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INTERVIEW: Swindy

Hi Randall, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Randall Swindy: Hi! Thank you! I have been super busy, as are we all. Life couldn’t be better. Everything just keeps getting better. Time seems to be speeding up. I feel like I’m in the middle of a garden and plants are sprouting and growing everywhere. I am one of them.

Tell us more about who Swindy is and how the band came about.

Randall Swindy: I am Swindy, I stole that nickname from my uncle Mark. It is our last name modified. All of the music is music that I presented to my band Ensphere. It was music that the rest of the band was not sure if they wanted to play. I was so eager to get this new music out there. And I wanted to do it through my band, but I realized that that was not going to be the path of least resistance. I decided to start a solo project, I named it after myself because I could not think of anything else at the time. I just wanted to play live, and I didn’t care how. I decided to use my laptop to play backing tracks and I would play guitar and sing live. Almost immediately I got the interest of friends and started bringing in live musicians to perform with me. The next thing you know Swindy is getting asked to play all these shows, and jump on the bill as the opening act for a bunch of awesome bands. The whole thing has just kind of snowballed over the last year. It’s been about one year since I started this project. And in that time it has evil greatly, now it is a band, and we are conceptualizing the next step of evolution.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical projects?

Randall Swindy: No, this is not a departure from previous musical projects. This is intended more as an evolution. The idea is to use this project and draw from the resources of the previous bands, as well as include material from the other bands into this project and beyond. In life, I find it is better to keep the old legacy alive and use it as a foundation for the new. Then it is to just cut yourself down time and time again and try and regrow from scratch.

How is it the same/different?

Randall Swindy: It is the same in the sense that this band Swindy, Will play songs from other bands I have been in. It is different in the sense that Swindy has developed a system for the life setup that allows musicians to come and go fairly easily and quickly. And the music itself is a lot more poppy and focuses more on electronic sounds. I love the idea of using backing tracks. My other bands have been more of a purist approach.

Do you have any plans for bringing any of your projects together or are you planning on keeping them separate? 

Randall Swindell: We are trying to think of a way to bring all of our projects together as one. It has been some interesting conceptualizing. Rebranding is a thought, merging music under one umbrella is something we are exploring. We look to the model that bands like massive attack headset. Where it is kind of a flow of different musicians who work together under one house.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Reflection?”

Randall Swindell: This is a longer and slower song. It is reflective. It is about the process of moving on in a relationship. But it examines the struggles that people can feel when they want to return to an unhealthy relationship. It’s about knowing you need to escape, but wanting to go back anyway. It’s about not wanting to let go of love. It’s about mistaking abuse for love. It’s about letting go and moving on. It’s about healing, going through pain in order to heal

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

Randall Swindell: This song emerged from diary entries. It was me thinking out loud, singing my thoughts, putting melodies to my feelings while I dealt with a breakup. I think that keeping a journal is very important. In writing your thoughts out every day is a fantastic habit. What ends up happening to me as I read my own diary entries and then singing them into my own words, and repeating things into melodies. The next thing you know I’m feeling inspired to continue creating a song. And all of a sudden or melodies start pouring in.

Who did you work with on producing the video and where was it filmed?

Randall Swindell: The song was recorded with Matt Good at GOOD SOUND STUDIOS In Tempe, Arizona. This video was produced by originating design production and photography. It was directed by Isabel Uzcategui and filmed by Nathan Tyler. It was one of their first pro videos and I am super stoked to have worked with them.

Any plans to release a video for any more of the tracks off your EP?

Randall Swindell: We plan on releasing a video with every single track we release now. We are in an era where visual literacy is a thing. And rather than focusing on releasing an entire record all at once these days. We are focusing on just releasing one single at a time. And every single will have a music video with it. That is our plan. We are currently conceptualizing three or four videos right now

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the record after the band?

Randall Swindell: This five-song collection is just an introduction to Swindy. Self-titled is logical at this time. We just want to keep it simple. If only the record will begin the process of how are conceptual naming. We have a lot of ideas. It’s just always good to start simple

How was the recording and writing process?

Randall Swindell: The recording process was fantastic! Matt Good is an incredible producer. The song was already written. I wrote it nearly 2 years before recording it. When I brought it to Matt, he took it and made it his own a little bit. I brought in Serena Rose, and Michael Ludovici from Ensphere to record bass and guitar. Jonathan Russell recorded backing vocals, and we tracked mixed and mastered the entire song all in one day. It came out nearly flawless. And I am super proud of it.

What role does Tucson play in your writing?

Randall Swindy: Tucson is a cool kind of underground city. It has a small city culture, but kind of a large city vibe as well. There is this underdog feel to the city like people here need to work harder to trying to get noticed. There is a historical feel here, you can still run your hand along the walls and tell that they were built over 100 years ago.

The music scene in Tucson is very versatile and is actually pretty fertile. There is a lot of cool art and bands coming out of Tucson. A lot of it has this underground And unique feeling to it. Tucson is a rather authentic city, and there is a certain kind of culture down here. It really caters to the arts. There’s just something in the air. Something creative. I’m not the only one who feels that way

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Randall Swindell: Oddly, inspiration comes to me in the most random of moments, usually it’s when I’m working, and can’t get to my music gear. I am done humming these maladies, and singing these lyrics in my head while I am in the middle of some task. I have taken to recording voice memos on my iPhone in order to capture my ideas. I sit down at home in front of my computer and read listen to my voice memos. And translate those ideas into midi and melody, and start the creative process when I can. I am constantly taking voice memos. Especially when driving. Inspiration comes to me in moments when cannot come out naturally. It’s kind of weird. It’s like one of those lighting a cigarette at the bus stops things. Capturing ideas is a delicate and tricky process.

Any plans to hit the road?

Randall Swindell: Yes. We definitely plan on touring. We are just looking at a multitude of ways to go about hitting the road. We play around in the state of Arizona currently. We all come from bands have toward in the past, we still tour with other bands currently when Swindy starting out of state come on we want to do it right. Have done plenty touring on my own, and I know what kind of shows I want to play, and what kind of shows I don’t want to play. We are trying to snipe out some larger scale shows. Even if they’re just one-offs. We are seeking festivals. And we really want to tour and open for some of our favorite bands who are traveling right now, like Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots, Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Tool, and Nine Inch Nails.

What else is happening next in Swindy’s world?

Randall Swindell: We will be going into production mode. We are establishing an updated production schedule. We are writing new music, we are Setting updates to record with new producers. We are experimenting with music videos and new photography. We are all artists, and we are always creating. Right now we are hibernating from live shows. And we are generating new stuff! It feels really good.

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