Shanti Das talks with hop-hop star Killer Mike in the ChooseATL House at SXSW.
Shanti Das talks with hop-hop star Killer Mike in the ChooseATL House at SXSW.

ChooseATL, a regional initiative focused on attracting  and retaining top talent to grow the economy, made a splash at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas this week.

“With more than 300 recording studios, 60 music venues and 30 annual festivals, Atlanta’s music scene has launched hundreds of artists from all genres,” said Kate Atwood, vice president of the ChooseATL initiative, on the the music focus of the event.

The Speakeasy bar in downtown Austin was transformed into the ChooseATL House for two days to present up-and-coming artists like Kick the Robot, R. City and Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics as well as a talk with hip-hop star Killer Mike.

The city’s booming film industry was part of the mix with talks from the makers of “The Walking Dead,” while the tech sector was showcased with a discussion by the founders of social media service Yik Yak.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.