Fernando Perdomo Posits the Idea of a South by Southeast

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Fernando Perdomo is a familiar name in South Florida music. Recently, New Times' Lee Zimmerman wrote about the musician's desire to alter the perception of music in South Florida. 

Perdomo has come up with an idea to do just that. He's working on creating a South by Southeast, an idea taken from the huge Austin music festival, South by Southwest, that took place just days ago. He's been to SXSW three times, but he believes we need one here. It's necessary, he believes, to expose all kinds of music to those in South Florida and the music we make here to industry people. 

"Miami's such a party town that sometimes bands don't get to play their music for the party crowd," he says. "The bands that are more successful are louder. They drown out the party crowd. Softer bands suffer." The industry, he believes, is currently exploring our area only for Latin, electronic, and hip-hop acts. He sees party as primary and music as secondary. Genres that are underrepresented are singer/songwriters, independent jazz, world music, and bands that are more pop, less indie. 

"I want to attract people that love live music," he says. He thinks venues down here cater to DJs and Latin funk. "I don't think there's much diversity. I want to showcase all of the great types of music being made in South Florida." He also wants to get our music out into the world. 

"I want this to be almost a nonprofit," taking the money raised to bring national acts and industry people to South Florida. "I want to bring people out to see local acts down here so that they can fall in love with them." His keyword here is hometown heroes. He wants to show the world the "untapped goldmine of music." 

The first year, he plans to have a smaller festival centered around a street with bars, like off of Broward Boulevard, with Revolution as the mainstage and other venues like the Poorhouse involved as well. 

He sees that many talented musicians are moving because they feel like their careers are stagnant here. This might just keep people here and build a thriving scene. He remembers Miami Rocks, a similar type festival in 1990 and '91 that gave rise to the Mavericks, Marilyn Manson, and Nuclear Valdez. 

"I'm the idea person. I'm just a musician who's been on the scene for more than 15 years, and I've seen so much talent get overlooked that should be huge right now, and I want that to change." In order for it to change, he thinks one musician from South Florida needs to be able to rise above the rest and point back to the scene that bred him. 


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Guest
Guest

I want so badly to believe that what Fernando Perdomo says comes from his love of the local music scene. But I can't hep but feel that he is tooting his own horn. All he ever does is whine and complain about things because they arent what HE particularly likes. Theres more to a music scene than just what ONE PERSON likes. And we know he doesn't do anything that does not in some way benefit himself. We can't blame him for that, after all, thats what it takes to make it. I just hate seeing him singularly pointed out as the local music cheerleader or some kind of local music saint when there are so many other people who do just as much, if not more than he's ever done. Of course, These people don't post bitchy whiney statuses on facebook to get attention because they are too busy DOING things and making things happen, instead of wishing.

SXSE? Really? How original. Way to paint south florida in a negative light from the get-go of this oh-so-unique idea. The idea has been discussed by probably every single musician in Miami since...woodstock. This is nothing new. What is new, however, Is the politics behind it since it is obviously self-serving for Mr. Perdomo and his Foreward Motions Record Label. How much do you want to bet every single one of his artists will be performing this little shindig? And how many of them do you think will feature special guest Fernando Perdomo?And of course it will cater to the singer-songwriter genre and what he ironically calls "POP", which comes from the word POPULAR. If his music was POP, we wouldn't be having this discussion as he'd be happily performing alongside POP superstars Katy Pery and Lady Gaga. Face it- He might be a good guitar player, but his music is aimed towards OLD people. There's nothing fresh or innovative about him. In fact, He is so against where music is today that his label should be called BACKWARDS Motions.

I recall Fernando complaining about people talking over the music and dj's drowning him out. So what he really expects is to have a Music Festival with people sitting, legs and arms crossed in complete silence. I'm not saying the genre is boring, it's great for coffee shops or art shows. But if you want people to pay attention in a BAR, you gotta have some pizzaz. Something worth watching. Especially if you are trying to book a show with Rock acts.Now, Imagine a "music festival" where people are quiet and watching musicians play sappy emotional songs about broken hearts. GOOD TIMES! YEAH! Thats how I want to spend my saturday night! Sorry, but I see this festival being a flop. You can't force feed the music you like to people. Either they like it or they dont. So stop trying to point your finger at every thing you think is wrong. Just do what you do and if people like it, they like it. if they dont, they dont.

Ronnie305
Ronnie305

it might work if, you know, all the music he was involved in didn't suck...

