What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
Jonny Swift is a Cumbrian-based musical artist who, since 2020 has released three albums via independent label Seahouse Records (Dalton Daze, 2020, Story of Luna, 2021 & Kalimera 2023)
Jonny has received support from his music via various radio stations including BBC 6music (Steve Lamacq), BBC Introducing and local community radio CandoFM as well as international radio stations in the U.S. & Canada.
Live wise – Jonny has supported the likes of Finley Quaye and Wendy James (Transvision Vamp), as well as playing on festival bills alongside the likes of The Coral, Everything Everything and Elvana.
Beginning in the Covid pandemic, Jonny has also been raising funds for Barrow Foodbank via a voluntary community/music-based project called ‘Bags of Love’ which has currently raised £6,000 through Bandcamp albums and live events
What made you go into music?
To be honest, I have been involved in music all my life / since I was a child as I grew up in musical family. I played in a carnival band until I was a teenager when I got into guitar music and from then on I have played in bands.
Who are your influences?
Musical influences range, I have quite an eclectic taste. From 90s pop to more experimental music – I like to think my own music reflects this. My two favourite bands are The Fall and The Beatles.
Are you a signed?
I am technically, yes but only to a small, local independent label Seahouse Records.
You are set to release your new single ‘Pigsty’, tell us more about the single and the meaning behind the song.
‘Pigsty’ tells the story of the domestic struggles of cleanliness. In particular, the lyrics narrate the relationship that Jonny has with his long-suffering partner Allison, who thinks ‘the tiniest things are a mess’ and believes that the house is always a ‘Pigsty’ (it’s not). The promo video also shows Allison tidying up after Jonny and getting frustrated!
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing and recording process like?
Writing was very quick / instant. Most of my best songs are written this way.
Recording process was also improvised and developed in the studio. Very quick process also.
Who did you work with on the single?
Pigsty was recorded, produced and mastered by Matt Kassell at Digital Man Recording Studios, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, Spring 2023. I perform all the instruments on the track.
Will we see a music video for ‘Pigsty’, and if so what can we expect from the creative process like?
Yes there is a promo video for Pigsty filmed in Jonnys house! The video was very fun to do.
Can we expect an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it.
There will be an album out later in 2023 – the tracks will be slightly different from Pigsty. Less punky and aggressive, but still full of pop hooks.
Do you have any live shows coming up?
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Just doing the same thing! Writing, recording and releasing my own music to the world.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“fuck it, that will do”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Guitar, Tuner, Capo, Plectrum, Setlist!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
All links on my LinkTree