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Q& A: SXSW 2016 ‘s must-see music acts introduce themselves

Festivals most buzzed-about acts took the Guardian questionnaire and uncover voices that resemble a fast-paced Cure album sung altogether in Hebrew and more

Rome Fortune

Rome
Rome Fortune at Coachella last year. Photograph: BFAnyc.com/ Rex Shutterstock
Who are you ?

Im Rome Fortune, a producer and vocalist.

Where are you from ?

Decatur, Georgia.

What do you sound like ?

Music embracing its evolution.

What do you sing/ rap about ?

My life, my children, my aspirations, women, inspiring people.

Whats your appear ?

The Fifth Element fulfills Leon: The Professional.

How are you going to go about blow everyone off-stage ?

Just watch me.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

Make another baby maybe.

Where will you be by this time next year ?

About to drop album No 2 and performing in a bouncy house on a transparent blimp.

Diet Cig

Diet
Diet Cig. Photo: Andrew Piccone

Who are you?

We are Alex Luciano on vocals and guitar, and Noah Bowman on drums.

Where are you from ?

We currently live in Brooklyn, New York, but started the band in New Paltz, New York.

What do you sound like ?

A cold rain refreshing, arousing, wakes you up no matter how sleepy you are!

What do you sing about ?

Our lyrics are honest and biting, denouncing exes and exhorting the dance party along. Putting a new twist on the crazy real-life situations everyone gets into.

Whats your look ?

Cute but tough dirty sneakers and rent black gasps, our sweetness coming through more in our music than our aesthetic. Its a nice balance. Were sweet, but not too sweet.

How are you going to blow everyone off-stage ?

Our proves are a constant dance party that blur the line between stage and audience. We have such a fun period dancing and moving around, our decide always sets us and everyone in the room in a good mood.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

Eat lots of breakfast tacos. Any recommendations?

Where will you be by this time next year ?

Still touring, shredding and writing tunes! Hopefully playing a set on a float at the Main Street Electrical Parade in Disneyland, but who knows?

Oscar

Oscar
Oscar opens for Bloc Party at Le Trianon. Photo: David Wolff-Patrick/ Redferns

Who are you?

Oscar Scheller lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Louis Milburn result guitar, keyboards, samples; Will Fortna bass; Aramis Gorriette drums.

Where are you from ?

North-west London.

What do you sound like ?

Deep voice, groovy rhythms and eclectic style. Melody comes first.

What do you sing/ rap about ?

I sing about how I assure the world.

Whats your appear ?

Pop art intersected with modern English gentleman.

How are you going to go about blow everyone off-stage ?

By smiling a lot, jumping around and giving off good vibes and real emotion on stage.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

Drink frozen margaritas, then party.

Where will you be by this time next year ?

In a New York City loft writing my third album.

Vaadat Charigim

Vaadat
Vaadat Charigim. Photograph: Goni Riskin

Who are you?

Yuval Guttman drums; Dan Fabian Bloch bass; Juval Haring vocals, guitar.

Where are you from ?

Tel Aviv, Israel.

What do you sound like ?

A noisy, fast-paced Cure album sung altogether in Hebrew.

What do you sing about ?

Life in Tel Aviv, get older, anxiety, war, the tension between the pointlessness of life and the need to give it meaning.

Whats your seem ?

Sleepy.

How are you going to blow everyone off-stage ?

We sing in Hebrew, so people are probably going to be pretty confused.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

Drink beer in the sun, eat Mexican food, go to the springtimes maybe.

Where will you be by this time next year ?

Probably finishing up our third record.

Jones

Jones
Jones. Photograph: PR

Who are you?

Its simply me, I sing and write my songs.

Where are you from ?

Im born and raised in London.

What do you sound like ?

Soulful voice, classic timeless-sounding ballads, in a modern bed of audio somewhat melancholy.

What do you sing/ rap about ?

I sing about what I know, and what I see around me. Be it love, be it society, be it my mind

Whats your looking ?

I like things with a classic feel, so Ill say classic.

How are you going to go about blow everyone off-stage ?

I generally sing my heart out, wherever I go. Ill be bringing my lungs with me to Austin.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

Id like to soak in some of the culture around, check out Texas. Also catch some panel discussions!

Where will you be by this time next year ?

Id like to be on tour playing my album to everyone.

Denzel Curry

Denzel
Denzel Curry. Photograph: JMP

Who are you?

My artist name is actually my real name Denzel Curry.

Where are you from ?

Im from south Florida Carol City to be exact.

What do you sound like ?

