Blackillac and Tiggs da Author Rock Culture Trip’s SXSW Stage

Culture Trip takes over the Austin Motel at SXSW 2019
Culture Trip takes over the Austin Motel at SXSW 2019 | © Culture Trip

Performing at Culture Trip’s SXSW event, Austin native Zeale, of hip-hop collaboration Blackillac, and Londoner Tiggs da Author share their thoughts on travel and the Texan festival.

“The general vibe of Austin is super-relaxed and chill. People enjoy their coffee, their salad and nature… and a lot of music,” explains Zeale, who with Phranchyze and Gary Clark Jr forms the hip-hop collective Blackillac.

Zeale performs at Culture Trip’s SXSW stage

He’s not wrong. Music is as integral to SXSW as the festival is to the entertainment and tech calendar, and that of its host city, Austin.

“SXSW is pretty important to Austin. For a musician, it is unique because you can see what artists from around the world are up to, all at the same time. What textures and vibes they are using,” says Zeale. “There is a lot of musical history in Austin, it’s hard to not be inspired. The city is cool about cultivating that.”

Though now based in LA, Zeale still calls Austin home. He explains what makes the Austin Motel such a notable landmark. “I think you picked a really cool place to start – this is one of the historic hotels in the area. I’m sure you noticed the shape of the sign… [laughs]. It’s a go-to for hardcore Austinites and people visiting as well.”

The Austin Motel hosts Culture Trip at SXSW 2019

A first-time visitor to Austin, Tiggs da Author made a point of exploring the city before hitting the Culture Trip stage. “I went out yesterday and got a lot of food, as you can imagine,” he says, highlighting the other thing the city has become famous for: excellent grub. For the singer-songwriter-producer from South London, the Texan capital’s music scene resembles that of one of his home town’s trendier neighbourhoods. “It seems like a massive Shoreditch.”

Tiggs da Author performs at Culture Trip’s SXSW stage

As well as performing in London and here in Austin, Tiggs has traveled all over the world through his music. Some of his favorite destinations include Cape Town and Durban in South Africa and the Indian Ocean island of Réunion.

“The first thing that got me into music was seeing other musicians live,” Tiggs says. More than a decade into his career, he still finds the music scene back home in Britain as relevant as when it first inspired him.

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

Culture Trip Spring Sale

Save up to $1,656 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

Edit article