SXSW Flashback showcases international acts

How does Austin interact with the world, and how does the world interact with us?

That’s the question the SXSW Flashback crew is trying to answer with this year’s program, airing at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 16 (additional airdates). In its fifth year, SXSW Flashback 2015 is themed around the international portion of South by Southwest — from UK rockers Wolf Alice to the phenomenon that is Korean pop music.

“This year we’re doing it a little different, because we went with a theme, which was international,” said JJ Weber, executive producer of SXSW Flashback. “How do we interact with the world, and how does the world interact with us? And why are they coming to this festival? It’s insane how many people come.”

Weber and his SXSW Flashback crew have seen the annual festival grow tremendously in the last five years. Two years before SXSW Flashback began, Weber was doing SXSW coverage for another KLRU program called Docubloggers. That’s where he and another crew member got the idea for the new program, he said.

“I call it, ‘All the best bits,’” said Galia Farber, KLRU’s production & operations manager who works as a producer on SXSW Flashback. “It is insane. I kind of try to start looking at what’s announced and coming, and we chat about stuff, but initially a lot of it is also just reaching out, throwing darts and seeing what sticks, but also we have to try to just stay in the moment and say, ‘Alright, we think we’re going to to this,’ and something kind of serendipitous happens. We’ll be interviewing someone, and someone will suggest something, or you’ll randomly stumble upon a party, something that fits in with another interview. Some of it lands in your lap, almost randomly.”

JJ Weber (executive producer), Galia Farber (producer), Colleen Nelson (associate producer) Taylor Kondelis (producer, not pictured)

JJ Weber (executive producer), Galia Farber (producer), Colleen Nelson (associate producer)
Taylor Kondelis (producer, not pictured)

It takes months for the program to come together — from tracking down rumors of celebrity keynotes months before the festival to the post-production process, which is part of the reason the show is a “flashback” that airs four to six months after the festival, Weber said. Another reason is that it can sometimes take a while for the bands, films and technology introduced at the festival to filter out to a larger audience.

“So much of the stuff that’s at the festival, like films, they come out months later,” Weber said. “Bands release their CDs later or they get found at the festival and they’re not popular at first. The tech companies release a product, and the general public won’t have even touched it until months later. So sometimes, it’s almost better to see the show after, to say, ‘Oh my gosh, I saw that at the festival,’ or, ‘That was here? Those people were here? I can’t believe they did that.’”

One of the biggest challenges, Weber and Farber said, was passing up well-known celebrities or some of the larger, hyped-up parts of the festival because they didn’t fit into the theme.

“This year was definitely very intentionally done. There are things we would not do because it was not international,” Farber said.

“The hardest part is when you’re handed things on a silver platter, and you don’t want them. It’s like, ‘Are we making a large mistake, or is this going to work fine?’ And the viewers can tell us about that,” Weber said.

That’s not to say there aren’t big celebrities in this year’s program — Ryan Gosling, after all, is Canadian.

“I just hope from this episode that viewers might see something they would never have seen otherwise, and get into some random world music or look into film that they never would have watched,” Weber said.

Watch SXSW Flashback at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 16 on KLRU.

Catch the SXSW Flashback Marathon March 15

It’s that time of year again: South By Southwest is upon us! Whether you’ve got your badge and are ready to brave the crowds, or are planning on staying as far from downtown as possible, get in the festival spirit with our SXSW Flashback Marathon.

Beginning at 7 pm Sunday, March 15, relive the best moments from past SXSW’s without the parking woes or pricey admission. Top picks from each year since 2010 are highlighted in these specials, with intimate interviews and live performances that give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the iconic festival. With appearances by Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Rosario Dawson, Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Grumpy Cat and more, our SXSW Flashback marathon is not to be missed — and cheaper than a platinum badge, to boot.

7 pm SXSW Flashback 2010
7:59 pm SXSW Flashback 2011
8:55 pm SXSW Flashback 2012  including Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Kimbra, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Gross, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, and many more.
9:55 pm SXSW Flashback 2013 featuring 50 Cent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aisha Tyler, Bruce Campbell, Fred Armisen and more.
10:25 pm SXSW Flashback 2014 ncluding Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more! Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!


SXSW Flashback 2013

The newest edition of KLRU’s Lone Star Emmy nominated show, SXSW Flashback, premieres this week! We go back to March for a half hour of SXSW highlights, featuring interviews with 50 Cent, Ian Somerhalder, the Captains from Deadliest Catch, Bruce Campbell, Fred Armisen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aisha Tyler, and more! And, most importantly, (drum roll, please) Grumpy Cat.  Learn about their experiences here in Austin this year, and about their current projects.

This year we have also added a familiar voice to help guide you through the madness.  KUTX Program Director and Afternoon Host, Matt Reilly, lends his pipes as our show’s narrator.

SXSW Flashback 2013 will air on KLRU on Thursday, May 23rd, at 9:00pm.

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You can also watch the broadcast version online on our website.