Since its inception in 1987, the unique South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals (SXSW) have expanded in scope and size. Tony Visconti has been announced as the first of multiple keynote speakers for SXSW Music 2016, with launches in Austin, Texas. The versatile record producer and musician’s opening speech will mark the first time that SXSW offers multiple keynote speakers.
Visconti has been praised as one of the producers with the most significant impact in rock and pop history. He produced masterpieces for David Bowie, such as “Young Americans” and “Heroes”, and cornerstones of rock and roll such as T. Rex’s “Cosmic Dancer”.
Visconti previously produced Angelique Kidjo’s Djin Djin, which earned a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album, and material for artists like Thin Lizzy, Luscious Jackson, The Strawbs, U2, Kaiser Chiefs, Alejandro Escovedo, Gentle Giant, Mercury Rev, Sparks, Badfinger, The Alarm, and Morrissey.
The 30th annual SXSW begins on March 15 and closes on March 20. The film, media, and music events champion the fusion of original music, independent films, and innovative technologies. A press release elaborates:
The conference offers unmatched access to ideas and global viewpoints on an increasingly borderless industry. It aims to educate and inspire musicians and professionals alike, with sessions attended by over 30,000 registrants and showcasing artists.
SXSW Music connects the global music community by showcasing over 2,200 acts. The artists of SXSW vary from unsigned talent to among the most critically acclaimed names of the modern music industry. SXSW recently unveiled the fifth round of performers for the upcoming Music and Media Conference, highlighting music from thrilling bands like Car Seat Headrest, Trae Tha Truth, DJ Bjarki, Leon Russell, Desampa, and NOFX. The accompanying film festival that spans nine days will feature a myriad of musical content among its premieres.