Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler to discuss music economy at SXSW 2015

Musicians will join Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman at panel event

Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler have been scheduled to talk about music economy with Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman at this year’s South By Southwest festival.

The panel discussion will be about “the celebrity economy in music” and will question how artists are to make a living in the future. It will also include Berger Management’s Nicky Berger, Nielsen’s Tatiana Simonian, and Grantland’s Rembert Browne.

The event will take place on March 19 at 12.30pm at the Austin Convention Center.

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler recently published a mash-up of Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’ and Beck’s ‘Loser’ after tweeting about the state of the music industry post The Grammys. “There’s lots of problems with modern music, but the problems aren’t Beyoncé, Kanye, or Beck,” Butler wrote.

Meanwhile, Will Butler’s solo debut ‘Policy’ is due to be released March 16 via Merge Records. “The singer-songwriter said the decision to go solo was a result of being asked to finish the score for Spike Jonze’s film Her, after his brother Win and his wife Régine Chassagne – who were originally scoring the film – announced they were having a baby. “[Solo work] was kind of forced on me; I feel like my name was suddenly out there,” he said.

Last week, NME announced the acts set to play its evening showcase at SXSW 2015. Girl Band, Happyness and Hinds are set to play the event, which takes place on March 21 at The British Music Embassy/Latitude 30.