news from swang
-We won!!! Thanks to your incredible show of support, "Air I Breathe" - the critically acclaimed hit single by Jason Gill (produced by Swang for RSP Experiment) - received the Independent Music Award in the Vox Pop Love Song category! We couldn't be more excited to share this honor with you as well as the musicians and engineers who participated. Click the links below to read the full press release, watch Jason's acceptance speech and check out the music video for "Air I Breathe." And don't forget: stay home; stay safe!
-We hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe! It was nice to receive the good news that Jason Gill's "Air I Breathe" is nominated in the Love Song category in this year's Independent Music Awards! Thanks to everyone who voted to get us this far, and now we need your help once again. Click the link below to vote for Jason, and hopefully we can take home the win this June. Just register your email, scroll to the Love Song category and cast your vote!
-Stay home, and check out the official RSP Experiment YouTube playlist! Featuring music K Sloan, Gene Taylor, Jason Gill and Victoria Fearn - all produced, arranged and mixed by Swang. Be sure to look out for a few surprises also included!
-Amber Walls is the title of the debut EP by singer/songwriter Victoria Rose Fearn. All of the songs were written by 20-year-old Victoria and produced by Swang for RSP Experiment. The EP was recorded to 2 inch tape at Mighty Toad Studio in the summer and fall of 2019. Featuring sweet vocals, introspective lyrics, soaring strings and inspirational melodies, this EP is a musical labor of love designed to touch your heart and soul. Enjoy...
-A BIG week for the Experiment! The music video for Victoria Rose Fearn's debut release, "Giddy," is taking off on YouTube! Check it out below. Like what you hear? Her EP - entitled "Amber Walls" - drops in a few short weeks. "Giddy" was written by Victoria and features (in addition to her soaring vocals) Swang on guitar, ukelele, drums, bass and keys. Craig Dreyer and Victoria added some funky handclaps too!
-For an alternate Valentine's vibe, Jason Gill's new release is entitled "Wild Hearts." The throwback rocker - written by Jason - features the phenomenal Habbert Cheeks III on drums, Jason on guitar and vocals with Swang handling bass, keys and a bit of extra guitar goodness. Click the single cover photo below to listen.
Both of these analog candy treats were produced, arranged and mixed by Swang for RSP Experiment. #analogishuman
"Giddy" music video by Victoria Rose Fearn. Produced by Swang for RSP Experiment.
-Happy New Year! In celebration, Gene Taylor has followed up his hit single "Think It Over" with another banger! "Still Hangin' On" was written by Gene and produced and arranged by Swang for RSP Experiment. Recorded to tape by Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad Studio and mixed by Swang at RSP-NYC, the track features Andy Bauer on drums, Doug Hinrichs on congas, Swang on keys and guitar with Gene handling all the vocals.
Keep hangin' on for more music in 2020! #analogishuman
-More new music for you this fall. Check out the debut single by singer-songwriter Gene Taylor. "Think It Over" was written by Gene and produced by Swang for RSP Experiment. Recorded to tape by Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad Studio in Brooklyn, the track features Gene on vocals and acoustic with Swang handling drums, synths, piano, clavinet, talkbox and electric guitar. Mixed by Swang at RSP-NYC.
Gene's next single will be released in January 2020. Meantime, think this over...
-Fall is here, and the time is right...for new music! Jason Gill's new single, "'Round & 'Round" is now available everywhere! Produced by Swang for RSP Experiment, this one is a funky burner with one of Jason's catchiest melodies and most striking lyrics yet. Speaking of Jason Gill, two of Jason's previous Swang-produced releases are eligible for nomination in this year's Independent Music Awards. We hope that you'll click the link below, register and vote for our hero, Jason!
Stay with us for more analog-spiced soul to keep you warm this winter!
-Just when you thought summer 2019 was winding down, K Sloan, Swang and Aldi are taking you back! Aldi's latest ad campaign features K's Swang-produced single, "Take Me Back to Summertime." We would like to thank the good folks at Aldi UK for being fans of great new independent music! Could new music from K Sloan be coming soon from RSP Experiment? Hmm...
Check out the ads!
"Take Me Back to Summertime" - from the Independent Music Award Nominated EP "Blank Pages" - can be heard here:
-After a short break, we are back with some exciting news! WE WON!!! Thanks to you, Jason Gill's "Favorite Drug" picked up the Fan Favorite Funk/Fusion/Jam Award at this year's Independent Music Awards! We love and appreciate each and every one of you for your continued support of Jason, Swang and RSP Experiment. Your votes do indeed count!
