The vast majority of the estimated 200,000 people who flocked to Austin for this year’s South by Southwest festival played nice, patiently lining up to see buzz bands and keeping any drunken impulses under control. But a few people didn’t -- including at least two of the performers -- which contributed to a more menacing air at the festival than in past years.
Those hoping for fireworks at a South by Southwest panel provocatively titled “Indie Davids Take On Goliath Ticketmaster-Live Nation” today were disappointed when the discussion remained fairly neutral and respectful, although pressing questions remain. “Civility was one of the goals, and I think we accomplished that,” said moderator Andrew Dreskin of Ticketfly.
Despite a heavy-hitting and accomplished group of speakers -- manager Jordan Kurland, Jagjaguwar Records head Darius Van Arman, music lawyer Edward Pierson, musician Rachel Flotard, and REM attorney Bertis Downs --South by Southwest's 'Artist Compensation of the Future' panel had few new answers to pressing questions.