FLINT, Mich. — The Flintdustry is coming to Austin, TX for the South by Southwest Global Music Festival this month. Representing the genres of pop, hip-hop, rap, and R&B, several Flint music artists perform on various stages throughout the week to spread Flint culture, network, have fun, and of course, perform their music.
South by Southwest, or SXSW, will be held March 11-20, 2022 in person and online. According to his websiteSXSW is an event that is “dedicated to helping creatives achieve their goals”. Founded in 1987 in Austin, TX, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. destination for professionals worldwide, the event offers sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.
Queer pop-R&B artist Furillostar has already arrived at SXSW to kick off Flint’s performance series. His set, which included the R&B star Brelia Renee, took place on SXSW’s Midwest House Stage for two days in a row. With signature dance moves and vocals, Furillostar is Flint’s only queer artist to perform on-site.
“I think being black and queer people automatically write you off, especially your fellow black community. I feel like my impact has shown other black queer talent that you can have your voice and that you can ride there for miles. E,” he says between seminars. “But I believe if I keep doing what I’m doing now, that’s what’s going to grow me and elevate me to where I want to be. And that’s honestly staying on stage and continuing to network and showing everyone the world who I am, not just as a performer and artist, but also a person.”
“I feel like my impact has shown other black queer talent that you can have your lane and you can ride in it for miles on E.” – Furillostar
beginner artist Shorty is also expected to hit the stage in Austin. “It’s an honor and a great opportunity to showcase my talent on such an amazing platform. Flint is so talented, and I’m proud to play a part in showing people what we can do. I’m excited and ready to prepare the ground on fire!”
rapper and Relaxed Ass Podcast founder Figga Da Kid will arrive at SXSW this week, performing on the Rizzle Hizzle Hip Hop Showcase with hits from his recently released album, The pop-up store. This isn’t his first time at SXSW; nonetheless, he is excited to perform, network, and build community.
“Flint has taken over SXSW before, but I think that’s our biggest presence there. I’m excited to see our whole network of artists and make connections that can benefit them in the long run. I I still have contact with artists and event planners. I met him years ago at SXSW,” he says. “I just hope to network and build my community of peers and fans. I hope to meet people who can put me on stage across the country throughout the year.”
The flyer for the Rizzle Hizzle Hip Hop Showcase taking place during the SXSW festival.
music artist BayBro will be heading to the Rizzle Hizzle Hip Hop and Color Coated Showcase. BayBro will be bringing their slick hip-hop R&B sound to SXSW, including their latest single “Lunazel,” shot by Ayehab at Flint’s brand new photography studio, Studio/Crypt.
“I think if Flint goes to SXSW and moves as a unit and supports each other, then we can demand to be heard. It’s a ton of opportunity in SXSW. We have to take advantage of that,” says BayBro. “I use SXSW as an opportunity to network with people out of town as well. I have a few people that let me play on their stage and I plan to build my relationship with them for future opportunities outside of SXSW . “
Rising Music Artist Vaughn Lambo will join BayBro on the Rizzle Hizzle Stage to perform some of his singles.
“It’s amazing that the city is so well represented. It shows people around the world that we are more than the mainstream media shows,” he says. “The biggest thing I seek to accomplish is to create greater awareness of myself as an artist and my music among listeners and artists.”
The highlight of Flint music comes from its very first SXSW stage dedicated to Flint artists by The Antidote workshop. The studio presents a unique showcase of Flint artists called The sounds of flint. In addition, Antidote has also partnered with Steel Sessions and Space333 to host “exclusive panels, networking sessions, podcasts, and offer a creative lab with a mobile studio featuring Grammy-nominated producers, executives, industry experts, and Q&As to help to establish international relationships that build careers and businesses”.
The Sounds of Flint features a lineup of stars from Louie Ray, Mike from RMCYSR Gramz, Krispy Life Kidd, King Ca$hes, Jeff Skigh, Tay Boogie, Cameron Tyler, As Gabbanaand more.
The Sounds of Flint stage is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Doors open at 10:00 a.m.