Soundland: Success for Music City~

Now in its sixth year the event formerly known as Next Big Nashville, Soundland had yet another successful year. The four day festival kicked off Wednesday and featured hundreds of bands at multiple locations throughout Nashville from War Memorial to Third Man Records music fans got ear candy every night. Many hope the fest could be the next SXSW, by attracting music lovers all over the world.

One of the biggest headliners this year, Foster the People, played Thursday night on the 12th Avenue block. The California-based band known mostly for their hit “Pumped Up Kicks” drew thousands of fans. Friday night, in the same Mai & 12th & Porter block, for the first time in the festivals history hip hop had a night of its own. Chancellor Warhol, Stix Izza, Dee Goodz, Big K.R.I.T and Yelawolf are just some of artists that showcased their goods. While many say the hip hop scene doesn’t really exist in Nashville, the line-up proved that statement wrong. The question still remains though is Nashville ready? While no doubt their has been more buzz this year than ever for the genre in Music City, the crowd was slow coming out for Friday nights shows. With the potential of rain weather may have played a factor, as presale tickets for the hip hop shows were strong being close to a thousand. No doubt, by the end of the night the area was swarming with fans.

Yelawolf put on one heck of an energetic show, leaping over the media pit and on to the screaming fans. I had the chance to talk with him before his set. The southern rapper, who once lived in Antioch, ended up being one of the nicest guys that I have interviewed. We talked about working with Eminem on his album Radioactive, which will be released this fall. We also chatted about his love for country music and how he’d like to collaborate with Kris Kristofferson. Stay tuned for our interview and a video recap of Soundland 2011.

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