My favorite new artists from SXSW 2013

#8: Zeale

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Zeale’s Official SXSW Showcase at the Stage on Sixth

I cannot lie: SXSW was not the first time I’d seen a Zeale show.   I actually caught part of his show at Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans this past fall and I loved what I saw so much that I couldn’t wait to see  him again.  I’m including him in my list of new favorites because I didn’t give him a complete write up after Voodoo and he deserves every bit of praise he gets.

I would put Zeale in the realm of conscious hip hop.  If you’re a fan of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, definitely check him out.  His most recent EP is available for free at his site.   His tunes have a nice indie influence, a bit of EDM and balanced depth.  Zeale’s enthusiasm for performing is what originally won me over: his energy is boundless and his love and attention for his audience is overflowing.  The end result is a show that is infectious and in mere minutes, he has the entire audience jumping.

I was lucky enough to catch two of his shows at SXSW: his official showcase at the Stages on Sixth as well as his opening slot for the Unofficial Mos Def After-party.  We met a few of his classmates from high school at the Mos Def show who told us that not only is he a genuinely nice person but that he excels at freestyling.  Apparently, he used to treat his classmates back in the day to exhibitions of his skills in between classes.

Previously in my SXSW wrap-up:

Intro to SXSW

#12: Devendra Banhart

#11: PHOX

#10: Social Studies

#9: Guards