Seattle musicians are gearing up for this year’s South by Southwest music and film festival going down in Austin Texas mid-March. Some bands will be on the official lineup while others will take a DIY approach to getting heard. One thing is for certain and that is they will all be stepping their game up and giving the best performances they can. Expect killer shows on and off venue and many surprises. Local Seattle rap unit State of the Artist are planning on writing new material on their tour leading up to SXSW where they plan on sharing it with eager festival ears. The boys are documenting this mecca to Austin and all the on the road bumps and joys they encounter while working on material and tearing up the West Coast in the process. Check out the first installment of South by Northwest below, linkage to the bands site above.