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Dutch Impact Party @ SXSW 2017

The Dutch Impact Party is returning to SXSW 2017! It will be held on March 15 in the Dutch Take Over House – branded New Dutch Wave – outside and in between Austin’s finest Venue’s, Swan Dive and Barbarella Austin. The Dutch Impact Party is powered by Buma Cultuur.

From 10 until 19 March, the music portion of South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas takes place. Six Dutch artists and bands will play at the Dutch Impact Party on Wednesday March 15 at Swan Dive. Various Dutch DJ sets will be provided by New Dutch Wave and Amsterdam Dance Event. The Dutch Impact Party is powered by Buma Cultuur.

Presenting you the line-up for this years’ Dutch Impact Party:

12.30 – 1.00 pm: Grandpa Death Experience
1.30 – 2.00 pm: Klyne
2.30 – 3.00 pm: Michael Prins
3.30 – 4.00 pm: Mich
4.30 – 5.00 pm: St. Tropez
5.30 – 6.00 pm: Drive Like Maria

(click on the subheadings for the artist’s SXSW page for more info about their performance)

Grandpa Death Experience

credit: Bob Yothers

The band itself is the vehicle for Canadian-born singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer Ron Goudie. Goudie’s story in rock’n’roll began in the late 1970’s in Southern California as a member of seminal hardcore band Modern Warfare. The band’s own imprint Bemisbrain Records served as the springboard for Goudie’s career in music which saw him become one of the founders of Enigma Records, a transformative label in the American music business. Along the way he signed and produced Stryper (the first mainstream Christian metal band) and signed, produced, engineered or mixed everyone from Poison, Agent Orange, T.S.O.L., GWAR, Flaming Lips and Death Angel to Mojo Nixon & The Skid Roper, in addition to holding executive positions at various labels.

Goudie eventually landed broke and broken in Amsterdam in the late ’90’s and over the past four or five years has slowly put together the Grandpa Death Experience with chief co-conspirator drummer/multi-instrumentalist Carlos Manso. The bittersweet and often humorous lyrics trace Goudie’s struggles with substances and relationships. 

Michael Prins

Classic songwriting is what drives singer-songwriter Michael Prins. The old masters of the craft weren’t known for being fussy. John Lennon and Joni Mitchell – and later men such as Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley – were never ones to shy away from saying it as it was. If they were in love, they would sing about it. If they needed violins with that, so be it, but without burying it in the mix. ‘They were so clear and their songs so beautiful. They weren’t scared of that, to touch upon a simple emotion.’ Says Prins. And exactly that is what he has done on his second album, A Dreamer’s Dream Is Forever To Be Yours, his second album after Rivertown Fairytales in 2013.


credit: Harry Brieffies

MICH (pronounce: [mɪç]) is a band from Amsterdam. Mich stands for ‘me’ or ‘myself’ in German and ‘housefly’ in Frisian. Music written by Piet Parra, lyrics by Baby Bosma, produced by Rimer London. All songs recorded, looped and messed with in Amsterdam, Netherlands 2016.

St. Tropez

credit: Sanja Marusic

Four guys making yachtpunk in a former gay sauna by the canals of Amsterdam.

After the release of their debut album (mixed by Grammy Award winning producer Rob Schnapf: Beck, Fidlar, The Garden, Kurt Vile) last summer St. Tropez continued to build their fierce live reputation with shows throughout Europe.

With online coverage on DIY, The Music Ninja, NME, and airplay on stations like BBC1, BBC6, XRADIO and Virgin Radio St. Tropez is now ready to take their first steps in the US.

Drive Like Maria

credit: Peter van Hal

Having arrived on the music scene back in 2009, Drive like Maria has gained a reputation as one of the best live bands in their home region. Their debut, ‘Elmwood’, was released in 2009 and things evolved extremely fast for the young band. Their first single ‘I’m On A Train’ got into rotation on national Dutch radio. The band’s tours were sold out and they performed at many of the major festivals in The Netherlands & Belgium (Pukkelpop, Lowlands, Appelpop, Zwarte Cross, Bospop, Marktrock etc.), opening for bands like AC/DC (Amsterdam Arena), ZZ Top (Forest National) & Motorhead, SXSW and NXNE. “Drive like Maria” followed in 2012 and the live album “Howl” in 2013.

The formation, now consists of three core members, Bjorn Awouters, Nitzan Hoffmann & Bram van den Berg joined live by bass player Maarten van Damme and keyboardplayer/singer Tamara van Esch. The band transcends itself on their new triptych ‘Creator Preserver Destroyer’ (Caroline/Universal) which once again features a fine collection of quirky songs and guaranteed guitar violence. New tours in Europe & the USA are being planned at this moment.


Klyne is a Dutch pop duo formed by singer Nick Klein and producer Ferdous Dehzad. Originally they called themselves Nick Klein, but the name caused confusion to its audience. From 2015 they are a well-known band Klyne. 

About New Dutch Wave

New Dutch Wave is a new international movement to celebrate top notch Dutch creativity and entrepreneurship at SXSW. Designed to inspire, connect and generate new business, New Dutch Wave is the place where Dutch entrepreneurs, creatives, start-ups, artists, as well as the Dutch government and our biggest cities will present themselves to a new and relevant international audience. 

The New Dutch Wave house will host the world premiere of the Sensory Reality Pod of Sensiks and the pre-launch of rising star Galit Ariel’s new book on AR and its possibilities. There will be sessions on “The Intelligent Future of Artificial Intelligence” with expert Danijel Bonacic (Dept), while Beeld en Geluid, the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, will look at the use of intelligent algorithms to predict (music) hits. Jouke Vuurmans (MediaMonks New York), Japie Stoppelenburg (Dept), Arne Koefoed (WINK), and Justin Bolognino (META.IS) will discuss experience design and creativity.

About Dutch Impact

Dutch Impact promotes Dutch bands abroad and organizes showcase parties and events with Dutch artists at all major music conventions worldwide. This year there will be Dutch Impact events at Eurosonic Noorderslag, ILMC, SXSW, Musexpo, The Great Escape, Midem, CO Pop, Reeperbahn Festival, Mama Event, BIME, Trans Musical Festival en Glimps Festival. Dutch Impact is presented and powered by Performing Arts Fund and Buma Cultuur, often in collaboration with the Dutch embassy or consulate.

BUMA cultuur

About Buma Cultuur

Buma Cultuur supports and promotes Dutch music copyright in both The Netherlands and key export markets for Dutch music. The aim is to increase the percentage of Dutch music in the Dutch market and to raise revenue flow by stimulating the use of Dutch music copyright on foreign markets. Buma Cultuur is also (co) organizer of events like Eurosonic Noorderslag, Amsterdam Dance Event, inJazz, Buma Music in Motion and other music sector events. Buma Cultuur is founded by the Dutch collecting society Buma. Buma/Stemra is the collection society for music authors in The Netherlands and represents the interests of its members worldwide. Besides collection and payment of remunerations to music authors, Buma/Stemra stimulates and supports the development of new talent.

About SXSW

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.  

Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.



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