Drum ‘n’ Bass Revelation: Venbee’s Memorable Daytime Performance at SXSW Thoughts+Photos: Venbee for British Music Embassy During SXSW 2/18/23
AUSTIN, TEXAS- The British Music Embassy’s showcase at SXSW presented me with a unique encounter, that of the drum ‘n’ bass artist, Venbee. Set against a clear blue sky and caressed by the warm Austin breeze, her energetic performance enthralled both the audience and myself, a first-time observer, with a symphony of vibrant sounds and insightful lyrics.
The al fresco ambiance added a distinct dimension to Venbee’s music, a dynamic cocktail of pulsating drum ‘n’ bass rhythms interwoven with deeply personal storytelling. The open-air setting served as a canvas for the raw honesty that seeped from her melodies, composed from archived voice notes and nocturnal musings, captivating every attendee. Her infectious rhythms reverberated through the open air, finding synergy with the rhythmic heartbeats of her captivated audience. She engaged with us, her authenticity and vibrant spirit pervading the outdoor space and resonating with every individual.
It’s noteworthy to mention that Venbee has amassed quite a following on the social media platform, TikTok. Despite the pitfalls associated with achieving fame on such platforms, she radiated tenacity through her music and commanding stage presence. Her performance transcended beyond a mere musical act; it was a shared experience of her resilience, reflected in each beat and musical note. Her rap lyric, “No one’s gonna mess with a girl who breaks all of the rules,” sent an electric chill down my spine. This young woman was in full command and ready to take on the world.
Witnessing Venbee’s midday performance for the first time left a lasting impression on me. Her unique sound, compelling narrative, playful sense of humor, and her remarkable perseverance, all contributed to painting a vivid portrait of her as a force to be reckoned with in the new wave of British drum ‘n’ bass. Her performance on the British Music Embassy stage was more than just a musical gig—it was a profound testament to the transformative power of music as a cathartic release and unifying force.