SXSW 2015 Interview: Lenka

By on Wednesday, 25th March 2015 at 3:00 pm

While South by Southwest is mostly known to those who have never attended the big event in Austin, Texas, as the world’s stage for up and coming artists, the event also hosts plenty of festival veterans who keep the young’uns and SXSW virgins on their toes. Thanks to an array of song syncs that placed her music in prominent and popular film and tv shows (hello, Grey’s Anatomy!) and on the strength of her past releases that has seen her shoot to the top of the charts in many countries around the world, Australian singer/songwriter Lenka is now a global household name.

The prolific singer/songwriter is about to release her fourth album ‘The Bright Side’ this summer, and SXSW 2015 proved to be the perfect place to test drive some of her new material in front of long-time fans and punters curious – or shall I say entirely uneager to venture out of the Aussie BBQ tents Friday afternoon in Brush Square Park and into the pouring rain – to see what the spunky Lenka had to offer. You’ll read more about her performance and those of some of her countrymen in my upcoming review of several acts from Friday’s Aussie BBQ.

Prior to her set, we tried to find the quietest corner of the West Tent to have a chat. She was dressed appropriately for Austin with large cactus-shaped earrings and a flowery dress, both of which I commented were perfect for trying to bring the sun out on this grim day. She gives her tips to SXSW newbies on how to survive the week-long music marathon, and we talk about her upcoming album and how it differs from her past releases and specifically her newest single ‘Blue Skies’, which turnes out to have been written in a car on a rainy day.

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