2011 SXSW Guide: Benny Blanco’s Favorite Acts



If you’re not in the music business, you may have never heard of Benny Blanco. But there’s no way you haven’t heard his music. As a writer and producer, he’s helped create some of the biggest pop hits in recent years, including Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” and “I Kissed A Girl,” Britney Spear‘s “Circus” and Ke$ha‘s “Tik Tok.” Benny is also in Bangers & Cash, a duo with Spank Rock that produced a raunchy EP based on 2 Live Crew samples. Benny isn’t performing at SXSW (he’s just attending), but we’re interested to find out who’s on his short list.

After the jump, Benny’s picks.

Neon Hitch

“Unbelievable!!!! She is next up!! It’s like if Kate Bush got in a fight with a sythesizer!! Look out!”

James Blake

“One of my favorite things this year. DUDE is soulful… Ray Charles through auto tune!”

Portugal. The Man

“They are the *%^&… Period!”

TV on the Radio

“More than a filling (the name of me and Dave‘s cookbook)!! Ha. The songs I’ve heard from the new record are Epic!!!”


“Mental!! I wanna take ecstasy and rave like I’m 17! BUT I don’t take ecstasy.. But I’ll rave!!!!”

There are a whopping 2,000 or so acts performing at South By Southwest in Austin this year. A few are household names (Duran Duran, Erykah Badu, The Strokes), some are respected indie veterans (Low, Hieroglyphics) and others feel like they’re about to be the next big thing. We’ve asked a diverse group of 2011 SXSW artists to name acts in the lineup they’d love to see. We’re hoping this ongoing series will serve as not just a guide to the fest, but also an interesting snapshot of today’s music scene.

Thanks to Chrysler and Samsung for sponsoring our SXSW coverage.


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