Here's a photo of Jason on the red carpet with his cool award! Congrats, J.!
-"Air I Breathe" - the new single by Jason Gill is now available. Written by Jason and produced by Swang for RSP Experiment, the song features performances by Lou Clark (drums), Frederika Krier and Tomoko Omura (violins), Yumi Oshima (viola), Jillian Blythe (cello), Ekaterina Mamysheva (additional vocal), Jason Gill (acoustic guitar, percussion, lead and backing vocals) and Swang (synths, percussion, electric, nylon and bass guitars). "Air I Breathe" was recorded in March at Mighty Toad Studio by Craig Dreyer. Mixed by Swang at RSP-NYC. Mastered by Jonathan Jetter at Right Angle Recording.
We worked extra hard on this one and think it shows. We hope you enjoy it enough to share with your music loving family and friends everywhere. Thanks so much for your support! The Experiment continues...
-May 18th is the release date for "Air I Breathe" - the next single by singer/songwriter Jason Gill. The song - produced and arranged by Swang for RSP Experiment - can be summed up in one word: EPIC! Featuring an exotic female vocal accompaniment, pumping drums, emotive acoustic guitars and soaring strings, the end results are truly cinematic and inspired a heart-wrenching vocal performance by Jason. He believes it may be his best work to date, but what do you think? You can let us know when it drops everywhere in a few weeks!
The Experiment continues this summer!
-UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR JASON GILL'S "FAVORITE DRUG" AS YOUR FAN FAVORITE AND BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE OF YOUR OWN! CLICK THIS LINK, REGISTER AND VOTE FOR US!
-So excited to announce that Jason Gill's single - "Favorite Drug" - is nominated in the Funk/Fusion/Jam Song category at this year's Independent Music Awards! The ceremony takes place June 22nd in New York City, and Jason and Swang will be in attendance for all the festivities. This could not have happened without the support and love we continue to receive from all you music lovers out there.Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Of course, thank you also to everyone at the IMAs for recognizing the efforts of the indie music community. We appreciate you, and congratulate all the nominees! Here's to you...
-Spring has sprung! New Swang-produced releases from Gene Taylor, Jason Gill and singing/songwriting sensation Glorio are on the way. But that's not all! In a few months, Swang hits the studio to begin production on new projects from Victoria Fearn, Amira B and others we can't quite announce yet! In between, Swang continues delivering the funk to the 4 corners of world with The Family Stone. Check the link below for tour dates!
The experiment continues with your loyal support. Keep it locked here for more tape-recorded sweetness lovingly produced by Swang! #AnalogIsHuman
-Happy New Year! Check out the official lyric video for Jason Gill's new single! The disco-fueled throwback - entitled 'Pedestal' - was released on January 19th in solidarity with the annual Women's March for Equal Rights. Produced by Swang for RSP Experiment, the song is now available through streaming and download services worldwide. The lyric video also serves as the unofficial launch of RSP-TV on YouTube. Be sure to click the 'Subscribe' button as there is much more exclusive YouTube content to come.
-Happy Holidays! In a show of solidarity with the annual Women's March for Equal Rights, Jason Gill's controversial new single will be released on January 19th, 2019 - the date of the march. The disco-charged throwback - entitled 'Pedestal' - was written by Jason himself, and produced, arranged and mixed by Swang for RSP Experiment. 'Pedestal' features Habbert Cheeks III on drums; Chris Vega on bass; Layla Davias and Ida Metsberg on backing vocals; Swang on piano, synths and percussion; and Jason on guitar, lead and backing vocals. Also featuring the dazzling string section of Audrey Defreytas Hayes, Frederika Krier, Yumi Oshima and Alexandra Jones playing Swang's own arrangement. While this one is guaranteed to raise some eyebrows and debates, Jason and Swang just believe it's a great one to march to. :-)
More analog goodness to come in 2019. Merry Happy to all!
-BIG NEWS!!! Three of Jason Gill's single releases are up for nomination in this year's Independent Music Awards...and with your help we'll get those nominations! All you have to do is click the link below, register by email and cast your votes. Simple as that!
The Swang-produced songs up for nominations are: "Favorite Drug" (which is nominated in 2 categories so vote for that one twice), "Fools" and "Never Gonna Part."
