Swift Technique: Concert Review+ Exclusive Interview with Band

What happens if you add soul, funk and an explosion? Easy, you get Swift Technique. This intergalactic funk band not only has been around for five years, but has been touring relentlessly across the U.S.


This six piece band ( consisting of Jake, Andy, Rich, Greg, Fisch, and Brian)hails from the musically rich city of Philadelphia and their predilection for funk, brass, jazz and hip hop could easily translate to a memorable live performance.

Swift Technique brings an electric energy and party style atmosphere on and even off stage. Although the group draws from eclectic experiences, their genre is uniquely Philly-styled.  At the corner stone of Swift Technique’s career, they’ve even had the honor of directly supporting the following bands: Wu-Tang Clan, Keri Hilson, Kermit Ruffins, Questlove of the Roots, Wale, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mr. Lif & The Fela! Band.

Unlike most up-and-coming bands, Swift Technique has successfully transformed themselves  from a Live Hip-Hop group to a straight up, old school Funk Ensemble.

In fact, the band has successfully headlined the following venues:Brooklyn Bowl, Double Door (Chicago), Sullivan Hall (NYC), The Middle East (Boston), The World Cafe Live (Philly), 8X10 (Baltimore), The Rock & Roll Hotel (DC) & Nectar’s (Burlington, VT).

Best of Baltimore Blog was fortunate enough to have an exclusive interview with the band in addendum with seeing one of their live shows at the infamous 8×10 club by Fells Point in Baltimore.

Concert Review

If you like classy but funky tunes, then Swift Technique is for you. It’s not for people heavily absorbed in auto tune or into vapid pop tunes. This six member band plays six different types of instruments without breaking a sweat.

Each melodic song massaged with brass chords,  expedited with synchronized choruses and stringed together with jocular antics naturally extols this band as one of a kind.

Almost everyone who attended the 8×10 club broke out into dance, and wouldn’t stop. The intergalactic jazzy funk tunes, positive chemistry effusion from the band, and the overall laid-back ambiance from the crowd espoused a memorable night.

It’s a hard feat to do and an accolade few bands could ever achieve. Swift Technique is one of the best indie funk bands to ever cross Baltimore’s threshold.

Obviously, this brass funk hip hop band will render more concert goers speechless once they leave the DMV area and tour more across the U.S!

Exclusive Interview

Previous to the concert, I had an entertaining interview with the jovial-six. I was at a half-full Starbucks in Towson beset with six hyper n’ happy guys full off colorful anecdotes, stories and off-the-cuff jokes. Essentially it was the trappings of a fruitful interview.

1.) What’s a great way to describe your band?

If you add Ledd Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Parlaiment Funkadelics together and  remember to mix in some Barnum and Bailey Circus antics.  You pretty much get Swift Technique!

2.) What directly influenced your brand of music?

Most of the band hails from Philadelphia and the area is known for its rich musical history. The hip-hop/funk vibe is vibrant in the city. Until I moved to the center of the city, I was directly influenced by the hip-hop. Not only are we the byproduct of the greater Philadelphia area, but our consistent traveling has incisively influenced much of our music.

3.) So you headlined for Wu-Tang Clan, tell us more about it?

We were basically honored to have been selected in the greater Philadelphia area to headline one of their shows. Funny story, we accidentally got in trouble with Wu Tang Clan’s security team. As we were walking into the concert venue, we noticed this room with a door half ajar. Inside those doors, we all were blown with this pyramid of PB+J sandwiches, a smattering of GreyGoose bottles and the overall fancy-ness of the green room. Naturally, we chomped on a few of those sandwiches and drank some of that Grey Goose. Even though the band forgave us, Wu-security was not pleased.

4.) What are your thoughts on the Baltimore music scene?

Baltimore is a thriving music scene which is kinda reminiscent of Philly’s music scene. The buildings, influence and city culture brings us back home to Philly every time we tour here. We normally don’t do this but for tonight’s concert  we’re teaming up with local legends in the B-more region, Soul Cannon and A-Cool-Stick.

5.) What do you hope to accomplish in the long-run?

In a nutshell, we want to get our band further enmeshed into the European music scene. We’re hoping to have more people, world-wide, get into our music and we also hope to still be performing in the next 10 years. It’s all about our creativity, as a group, and if we still have the juice and interest to continue the momentum.

6.) What’s your most memorable experience as a group?

It was 2008, election season, and my friend lived in the D.C area. We just played a house party and decided embark on a walking tour around the White House. After President Obama won the election, we realized we were at the center of the D.C-wide celebration. Unanimously, we commenced a parade and it started to grow by the second. “Saints go Marching in” started to play and we were at the head of the line, leading people across the capital. Ironically enough, the Phillies won the world series three days before. It was just riot after riot but we wouldn’t change a thing. It was a memorable experience for all of us, as a group.

After the interview and after the show, there is only one possible way to describe this enigmatic band: Swift Technique is an intergalactic, universal soul patrol with funkaliscious beats uniformed as an internatational funk stamped.

Swift Technique Tour Dates

Aug 22, 2012 10:00 PM Drom New York, NY
Aug 23, 2012 11:00 PM Precinct Boston, MA
Aug 24, 2012 10:00 PM The Spot Underground Providence, RI
Aug 25, 2012 10:00 PM Nectar’s Burlington, VT
Sep 15, 2012 9:00 PM Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA
Sep 22, 2012 9:00 PM Boone Saloon Boone, NC
Sep 25, 2012 9:00 PM The Pour House Music Hall Raleigh

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