Past SXSW Speakers

SXSW 2013 Interview Jim James

Artists, music supervisors, branding executives, digital media gurus, activists, label owners, festival bookers, bloggers, publicists, legends and youngsters all have a say at SXSW. Here are some notable speakers from recent years:

Jeff "Skunk"Baxter SXSW 2013 Music 50 Cent
Ken Abdo, Lommen Abdo Law Firm
Paul Adams, Bang The Drum
Nic Adler, The Roxy Theatre
Dave Allen, NORTH
Marika Anthony-Shaw, Arcade Fire
Rod Argent, The Zombies
Ian Astbury, The Cult
Martin Atkins, Tour:Smart
Kevin Augunas, Fairfax Recordings
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
Richard Bengloff, The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)
Jason Bentley, KCRW
Boche Billions, The Billions Corporation
Richard Blais
Ben Blackwell, Third Man Records
Colin Blunstone, The Zombies
Bomba Estereo
Joe Boyd, Carthage Music Ltd
Eric Burdon
Jordan Burger, The Agency Group Ltd
Clem Burke, Blondie Music Inc
Syd Butler, Frenchkiss Records
Gary Calamar, GO Music Services
Bryan Calhoun, Label Management Systems LLC
Judy Cantor-Navas, Billboard
Ashley Capps, AC Entertainment
Clive Davis SXSW 2013 Music Matthew Caws, Nada Surf
Chamillionaire
Dan Charnas
Billy Chasen, turntable.fm
Edoardo Chavarin, NACO USA LLC
Cheap Trick
George Clinton
Jarvis Cocker
Jonathan Cohen, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Warren Cohen, VH1
Bootsy Collins
Jason Colton, Red Light Management
Tom Conrad, Pandora
M Shawn Crahan, Slipknot
Larry Crane, Tape Op/Jackpot! Recording
Ice Cube, Cube Vision
Britt Daniel, Spoon/Divine Fits
Jonathan Daniel, Crush Music Media Management
Clive Davis, Sony Music
Jonathan Demme
Jim DeRogatis, Sound Opinions
Tom DeSavia, Notable Music Co
Deadmau5
Depeche Mode
Devo
Dez Dickerson, Pavilion Entertainment
Danielle Strle SXSW 2013 Music John Doe, The John Doe Corporation
Thomas Dolby, Lost Toy People Inc
Donovan
George Drakoulias
Duran Duran
Steve Earle
East Bay Ray, Dead Kennedys
Martin Elbourne, The Great Escape Festival
Bob Emmer, Shout! Factory
Jay Faires, Lionsgate Entertainment
Shawn Fanning, Airtime
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions
Fat Joe
Rob Fields, Boldaslove.us
Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz and the Tantrums
Bill Flanagan, MTV Networks
Jana Fleishman, Roc Nation
Bruce Flohr, Red Light Management
Leslie Fram, CMT
David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine
Daryl Friedman, GRAMMYs
Justin Gage, Aquarium Drunkard
Trevor Gale, SESAC
Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs
Eric Garland, BigChampagne
Gloria Gaynor, GLOLO LLC
Bootsy Collins SXSW 2013 Music Gilberto Gil
Scott Gillmore, Emmis Communications
Rob Glaser, RealNetworks
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group
Karen Glauber, Hits Magazine
Jordan Glazier, Eventful Inc
Danny Goldberg, Gold Village Entertainment
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl
Michael Goldstone, Mom+Pop Music
Jeff Greenberg, The Village
Steve Greenberg, Lipps Inc
Bob Gruen, Bob Gruen Studio
Arlo Guthrie, Rising Son Records
Daryl Hall
Nic Harcourt, SamLuna Media Inc
Grant Hart, Con d'or
Richie Hawtin
Matt Hickey, High Road Touring
David Hirshland, Bug Music
Dominic Hodge, Frukt Music
The Hold Steady
T.J. Holmes, BET Networks
Rita Houston, WFUV
Ken Irwin, Rounder Records
Nicolas Jaar, Clown & Sunset Aesthetics
Jim James
Rebecca Rienks SXSW 2013 Music Tony James, Carbon/Silicon
Eli Janney, Girls Against Boys
Jewel
Peter Jenner, Sincere Management
Mikel Jollett, The Airborne Toxic Event
Booker T Jones
Mick Jones, Carbon/Silicon
Rickie Lee Jones
Regina Joskow, The Verve Music Group
Juanes
Christopher Kaskie, Pitchfork Media
Mark Kates, Fenway Recordings
Tony Kiewel, Sub Pop Records
Adam Klein, eMusic
Steve Knopper, Rolling Stone Magazine
Eddie Kramer, WOODSTOCK
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management LTD
Talib Kweli, Javotti Media
Kendrick Lamar
Elizabeth Leahy, Section 101
Ted Leo
Sondre Lerche
Lady Leshurr
Jared Leto
Ken Levitan, Vector Recordings
Kenny Loggins
Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios Inc
Michael Fitzpatrick SXSW 2013 Music Gavin Lurssen, Lurssen Mastering
Don MacKinnon, (RED)WIRE
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
David Macias, Thirty TIgers
Dan Mackta, JIVE Label Group
Alex Maiolo, Future of Music Coalition