I believe I sound like the apocalypse destroying the Earth to the audios of cornets skating across the heavens played by angels.

What do you sing/ rap about ?

I rap about life in general, especially my life, unless telling a tale. My upbringing and my daily day-to-day fights and feelings make up most of my music.

Whats your appear ?

Theres no seem truly, Im still observing it if anything. But Im not super into fashion and my pops created me that way so I wouldnt be a slave to material stuff.

How are you going to blow everyone off-stage ?

By giving the best me possible to the people. Overall just being Ultimate.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

Im hoping my schedule allows me to see more shows and gratify more new people. Also hope to see some old friends as well.

Where will you be by this time next year ?

On a whole new platform with bigger audiences, better music, better visuals and crazier shows that are mad theatrical.

Seratones

Seratones
Seratones. Photograph: Chad Kamenshine

Who are you?

AJ Haynes vocals& rhythm guitar; Adam Davis bass; Connor Davis lead guitar; Jesse Gabriel drums.

Where are you from ?

Shreveport, Louisiana.

What do you sound like ?

Rocknroll.

What do you sing/ rap about ?

Buy the ticket, take the ride. I like to sing about the ascent, the climax and the inevitable fall.

Whats your appear ?

Whatever clothes reek largely clean. I always wear my dancing boots and a good red lipstick.

How are you going to go about blow everyone off-stage ?

We have a lot of fun playing rocknroll. It would be a shame to keep it all to ourselves. We hope the individuals who feel the spirit join us on stage, freak out, and have a good time. Bring the ruckus. Turn this mutha out. Get gone.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

Listen and dance to other awesome bands, drink all the Topo Chico and most of the available tequila blanco and feed lots of tacos.

Where will you be by this time next year ?

Hopefully, on tour supporting another record.

Darq E Freaker

Draq
Draq E Freaker. Photo: Mehdi Lacoste

Who are you?

Just me I play a fusion of different types of music that I call urban electronica.

Where are you from ?

London.

What do you sound like ?

Technicolored trip.

What do you sing/ rap about ?

Money, automobiles, cash and heauxes till I wake up and realize that Im DJing.

Whats your look ?

Aqua goth fulfills street thot.

How are you going to go about blow everyone off-stage ?

With some exclusives and ways from my new EP, ADHD.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

Ride the bronco wearing a bolo and lift my hat up as the bronco bucks. Then feed some authentic Texan BBQ as Ive devoured rip-offs all my life.

Where will you be by this time next year ?

At Coachella.

Kevin Morby

Kevin
Kevin Morby. Photograph: PR

Who are you?

I sing and play guitar. My band includes: Justin Sullivan on the drums, Cyrus Gengras on the bass and Meg Duffy on the guitar and vocals.

Where are you from?

I am from Kansas City but now live in Los Angeles.

What do you sound like ?

Uh-mazing!

What do you sing/ rap about ?

Plants and animals.

Whats your look ?

Very high fashion mag.

How are you going to go about blow everyone off-stage?

With our uh-mazing appear and fresh new sound.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin?

Drink a Lone Star.

Where will you be by this time next year?

Unclear at this time, sorry.

Sextile

Sextile
Sextile. Photo: PR

Who are you?

Melissa Scaduto drums; Eddie Weubben synth; Brady Keehn guitar and vox; Kenny Elkin bass and guitar.

Where are you from ?

Los Angeles.

What do you sound like ?

Our live audio is much more energetic than our record its like a mix between early Coil, early Modern English, early DAF and early Jesus& Mary Chain, especially the JMC depicts from 85.

What do you sing/ rap about ?

What everybody else sings about, life.

Whats your looking ?

The goodwill bins. Most, if not all, of our clothes are from the goodwill bins.

How are you going to go about blow everyone off-stage ?

Not to sound like a dick but a lot of modern music is boring and evokes no emotion. It ends up feeling soulless. So the format we deal with, we hope will at least evoke some kind of feeling or leave some sort of impression.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

See some friends, thrift and go swimming.

Where will you be by this time next year ?

Hopefully on tour in Europe.

Better Person

Better
Better Person. Photograph: Moritz Frendenberg

Who are you?

Its merely me. I write and record sungs and then sing them on stage.

Where are you from ?

Berlin.

What do you sound like ?

Like Better Person.

What do you sing/ rap about ?

Adam Byczkowski.

Whats your seem ?

Simple.

How are you going to go about blow everyone off-stage ?

Play good shows.

What else are you hoping to do while youre in Austin ?

Eat some In-N-Out, find friends.

Where will you be by this time next year ?

Still on globe, hopefully.

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