We had the good fortune of connecting with Cisco Swank and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cisco, how do you think about risk?
I look at risks as one of the most important aspects of what I do. Being able to experiment with ideas that might not always work or creating something more unconventional is whats beautiful about music. I think taking risks artistically is what separates me from everyone else.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Word so I’m a musician, vocalist, and producer from Brooklyn, NY. I guess you could describe the music I make as pretty genre fluid where you’d hear aspects of neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz and gospel. I’ve always found it pretty important as an artist to not only play music that I mess with but to create something that means more than whats on the surface. I think that has a lot to do with my upbringing. I grew up in a household with my dad being a multi-instrumentalist and choir director and my mom a singer-songwriter. When I wasn’t at home, I was probably at church because my dad was the director of the music ministry there. I think seeing my parents minister every Sunday played a role in me wanting to create art that touches people on a spiritual level. But yeah it for sure wasn’t easy getting to where I am today. A lot of trial and error. A lot of shedding. A lot of no’s. I think a really important thing I learned was to take a little bit from every artist I liked and incorporate it into my own sound. I guess you could say thats what sets me apart from others. My sound is kind of unorthodox because I draw from so many places. I’m definitely say Im most proud of a project I dropped last year called Pursuit Of with my homie Tobias but also for some upcoming stuff I’m working on. One of which being a tape with my dude Luke Titus which I’m hype about and the other being my full length album.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Dang there are so many fire spots in NYC. We’d definitely go to the deli for top notch cuisine and get a bacon egg and cheese or a chopped cheese with an Arizona. LOL. I also mess with chilling in near the water at the Brooklyn piers or the piers downtown on the west side in Manhattan. Greenwich Village is also cool to check out live music like The Blue Note, Smalls and Village Vanguard to name a couple. L Train is a valid store to thrift clothes and they have a fire location in Brooklyn. But yeah I think the move is to just explore NYC and experience it for yourself. The best hangs come from just walking around and checking everything out.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Firstly I want to thank God! And for sure shoutout definitely shoutout to my family for always showing love and supporting what I do. Shoutout to all the homies too y’all know who you are haha.