This is what I love about NSN Festival. I brought in an entirely NEW artist from Washington DC named MARKY, who had NEVER even played a show outside of his area till NSN. He’s even on a major label with Universal Republic, but doesn’t have much label support right now so they’re doing things on their own. His manager is a friend of mine who’s apart of the team behind LMFAO, so when I was presented with the idea of Marky coming down, and after a few solid listens and getting hooked myself, I made the opportunity available to them, along with getting him a show in South Padre just for kicks. His set went from nobody in front of Stage 2 to about 700 people midway through the set, proving that he deserved to be at NSN and making hundreds of new fans. GOLD. Last week, NSN was able to introduce you to new artists that you normally wouldn’t have given a chance, but ultimately making a lot of you into new fans. Marky and his entire team are good people, working hard to get heard and becoming the new breakout artist. Follow him on twitter or visit his website to download his brand new (free) mixtape, Divine Intervention which came out a day before NSN.
That is what I learned about NSN, that the people give artists they don’t know a chance. Even if they’ve never heard of them, they watch their set, sing along once they catch on, wave their hands in the air, ask for autographs, take pictures, buy merch and bottom line support them. I think it has to do with the fact that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen often here so we appreciate and enjoy every bit of it. NSN exposes smaller bands to a new audience and the audience gets exposed to new bands that are really good. I personally had never seen any of the artists at this year’s NSN and had only heard of Dev, Wiz, We Are the In Crowd, Asking Alexandria, Hellogoodbye and Forever the Sickest Kids. But I left loving Rocky Loves Emily, This Year’s Fashion, The Early November, Lunch, Phone Calls From Home, Hydra Melody, The Rocketboys, Farewell Fighter, Young Statutes, and so many others that I had never heard of or listened to before. I prefer to watch, listen to, and meet these bands than largely known artists.