Pinoy indie band Taken by Cars has been invited to South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual global gathering of artists in Austin, Texas.
"[T]o be invited and have the opportunity to share a part of our great country to the rest of the world is a great honor for us, as we consider this to be the greatest achievement of our brief career, so far," Taken by Car posted on their ArtisteConnect
They will be performing along with artists from 57 different countries, according to the SXSW
website. This annual cultural event draws thousands of performers, filmmakers, artists, attendees as well as talent agents which makes this a good platform for aspiring artists looking for a break in the international music scene.
This year's SXSW will feature "250+ films, 1800+ bands, 400+ talks, 4 exhibitions, and hundreds of special events." SXSW Music includes performances from musicians from around the world, mentoring sessions with industry experts, music clinics with professionals musicians and mentors, listening sessions, and a keynote speech from an established artist. This year's keynote speaker is the legendary Bruce Springsteen.
The journey, however, won't be easy, especially for an indie band with no record label to shoulder the expenses. To raise funds, Taken by Cars has put up a page on ArtisteConnect
where people can donate to help make their journey possible.
As of today, the band has raised PHP 28,500 of their PHP 500,000 goal. In exchange, supporters will receive personalized Taken by Cars merch/services/giveaways. Included in some of the packages are special edition DVDs of their send off party, dubbed "Abduction: The SXSW Send Off Party concert,"which will take place on March 3, 2012, a week before their flight to Austin, and "Road to SXSW," a documentary of their trip and performance at SXSW.
Taken by Cars, composed of Sarah Marco (vocals), Bryce Zialcita (lead guitars), Isa Garcia (guitars), Beson Yap (bass), and Bryan Kong (drums), has gained recognition for their unique sound which they describe as a mixture of electro, shoe gaze, and new wave. In 2011, Time Magazine
named them as one of Five Asian Bands To Watch.