We worked hard to bring you some sweet analog goodness this year, and we so appreciate you listening to and sharing the music. Let's keep it going into 2019 and beyond. Thanks for your votes! #RSPExperiment4Life
-"Smoke and Mirrors" is the title of the newly released single by Jason Gill. This midtempo soul stirrer features Lou Clark on drums, Shareef Clayton on trumpet, Jason himself on lead guitar and vocals and Swang on bass, rhythm guitar, synths, keys and percussion. Produced and arranged by Swang for RSP Experiment.
The single is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Pandora and everywhere you hear great music. Click the link below to listen and download "Smoke and Mirrors." Thanks as always for your love and support. The Experiment continues...
-Coming soon to a YouTube channel near you...
-Update! RSP Experiment is happy to announce that CC Eve's "Better Off Alone" has been released. Click the link below to listen and download. Produced by Andy Bauer and Swang. The summer of RSP Experiment continues! Enjoy, everybody...
-The date has been set! Soul-stirring singer and songwriter CC Eve will release her inspiring new single to all platforms on August 15th! "Better Off Alone" - an anthem of personal triumph - was written by CC herself and produced by Andy Bauer and Swang. In addition to CC's soaring vocals, the uptempo track features guitarist Binky Griptite formerly of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings; bassist Nikhil Yerawadekar of the supergroup Antibalas with Andy on drums and percussion and Swang on keys.
CC Eve's full-length EP, to be released in the autumn, is a tour de force of gorgeous melodies, soulful harmonies and infectious grooves. Another labor of love brought to you by RSP Experiment...with more to come!
-Just in time for your summer throwdown, Jason Gill is back with a new RSP Experiment! "Never Gonna Part" features Jason himself on guitar and vocals with horns arranged by Swang and performed by Ravi Best (Kool & the Gang) and Joel Cruz (Days of Wild). Vocalist phenom Jason Murden lends backing vocals as well with Swang tackling Linn Drum programming, percussion, Rhodes, synths and production. Shout outs to Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad Studio and Jonathan Jetter at Right Angle Recording.
We're just warming up this summer, folks. So stay tuned for more analog goodness in the coming weeks. Enjoy!!!
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-2018 may be half over, but The Experiment is just getting started! "Better Off Alone" - the first single from the forthcoming EP by the amazing CC Eve - will be released in a few weeks. Both the song and the EP were co-produced by Swang and Andy Bauer (Twin Shadow) and feature an all-star lineup of musicians rumbling underneath CC's soaring vocal harmonies.
Also dropping in a few weeks will be the debut single by soul-stirring singer/songwriter Gene Taylor. "Think It Over" will have you singing along surely and bumpin' to the beat indubitably!
Can't leave out the incredible Jason Gill whose next single, "Never Gonna Part," is guaranteed to be your BBQ jam this July!
Both Jason's and Gene's singles are produced by Swang for RSP Experiment.
Don't forget! Swang is on tour with The Family Stone all summer as well. The itinerary includes some UK dates as well as a trek across the US. Come funk with us when we come to your town.
It means a lot to RSP Experiment to feel the love and support of our music-loving followers. Keep it locked here all summer for all the love we intend to toss back at ya! Analog lives!
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-New music from Jason Gill is now available! The new single "Fools" was produced by Swang for RSP Experiment. Click the link to listen and download. Enjoy!
-Big weekend coming up! This Saturday, March 31st, the Independent Music Awards ceremony takes place at Lincoln Center. K Sloan's Blank Pages (produced by Swang for RSP Experiment) is nominated in the Urban EP category. Keep your fingers crossed for us! That's not all though. Sunday, April 1st sees the release of the latest from Jason Gill. The single "Fools" (produced by Swang) is now available for pre-order on ITunes, Amazon and Google Play. Head to the link below to reserve that good analog juice from RSP Experiment!
-Is it an April Fools Day prank, or isn't it? April 1st sees the release of the next analog-sweetened tape-recorded hit by the one and only Jason Gill. The timely-titled new single "Fools" was produced, arranged and mixed by Swang for RSP Experiment. Featuring Lou Clark on drums, Rob Collazo on bass with Jason and Swang on guitars, we know you're gonna feel this one! Preview below:
-March has started with a bang! The Family Stone kicked off their 2018 tour with 2 shows aboard the Celebrity Summit's Flower Power Cruise! It was great to meet and greet fans, celebs and staff. Swang was welcomed with open arms. Good times! Now it's back to NYC to continue work on some exciting projects. CC Eve's EP is ready for mixing, and Jason Gill's next release is prepped for mastering. End of the month, Swang and K Sloan head to the Independent Music Awards ceremony at Lincoln Center. Say your prayers and cross your fingers as K's EP Blank Pages is up for an award in the Urban EP category! Lots to do before the Family Stone heads to Panama City Beach, Florida for this year's Seabreeze Jazz Fest on April 20th. Back to work we go. Ok, bye!!!
