SXSW Announces Visconti as First Keynote Speaker

For the first time, the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference and Festival will offer multiple keynote speakers. SXSW has announced the first speaker as Tony Visconti. Visconti’s opening keynote will take place on Wednesday, March 16 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 18ABCD of the Austin Convention Center.

Tony Visconti has been named as one of the most important producers in the history of Rock and Pop with notable credits for David Bowie's "Young Americans" and "Heroes" and "(Bang a Gong) Get It On" and “Cosmic Dancer” by T. Rex.

Visconti has recently co-produced Bowie’s Blackstar CD, co-produced Esperanza Spalding’s upcoming Concord release Emily's D+Evolution and Daphne Guinness’s Optimist in Black. 2013 saw Bowie and Visconti’s production of Bowie’s “Where Are We Now” along with the album The Next Day.

Previously, he produced Angelique Kidjo’s Djin Djin album earning, Visconti his first Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album. In addition, he has also produced albums by Thin Lizzy, Luscious Jackson, The Strawbs, U2, Kaiser Chiefs, Alejandro Escovedo, Gentle Giant, Mercury Rev, Sparks, Badfinger, The Alarm and Morrissey.

His autobiography, Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins U.K.) is an overview of Visconti’s life, musical beginnings and adventures in London with Bowie, Marc Bolan, Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney and more.

Visconti’s keynote is open to all Music and Platinum registrants and registered showcasing artists. More keynotes will be announced.

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To register for the event, please visit sxsw.com/attend.