Swish
Gig Seeker Pro

Swish

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Band Hip Hop Rock

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

Sep
28
Swish @ TVJ - Smile Jamaica

Kingston, None, Jamaica

Kingston, None, Jamaica

Sep
14
Swish @ Kings Court Hotel

Kingston, None, Jamaica

Kingston, None, Jamaica

Aug
07
Swish @ Victoria House Southampton Row London WC1B 4DA

London, England, United Kingdom

London, England, United Kingdom

This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos

Music

Press


After graduation, many students have some idea of how they want their career to take off. Jonathan Whitfield, a 2006 USM graduate from Clinton, Miss., found his niche in music while at Southern Miss, and he now exhibits that as his daily lifestyle. Whitfield, also known by his stage name "Swish," is now an up-and-coming vocalist who just released his first EP album.

Swish moved to Los Angeles, upon graduation, and he began to work with the artists like Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics), Mike Bradford (who produced Kid Rock's first album), fellow Mississippian Glen Ballard, and Bishop Lamont of Dr. Dre's Aftermath, among others.

In 2004, Swish attended a home basketball game, and he was one of two students selected out of the crowd to compete in a free throw competition during half time. Whoever won the free throw shoot out received free tuition, and luckily that recipient was Swish. He purchased all of his musical equipment with that reward. In 2006, Swish produced many mixed tapes to jump-start his career. It was not until the beginning of 2008 that he moved to Los Angeles, where he slept on the floor in his cousin's house. Besides trying to dive into the music industry, Swish also took acting classes. He originally wanted to go to New York, but his cousins who are from Los Angeles suggested that he move out there to promote music.

"After a year of flirting with the idea to move, I finally made the decision, and from there on out, it was a slow progression," Swish said.

Entering as a freshman at Southern Miss, Swish's major was athletic training, but he soon discovered that field was not where he needed to be. He graduated with a degree in software engineering.

Luigi Zaninelli, who is a professor in music at Southern Miss, was very instrumental in the decisions that Swish made that led him to where he is today. Swish explained how he took music theory classes under Zaninelli and said Zaninelli had "such a brilliant mind."

"He inspired me to look at my whole future, and I took another class, and that made my inspiration grow even more," Swish said. "He was so encouraging, and he wanted me to become the best artist that I could be."

"He was gentle and a little shy, but he would share with me his deep reactions to the issues I raised in class," Zaninelli said. "He was intelligent and sensitive, and I'm delighted that he is successful now."

Swish enjoyed his core classes for software engineering, but when he got into his music classes, he knew he'd found his passion.

"When I was in my basic classes, I would write different lyrics," Swish said.

Swish is especially aware of the lack of opportunities for Mississippi natives, and many aren't encouraged to pursue their dreams.

"Because you are from Mississippi, your struggle will be a little bit harder, and you will automatically have to work harder," Swish said.

Swish's album, "Invincible," has five songs. One of the tracks, "Almost Home," describes what it is like to be from Mississippi, and how we have to have our own support system as compared to everywhere else in the world. With all of the strikes that Mississippians have against them, they have to hang in there and stay strong to realize their potential, he said.

"If you have a dream, you can definitely achieve it," Swish said. "What I do is hard; you have to throw yourself out there, and you have to jump."

No physical copies of his album have been released, but it can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, and any other online music-sharing company.

Swish was recently in London where he shot his music video. He filmed on one of the most famous streets called Brick Lane, and he performed along side Dave Stewart, Anna Marie Calhoun (who played for the score of "Inception" and "Sherlock Holmes") and Nadirah X at an event called "Conspiracy for Good Itself." Over 2,000 people attended. Swish has also recently worked in Jamaica where he has been working with a few artists, and he had a performance on television which was broadcast to over one million people.

Swish ultimately wants the public to absorb, love and listen to his music.

"I put a lot of my emotions and feelings in my music," Swish said. "I think that I am a really passionate person, and people in Mississippi are skeptical, and I really care a lot about what I do."

Swish has an established artist page on Facebook, and Twitter as well under the name Officialswish. - Student Printz


Here comes the EP “Invincible” by Swish – brand new release of a new star out of the network of artists that brought us the fabulous tow albums “Ink” by Nadirah X and “Deathless Dance” by Ann Marie Calhoun lately and are all somehow connected with Dave Stewart.

The self-produced and self-written EP comes with 5 songs:

1. Alone (feat.J-Sol)
2. Switch It Up
3. Invincible
4. Almost Home
5. Nights Like This

Including guest appearances by: Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mike Bradford, Nadirah X and Ann Marie Calhoun amonst others!

And the cover photo was taken by noone else than Dave Stewart himself!

