Richard Swift (2)

Real Name:
Ricardo Sigilfredo Olivarez Swift-Ochoa
Profile:
American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and short-film maker.
Born: March 16, 1977 in California, USA.
Died: July 3, 2018 in Tacoma, Washington, USA.
He was the founder, owner, and recording engineer of National Freedom, a recording studio located in Oregon, and has worked as producer for such acts as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, Cayucas, The Shins, Damien Jurado, The Mynabirds, Foxygen, Jessie Baylin and Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab.

"Most of my recording techniques come from looking at photos on the inside of Sly & The Family Stone or Beatles LPs, or from watching 'Sympathy for the Devil' and thinking, 'Oh! That's where they put the mic!'" – Richard Swift

Singer/songwriter Richard Swift's lo-fi, sepia-toned style harks back to the Tin Pan Alley age. Influenced by everyone from Bob Dylan to early-'70s dub acts like the Congos and Lee Perry, he has released six records of his own. A self-taught, natural musician, Swift is a multi-instrumentalist who will often play all the instruments on album’s he produces.

After albums released by Secretly Canadian Records and Polydor UK and the left field cult hit “Lady Luck”, Richard Swift was a semi-legend in the musical community. Beloved by other musicians for his natural skills and feel, his services have been in constantly high demand. When James Mercer fired the other members of The Shins, he called Swift to work with him and put together a band. Their collaboration has lasted 6 years. In addition, Swift was the first call when the Black Keys needed a bass player. After the Black Keys came off the road, Swift and Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach continued working together, forming The Arcs with members of the Dap Kings and releasing their debut album on Warner Brothers Records in 2015.

Throughout this time, Swift has found time to nurture other artists and grow his production career. Developing a unique sound that is both modern and retro, Swift has become a first call producer for artists seeking to inject “vibe” in their albums. The best of the modern underground – Foxygen, Kevin Morby, Damien Jurado, Valerie June, Tennis and more – have come to Swift’s compound in the middle of Oregon to utilize his services. His production of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats was a breakthrough moment for him as a producer. The album was a sensation, going gold and generating the hit single “Son of a Bitch”.

"What you can control are knobs, faders, and being a nice person." –Richard Swift
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Albums

VBM 081 The Novelist — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) The Novelist(CD, Album) Velvet Blue Music VBM 081 US 2003 Sell This Version
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none The Novelist / Walking Without Effort — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) The Novelist / Walking Without Effort (Album) Leftwing Recordings none US 2004 Sell This Version
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URA202 Dressed Up For The Letdown — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Dressed Up For The Letdown (Album) Secretly Canadian URA202 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
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SC173 Richard Swift As Onasis — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) As Onasis Richard Swift (2) As Onasis - Richard Swift As Onasis (EP) Secretly Canadian SC173 US 2008 Sell This Version
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SC183P The Atlantic Ocean — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) The Atlantic Ocean (Album) Secretly Canadian SC183P UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
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none Other People's Songs — Richard Swift (2) Damien Jurado & Richard Swift (2) Damien Jurado & Richard Swift (2) - Other People's Songs (Album) Not On Label (Damien Jurado Self-released), Not On Label (Richard Swift (2) Self-released) none US 2010 Sell This Version
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SC242 The Hex — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) The Hex (Album) Secretly Canadian SC242 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
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SC420 Even Your Drums Will Die - Live At Pendarvis Farm 2011 — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Even Your Drums Will Die - Live At Pendarvis Farm 2011 (Album) Secretly Canadian SC420 US 2020 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

VBM 074 Buildings In America — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Buildings In America(7") Velvet Blue Music, Leftwing Recordings VBM 074 US 2002 Sell This Version
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VBM 085 You're Lying — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) You're Lying(7", Cle) Velvet Blue Music VBM 085 US 2004 Sell This Version
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VBM 093 P.S. It All Falls Down — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) P.S. It All Falls Down(7", Single, Whi) Velvet Blue Music VBM 093 US 2004 Sell This Version
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VBM 099 Nothing To Do With Foxy Boxing EP — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Nothing To Do With Foxy Boxing EP(7", EP, Blu) Velvet Blue Music VBM 099 US 2005 Sell This Version
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SWIFT1 Beautifulheart — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Beautifulheart (Single) Secretly Canadian SWIFT1 UK 2006 Sell This Version
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none Four Demos — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Four Demos(CD, EP) Secretly Canadian, Velvet Blue Music none 2006 Sell This Version
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1713630 Kisses For The Misses — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Kisses For The Misses (Single) Polydor 1713630 UK 2007 Sell This Version
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1732343 The Songs Of National Freedom — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) The Songs Of National Freedom (Single) Secretly Canadian, Polydor 1732343 UK 2007 Sell This Version
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SC187 Ground Trouble Jaw — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Ground Trouble Jaw (EP) Secretly Canadian SC187 US 2008 Sell This Version
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COOPR143 Lady Luck — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Lady Luck(CD, Single, Promo) Secretly Canadian COOPR143 UK 2009 Sell This Version
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SC204 The Atlantic Ocean — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) The Atlantic Ocean(CD, Single, Promo) Secretly Canadian, Cooperative Music SC204 UK 2009 Sell This Version
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FGR003i, XRA? LEM : Volume 9, May 2010 — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) LEM : Volume 9, May 2010(CDr, Mini, EP, Ltd) Flannelgraph Records, Crossroads Of America FGR003i, XRA? US 2010 Sell This Version
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SC174 Walt Wolfman — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Walt Wolfman(12", EP) Secretly Canadian SC174 US 2011 Sell This Version
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JNR100 Kensington — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) Kensington Joyful Noise Recordings JNR100 US 2012 Sell This Version
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JNR113-2 4 Yr Luv / Lost In Time / So Smoothie — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) / Tall Tall Trees Richard Swift (2) / Tall Tall Trees - 4 Yr Luv / Lost In Time / So Smoothie(7", Ltd, Cle) Joyful Noise Recordings JNR113-2 US 2017 Sell This Version
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SC439 KFC // A Man’s Man — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) KFC // A Man’s Man(7", Single) Secretly Canadian SC439 US 2021 Sell This Version
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Compilations

VBM107, SC 111 The Richard Swift Collection Volume One — Richard Swift (2) Richard Swift (2) The Richard Swift Collection Volume One(2xLP + CD, EP + Comp) Velvet Blue Music, Secretly Canadian VBM107, SC 111 US 2006 Sell This Version