Jesse Malin
Trey Many, The Billions Corporation
Kent Marcus, Marcus & Colvin LLP
Dave Marsh, Rock&Rap Confidential
Tucker Martine
Mike Martinovich, Flatiron Management
George Massenburg, McGill University
Mac McCaughan, Merge Records
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment
Gabe McDonough, Leo Burnett
Jon Mcildowie, The Great Escape Festival
Louis Messina, The Messina Group
Mike Mills, REM
Eugene Mirman
Claude Mitchell, ESPN
Ian Montone, Monotone Inc
Tom Moon, 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die
Thurston Moore, Ecstatic Peace
Sean Moriarty, Triton Media & Eventbrite
Bob Mould
Dan Nakamura, Bulk Recordings
Amanda Palmer SXSW 2013 Music Nardwuar the Human Serviette
Vickie Nauman, Sonos
Nas
Steve Nice, Nice Management and Consulting
Mollie Neuman, eMusic
John Norris, Fuse
The Oak Ridge Boys
Michael Ochs, Michael Ochs Archives
Rikke Oexner, Roskilde Festival
Matthew Ogle, Last.fm
Hugh Padgham, Huge Productions
Amanda Palmer
Panos Panay, Sonicbids
John Pantle, United Talent Agency
Sean Parker, Airtime
Joe Nick Patoski
Bill Pearis, BrooklynVegan.com
Sandy Pearlman, McGill University
Glenn Peoples, Billboard
Liz Phair
Matt Pinfield, MTV2
Jim Pitt, NBC
Tom Poleman, Clear Channel
Jonathan Poneman, Sub Pop Records
Iggy Pop
David Porter, 8tracks
George Clinton SXSW 2013 Music Ann Powers, NPR Music
Lyle Preslar
Jeff Price, Audiam
Tim Quirk, Rhapsody America
Josh Rabinowitz, Grey Group
Chuck Ragan
Aaron Ray, The Collective
Simon Raymonde, Bella Union
Steve Reich
Scott Reilly, x5 Music Group
Rebecca Rienks, E! Entertainment/NBCUniversal
Ian Rogers, Daisy
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic
Josh Rosenfeld, Barsuk Records
Matt Rosoff, The Business Insider
Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac Inc
Portia Sabin, Kill Rock Stars
Bob Santelli, The GRAMMY Museum
Alicen Schneider, NBC Universal TV Music
Alex Schulz, Reeperbahn Festival GbR
Gerald Seligman, WOMEX
Ron Sexsmith
Chris Shiflett
Hank Shocklee, Shocklee Entertainment
J Sider, RootMusic
John Simson, SoundExchange
Kenny Loggins SXSW 2013 Music Amrit Singh, Stereogum
Derek Sivers, MuckWork
Jay Sloan, ASCAP
Ethan Smith, The Wall Street Journal
Chris Stamey
Jonas Stein, Turbo Fruits
Seymour Stein, Sire Records
Jody Stephens, Ardent Music LLC
Nick Stern, 7-10 Music
Terry Stewart, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
Steve Stoute, Translation Advertising
Danielle Strle, Tumblr
John Strohm, Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP
Chris Swanson, Jagjaguwar Records
Jay Sweet, Newport Folk Festival
Julie Swidler, Sony Music Entertainment
Sylvain Sylvain, New York Dolls
Chris Taylor, Last Gang Records
Corey Taylor
Van Toffler, MTV Networks
Geoff Travis, Rough Trade Records
Com Truise
Daren Tsui, mSpot Inc
Jaan Uhelszki, Relix Magazine
Beth Urdang, Agoraphone
Young Guru SXSW 2013 Music Sami Valkonen, Nokia Music
Steven Van Zandt, Wicked Cool Records
Don VanCleave, TAO-The Artists Organization
John Varvatos, John Varvatos
Jack Vaughn, Comedy Central Records
Rae Votta, MTV Networks
Andrew W.K.
Bruce Warren, WXPN
Nan Warshaw, Bloodshot Records
Anna Webber
Howie Weinberg
Tim Westergren, Pandora Media Inc
Alex White, Next Big Sound
Matt Wilkinson, NME
Bernie Williams
Jody Williams, BMI
Mark Williams, Columbia Records
Mike IX Williams, Eyehategod/Arson Anthem/The Guilt of..
Paul Williams, ASCAP
Hal Willner
Ann Wilson, Heart
Nancy Wilson, Heart
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency LLC
Norm Winer, WXRT/CBS Radio
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis SXSW 2013 Music Alex Winter
Bernie Worrell
Phil X
Young Guru
Sean Yseult, White Zombie
Jay Yuenger, jyuenger.com
DJ Z-Trip
Brian Zisk, SanFran MusicTech Summit

  • Jim James & Bill Flanagan photo credit Kevin McGehearty
  • Jeff "Skunk" Baxter photo credit Cal Holman
  • Clive Davis photo credit Mindy Best
  • Danielle Strle photo credit Robert M Ward
  • Bootsy Collins photo credit Jesse Knish
  • Rebecca Rienks photo credit Maggie Boyd
  • Michael Fitzpatrick photo credit Amanda Stronza
  • Amanda Palmer photo credit Amanda Stronza
  • George Clinton photo credit Kevin McGehearty
  • Kenny Loggins photo credit Kevin McGehearty
  • Young Guru photo credit Rebecca Hedges Lyon
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis photo credit Kevin McGehearty