21st March | Fiddlers

Swindle’s overflowing amounts of unfocused energy as a child led to an unsettled school life and being told he would fail in life. He seems far too cool to care what they think now, but he’s definitely proven those people wrong. Channelling his ruckuses into his music, he became known for producing grime mixtapes with MCs such as Big Narstie and Ghetts. Following his albums, Long Live the Jazz in 2013, Peace, Love and Music in 2016 and the Trilogy in Funk triple EP in 2017, he released his three-years-in-the-making album, No More Normal, in January of this year.

Connecting distinct yet similar worlds in the UK music scene, Swindle has brought together numerous esteemed collaborators who believe art has purpose, such as jazz saxophonist, Nubya Garcia and R&B vocalist, Etta Bond. “Our biggest asset, I s’pose is our imagination and that’s what No More Normal is about.” In the making of the documentary released on redbull.com, Swindle expresses his urge to celebrate togetherness in response to the country’s segregation. His new record is brimming with gritty truths, roared by rappers like D Double E and Kojey Radical, cinematic strings, jazz horns, and Swindle-laden beats.

If Swindle’s open and calming character is the foundation of the relaxed and expressive studio environment, as collaborators Eva Lazarus and Kiko Bun say it is, then there is no doubt the live show will be a space for freedom, dance and togetherness. With support from Bristolians Eva Lazarus and Javeon, be sure to bag tickets for the show at Fiddlers.

See Swindle (ft. Ghetts) perform ‘Drill Work’ in the BBC Live Lounge here: