Swift Technique, Philadelphia’s fiery funk extravaganza, is sprinting into their tenth year at full speed! Their unique blend of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop and relentless showmanship has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. Featuring the powerhouse vocals of Chelsea ViaCava, the band has released two new music videos for their singles, “Lucky Bump” and “Reason to Be.” With bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, driving guitar and keys, and more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship and pure feel-good fun. And with a recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, the group is commanding national attention.
After forming in 2007 Swift Technique has steadily toured, performed, and recorded all over the country. The band’s sound has evolved at every step, with the members constantly pushing their performing and musical limits. They have shared the stage with all varieties of world-class acts including: The Meters, Wu-Tang Clan, Snarky Puppy, Charles Bradley, DJ Questlove, Soulive, Lettuce, Break Science, Fishbone, The Disco Biscuits, Turkuaz, The Motet, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Main Squeeze, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Kermit Ruffins, Deep Banana Blackout, Kung-Fu, Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Sophistafunk. In the past year they’ve also debuted at multiple major festivals including: Camp Bisco, Disc Jam, Xponential Fest, Domefest, and Rock & Roll Resort. They have successfully played at top-tier venues in some of the most musically rich cities in the country including: New York City, Boston, Baltimore, Washington DC, New Orleans, Nashville, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and of course, their hometown, Philadelphia.
For Swift Technique, every show is the craziest basement party you’ve ever been to. Representing Philadelphia in the funkiest way possible, Swift’s mission is to get you grooving, get you grinning, and fill you with the positive energy that world so sorely needs. Come out and see what thousands of satisfied funksters across the US have already experienced. With the hype around Swift Technique building at lightning speed, look for these gritty groove masters to take large leaps forward in the coming year!
After forming in 2007, Swift Technique has relentlessly toured, performed and recorded throughout the US. The extremely positive and contagious chemistry shared by the band has always been translated in the live setting. With the 2013 release of, “you boys be aight”, Swift Technique established themselves as an up and coming force in the recording industry. Although the group draws from many influences ranging Funk & Soul to Hip-Hop & Rock, their genre is uniquely Philadelphia.
Throughout their short history, Swift Technique has had the privilege to hold direct support slots for The Meters, Wu-Tang Clan, Fishbone, Soulive, The M&M’s (John Medeski, Stanton Moore, Papa Mali, Rob Mercurio), The Motet, Kermit Ruffins, Wale, Questlove of the Roots, Keri Hilson, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Orgone, Kung Fu, Mr. Lif, The Fela! Band, Turkuaz, Deep Banana Blackout, The Royal Southern Brotherhood (Cyril Neville, Devon Allman) and others. Swift Technique has also performed at the Philadelphia Experiment PEX Festival, Beardfest, Camp Jam in the Pines, Bear’s Picnic, Jibber Jazz’s Meeting of the Minds, Late Winter JibberJam, Boogie at the Bungalow, Princeton’s Communiversity Festival, The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival in VT, The Muddy River Jam Festival in NJ, Ars Nova ANTfest in New York City and Grassroots Festival in Ithaca, among others. After a string of hometown performances in 2007 and 2008, Swift Technique was named one of the top 10 Hip-Hop bands in Philadelphia by The Deli Magazine. Since their early days, the group has evolved from a Live Hip-Hop group to an old school Funk Ensemble in the tradition of James Brown, with the grit of Led Zeppelin.
In recent years, Swift Technique has worked with Live for Live Music (NYC), CEG (NYC), NOLA Funk (NYC), Hood Booking (DC), WXPN (Philadelphia), The Backbeat Foundation (New Orleans), Rock On Concerts (Boston), Rocks Off Concert Cruises (NYC) and WXPN (Philly). The group has also performed at the country’s top venues including B.B. King’s & Brooklyn Bowl (NYC), The Middle East (Boston), Blue Nile (New Orleans), The Mint (Los Angeles), Hotel Utah (San Francisco), The National Underground (Nashville), The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), THe Pour House Music Hall (Raleigh, NC), The Spot Underground (Providence, RI), Nectar’s (Burlington, VT), Double Door (Chicago), Union Transfer, World Cafe Live & the TLA (Philly), 8X10 (Baltimore), The Hamilton & Gypsy Sally’s (DC). The creativity and drive of Swift Technique continues to flourish as the band prepares to enter their ninth year.
Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should.
“Frighteningly good.” -Boston Public Radio
“…jumped right off the screen in their Tiny Desk contest entry.” -NPR Music
“Her smooth and serene sounding voice gives any man the chills; kind of like the capabilities Grace Potter and Susan Tedeschi possess…” -Cider Mag
“…their shows are love and happiness. Be prepared to be blown away by Wright’s voice. I certainly was!”
-Portland Press Herald
“Gritty, powerful and sultry…” -Next2Shine.com