Hot off the release of the new official music video for “Reflection” Randall Swindell of Swindy took the time to answer a few questions of ours and here’s what he had to say! We want to thank Randall for taking the time to speak with us and we encourage all our viewers to go check out Swindy, you will not be disappointed!
Ryan: What inspired your sound you try to bring out in your music?
Randall: I grew up listening to bands like Nirvana, 9 inch nails, tool, a perfect Circle, my bloody valentine, the offspring, and Massive Attack. It wasn’t until about 2012 and on that I started to realize the strength found in pop music. I started listening to Britney Spears, Kesha, Lady gaga, I started learning about their producers. I fell in love with pop. And I started to make pop music on my laptop. But I could not keep the dark alternative rock roots out of my sound, so it’s pop with industrial and alternative rock roots. I’ve described it as Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana and Tool, Sharing a hotel room with Britney Spears, Kesha, and Lady Gaga.
Ryan: What song of yours hits you in your soul the most?
Randall: I begin is a very authentic song, it comes from a grieving period in my life where I am processing my emotions and recalibrating them for the future. It’s a song that is about the process of transitioning from a great loss to a profound gain in life. To be honest with you I wrote it after my band Ensphere broke up in 2012. I felt great loss when my band Took a cardiac arrest. And I had a hard time holding onto it all by myself. I begin is about sprouting from a great new seed in the fertilizer of your old shit. (metaphorically speaking of course) the song is about holding onto your source of love even in times of despair.
Ryan: What are your tour plans for 2018?
Randall: There are a few specific festivals that we are targeting. Our live set up is all dialed in for festival stages. That is where our scope is focused.
Ryan: Who is the biggest supporter of this passion of yours?
Randall: My family has always been extremely supportive of me and my music career. They know who I am and how I dreamt when I was young, they know what I am made of, and they know the kind of determination that I have. My father has always kindled my creative passionate side. And my wife is also extremely supportive and excited with me. My brother has also been extremely supportive of me. I feel as though my family would do whatever it takes to help me succeed. And that’s a very good feeling. It took me a long time to realize how powerful my family really has been for me. I always wanted to be independent and free from a young age, so I moved out as soon as I could. Looking back and continuing forward my family has always supported me. And it is their positive reinforcement that nurtures my ability to dream big and go for it.
Ryan: What’s the key to your success and drive to create music?
Randall: For me as I see it their are many keys working together to create success. It’s about Setting up a system in life that functions to keep you going as an artist or a musician. There is a system in the music industry, and it works. It’s almost like automating your Music life/career. It’s extremely difficult, and it needs to be sustainable somehow. For me it took a long time to understand the system, and figure out how to establish myself in it. Long term thinking is key. The key to staying relevant, and success has been dialing in my system. a network, an organism, an ecosystem that plugs into the art and music industry. The more connections the more options. The more I take music seriously as a business in this industry the more sustainable it becomes. Work the system. Work the system.
Ryan: Who has been your favorite artist or band you’ve shared the stage with so far?
Randall: I have really liked playing with September Mourning. I also liked playing with PowerMan 5000. I got to give a shout out to Otep as well, they were a very influential band on me when I was in high school, and I love their message. I would absolutely love to share the stage with Meg Myers, or Massive Attack!!!
Ryan: What are a few hobbies you have away from the stage and mic?
Randall: When I’m not on stage as a performer, I also enjoy working stages as a technician. Large-scale productions are a lot of fun. I got started in the entertainment industry when I joined Flam Chen a pyrotechnic theater company, when I was about 17 years old. I learned how to eat fire, walk on stilts, perform as an aerialist, I learned different styles of body paint, dance and costuming, and stagecraft. Executing large-scale stage affects with helium balloons and Pyro cannons. As well as being introduced to the underground circus culture which was pretty cool and exciting. While I was in high school I took myself seriously as a painter, and I painted many paintings. I still have all of my artwork today, and I still like to draw and write. Although it has been a long time since I have picked up the paint brush and painted a picture. Painting is actually one of my deepest roots as an artist and I will always be a very, very visual person.
Ryan: We heard you like to eat fire? What is that all about?
Randall: To be honest, I don’t really eat fire anymore. But I went through a period of time in my late teens and early 20s where I was a circus performer in a cool underground pyrotechnic theater company based here in Tucson. Flam Chen. I traveled a lot with them, and did many performances. We also used to do this awesome effect with helium balloons where we would fly a person from 20 weather balloons filled with helium.
Ryan: What was your first job?
Randall: My first job was busing tables at a restaurant. I also served tables at a few different restaurants as well.
Ryan: Do pineapples belong on pizza?
Randall: Hell yes pineapples belong on pizza, Hawaiian pizza is my favorite. I like pineapples a lot, I also love coconut a lot. I am one of those adventurous eaters and pineapples on pizza ain’t no thing for me. That’s just standard business.
Ryan: If Jurassic Park was a real place would you visit?
Randall: Yes, if Jurassic Park was a real place, and I had the opportunity to visit, I definitely would. That would be incredible! Absolutely incredible.