Taiwan music arrived at SXSW 2012 for the second year in a row. The bands participating in this year's event include Fire EX., Wonfu, and The White Eyes. Each band performed at a different venue for their official showcase and an afternoon showcase. Fire EX was invited to perform at the Austin Welcomes The World event which was hosted by the City of Austin's music plaza at City Hall.
THE WALL MUSIC and Government Information Office of TAIWAN presented the showcase, “Taiwan Sounds Delicious”. It featured performance from each of the Taiwan bands at SXSW and a buffet sampling of classic Taiwanese street food. This included fried noodles, shrimp rolls, and dumplings to name a few. Fire EX opened with their typical energetic and gutty performance. The White Eyes followed with the provocative lead singer, Gao Xiao Gao, wearing a flesh colored bodysuit and long boa of ribbons. She definitely captured the audience's attention. Wonfu closed out the show with their uplifting sounds and had the audience cheering.
Austin Welcomes The World was a showcase of international artists participating at SXSW. Director General Dr. Daniel Liao from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston gave opening remarks, and Texas State Representative , Elliott Naishtat, followed with welcoming remarks and his warm appreciation of Taiwan and its people. Fire EX took the stage and showed the public its classic punk rock performance which has been entertaining audiences for over a decade across the world.
Taiwan music is making an impact in North America, and we look forward to more SXSW appearances in the future.
Director of Content Programming