Hello, people. My name's Toby Crittenden, and for the next handful of days, I'm going to be writing semi-regular reports on the state of affairs down here at South By Southwest. It's my first time to Austin, Texas, and in the quick post-midnight spin through the infamous 6th Street, it appears that this smorgasbord of a festival is going to live up to its hype. I will attempt to survive it.
You may be asking yourself, self, who is this person, and why is he writing about SXSW for my reading enjoyment? Fair question. To whit, a little about me, for you: I work at the Washington Bus, your favorite cultural organization that makes sure you're registered to vote, educated, and turning out (because you are a young person, I'm assuming, and I'm glad you're going to vote this November). One of my roles there is helming Hella Bus, the Bus's official Blog Of Record, which doubles as your one-stop shop for all things political and interesting... at the same time.
More to the point, I'm also a member of the shady cartel that manages, writes for, and generally modulates Last Night's Mixtape, a Seattle-based, globally connected (shady, right?), and unapologetically bass-loving music blog. It's basically a collection of writers with connections from Detroit to Argentina to Florida to the UK and beyond, and who use those connections to get music from the bleeding edge of quality direct to you.
So, keep your eyes peeled; I'll be here all week. Tip somebody who deserves it.