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Music Students Attend South by Southwest

Tue, Mar 26th, 2013

Twenty music students, led by instructor Josh Antonuccio, attended South by Southwest, the largest music industry conference in the US, from March 12-17 in Austin, Texas. This year Hocking College students experienced a keynote address by a legend in the music industry, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana fame, who offered a poignant and personal testimony of the road to artistic and commercial success.  

During the conference, student attendees gained exclusive access to panel discussions, industry surveys, one-on-one mentoring sessions with music industry professionals, as well as interviews with industry notables including Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, famed record label mogul Clive Davis, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Hip Hop sensation 50 Cent and international superstar Depeche Mode.   

South by Southwest showcased thousands of musical acts, from newly formed bands to megastars, including Prince, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake and Green Day. In many cases Hocking students spent time with the artists before or after the shows, getting a chance to meet and converse with them in the conference center.

"Thank you so much for this opportunity," Gianni Macioci, Hocking College music student, said. "For anyone who is a music student, be prepared to experience a life-changing event that will motivate you to pursue a career in the music industry."

For more information on the 2013 South by Southwest music conference, please visit Josh Antonuccio's coverage for WOUB.