Danny Brown explained in an interview that he thinks SXSW has lost a little bit of its focus and a little bit of the fun.
Danny Brown was seen just before his birthday sporting his famous goofy grin and rather alarming bright green hair. However, the critically adored rapper remembers an earlier time at the most famous Austin festival and as he makes clear in his interview with Complex, he likes the old version better.
“The best thing for me was, I remember coming out here years, years, years ago, before it was like all the major label guys and all the guys were coming out here,” the XXX rapper said. “It was pretty much an up-and-coming artists—it was really more so about bands at that time, it wasn’t even that much Rap going on. In those days, it was just more about you got put up on something. More so than now when people coming here they just going to see the Kanye show or they going to see—now you don’t really get put up on nothing. It kind of lost a little something with that. My thing is, when I come out here, I try to go see all the people that I don’t know.”
But Danny Brown wasn’t just lost in sweet nostalgia. When asked about what his least favorite part about his memories of performing at SXSW, Danny brown couldn’t help to bring up the traffic. Those who’ve frequented Austin before know that the city is plagued by perhaps the most confounding freeway system in America.
“Worst thing, just the traffic,” Brown said. “Before I could walk around all day, just kicking it, hanging out. Now I can’t even stop at a taco truck right, but it’s cool. Especially like I was saying, back in those days, remember all those bands and stuff, had to carry they amps down the street. Stuff like that, going to show after show carrying your equipment. I been there too, I mean I’m not carrying guitars and stuff but at one point in time we came here just carrying our deejay set around from show to show and I probably had like nine shows in one day. It’s pretty much like no parking, if you do rent a car you park probably two miles from where you gotta play at. You had to walk a lot. That’s the worst thing I would say, the traffic and the walking. Other than that it’s cool. You gotta find the people with the bikes though, that’s what I use. I use the little bike transport, we can get it like that.”
Danny Brown mentioned that he’s charged with the task of presenting the beautiful Iggy Azalea for her performance at this year’s MTVu Woodie Awards which air later tonight (being that it’s March 16th), but not before plugging the second leg of his national tour, saying:
““I’m ‘bout to go out, back on the road for a few months, on the ‘Old Danny Brown’ tour for the US, I just came from Europe doing it. So I’m gonna do that, by the time I’m done with that it’ll be summer, it’ll be festival time again. I’ll be playing festivals.”