Last week I went to SXSW to support the first ever Philadelphia showcase curated by Rec Philly. SXSW is a great place to people watch. Almost everybody is pea-cocking with their eccentric styles and personalities, hoping that blogs, records labels, stylists and whoever else will gravitate towards them. That’s all fine and good, but I was more interested in those that no one was really watching: the mixtape hustlers, the people behind the cameras, the pedal cab drivers, the homeless.
Here are some of those people.
Mike has been living in Austin, Texas for over twenty years. We met him near a shelter which just happens to be located only a block from 6th St – the musical hub of SXSW. When we asked him how he feels about the festival he told us, “It’s crazy out here, it’s hard to explain”.
“Welcome to the sh*t storm,” camera man Ryan told us as we waited out an epic rainstorm under an underpass together. He wasn’t down to talk to us on camera, but he was cool enough to sit tight for a portrait.
Hayley is the Project Leader at Philadelphia's up-and-coming music initiative, Rec Philly. We caught her looking out over 6th Street at Old School Bar & Grill before the big Philadelphia showcase featuring Freeway, Chill Moody and more.
4. MARV MACK
Marv Mack is a Philly rapper who performed for the first time ever at SXSW this year. “I don’t think I’m taking my artist wristband off until next year’s festival,” he laughed before we snapped his photograph.
5. Johnny T
Johnny T. is a comedian from Brooklyn. He came out to SXSW to make some extra cash as a pedal cab driver. His most interesting rider was Riff Raff. He also wanted us to know that he hates “that chipmunk, Kanye West”.
6. toby-wan kinoby
toby-wan is a southern emcee with more energy that can be captured in a single photograph. His latest mixtape, The Wade Phillips Project, is based after the man who saved his life.
Photos by: Dwayne Brown