuals. As a group we are definitely a workhorse stallion. Fierce and hardworking and best left to roam wild.
For More MIGRANTS KIDS check out http://www.migrantkids.com
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