SXSW 2014 Interview: Travis is a Tourist

By on Wednesday, 19th March 2014 at 11:00 am

Photos by editor Mary Chang

The first official day of the SXSW 2014 Music Festival began somewhat slowly for us at TGTF. Most of the official showcases were slated to begin in the evening, so we spent the day picking up our press wristbands and getting acquainted with downtown Austin. Our fearless editor Mary is a seasoned SXSW veteran, and she knew I would need a quick orientation before the action really got started. She showed me around to all the venues I’d need to know, along with a few other places of interest, and once we were done, we had some free time.  Naturally we found ourselves gravitating to the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30, where we’d attended the Creative Belfast event the previous night and where we would end up passing through many times in the course of our week in Austin.

When we walked into the venue on Tuesday, we caught the end of a set by a band that neither of us knew, but whose singer looked vaguely familiar. Intrigued by their soulful sound, I asked around after them and was told that the singer was Belfast-based Travis is a Tourist. I chased the band outside after they finished and asked for an impromptu interview, during which I found out where I’d seen them before and received some surprisingly thoughtful answers to my off-the-cuff questions.

As I discovered in the interview, Travis is a Tourist is currently finishing his second as-yet-untitled EP. His self-titled debut EP can be found on his Bandcamp page, and he has several videos available for viewing on YouTube. The following video, for a track called ‘Paperweight’, was shot by Brian O’Kane, who is also working on the Travis is a Tourist documentary referenced in the interview.

My after-the-fact peek at Travis is a Tourist’s Breaking Tunes page revealed that he has recently toured with Lucy Rose and Nick Mulvey, both of whom have been featured here on TGTF. Coincidentally, I had the opportunity to interview Mulvey before his Communion Music Showcase performance on Friday night; Austin during SXSW truly is a small and weird world!

I wasn’t prepared enough to take photos of Travis is a Tourist during his performance on Tuesday (Mary captured the images seen here), but I did get some shots of him in another context on the Friday. If you’re an astute reader, you might have caught Travis in this photo of Mary’s from Monday night as well.

Travis Is A Tourist (far left) with Rams' Pocket Radio.

Travis Is A Tourist (far left) with Rams’ Pocket Radio.

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