Swim’s new single ‘Paranoia’ is the perfect song for 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA – Punk Rock meets Pop and splashes of Hip Hop for the perfect West Coast summer vibe from fast-rising artist Swim. His single “Paranoia” is the perfect kind of rapid-paced guitar-driven track that immediately puts listeners in a groove while also diving into feelings and emotions that many are feeling during this time of global pandemic and cultural upheaval. Currently streaming across all digital platforms, “Paranoia” is the kind of song that listeners won’t be able to get out of their heads. It’s destined to be added to millions of playlists and listened to on repeat.
Like most of his songs, Swim’s latest single was created organically. In the midst of social distancing, he found himself sitting alone at home and frustrated with the trappings of his current situation. Like many others in the world today, the negative news continued to fill him with thoughts of paranoia, and the outflow of those emotions created this new summer jam.
“It’s how I feel – paranoid of the world and the way it is today,” he said. “It’s a song made from how I felt in the moment. I like Pop music, and even if the words are less enthusiastic, I wanted it to have a Pop feel to it. The guitarist, Lorenzo, is a producer and friend and usually when we work together there’s a great combination of both of our spirits together in it.”
Born in Philadelphia, Swim was raised outside of Newark, Delaware and lived in Baltimore before moving to LA to pursue music. He attended graduate school at the University of California, Irvine and is currently pursuing a PhD in comparative literature. This artist, rapper, writer, theorist, philosopher and part-time fashion designer is a deep thinker who loves to take inspiration from a wide variety of places. His music in particular is inspired by Pop-leaning artists in the Hip Hop and Punk genres – from Drake and Lil Wayne to Kanye West, Kid Cudi, The Dangerous Summer, The Wonder Years and Emarosa. Out of those influences, he has created a genre-bending style that he describes as “Goth Pop” or “songs for the dope and hopeless.”
“I grew up in a weird place in the world and it definitely influenced my sound,” he said. “I really love music – all music. To a certain degree, people are very territorial over their genre, but I just really love music that makes people feel something, whether it’s good or bad. I’ve always wanted to be a songwriter and as a PhD student in comparative literature, the things I do sometimes when I’m thinking are closer to what I do when I’m making music. I go with the flow of not trying to be defined by things – which is what my name is about. Swim is believing in the soul that is moving with whatever track I’m making. If I like it, I’ll make a song to it because I like it and it fits. I don’t expect people to know me but if there’s something I’d like to be known for, it’s being a good songwriter.”
Following “Paranoia,” Swim said he’s working on an album called “The Wretched” which should drop either by the end of this year or in early 2021.
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