Migrating from Reno to Portland, Swahili fuses dreamy funk, punk and dub all into one sound. They are celebrating their Amovrevx Vinyl release tonight at White Owl with Acid Farm. Stop by the SE bar to mingle with the band. Read on for a full interview!
EYES + EDGE: Talk to us about coming together in the very beginning. What lead to the creation of Swahili?Swahili: We began in Reno 8 years ago as a project between our synthesist Xua and drummer Ryan. They eventually rolled us (Van, Troy, and John) in like a krautrock-fueled katamari to create the amalgam of myriad aesthetics and sounds we are today.
E+E: Where does the dreamy music inspiration come from?S: An individual and collective, natural curiosity for mythology, storytelling, traveling, literature and compelling journeys. We're all eager to observe and digest art and experiences. E+E: The new album artwork is amazing! Who came up with the design?
S: Our synthesist Xua is behind our artwork! He's been designing his own tarot deck and has incorporated some of these visionary pieces into our designs.E+E: It has been so warm in Portland recently. What is Swahili's most exciting summer plans?S: We're touring the East Coast - Chicago, New York, the OTHER Portland, and other places in between. We're also a part of an exciting interdisciplinary event at Holocene: the Blade Runner Ball, On June 28! Very stoked to incorporate one of our favorite movies with a full blown audio/video/dance/theater affair.
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