2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Can’t Tell Me Nothing: Independent Hip Hop

Thursday, March 17
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 12AB
531 E 4th St

Hip-hop has always had a unique relationship with the music industry, and a set of values unlike other genres. Artists prize the freedom and authenticity of outsiders and the impact and business savvy of megastars, and being an “independent” artist could mean anything from making avant-garde experiments to handing out mixtapes to owning your own multi-million-dollar label. We’ll have representatives from Kickstarter and The FADER talking about it all with the managers behind artists (De La Soul, Run the Jewels) who’ve been making groundbreaking music for decades, and finding plenty of interesting ways to do it on their own terms — more and more often, with the direct support of their fans.

Hashtags: #sxsw #CantTellMe


Amaechi Uzoigwe at SXSW

Amaechi Uzoigwe

Run The Jewels/Monotone Inc

Amaechi Uzoigwe is a New York-based entertainment executive with 20 years experience in management, content, digital media, business development and marketing. Co-founder of legendary indie label D...

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Brandon Hixon at SXSW

Brandon Hixon


We Make Music

Brandon Hixon is a marketing & artist manager, and founder & chief of the We Make Music company. He is a former music executive of Sony Music/Columbia Records and sneaker/streetwear retailer. In 2...

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Hayley Rosenblum at SXSW

Hayley Rosenblum

Music Outreach Lead


Hayley Rosenblum is Kickstarter's Music Outreach Lead. She specializes in fan engagement and community building via digital media, working with musicians, managers, and record labels to bring innov...

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Naomi Zeichner

Editor in Chief

The Fader


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