Though the first official day of the South by Southwest Music festival is Wednesday next week, the first Scottish gig will actually be Unicorn Kid’s Tuesday night gig at the UK SXSW Interactive party. For a full listing of all Unicorn Kid’s SXSW gigs see below:
The Dear Scotland Interview with Unicorn Kid will be published shortly:
Dear Scotland: Your heading out to Austin next week for SXSW, have you played there before and are there other places you’d like to visit?
Unicorn Kid: SXSW will be the first time I’ve been in Texas, when I toured North America with Owl City in September I totally fell in love with the US, I can’t wait to be back. I’d really like to visit some places in Europe I’ve not been to yet like Norway and Sweden.
I am bit worried about how SXSW is going to be turn out for me, I’ve only just turned legal in the UK and I now won’t even be able to go to any shows or drink at SXSW!
Dear Scotland: What will be your first words on stage at your SXSW showcase to an audience of fans and industry types?
Unicorn Kid: I will probably do a sheepish ‘Hello Austin’, I don’t always enjoy playing industry shows as my live show relies on a lot of energy and participation from the crowd, it’s difficult to get that going with a whole load of people who think they’re too old to dance, however we’ll see how it goes!
Unicorn Kid is a musician who has helped to define a generation with his chiptune infused pop. But determined to avoid any of the clichés that making dance music implies, Unicorn Kid’s aim it to infuse his gamewave, chiptune bleeps and blips with a classic music writing style to make big pop tunes that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Radio 1 a-list. The end result is massive stadium anthems with rousing choruses that are both uncategorisable and also make for an exciting new sound.
The release of his ‘Lion Hat EP’ in January 2008 on his manager’s Euphonios label and then his “Wee Monsters” follow up single saw an explosion of interest in Unicorn Kid, Radio 1 and BBC Scotland in particular have become massive supporters, with Huw Stephens and Vic Galloway playing all 5 tracks from these 2 releases along with additional Unicorn Kid remixes. BBC Introducing also invited him to play on their stage at T in the Park 2009. Unicorn Kid has made some celebrity fans along the way with Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys inviting him to remix their track “Did You See Me Coming” and then featuring it as a b-side on their digital bundle. Neil also then told Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears about the youngster who has attended some Unicorn Kid live shows both in the UK and USA.
Artist Website: www.myspace.com/unicorn kid
Confirmed SXSW gigs are listed below and will be updated if and when more shows are added. For the interview in full click here.
Unicorn Kid Live at King Tuts