-Your patience has been rewarded. All you funk junkies can get your fix now! Jason Gill's new single - a banger entitled "Favorite Drug" - has just dropped. Proudly produced by Swang for RSP Experiment, we dare you to sit still while listening. Click here to stream "Favorite Drug" on Spotify. It's also available on Bandcamp, Apple Music, I-Tunes, Google Play, Amazon, Tidal or wherever you hear good music. Don't forget to visit www.jasongillmusic.com. We love ya, Jason!
-Big news! It's official. The Blank Pages EP by the amazing K Sloan and produced by Swang for RSP Experiment is nominated in the Urban EP category at this year's The Independent Music Awards. Thank you to everyone supported us, listened to and shared the music. Special thank you to all of the 20 musicians and vocalists who participated in creating the EP. The Independent Music Awards ceremony takes place March 31st at Lincoln Center. Wish us luck!
-New Year, New Music! "Favorite Drug" - the new single from singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Gill drops February 15th! Produced by Swang for RSP Experiment, this bumpin' track features the amazing Colin Taylor on drums, Craig Dreyer on sax, Dave Smith on trumpet with Swang on synths, percussion and 2nd guitar alongside Jason himself. Recorded to 2 inch tape last summer at Mighty Toad Studio, Brooklyn USA! We've been chomping at the bit to release this one so make sure you cue it up next Thursday! And of course, there is more analog goodness to come!
-The first annual RSP Experiment Artist Showcase at the Bitter End was a tremendous success! Thanks to all of our performers - Gene Taylor, CC Eve, K Sloan and the Melodics and Jason Gill - and all who attended for your support and love. There will be more events in the future. In the meantime, K Sloan's Blank Pages EP is available everywhere now. Jason Gill's single drops in February with Gene Taylor's debut single hitting a week later. CC Eve's EP (co-produced by Andy Bauer) heads your way 1st quarter 2018.
All of these amazing musical experiences are proudly produced by Swang for RSP Experiment. Keep it locked here for updates on our upcoming projects. Happy Holidays!
-Reminder: the first annual RSP Experiment artist showcase happens this Wednesday, December 6th at the legendary Bitter End. Special guests and suprises will join Gene Taylor, CC Eve, K Sloan & The Melodics and Jason Gill for a history making night of music. Tell your friends, families and fellow music lovers we're looking forward to seeing them!
-The first annual RSP Experiment artist showcase will take place Wednesday, December 6th at the legendary Bitter End. Hosted by Swang, the evening will feature performances by our roster of talented artists: Gene Taylor, CC Eve, K Sloan & the Melodics and Jason Gill. With special guests and a dazzling all-star jam, this promises to be a musical night not-to-be-missed. See you there!
-The Family Stone's brand new website featuring Swang went live this week. Check it out by clicking the link below. The band's 50th anniversary tour continues with stops in Florida and Arizona in the coming weeks. Tour dates will be added to this website soon as well as more pics and videos. Stay tuned!
-In between tour dates with The Family Stone, Swang is working on some awesome new projects in the studio. Along with the amazing Andy Bauer, Swang is co-producing the upcoming EP by the phenomenal CC Eve! But that's not all! Singer/songwriter Gene Taylor has announced his crowd-funding campaign for his own Swang-produced EP. Click the link below to contribute!
More details on these and other RSP Experiments will be posted soon. Stay tuned and funky!
-The incredible news is out! Swang has happily accepted an invitation to join the legendary Family Stone as their lead singer and keyboardist. Anyone who knows Swang knows how important the music of Sly and the Family Stone is to him. To be asked to travel the world playing this phenomenal catalog of songs with musicians who helped create it is a dream come true. The Family Stone is on the road now, and tour dates can be found at the link below. More dates will be added in the coming weeks so catch Swang with the Family Stone when they come to your town!
