Sims caravans down to Austin Saturday

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It’s not every day that Minneapolis music staples find themselves performing in Austin. But that’s exactly the point of the 8th Annual Caravan du Nord show Saturday, which works to bring artists to areas where they might be just out of locals’ radars.

Sims, a rapper with the rap collective Doomtree, and Mark Wheat from The Current will road trip down with up-and-coming R&B artist Mina Moore to the Paramount Theatre as part of the music showcase. Local artist CMJ is opening.

Sims spoke to 507 about his latest music and what all to expect from the upcoming show in Austin.

Your latest release is called Artería Verité. Where did the name for that project come from?

It’s Spanish and French. The title is the idea of hyper-realistic study of connection between people. We used arteries as sort of a vascular connection, like everything is one body. And this record is sort of like Don Carpenter-inspired music from the wasteland of next week’s dystopia – the near-distant future. It could be said it’s pre-post-apocalyptic.


Has your relationship changed at all with any of the songs on the record from production to today?

Oh yeah, my relationship with every single one of my songs changes. I love every song, and then I’ll hate most of them. And then I find them years later and I forgive myself for writing it. And then I turn to love it again. Every piece of art I’ve ever made is like that – it’s a fluid situation, and it’s sort of a half-truth [he said laughing]. It’s too close right now to its creation for me to hate it yet. I will certainly, but I love it. It was such a fun, I don’t know, sort of a diversion to what I’ve been doing and it’s so creative. I love the Air Credits guys’ approach to making music, and we just had a great time. It was sort of writing a movie as opposed to making a rap album. It’s all about people and connections, but it’s so fictionalized that it was fun pulling it out of me. As opposed to real personal details, I can mask it a bit more and make them allegorical – It was great to totally play.

Moving into a show in a smaller town, what would you suggest as listening material for people who might not know all of your stuff?

Aah, yeah – I like "Brutal Dance," "Gosper Island," "Flash Paper," and maybe "OneHundred" or "Sims Jong Il" would round that list out. That sort of spans the seriousness and the playfulness and inspirational "rah-rah" crap that I make.

Why is it even important to bring these kinds of shows to cities like Austin?

A lot of kids come out because they don’t get to leave Austin, and them then being exposed to great music is very important. To me, personally, it was life-altering when great music entered my life. It really did change everything for me and shaped the direction of every decision I made from there. It’s very rare that Minneapolis music gets to come down to Austin, so Austin should come out and celebrate that that’s happening and keep it going for everyone. People should expect energy and fun and really thoughtful music that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Just come out, support local music and keep local music shows happening in Austin.

Music Industry Social Hour – Meet artists, DJs and local music supporters, hosted by The Current's Mark Wheat


Where:Dusty's Bar & Lounge, 422 Main St. N., Austin

When:5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27


SIMS + Mina Moore, local artist CMJ,  an all-ages show featuring a dynamic mix of rap, R&B and pop

Where:Paramount Theatre, 125 4th Ave. NE, Austin

When:7:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27



Arteria Verite album cover

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