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SXSW 2017 Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Mazda Studio at Empire

Rick Ross, Mastodon, Vagabon, TEKLIFE, Diet Cig, Saba, Lil Yachty, and many more from SPIN's home base at SXSW

From heavyweights Rick Ross and Mastodon to shining new artists like Vagabon and Diet Cig, the Mazda Studio at Empire was a hotbed of activity for the best and brightest at SXSW 2017. Presented by SPIN along with our friends at VIBE and Stereogum, we hosted nine stacked showcases throughout the week. Here’s a candid look at some of the highlights behind the scenes captured by our photographers Erik Voake, Wilson Lee, and Tino Tran.

Mazda at Empire Mural
Guests lining up in front of Mazda Studio at Empire's mural schedule CREDIT: Tino Tran
Sofi Tukker
Sofi Tukker's Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern behind the venue before their set CREDIT: Erik Voake
Sofi Tukker
Side stage view of Sofi Tukker's inspired set CREDIT: Erik Voake
The Drums
Jonathan Pierce of the Drums flaunts his new kicks CREDIT: Erik Voake
Lil Yachty
Backstage with Lil Yachty in the Empire green room CREDIT: Wilson Lee
Hurray for the Riff Raff's Caitlin Gray
Hurray for the Riff Raff's Caitlin Gray gets ready to take the stage CREDIT: Erik Voake
Julie Byrne
Julie Byrne warming up after her 27-hour driving adventure from NYC to Austin CREDIT: Erik Voake
Mothers
Mothers hanging in backstage alley after their set CREDIT: Erik Voake
Sleigh Bells
The view from the pit during Sleigh Bells' riveting closing set for Stereogum CREDIT: Erik Voake
Sleigh Bells
Backstage with Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss
Tkay Maidza
Tkay Maidza visits the Artist Lounge
Hand Habits
Hand Habits from behind the Empire stage CREDIT: Erik Voake
Girlpool
Girlpool taking in Hand Habits' afternoon performance from the photo pit CREDIT: Erik Voake
The New Pornographers
Side stage view of the New Pornographers CREDIT: Erik Voake
Empire
Guests line up for SPIN's Wednesday evening showcase CREDIT: Erik Voake
TEKLIFE's DJ Spinn and DJ Taye
TEKLIFE's DJ Spinn and DJ Taye kept the parties rocking all week CREDIT: Erik Voake
Hippo Campus
Hippo Campus backstage after they had fans swooning for their performance CREDIT: Erik Voake
Allison Crutchfield
Backstage with Allison Crutchfield and her Fizz mate CREDIT: Erik Voake
DJ Esco
DJ Esco leaps into photo pit for SPIN's Wednesday night showcase CREDIT: Erik Voake
Japanese Breakfast
Peace from Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner CREDIT: Erik Voake
Danny Brown
Danny Brown's headlining set for SPIN from the photo pit CREDIT: Erik Voake
Rick Ross
The Boss arriving at Mazda Studio at Empire CREDIT: Wilson Lee
Rick Ross and Yo Gotti
Yo Gotti greets Rick Ross backstage at Empire CREDIT: Wilson Lee
Backstage at VIBE's Epic showcase
Jidenna, Kent Jones and others hang backstage during VIBE's Epic showcase CREDIT: Wilson Lee
Wale and Rick Ross
Rick Ross gets a special visit from Wale CREDIT: Erik Voake
Mazda Studio at Night
The Mazda Studio at Empire lights up at night CREDIT: Erik Voake
Diet Cig
Diet Cig's Alex Luciano take a quick catnap on stage before their enthralling afternoon set for SPIN's closing day CREDIT: Erik Voake
Diet Cig
Backstage with Diet Cig's Alex Luciano CREDIT: Erik Voake
Vagabon
Backstage with Lætitia Tamko (a.k.a. Vagabon) CREDIT: Erik Voake
Vagabon
Vagabon left Texas with many new fans CREDIT: Erik Voake
Saba
Side stage post-performance with Saba CREDIT: Erik Voake
Mazda Studio at Empire Artist & VIP Lounge
The scene in the Mazda Studio Artist & VIP Lounge CREDIT: Erik Voake
Zipper Club's Lissy Trullie
Zipper Club's Lissy Trullie preps for their Friday night DJ set CREDIT: Erik Voake
The Regrettes
The Regrettes' Lydia Night preparing to rock CREDIT: Erik Voake
Potty Mouth
Potty Mouth's sticker collection CREDIT: Erik Voake
Show Me the Body
Show Me the Body after their Friday night closing performance CREDIT: Wilson Lee
Mastodon
Mastodon lounging in the Empire green room CREDIT: Wilson Lee