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 Richard Swift (2) - The Novelist album art Richard Swift (2) The Novelist(CD, Album) Velvet Blue Music VBM 081 US 2004 Sell This Version
Richard Swift (2) - The Novelist / Walking Without Effort album art Richard Swift (2) The Novelist / Walking Without Effort (Album) Spunk US 2004 Sell This Version
Richard Swift (2) - Dressed Up For The Letdown album art Richard Swift (2) Dressed Up For The Letdown (Album) Secretly Canadian Australia 2006 Sell This Version
Richard Swift (2) - Richard Swift As Onasis album art Richard Swift (2) As Onasis Richard Swift (2) As Onasis - Richard Swift As Onasis (EP) Secretly Canadian US 2008 Sell This Version
Richard Swift (2) - The Atlantic Ocean album art Richard Swift (2) The Atlantic Ocean (Album) Secretly Canadian US 2009 Sell This Version
Richard Swift (2) - Other People's Songs album art 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) US 2010 Sell This Version
Richard Swift (2) - The Hex album art Richard Swift (2) The Hex (Album) Secretly Canadian US 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

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

Compilations

VBM107, SC 111 Richard Swift (2) - The Richard Swift Collection Volume One album art 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