Emily Wolfe transcends the ranks of ordinary musicians. With a versatility all her own, Wolfe’s ability to transform from rock and roll fireball into intimate acoustic songwriter is showcased in her double-installment sophomore release. Released in May of 2013, Mechanical Hands is the 6-track full band predecessor to the more delicate, minimalistic Night & Day released in December; both received high praise from the Austin Chronicle, Austin Monthly, and Paste Magazine. In less than a year, Wolfe has been named one of Sundance Film Festival’s Artists to Watch for 2013, played sold-out shows in New York City and Austin, TX, and shared the stage with the likes of Allen Stone, Robert Ellis, Bob Schneider, Wild Child, and The Boxer Rebellion.
As a lead-up to South by Southwest, The Noise Room is talking to bands and artists performing at SXSW. Here’s what Emily Wolfe had to say:
What do like most about playing at SXSW?
We’ve never played an official South by Southwest showcase before so we don’t really have an experience to base it off of. However, SXSW is so buzzing with creative culture that we can’t help but be excited to showcase with such a talented list of artists.
Are you out promoting anything?
We just put out our first single of the year, “Swoon” which we recorded just before Christmas last year with Mike McCarthy so we’ve been pushing that heavily.
Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
I’m really excited to see Allen Stone and Young the Giant.
What are the challenges for you or your band when playing at SXSW?
This is our first year showcasing at SXSW so we really don’t know yet…the past two years though, we’ve played unofficial shows around town and the biggest challenge honestly is getting your gear from point A to point B — just because the town is so packed with people.
Do you have any survival tips for those attending SXSW?
Do not attempt to drive a car during sxsw — bike, bus or walk as much as possible. Trying to drive a car during sxsw is like trying to ride a unicycle through a field of landmines.
Are you more “stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene” or “play as many shows as possible then get out”?
I definitely enjoy checking out as much as I can around town. I know a lot of bands who play as many shows as possible and they end up getting burnt out very quickly – as far as playing shows I’m more of a quality over quantity kind of performer.
What are your SXSW Show Times?
Tues, Mar 11th – 1:30pm – Official SXSW Day Show @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River)
Thurs, Mar 13th – 11:00pm – Official SXSW Showcase – Esther’s Follies (525 E 6th St)
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