Hotathon Celebrates SXSW by Supporting the Austin Music Foundation

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Six hot, up and coming artists contribute songs for Austin Charity.

Hotathon launches a “Friends of Hotathon” campaign to celebrate SXSW Music week. In honor of SXSW’s host city of Austin, the campaign benefits the Austin Music Foundation. The campaign can be found at

“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with an Austin organization whose sole focus is to strengthen and grow their local music community. We hope this is the first of associations with the Austin Music Foundation,” said Mikal Celentano, Hotathon Founder.

Founded ten years ago, the Austin Music Foundation (AMF) strengthens and connects the local music community with innovative programs that empower musicians and fuels Austin’s creative economy. With expert panels, consultations and mentor programs, AMF helps local artists navigate opportunities in the music industry and services to unite the local music community.

The six songs in the campaign are all outstanding and span several genres:

“Ultimate” by SHI 360 featuring Sagopa Kajmer – Shi 360 is a hip hop artist, spreading unity and awareness through his music and tours worldwide, he has set himself apart as a compelling voice unafraid to challenge the mainstream media’s oftentimes distorted messages.

“Excuse Me Miss” by Xombie - Xombie counts Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, System of a Down, Linkin Park and Jay-Z among their influences. After forming in 2010, the quintet has independently released two EPs ("Xombie" in 2010, "Swaggholix" in 2011) and also debuted their first full-length LP ("Swaggaholix: Deluxe Edition" in 2012).

“Click Click Rattle” by Hello Elevator – Hello Elevator is an Indie Rock/Dance meets Hip Hop/Trip Hop . . . you just can't put Hello Elevator in a box. You will want to go to every floor on this elevator ride with a funky vibe that mixes warm guitars, violin hooks, indie rock female vocals and freestyle rhymes.

“Dream” by Sydney Wayser - Wayser, is French-American and an L.A. native, but she and her band make and play their music in Brooklyn, NY. Her new album, Bell Choir Coast, takes the listener out of the harsh NYC winter (or harsh Toronto winter, or harsh Chicago winter, or anywhere there’s a harsh winter) and into an imaginary land of warmth and sunlight.

“How Could You” by Kristen Bussandri – This is a track from the Diamonds to Dust EP by Kristen Bussandri, who The National Post featured as one of “Five Canadian musicians poised to break out." Kristen's soon-to-be released debut full-length album was produced by multiple GRAMMY-winner John Whynot whose engineering and producing credits include Dave Matthews, Blue Rodeo, the Austin Powers Soundtrack and more.

“Folk Song” by Lords of Liechtenstein - Acoustic-rock duo The Lords of Liechtenstein is comprised of two brothers, Dan (guitar/ banjo/vocals) and Noah (ukulele/ piano/percussion/ vocals) Rauchwerk. Together, Dan and Noah write songs in an acoustic-rock tradition, incorporating elements of folk, reggae, and funk.

About Hotathon:
Hotathon pairs a unique song and charity for a limited time awareness and fundraising campaign. Everyone works together to get the word out about the campaign: Hotathon, the artist and their fans as well as the charity and their supporters.

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