Greasy Linoleum
Greasy Linoleum

As a musician from Florida, I do respect this dude's tenacity but cannot understand why he feels entitled to success. We have an incredible music scene in this state, especially in the three southeastern counties. But unfortunately not everyone, or even most or even a fraction, will be lucky enough to pay their bills with their tunes. This isn't a bad thing at all. It's reality. Play music because you love it, nothing else. 

Mistere
Mistere

I'm pretty sure SXSW would never let you use that name, they have established it and you are just borrowing on their good idea. Nothing original here. You can keep cheerleading, brown nosing, begging the industry, but the industry is not what it once was. There is a reason why your band isn't signed and I believe fortherecord has mentioned that already.

Reuben Bonilla
Reuben Bonilla

I believe South Florida is finally ready to get back to putting on great Rock shows for the masses. For too long the Rock scene has been pushed aside for Hip Hop, Pop, and Electronic music. The CADILLAC CREEPS are 100% behind this idea and would love to be a part of bringing the music back to Florida.www.cadillaccreeps.com

Fernando Perdomo
Fernando Perdomo

I like your passion Fortherecord. I agree with a lot of the things you said. I would not be the only one picking the bands.. and the headliners would be national acts so that the people that have never seen a local band will come out and sample all we have to give them while he waits for Dawes, Rooney or Spoon to play.. that is the caliber of artists I would want to headline the fest.. 

fortherecord
fortherecord

If the festival happens, who would choose the acts? Miami is full of acts that merit a spot at this festival. Would Perdomo's band Dreaming In Stereo headline? Would all Forward Motion artist have first dibs? I understand the argument that Miami is known more for being a party town than being a town for live music, however, I'm a true believer that the people should decide if you're good enough! Let the people vote!

You can't force people to like your band or your music. If people are speaking during your performances, like they do during many unknown acts performances, maybe it just means they don't deem it good enough to listen to. People will listen if you're good. If they connect.

I have personally been to venues where Dreaming In Stereo has performed and although there are some beautiful melodies and great songs, Perdomo is no Brad Pitt and at certain venues the music is not appropriate for the crowd. It is coffee house music, they are not a Top 40 act where masses of people sing along to their songs. 

Perdomo however is a dreamer and like many other dreamers his ideas and visions sometimes blur reality. In respect to his idea, Perdomo is a local innovator, and a SXSE would indeed be a step in the right direction for our city. He will be surely be remembered as someone who broke barriers and was a pioneer for live music within South Florida.

It will surely take an act to break out of our city and make it big and later speak up about the masses of talent and open the minds of the world to a much bigger picture than just dance music, latin and hip hop bands.I just hope Fernando Perdomo doesn't think he is that person.

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

I hope he does. If you look at the success of Ultra, it seems clear a SXSW-type event would do well here. 

DowntownDana
DowntownDana

Hey I would like to help out with planning thus event! Just got back from SXSW myself... Find me on Twitter @DowntownDana

Guest
Guest

This is another reason why you need a lot of input from outside your inner circle if you are serious about putting this thing together. Spoon would be a great draw here -- but Dawes and Rooney would not be. I wish you all the success in putting this together but please, PLEASE, make sure you consult a wide range of people involved in the South Florida music scene to put this together. Not doing so was one big mistake that MMF made.

Robert Elias
Robert Elias

Fernando, I believe in your idea and I agree with fortherecord that you will one day be remembered for having the balls to speak your mind and talk about the issues within music that nobody else is talking about locally.

SXSE would be brilliant if it stood for the same things that Fernando speaks about all the time... the expansion and growth of live music venues, media coverage of more than just dance music conventions, a rise in popularity for local acts and of course to change the belief that Miami is solely a party town.

You have my support!

PP
PP

But what if Miami really is only a party town? Seems like the city and venues could care less about this local music cause. Partying tourists and locals generate a lot of money and Miami is a pretty seedy town that embraces and supports that culture. As long as money is being made they don't care how. Seems that unless private enterprise becomes a sponsor or champion of this, it will be a difficult idea to get off the ground, especially with the flop that was MMF.

Guest
Guest

Yes, we agree on that completely! I guess my point was that a lot of the reason MMF was a flop because it wasn't put together by people who understand anything about the local climate, your points included.

PP
PP

I didn't say anything about outsiders. I said private enterprise. Are there no individuals in south Florida who could help fund it? You assume I meant outsiders? Interesting. I just said that MMF was a flop. I was not suggesting the use of similar resources used by them. I was saying that MMF may have left a bad taste in the proverbial mouth of many locals making a pitch for something similar, difficult. That's all.

Guest
Guest

 Don't forget that MMF was largely put together and funded by OUTSIDERS who thought they could come in and tell us how to do things, basically. A truly homegrown festival put together by people who really understand the area's musical landscape might fare better.

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