music • 17 Mar, 2017
Spotlight: New Fame (with DJ SKULZ) play SXSW 2017
Indika and Piu Piu favourites to follow in Suboi’s footsteps...
New Fame duo Adrienne Mack-Davis and feliciacruz, together with partner-in-beats DJ SKULZ from Saigon, are currently on a forty-date US tour, including an official SXSW (South by Southwest) showcase in Austin, Texas.
At the time of writing, the genre-blending hip hop threesome had already been at the festival a few days, somewhere between Fighting for Futures workshops (the social and community development arm of what they’ve been doing for the last five years together) and hip-hop performances - prior to their showcase opportunity at Karma Lounge on March 17.
We threw out a few questions to the high-energy threesome before they went on stage:
Hi guys, how's the tour going?
Amazingly. In the past we've had a packed schedule, but this year we focused on booking three really specific shows that gave ourselves time to support other acts we know.
Nice. What's it like at SXSW? Who's killing it?
Everyone putting in the ground work here is killin' it!
Glad to hear it. What about your own performances? They're constantly evolving. What inspires you when you step back into your 'home' culture?
Always growing, for sure. We are constantly inspired by other colors and cultures. Our never ending adventures help us to create with a fresh perspective no matter where we are, and seeing our families is also a lovely way to reboot.
Awesome. It's not your first time at SXSW, but what's it like knowing that you're representing the Vietnam scene now, especially since Suboi has been there recently and DJ SKULZ is on board? Is there alot of love from the Vietnamese-US community?
We spent 5 years at SXSW unofficial until 2015 and after skipping the 2016 festival to stay in Vietnam, we fell in love with the idea of growing the local hip-hop scene there. Not long after that we met and have worked with Suboi which has been an honor. Having Skulz alongside us as the first Vietnamese DJ was a huge goal we are incredibly grateful to have met, and it never would have happened without the massive support from our worldwide community from Saigon to Austin. Our supporters and Piu Piu Records have furthered our advancememt at this festival, and in the music business as a whole, so the future is bright!
Not a doubt in our mind. Anything else you wanna say?
Shout out to love and to going after your passion regardless of what those around you may say!
Words by AA