The SxSW Interviews: Casiokids

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Gavin Riley

09th March 2011
At 16:53 GMT

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Norwegian electro-poppers Casiokids are heading over for their third South By Southwest Festival this year.

We caught them live a couple of years ago and Alice Shyy described the scene as "walking into a silly-awesome, instrument-switching, neon jungle-beat dance party... are we ever glad we showed.

You will be glad too. Go see them - they're playing several venues next week.

We caught up with Ketil to see how their plans were progressing:


1) How many times have you been to SxSW?

This will be Casiokids' third time at SXSW, and personally my fourth time. I cannot wait to escape the cold Norwegian weather to doze in the sun (in between shows of course).

2) What's the best thing about being in Austin? Or if you've not been before.... What are your tourism related plans?

Roaming in South Congress, looking for gems in the thrift stores there, and chilling in the backyard of Red House Pizzeria. SXSW is a good time to catch up with musician friends, booking agents and record labels from around the world.

3) Why are you playing SxSW? ('Cos we hear the money isn't too good)

SXSW has opened up a lot of opportunities for us, not only for the US market, but also for contacts in Europe, South-America and Australia.

4) Who are you showcasing for, and where and when can we expect to see you?

Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center on Wednesday (Radionica showcase), March 16 from 01:00 PM to 01:40 PM

Beauty Bar on Wednesday, March 16 from 01:00 AM to 01:50 AM

The Parish on Saturday (Polyvinyl showcase) , March 19 from 10:00 PM to 10:40 PM

5) Which other bands/artists are you most looking forward to seeing over music week?

Jesus. I quite simply have not dared to even look at the schedule. Its too wild and hairy to tame.

6) Will you visit the Film or Interactive sections of SxSW this year? Or is time tight?

Ill try, though our full schedule will be pretty hectic. I think I will prioritize sun consumption in between performances.

7) What does the rest of 2011 hold for you?

In April we release a split 7" single together with of Montreal. Then, in May, we'll finish a new album in our studio at Bergen Kjøtt which will have a late summer/early autumn release. The year will also hold projects which involves dance, theatre, sound installations and collaborations with other musicians. Our work always involves a lot of travelling as well, and in 2011 Casiokids will visit a lot of new countries, including previously un-Casiokids-ified Japan, Austria and Mexico.

Further Information:

Casiokids: Official Site / MySpace



March 16, 2011 - Radio Stage Austin Convention Center on Wednesday (Radionica showcase) @ 1:00pm
March 16, 2011 - Beauty Bar on Wednesday (Big stereo showcase) @ 1:00am
March 18, 2011 - House of commons on Friday (Redifine Magazine) @ 9:00pm
March 19, 2011 - Torchy’s Taco Pavillion on Saturday (Torchy’s Party) @ TBA
March 19, 2011 - The Parish on Saturday (Polyvinyl showcase) @ 10:00pm

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