“Invincible” by Swish is available from Amazon USA – get it!

Still not convinced? Let me quote from the press text about his way so far in the music world:

“Having already produced tour intros with video support seen by over one million fans in Europe with Anna Vissi and having worked with legends and peers alike in music such as Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Mike Bradford, Nadirah X, and Bishop Lamont, this Mississippi-bred rapper/producer is nothing like his predecessors. Recently, Swish has been seen performing everywhere from London’s famed Victoria House to television programs in Kingston, Jamaica.”

“Invincible” by Swish is available from Amazon UK – get it!

“He got that heat…..His music should be playing on movies. It’s tough!!!” – Grammy Award Winning Producer 9th Wonder.

“Invincible” by Swish is available from Amazon Germany – get it!

BTW, did I forget to mention that Swish is the lucky guy married to Nadirah X? :)

Go, get the “Invincible” EP now – also available from iTunes! - Ethrill.net


Discography

Invincible EP......available on iTunes now.

1. Alone
2. Switch It Up(currently receiving radio play on Worldcast Radio)
3. Invincible
4. Almost Home
5. Nights Like This(currently receiving radio play on Tuesday Crush Live with DJ Demo)

Others:

Nadirah X - Ink - Judas Blood(produced and co-wrote)
Bishop Lamont - Shawshank Redemption/Angola 3 - Anything(Co-Produced)
Swish and Andy Livingston - Tippa Irie's UK Flu Vol. 2 - Cry Blood
Andy Livingston - Jamdung(soon to be released)

Voice of the Crooked Mixtape Vol. 1

1. Intro
2. Beginning of the End
3. Bad News
4. Mr. Me Too Freestyle
5. Grind Out
6. DJ King Cane Speaks
7. Goodbye
8. Did You Wrong
9. Read B/W The Lines
10. Underdog
11. Wrapped Up
12. I Know you heard of that Freestyle
13. Heat Freestyle
14. Swisha Speaks
15. Haters
16. Move For me
17. My Name is Dash Freestyle
18. Christina Milian feat. Swish- Say I(remix)
19. Neyo Feat Swish-So Sick(remix)
20. Spring Training
21. Cake Freestyle

Photos

Bio

Mississippi born and bred, Swish is the product of tough streets and strong family roots. He stands at the nexus of unbridled creativity and a blue collar sensibility that celebrates hard work and the common man.

From his teenage years to today, Swish has eagerly consumed music in large quantities and a variety of styles. The self-described "rapper's rapper" was born to a pianist father and a mother whose work ethic knows no bounds and both were instilled into him at a young age. He was taught the sounds of the Baroque, Romantic, and Classical periods as well as Gospel, Jazz, Soul, and Blues. Growing up Swish was influenced by artists such as Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk, and composers such as Rachmaninoff, leaving no genres untouched. In the arrangements of his production style you can clearly hear these musical influences. In his lyrics you can hear a strong foundation that sees the ills of society as an opportunity to reach a higher calling.

Having already produced tour intros with video support seen by over one million fans in Europe with Anna Vissi and having worked with legends and peers alike in music such as Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Mike Bradford, Nadirah X, and Bishop Lamont, this Mississippi-bred rapper/producer is nothing like his predecessors. Recently, Swish has been seen performing everywhere from London’s famed Victoria House to television programs in Kingston, Jamaica but it's not his resume that provokes curiosity, it is his music. His ideas transcend popular music and translate into material that can only be described as great and timeless. In his delivery, you can hear his hunger, pain, passion, and intelligence. In his lyrics, you can hear truth. In his production you can hear his aspirations and ambitions which provide more than enough insight into the character of the artist that is Swish.

"He got that heat.....His music should be playing on movies. It's tough!!!" - Grammy Award Winning Producer 9th Wonder.

Recent Accomplishments:
• Session Work for Mick Jagger
• Produced Intro Tracks For Anna
Vissi Summer and Winter
‘Fabulous’ Tours 2009
• Appeared in 2 Intro Sequences For
Anna Vissi 2009 Tours for total
audiences of over 1 million
Internationally
• Produced and performed on
tracks for multiple artists
• Appeared as Actor in Nadirah
X’s “Under the Rainbow” Music
video

Upcoming Projects:
• Digital Release “Invincible” EP
in October 2010
• US and International Promotional Tour for
“Invincible” 2011
• Release of Music Video for "Alone" 2010
• Full Album planned for 2011
• Planned collaborations with
artists: Anna Vissi, Nadirah X, Dave Stewart, J Sol, Andy
Livingston, Bishop Lamont, & Soulfège and
Producers: Glen Ballard, Pat
Leonard, Mike Bradford