Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chopping it up with Dempsey Jones, the Host of SXSWfm's EDJ show Highlighting Electronic Dance Music!

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I recently had the opportunity to be invited to a Full Sail Green Room session as a distinguished member of the Full Sail Student Body.This exclusive opportunity was with two of SXSW's(South by South west Conferences and Festivals) very own distinguished panelists and Directors, Dempsey Jones and Gene Butler The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.

                                              EDJ SPOTLIGHT HOST DEMPSEY JONES
Dempsey is an experienced event production and management professional in the Austin, Texas area. She recently received her Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from Southwestern University. As an undergrad, she worked as a University Entertainment Event Programmer and began venturing into the field of broadcasting. Dempsey has worked with various radio stations across the United States and in London, England. After two years of interning with SXSW, she began working on staff as a senior in college, and she spent her final semester coordinating Clusterfest, a music and arts festival in Georgetown, Texas. She is currently employed as the Platinum Conference Crews Volunteer Coordinator and the SXSWfm Music Coordinator at South by Southwest, LLC. 
Dempsey is also the host for SXSWfm's EDJ show.EDJ, hosted by Dempsey Jones, continues with its show on SXSWfmElectronic Dance Music has been growing exponentially over the past several years and continues to encompass more and more sub-genres with each month.She is in charge of finding new EDM acts to feature on the show after they have performed at SXSW. Thankfully, EDJ will have your garage and jungle, grime and drum 'n' bass, dubstep and trap, and everything in between along with what lies ahead. Tune in for artists such as Rusko, Caspa, A Tribe Called Red, TNGHT, Baauer, Skream, and Calvin Harris.

Check out EDJ, I had the chance to chop it up with her about how to submit to be showcased at SXSW March 7-16 2014 in Austin Texas. she told me right now is the perfect time to submit on SXSW.com  under the music tab,and apply to showcase section. There is a thirty dollar application fee and the earlier you submit the better. She is also looking for volunteers for the Platinum conference Crews to work the event they took on close to 4000 volunteers last year alone one of the perks is you get a pass to the conference (platinum passes run up to 1500 dollars if you just walk up to by them!) You will have to arrange your own accommodations but they do feed you as long as you are volunteering. You can apply at volunteer.sxsw.com  beginning the first week in November.
                                  Dempsey kicking it with some Full Sailors in the Green Room!
Dempsey made it clear that SXSW is growing exponentially and looking for EDM artists to fill the over one hundred stages they will have to showcase acts next year! So much of the entertainment business is becoming familiar with people and networking, Dempsey was so cool and open to new artists and the process for selection I decided to share her insights with you all so we can push the genre. Now apply even earlier for consideration to play our 28th annual SXSW Music Festival! Showcasing at SXSW means performing in one of Austin, TX's famous live music venues, for over 25,000 industry representatives and fellow musicians combined, plus over 3,000 media members and thousands of fans in attendance. Apply for the opportunity to play with acts from all over world. Of the 2,200 plus showcasing artists in 2013, nearly 600 international acts performed, representing 55 different countries. By opening the submission process earlier, it is our their to give even more attention to each applicant and also notify bands sooner of their status.

                                               TAPIA 7AP!A and DEMPSEY JONES
SXSW hosts acts in every stage of their development, including music legends such as Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, LL Cool Jay, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Depeche Mode. Join the ranks of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford and Sons, Florence and The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, The Strokes and so many more, by benefiting from career changing exposure and publicity provided by the amazing mix of influential participants who attend SXSW every year. If your act is selected for a SXSW 2014 showcase, domestic acts may opt to receive either cash compensation OR a SXSW Music Artist Package. International acts receive a SXSW Music Artist Package. (An Artist Package consists of ARTIST wristbands for band members ONLY with the option to purchase two discounted SXSW MUSIC FESTIVAL wristbands for managers, label representatives, crew, etc.) Artist wristbands allow admission to the SXSW Music Panels, SXSW Trade Show, Music Gear Expo, official SXSW showcases, artist lounges and more. If accepted, you will receive more details about both options in your notification email. I hope This information helps any aspiring EDM DJs or Artists and anyone interested in Volunteering for this Industry Wide event. Peace.

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