(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artists (In this case with Randall Swindell, front-man of Arizona Industrial band Swindy) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains).
Tell me why your music rules. Or why it sucks.
My music is authentic! it rules because it’s real, It’s genuine, I’ve been playing for a long time, and I play with musicians who are pro. I’ve for my heart and soul into what I do, and it’s undeniable when you see it live.
Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
The Swindy EP is a 5 song collection, each song written over the course of 3 years. A lot of the song content has to do with new relationships, ending old relationships, and transitioning relationships. The music is popy, with a dark alternative edge, and a twist of industrial. The vocals are melodic, and with intense passionate screams in the mix, and the music is catchy electronic and rock. These five songs were written by Randall Swindell (Swindy) and produced by Matt Good, they are five of about 60 tracks. This five song EP is a sample of the breath of work, that is to be released over the coming years.
What are you working on right now?
We are always upgrading and tweaking our live setup, we record in our studio. And we I have several new songs, we have been experimenting a lot with photography and video. We are working on new music videos, new visual content, and new songs! Can’t seem to find enough time in the day to get it all out.
Why do you make your style of music? Why not polka? or Japanese symphonic folk metal? or..?
I don’t choose to make any specific style of music, this is just what comes out. If it came out polka I would not stop it. This is just how it comes out. I suppose it has to do with all the influences I’ve listened to throughout my life. My music is more or less a regurgitation of all of that in its own unique blend. I’ll mention some of but not all of the bands: Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Tool, Alice in Chains, My Bloody Valentine, Massive Attack, and Meg Myers. Also working with producer Matt Good, influences the sound a bit more. Matt plays in a band called From First to Last.
Which voice in your head is the craziest?
There is a voice in my head that tells me to just always do everything all the time, to try and always say yes to everything, to always think eccentrically, hyper creativity, I’m always imagining these grandiose endeavors, I’m always coming up with multimillion dollar show ideas, stage effects, stunts, I have a voice inside me that wants to be huge, that is always pushing me to think way above and beyond my actual capabilities.
What is an extravaganza? And why is having an extra “vaganza” so special?
A Vaganza is a show, a production. An extravaganza is a eccentric show and production, or those productions where everything is a go, all ideas are 10 times bigger than imagined, budgets are larger then anticipated, eccentricity drips from the stage props, costumes, and music is above and beyond. A Vaganza is good, and you should always keep a spare Vaganza or 2 sitting around. Because you never know when the primary is going to get worn out, or break right in the middle of the show…
Do you have names for your instruments? If so what are they?
I call one of my guitars Excalibur, I call another guitar Hephaestus. I call our drum Loom the Octopus, and our snake head the Whip.
Who are your influences, and what are your top five favorite albums?
Top 5 albums:
100th Window: Massive Attack
Mezzanine: Massive Attack
The Fragile: NIN
Nevermind or In Utero: Nirvana.
Nirvana, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Radiohead, My bloody valentine, Lincoln Park, Bourbons Qualk, Boards of Canada, Massive Attack, The Cure, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Mike Patton, Rage Against the Machine, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Meg Myers, Britney Spears, David Guetta, DJ Snake.
The list goes on and on, but those are some pretty noteworthy mentions
Peace or freedom? (You can’t have both.)Why?
If only those two choices then I would choose freedom. I am more attracted to the flow of energy, peace is more of an at rest word. And although I’m not a fan of violence, I like when there is an imbalance to correct. That is the flow of energy. The transference of energy from one source to another, nature will always corrective balance to achieve peace. But it is that process of Energy transference from 1 point to the other that I am attracted to. Freedom allows that, peace is a state at rest. I guess I would go with freedom, the freedom to pursue happiness.
Which band member are you positive is an extraterrestrial and what does their planet look like? Details!
Mike Jenny, he is definitely an alien, probably from the same source as Nikola Tesla, and just crazy mad genius style. He is a highly sophisticated creative, he has the ability to get mad amounts of work done in zero time. He must’ve been a UFO pilot for some kind of alien spaceship, and he has converted his spaceship fine control console into his music set up. I swear, if you look at his table, it looks like he is ready to fly to the moon with all of these controls. His planet probably looks like a bunch of Green looking hippies with dreadlocks, and there are all kinds of little dogs running around the planet as well. And his entire race of beings live only to fly spaceships and play giant multimedia presentations to different planets. So I imagine like a flying saucer coming down to some primitive planet and throwing an electronic dance Music festival from the sky. What would this primitive race think of them? Yeah that’s Mike Jenny and his alien race of musical warriors.
How long could you live without money?
I‘m sure I can live for a long time without money, but I’m not sure how much fun it would be. Money is a lot of fun. I think I have deep survival roots if need be. But I like to think about what I would do with a hundred million dollars, more than I like to think about what it would be like to not have any money… LOL
Without looking which presidents are on which bills?
Jimi Hendrix is on the $1dollar bill, John Lennon on the $5 Dollar bill, Elvis is on the $10 Dollar bill, Billie Holiday is on the $1 gold coin, Michael Jackson is on the $2 bill, Robert Plant is on the $20 bill, Jim Morrison is on the $50 bill, Gene Simmons is on the $100 bill.
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