-"Take Me Back to Summertime", K Sloan's hit single produced by Swang, is featured in the massive new Lee Cooper Autumn Winter 2017 ad campaign. Big love to Hummingbird Music UK for making it happen. "Take Me Back" is the 2nd single from the Blank Pages EP which is available on Spotify, I-Tunes, Amazon, Google Play, CD Baby and wherever you listen to great music. If you haven't already heard it, check it out today (link below)! Meantime, here's a video of the Lee Cooper advertisement. Enjoy!!!
-Earlier this year, Swang had the pleasure of being invited to participate in a live-in-studio session with the mighty Token Johnson at Triple Colossal Studios in Hoboken, NJ. Led by drummer-for-the-stars Dylan Wissing, this collective is made up of some of the best session players on the planet. The full-length performance (our take on the Stevie Wonder classic "Superstition") will be posted soon. Meantime, enjoy a sneak peek!
-UPDATE: The full-length performance has been posted! Click the video page link to enjoy the fun(k)!
-More great news! "Motown Baby", K Sloan's infectious tribute to the musical force of her home city of Detroit, is also eligible for a nomination at this year's Independent Music Awards. This is the 2nd tune from the Swang-produced EP Blank Pages to qualify for the honor.
Make sure you and your music-loving friends head to the link below to cast your vote for both tunes! Thank you all so much for supporting RSP Experiment.
Click here to vote for "Motown Baby" and "This Is Love":
-If you enjoyed the Blank Pages EP by K Sloan, here's your chance to show some love. Her song, "This Is Love", is up for a nomination at this year's Independent Music Awards. Click the link, scroll to the bottom and register to vote for it. You can also listen to the song there. Thanks for your support, friends!
-Jason Gill and Swang are back in Craig Dreyer's Mighty Toad Studio in Brooklyn working on new music for Jason's upcoming release. Pics, music samples and maybe even a behind-the-scenes video will be posted soon. Stay tuned!
-Did you miss the live interview on The Upper Room with Joe Kelley last week? If so, fear not! Joe's chat with Swang and K Sloan is now available to stream or download at http://www.upperroomwithjoekelley.com/
Thanks again to Joe, The Upper Room and WVOF 88.5 FM Fairfield University Radio for having us! And don't forget to tune into the Upper Room every Monday night 6PM - 8PM EST.
-Shout out to Soultracks for their glowing review of the Swang-produced Blank Pages by K Sloan. Check out their review here:
-It's here! At long last, Blank Pages, the new EP by the incomparable singer-songwriter K Sloan, is released. The EP, produced, arranged and mixed by Swang for RSP Experiment, was recorded over the course of 8 months. The sessions were recorded to tape at Mighty Toad Studio in Brooklyn, NY with the awesome Craig Dreyer engineering. Additional overdubs and mixing took place at RSP-NYC. A total of 20 outstanding musicians and vocalists participated in the recording with Swang himself playing drums, percussion, bass, keys and guitar on the majority of the tracks. K and Swang wish to thank all of their friends, followers, families and fans for their tireless support for this labor of love.
Download or stream Blank Pages at Spotify, Amazon, I-Tunes, Tidal, Soundcloud or wherever you hear great music. CD Baby link is below! Thank you all for supporting RSP Experiment!
-Swang and his compatriots, The Speakeasies, continue their residency every Monday night as hosts of Open Mic Night at Prohibition. For over 20 years, Prohibition has been the Upper West Side hotspot for live music! Think you've got what it takes to rock the stage? Come out and share your musical gifts! Singers, songwriters, musicians, rappers and poets are welcome. Sign up starts at 8 pm; showtime is 9. See you next (and every) Monday! :-)
-"Take Me Back to Summertime", the retro Motown shuffle and the 2nd single from K Sloan's forthcoming Blank Pages EP, debuts this month! The song (produced by Swang) has already grabbed the attention of Rookie Magazine whose readers are giving it an emphatic thumbs-up! The full-length Blank Pages EP - also produced by Swang - drops in April. Big love to the folks at Rookie for their inspired write-up! Click the link, y'all!
-Swang is currently in the studio with singer-songwriter Jason Gill. So far, two Swang-produced tracks have been completed with more to come. Check out the music page to hear some super-hot snippets! Jason's project will be ready for release later this year. Stay tuned!
Happy New Year everybody! Hope it was a happy and safe one. Exciting news: "Stay", the first single from K Sloan's upcoming EP Blank Pages, debuts on Afropunk this week! The single - a 60s soul throwback replete with lush harp, strings and vocals atop a funky rhythm track - was produced and arranged by Swang. A big thank you to the folks at Afropunk for showing love! Check out "Stay" by clicking the link: