I had no problem moving around Fader Fort or getting into photo pits or any of that stuff at all during SXSW. That all changed when it was time to see Earl Sweatshirt. Shouldn’t be a surprise as the member of Odd Future had been virtually missing for a while, making these early shows a must see for everyone.
Earl came out with Flying Lotus as his DJ (as Captain Murphy), and entertained with a well mannered set. For a relatively youngster, Earl has a fine command on the stage and was doing his thing with ease. Everyone in attendance had a sense that we were getting a glimpse at Earl at a small stage, as we all know that it’s only a matter of time until his career fully skyrockets.
I was left impressed with what Earl delivered live, and would have no hesitation to see him again. As a side note, it was strange to see Flying Lotus just hanging in the back as his DJ/hype man.