The Great Escape is thrilled to announce that we’ll be working with Project ATX6 at this year’s fesitval.
Project ATX6 is both an Austin music export project and a music documentary in the making. Each year, Project ATX6 selects 6 emerging Austin musicians to travel to international music festivals, attend business, marketing, and management workshops, and participate in a documentary film with the purpose of capturing and archiving Austin musician on the world stage.
Find out a bit more about each of this year’s artists below –
Jonathan Horstmann of V3CO
Best known for his work with punk band BLXPLTN (Pronounced: Blacksploitation), Jonathan Horstmann began releasing dreamy synth-pop as V3CO (pronounced Veeco) in 2019. His band Urban Heat Island Effect expands on V3CO’s love of analog synthesizers by adding live guitars and percussion, creating a sound that is at once visionary and reminiscent of classic synth-based bands.
Kathryn Legendre drives around Austin, with a GOD BLESS MERLE HAGGARD sticker on the bumper. You know, kind of like the “God Bless Johnny Cash” stickers, but her own take on it – custom. Her folks will tell you she’s
always gone against the mainstream. That encompasses Legendre’s whole outlook on songwriting and, well, life. Legendre thrives when she feels there’s something missing.
Mike St. Clair of Pocket Sounds
You might have heard him playing one or more of these instruments on recordings or performances with groups including White Denim, Okkervil River, The Polyphonic Spree, Erika Wennerstrom, The Octopus Project or Ian
Moore, to name a few. Though in high demand as a sideman, it wasn’t until 2017 with the formation of Pocket Sounds that his most impressive talents were illuminated.
The past two years have seen Alesia really come into her own as an artist and performer, following the release of her debut project “First Impression” Alesia capitalized on the buzz from the album to catch the eyes and ears of
local tastemakers such as The Austin Chronicle (who named “First Impression as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2015) along with national blogs such as Saint Heron and Singersroom.com as well as popular magazine Rolling Out, while also performing at festivals such as SXSW, Pecan Street Festival, and 35 Denton.
Evan Charles (of Altamesa)
Evan Charles has been a fixture in the Austin music scene for over ten years. Prior to founding Altamesa, he spent five years as a member of Nic Armstrong and the Thieves, and two years as a member of The Happen-Ins, a band founded by current Altamesa guitarist, producer, and co-creative Sean Faires. In early 2019, the non-profit organization Black Fret named Altamesa one of twenty grant recipients from a pool of over six hundred candidates.
Leslie Sisson of Moving Panoramas
Moving Panoramas make boot gaze dream rock from Austin, Texas, led by songwriter, Leslie Sisson. The 2015 debut LP ‘One’ and 2019 sophomore LP ‘In Two’ (both via Modern Outsider Records) received international
acclaim and reached #1 radio charts. “The best band in Texas right now” – Houston Press. “Stylish, shimmery, harmony-laden pop song (think Warpaint or Dum Dum Girls) tapped into a driving, propulsive urgency” – Billboard.