OEB’s 5 SXSW Qs – Dana Falconberry
Hometown: Austin, TX
OEB 2013 SXSW Review
Locally based Dana Falconberry checked in with OEB this week to share some insightful comments into SXSW, both for her personally and advice to not treat the festival as the “moment to break” and just enjoy yourself.
While most SXSW artists go for some sort of pop sound, you seem to comfortably deviate into more hypnotic tones. Where does that penchant for moving left-of-center come from?
I think that’s just what comes out! I’m not setting out to make any certain type of music, really, it’s just what ends up happening. I think I’m probably also more drawn to more hypnotic and ethereal music myself too.
You are able to accomplish a striking tone with little more than a whisper. Does that introspective vocal approach reflect on your songwriting as well?
Yeah, I suppose so! Songwriting is a pretty internal and soul-searching process for me, so I guess that probably comes out in the way I sing too. Also I am mostly singing about ghosts, and I imagine that they usually whisper. Also I don’t really like my voice when I sing loud, so there’s that. :)
Do you plan to tour as heavy in 2013 as 2012 or are there any other plans on deck?
Tour tour tour, bring it on!! Yeah, I want to stay on the road a lot. Right now, though, I am sequestered in the Arkansas woods and rivers for two months of heavy songwriting. So at some point there will be another record in the works. But we are cooking up lots of tours, too.
Do you have any appearances lined up for SXSW yet? Is there anything you’re looking to get out of the festival beyond a normal string of shows, especially from a local perspective?
Yeah I know we are doing an official showcase with our label, Antenna Farm Records. That should be really fun, there are a ton of bands to drool over on the label. We’re also teaming up with Riot Act, our PR agency for some shows, and those will also be a blast! I do a showcase every year with my friend Shari at Charm School Vintage in East Austin. We’re teaming up with Riot Act for that this year, and it’s going to be crazy. Vintage clothing, jewelry, wigs, lovely ladies, and awesome music. It’s a great reprieve from the business bustle of the festival downtown. I’m sure other things will come through too, but that’s what we’ve got lined up for now.
I stopped looking for any meaning or success from SXSW a long time ago. I think a lot of people put a lot of stock into the festival as The Thing That Can Save Them From The Depths And Gutters Of The Music Industry, but that’s just not true. Maybe it’s true for about 2 bands per year. But for the other 5 million, it’s a great chance to meet lots of wonderful musicians and compare battle scars. For me now, it’s just a week of playing an ungodly number of really fun shows, having dear friends from all over the world in my lovely city, not being able to get into my favorite bars, and lots of free beer and pizza. Woohoo!
Have you had a chance to check out the band list for SXSW? Any acts you are looking forward to catching yourself?
I’m actually really looking forward to seeing a lot of our labelmates play, like Social Studies, and our PR agency mates like Brass Bed! But, my favorite part of SXSW is being blown away by some band I’ve never heard of at a party that I never meant to go to. Can’t wait!