After passing 10 days of the South and Southwest (SXWS) show, while most of the employees were focusing on the keynote speech with President Barak Obama, suddenly, this heartbreaking news was confirmed by Roland Swenson who is another co-founder of SXWS that Louis Jay Meyers has passed away on Friday morning because of a heart attack.
Additionally, Meyers was not only the co-founder of SXWS but also the former director of the North American Folk Music and Dance. He was born in 1955, within his lifetime he has a huge bundle of contribution on music.
Originally, the South and Southwest based on music but now has separate tracks committed to innovation and film.
Since 1987 to 1994 Meyers associated with the SXWS and after then sold out his stake in the festival and went to pension, but he always had a passion for music rather than focused on spectacle and it is the only reason that why he sold his share. Meyers shared his last festival experience with Pitch Music in 2013 saying “That year, there were 640 acts, and my goal was to scale that back to around 500.” Also added that Now, of course, there’s 2,300 official acts. And what you lose by having that many acts is quality. You can’t prescreen all that talent efficiently and put it out in a way where the industry can digest it. And so I felt that the continued expansion of South By was — I don’t want to say greedy but find a nice way to say greedy.”
Still stricken with music, Meyers was a chief of both the Louisiana Music New Orleans Pride gathering and Austin Music Network TV station before beginning a 9 years stretch as the official executive of the International Folk Alliance. In spite of the fact that he had a specific adoration for society music, his perspective of what people music wasn’t confined to music made amid a specific time period, or with particular instruments.
Giving a specification of Folk music he told that “…In my world, every single day marks a new day of traditional music,” and also said “The Beatles — they fit every criteria of traditional music. Anywhere you go, everybody can sing Beatles songs. You can sit down anywhere on the planet and play a Bob Marley song and people will know the words. That’s tradition. To me, that’s folk.”