Austin Band Does SXSW Online After 2020 Spot Canceled

AUSTIN, Texas – Trying to succeed as a new band is hard enough when you’re working in the live music capital of the world. A global pandemic made things even more difficult for the band Nané.

“We have been doing this for a little more than two years,” said singer Daniel Sahad. “It was technically a little over two years ago, but since COVID takes one of those years, it’s a little different now.”

Before the virus did everything differently, Nané had success herself. The group quickly began to rise in the Austin scene with their unique indie soul sound, influenced by artists such as Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes and Jack White.

The opening for local artists like Sir Woman and The Black Pumas resulted in a spot on SXSW 2020, but COVID-19 had other plans.

“We had six showcases that are really big for us,” said Sahad. “But you know – we adapt, we get them back.”

The band members spent their time keeping that momentum going during the pandemic, constantly releasing singles in anticipation of their self-titled debut album.

Her performance of the single “Blue Velvet” was entered for the NPR Tiny Desk Concert competition and was recognized by Howard himself.

The band is also working on a short film describing their time as an up and coming band trying to thrive amid a pandemic.

If they were busy they could secure a spot on SXSW Online 2021 and showcase their talents to a global audience.

“We stayed focused on our purpose and the purpose is to share the music,” said Sahad. “We are honored to do this and to help people have fun.”

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