Swingrowers, Palermo, ITALIA Electro Swing, Charleston Hop, Swing House.
Like most of the people in our little world, I got really interested by Swingrowers few weeks ago. It just looked like they were comming out of nowhere with a great and powerfull music most of you have already listened to. Here’s a live mix of their performance and I’m shure you’re going to like that very much !
I believe they make a good synthesis of all the best Electro Swing breaks, samples, ideas, tracks. You can hear all influences they have very clearly (Parov Stelar, Swing Republic ..)
Roberto Costa AKA Pisk, is one among the most active electronic producer from Palermo, perfectly followed by one of the best voices in Palermo, Loredana Grimaudo. Even though they are involved in other solo side project, they are currently working on their first record, a mix of original songs and old sounds remixed in a new style, defined as Electro Swing…
”We had already worked together for another project, as singer and sound engineer. We both left a sign in one another: Pisk was hit by Loredana’s voice, warm and sensual, as he calls it. Loredana was charmed by the passion and hard work “of a boy who never grows tired of entering the sound”.
Once they had known electro-swing it was easy to found the band Swingrowers: “We knew we could do beautiful things together in the music”.
Pisk was a well known electro dj in Palermo when he came in contact with electro-swing the first time in 2009 and he started remixing old swing tracks. Loredana sang in a big popular orchestra and she got to know elecro-swing in 2010, when she listened to an album from Caravan Palace, which she fell in love with. That’s when she decided to propose Pisk her project of putting an electro-swing band together. And that’s when Swingrowers were born!
Palermo’s music environment is very lively and heterogeneous: a lot of music genres is played, from rock to jazz to electronic and pop. There are thousands of new talented bands but it’s very hard for them to become well known because they are given a very few chances.
For example, we are finding way more chances around Europe than in our town, where you’re supposed to knock on every door, and most of them are hopelessly shut.
Palermo is an artistic town, but it lacks a proper network for music.
We compose in different ways. As for inedited tracks our standing point isn’t always the same, sometimes it’s the base, sometimes the lyrics, it depends on which one of us gets the idea first.
In some of our tracks we have used small samples from old discs, sometimes we like an old style track and we mix it all. In our productions we always try to experiment new sounds using different stiles. We are currently collaborating with Gipsy Hill from London and Sweet Life Society from Turin.
Our debut took place on the Hoppa Fest stage. Hoppa(www.hoppafest.com) is a festival, which is held every year around Palermo and hosts tons of local artists and international stars. After Hoppa we jumped only on small stages around Town, but recently we have been in tour outside Sicily: from Turin’s Swing Circus to Electro Swing Club, which was held in London’s Book Club, and is so far the performance that gave us the huge possibility to show ourselves our worth! People welcomed us with such a warmth and energy we never expected. In a few months our gigs have multiplied and new things are waiting: we’re going to tour around Europe, from U.K. to France, Germany and Belgium. Once we’ve crossed the Italian border, it was a gigantic emotion!