Produced by the Emmy Winning collective themselves and coming on the heels off their new EP, Muse Project, “All The Vibes” is another great and infectious track that blends all of their members distinctive influences to perfection, hitting some of the bars placed by some of the greatest and most iconic supergroups in the music scene as its the case of Digital Underground and A Tribe Called Quest.
Swim Team is a creative collective made up of artists, writers and producers – they have been behind the scenes for 10yrs as writing and production collaborators for artist such as Wacka Flocka, Eric Bellinger, Rockie Fresh and more. Most recently, they executive produced Brian Fresco’s album Love Scars, which saw features from Chance the Rapper, Twista, Vic Mensa, and BJ the Chicago Kid. Additionally, the team handles music curation for brands and networks such as MTV, Desus & Mero, Red Bull, Reebok and more. The team has secured over 150 placements with artists and in sync campaigns.
The Muse Project features Chicago rapper and Save Money member Brian Fresco, Grammy-award winning writer/poet J. Ivey, Houston rapper Fat Tony, emerging artist Simone Bisous and more. The project is an ode to the muses who inspire the music, and the team has hired all female creatives for the artwork, music videos, merch design etc. They just released a video for “Crash” – directed by Mass Appeal’s Raquel Marvez – which has accumulated more than 30K streams in the last few days.
In addition to our premiere, we got to sit with the band to talk about their latest single, new music and more!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All The Vibes”?
Yes “All the Vibes” is the third single of our upcoming EP the Muse Project. We write and produce our own records and All The Vibes is the second record on the project. It’s a very fitting second track to set the pace for the project following the intro
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The project is called “Muse Project” because it’s an ode to the muses that inspire the music. We didn’t want to be disingenuous to the concept so we worked with all female creatives to collaborate on the project from videographers, photographers, art direction merch, PR, etc. All The Vibes plays to the project’s direction as the subject matter is inspired by actual interactions and situations, but our production makes it a light-hearted bop.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We have some video ideas for this one but we’re really excited to get the project out and see which songs people are reacting to before we plan more shoots. I will say there is a strong chance “All The Vibes” will make the cut for some type of visual piece of content.
The single comes off your new album Muse Project – what’s the story behind the title?
As stated earlier, the project is called “Muse Project” because it’s an ode to the muses that inspire the music. That wasn’t the intention, but as we are song writers and producers, we make dozens of songs every week and this collection of songs had a vibe that complimented each other. Half way through the creation of the project, the direction was made clear and we started to intentionally create records to fill out the project.
How was the recording and writing process?
We’ve been working on this project for a few years now, but timing is everything. The project was recorded between Swim Team studios in downtown Chicago, in LA at Space 2813 and in NYC at the Brewery studio. It was a really enjoyable process – listening to the project, thinking about where each record was recorded, and the stories behind those sessions is really inspiring to reflect on.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
It would be very convenient if we could take a different approach but our writing and production style is very authentic. Sometimes that’s why it’s hard to part with certain records because they are a little too personal or specific. We love putting out our own music but what keeps the lights on is writing and producing for others so the lines are blurred as far as the approach. We just try to make bops. When we work with an artist, it is our goal to make sure that song is the artists favorite song in their catalog whether or its their most commercially successful record.
How do you balance all your influences together?
It’s very easy because we play off each other. We’re all inspired by each other and have similar taste…but our difference and strengths make a perfect balance to be able to work with any artist and provide a music solution for anything thrown our way, ranging across genres to our work in TV, film, and advertising.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The inspiration comes from our real lives. It’s all very real. We encourage everyone to come have a night out with the Swim Team or come to a Swim Team event. The vibes are always great and we’re blessed to be able to get back that energy wherever we go. We just tell stories but the real skill is being able to do that within the context of a song. Our songs are like a night out with us.
Any plans to hit the road?
We play a lot of shows in the markets where we frequent. Before the end of the year you can catch us in NYC, LA, Chicago, Toronto, and London. We’ll see about what the universe has in store for us in 2019.
What else is happening next in Swim Team’s world?
In addition to writing and producing our own projects, we write and produce for other artists. We have the Muse Project coming up at the end of this month, followed by a solo JDP project, then we wrote and produced an album for an LA based singer Luna Kareem.
We have another Swim Team project planned for February. We have a record out with Brian Fresco called “Bottles” that’s on the radio right now. Keeping busy. Blessed for all these opportunities. We do a lot of work in licensing and music supervision as well having over 150 placements and TV shows, films and commercials. Coming up we just did a big global Heineken campaign, Coca Cola, various Viacom shows, video games.. It’s actually a lot more than I realized as I answer this question but stay tuned. We’re coming from multiple angles and trying to set ourselves up to be around for a while. Next year we’ll be able to talk about some big projects we’re working on with some major artists, but too soon to speak now. Appreciate the opportunity to chop it up with VENTS. Hopefully next time we wrap, you guys can see our growth as all the things start to develop and roll out.