IAA: What is your music background?
DJ SWIFT: My musical background starts back when I started playing the drums at about nine- years old. Having an ear for music I taught myself how to play and became really good. My passion for playing the drums later developed into beat making. I started making beats and it quickly became something I enjoyed to do. Once I began making beats I began to start searching for artists to record on my tracks. The search for artists soon lead to producing and engineering for artists. I found artists that I thought could rap or sing over my beats, and knowing how I wanted it to sound I began to record them. That later developed into my obsession for mixing, recording, and artist development. Being constantly surrounded by music, and artists, instrumentals, and more also lead to me becoming a DJ. I love the way music makes people feel and the way it makes people dance so on the side I began to DJ. It was an outlet for me to play new music that I was recording and give artists chances to perform. I began to use deejaying and recording as my way into the music world.
IAA: What inspired you to pursue music?
DJ SWIFT: My inspiration for music definitely came from my mother and her side of the family. My mother is a singer and she has a soprano tone. Growing up, I often heard my mother and her three sisters singing together in church and family events. My grandfather and my older cousins all could sing as well. One of the most influential people that gave me my passion to pursue music was my older brother. He is a rapper and had such a unique sound and powerful message behind his music. I had already been into recording and other things growing up, but as I got older my focus shifted towards him. He bought his first digital mixing board, microphone, and studio monitors, when I was about 15 years old. He wanted to record but had no one to really do it. I read the manual for the mixing board, learned it, and began recording my brother. From there I became obsessed with mixing songs, recording; I didn’t want to do anything else. I went off to school I recorded people out of my dorm room, and later in my apartment on campus. I had the best sound and equipment around. My brother gave me the green light to really pursue music.
IAA: What are your songs about?
DJ SWIFT: I grew up listening to the oldies, the classics. I listened to some of the originators of hip-hop, R&B, and soul. All these songs had a message, it made you think, it made you move, it made you believe in something. So the kind of music I like to create is the kind of music that has a lot of emotion, a lot of feeling, as well as positive messages. I look for and enjoy working with artists that are individuals, unique, and lyrical.
IAA: Do you write your own music?
DJ SWIFT: When it comes to writing I like to define myself as a finisher or a hook slinger. When I work with artists I tend to come up with hooks and help finish unfinished bars. I haven’t gotten into song writing too much yet.
IAA: Who are your musical influences? Who are you currently listening to?
DJ SWIFT: My musical influences on the DJ side have to be DJ Jazzy Jeff. My rap influences are Tupac, Biggie, Jay-z and Nas. As a DJ, I listen to all sorts of music on a regular basis. If I have to say what music is currently on my iPod, it would be artists that I have worked with. I also have the classic music from the artists I stated are my musical influences.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people ?
DJ SWIFT: The type of music I’m interested in producing or developing is a lyrical artist. I want to work with someone who believes they have a voice, a message, and the desire to express it through music. My instrumentals as well as the producers I work with all create music with a lot of feeling. They create the type of music that an artist can just unload on. My musical niche as a producer, manager, DJ, or even engineer is to find songs that build up, music with melodies, with strings, and strong keys.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on
DJ SWIFT: Current project I will be starting is producing and managing a young talent from London, she goes by the name of Hush B. Her musical influences are Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey. Her tone and style of singing matches those unique singers. What drew me to her is her unique voice.I plan to begin to work with a band from the Philadelphia area that goes by the name The Burgeoning. They are a young indie rock band. ·
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
DJ SWIFT: Contact: