Festivals 60 Seconds At SXSW: Elizabeth & The Catapult

We ask Elizabeth our very important SxSW questions.

We sit down with Elizabeth, before she does a thing with AOL, to ask her our very important SxSW questions.

Have you played SxSW before?
Yes, two times.

What’s changed since you were last here?
Right before I signed with Verve, I played a really divey, seedy bar where people were screaming over me, and then I got signed and it was awesome. This year I’m playing in rooms where people are listening which is a really huge difference [Laughs].
There seems to be a lot more press going on too, which is cool. Obviously it’s expanding and you can’t drive anywhere. It’s insane.

This is more a conference than a festival, do you feel that difference in the audience?
Well, last night the audience was kids that have never heard my music and that were there for the hotel café scene; a bunch of people who kept asking what my name was between every song. I had to mime a slingshot because they were like, ‘Cantelope?! What the hell are you talking about!’
Tonight I am doing my official showcase which is exciting, and I think it will be more like critics and industry people but I think at the end of the day, people just want to watch the music. People forget that a lot of people are here to hang out and have a good time.

Austin is a town of two foods, BBQ and TexMex - which camp do you fall into?
TexMex here is so awesome, I think I generally go for that because you can get the sweetest fish tacos ever. But the BBQ is also amazing, I may be 50/50 here.

Which is your favourite venue to play?
I’d stay Stubbs. I love it, it sounds great, the BBQ’s great…

Do you prefer playing day shows or night shows?
I’d definitely say night. There is a certain mystique, it feels more like an event - you have a whole day to get excited.

The motto of Austin is ‘Keep It Weird’. What’s the weirdest thing to happen to you in this city?
I’m a huge M. Ward fan, like crazy obsessed, and last year I met him outside a venue. He was just standing there and I walked up to him and said ‘I am your biggest fan in the world’ and he was like, ‘Hey, are you in Elizabeth and The Catapult?’
It turns out, because I did my last record with Mike Mogis of the Bright Eyes camp, he had actually heard of me. I don’t know if he liked my music, but I was like ‘dedededo Twiglight Zone, your hero knows who you are!’ I would say that was pretty weird.

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