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The past year has marked several exciting changes for Philly's fiery funksters, Swift Technique. Most recently, the band has added electric lead vocalist, Chelsea ViaCava. With the addition of Mike Mahoney on drum-kit/percussion, the band has developed a dynamic new element to the Swift Tech sound. After joining forces with booking guru, Jake Weaver, the band has recently debuted in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New Orleans, Nashville and Savannah. With the release of the EP, "you boys be aight", the future continues to look very bright for this Philadelphia Funk Force.
After forming in 2007, Swift Technique has relentlessly toured, performed and recorded throughout the US. The extremely positive chemistry shared by the band has always been translated in the live setting. With the 2013 release of, "you boys be aight", Swift Technique has now established themselves as an up and coming force in the recording industry. Although the group draws from many world influences, 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, Soulive, Kermit Ruffins, Wale, Questlove of the Roots, Keri Hilson, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Orgone, Kung Fu, Mr. Lif, The Fela! Band and others. Swift Technique has also performed at the Philadelphia Experiment PEX 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 balls of Led Zeppelin.
In recent years, Swift Technique has worked with CEG (NYC), NOLA Funk (NYC), Hood Booking (DC), 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 Sullivan Hall, 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 Spot Underground (Providence, RI), Nectar’s (Burlington, VT), Double Door (Chicago), World Cafe Live & the TLA (Philly), 8X10 (Baltimore), The Hamilton (DC). The creativity and drive of Swift Technique continues to flourish as the band prepares to enter their seventh year.