Austin’s South By Southwest Festival hosts some of the biggest, baddest, and most exclusive parties in North America each year, but if you attended the 2014 edition of the fest, there was one gig you definitely couldn’t get into–unless you happen to have four legs and a thick coat of fur.
Everyone’s favorite bass music sweetheart Ryan Hemsworth put on a show exclusively for dogs during SXSW last month, dubbed SXSWoof. The event was conceived to raise awareness for the city’s Austin Pets Alive dog shelter, which seeks to reduce Austin’s already exceptionally low pet euthanasia rates to zero. Hemsworth claims it was the only gig he was interested in playing at SXSW this year, adding, “I definitely prefer playing for dogs than humans. They seem much more into it.”
In other Ryan-related news, the intrepid young DJ released his first mix of 2014, dubbed COOL DJ MIX. According to “Ryan” in the introduction, the mix was inspired by “life, death, rap music, Japan, being a cool DJ, kissing, [and] cuddling”, among many other things. It also serves as a convenient way of informing fans about his European tour, which kicks off April 17 in Belgium.
Hemsworth’s COOL DJ MIX is available to download for free on Zippyshare; you can find the track list on SoundCloud. Check out the full list of tour dates below, and peep the video of Ryan’s SXSWoof set below that:
April 17 | VK | Brussels
April 18 | Tivoli | Utrecht
April 19 | La Cannibale @ Tunnel | Milan
April 23 | Sneaky Pete’s | Edinburgh
April 24 | Broadcast | Glasgow
April 25 | Lakota | Bristol
April 26 | Cafe Leopold | Vienna
April 30 | Free Your Funk @ Le YoYo | Paris
May 2 | Audio | Brighton
May 3 | Oslo | London