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WHO'S SWANKY?

I live to groove and I groove to live. I put things into perspective. I'm a passionate person who brings it to life and to my own craft. I'm a creative singer, songwriter, lyricist, trumpeter, DJ, producer, composer, arranger, music aficionado, lover, fun-lovin' (fun to love and fun to be loved by) and last but not least, all around cool guy. I'm a musician for hire and am becomin' a name that is dropped both locally and internationally. Call me Swanky. I'm out here to musically influence the world and to spread love through music.

Open your mind and I'll open your soul...

This joint is pretty low key...my thoughts spill on the canvas. You can use your paintbrush to make use of the colours.

I am the leader of a hip hop/jazz/funk band called The Vibrasonic Sessions

I am 1/2 of The International Incident a.k.a. (with Chile's own Max Damage)

I am Octavio Santos (yes, my birth name) when it comes to trumpet work and vocals

I am Swanky when it comes to mic work and rippin' it lyrically

You will find me in many projects...lend me your eardrums.

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17 November 11

ZO! FEAT. OCTAVIO SANTOS - HOLDING YOU, LOVING YOU MP3 DOWNLOAD


Ahhhhhh…goin’ back down memory lane? Kinda. It’s more of lookin’ back to where I was musically last year and what the hell I was up to until now that I’ve secured a vinyl release.

Here’s my cover of Don Blackman's “Holding You, Loving You”. <- MP3 DOWNLOAD.

HERE’S THE ORIGINAL.

I FUCKIN’ LOVE THIS RECORD.

Zo! Feat. Octavio Santos - Holding You, Loving You
[D. Blackman, L. Ferguson, O. Santos]
Produced by Zo!
All Instruments except for horns by Zo!
Vocals and vocal arrangements by Octavio Santos.
Trumpet, flugelhorn and horn arrangements by Octavio Santos.
Music recorded and mixed by Zo! @ East Wing Studios, Silver Spring, MD.
Vocals and horns recorded and mixed by Octavio Santos @ The Groove Cafeteria, Mississauga, ON.
Original recording: Don Blackman - Don Blackman (Arista - 1982).
Reworked recording: Zo! - Just Visiting Too EP (Chapter 3hree Verse 5ive Music/Foreign Exchange Music - 2009).

The story on what’s up is here below the jump.

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First of all, happy new year to everyone!!!

2010 is goin’ to bring lots of excitement, no doubt about it. 2009 was such a joy for me in the music scene…I linked with many great artists and had to pleasure to give them a touch of Swanky.

I ended up crackin’ some eggs and cookin’ some bacon on this joint because Zo!'s version on his “…Just Visiting Too" EP had no vocals. The whole covers project blew my mind at first listen. These were some joints covered in such a fresh fashion…these artists covered paved the way for my love of music…The Isley Brothers, Bobby Caldwell and Prince among others…and of course, Don Blackman whose music has given me much inspiration in love and life.

After several (and I mean SEVERAL to the point of not being able to count it anymore) listens, I decided give the vocals a try. I was so excited to do it that the first time I gave it a shot, I was battlin’ the flu (no swine) and coughin’ like a madman (soundin’ like I smoked like a chimney). The unmixed demo surfaced to those who were close to me but it never reached public ears. D. Swain a.k.a. one of the freshest MC’s with swagger out there who goes by just Danny! [go cop his album right here courtesy of the Okayplayer heads: [GRAB IT HERE] gave me a good luck on dukin’ it out on the joint since it was one of his favourite joints courtesy of Mr. Don Blackman.

After a month and some days (I didn’t keep count of it), I did some horn recordin’ for two gentlemen (and I won’t disclose it for now because it’s a pretty damn good collaboration project between the two in the works) gave me a push to get on that music again. I experienced good friends, good food, good love…lots of good. I went and did some soul searchin’, did music for other people, worked, worked, worked, schooled, ate, slept (and my sleepin’ habits are incredibly atrocious)…rinse and repeat. I returned to the track and really felt the delivery. This was my take…this was how I felt…this is what it is…that circled my mind. Of course, bein’ a trumpet player, I wasn’t gonna pass an opportunity to add some horns in the mix.

This is the final product.

Share it with friends, like-minded individuals, music aficionados and those you love.

This is how I’m kickin’ off 2010 baby!

Join me.

Zo! Feat. Octavio Santos - Holding You, Loving You

DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/?3a0w05vdpo0x1u5



Zo! - …Just Visiting Too EP

DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/zo!-just_visiting_too.zip

Much love and swanks,

O.

11 November 11
NICHOLAS RYAN GANT SUDDENLY HIT ME UP ON FACEBOOK.
I think that&#8217;s very cool. I respect his craft. I&#8217;ve been on his steez for awhile now&#8230;WATCH HIS EPK.
If I get music work done with him sometime, I&#8217;m will go, &#8220;WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!!!!&#8221;
You can&#8217;t tell me he&#8217;s not dope&#8230;you can&#8217;t&#8230;LISTEN:
Zo! Feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant - Let It Go
Ovall Feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant - Mind Games (Done)
Just give me a shout brother and I will run into the studio to turn out somethin&#8217; that we can blow minds on. Bet the farm.
Music&#8217;s like my wife&#8230;if she calls to me, I&#8217;ll attend to her without hesitation.
I&#8217;ve got a release out now&#8230;OFFICIALLY TODAY!! I got advance copies 2 days ago&#8230;NOW IT&#8217;S OUT ON ITS OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE AND IS ENTITLED &#8220;THE BIG 3&#8221;!!!!! MY FIRST US RELEASE!!!!! Thank you God again and thank you to those who bought copies. I still have more&#8230;I&#8217;ll personally sign each and every one of these limited edition babies =)

NICHOLAS RYAN GANT SUDDENLY HIT ME UP ON FACEBOOK.

I think that’s very cool. I respect his craft. I’ve been on his steez for awhile now…WATCH HIS EPK.

If I get music work done with him sometime, I’m will go, “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!!!!

You can’t tell me he’s not dope…you can’t…LISTEN:

Zo! Feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant - Let It Go

Ovall Feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant - Mind Games (Done)

Just give me a shout brother and I will run into the studio to turn out somethin’ that we can blow minds on. Bet the farm.

Music’s like my wife…if she calls to me, I’ll attend to her without hesitation.

I’ve got a release out now…OFFICIALLY TODAY!! I got advance copies 2 days ago…NOW IT’S OUT ON ITS OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE AND IS ENTITLED “THE BIG 3”!!!!! MY FIRST US RELEASE!!!!! Thank you God again and thank you to those who bought copies. I still have more…I’ll personally sign each and every one of these limited edition babies =)

5 October 11

Zo! Feat. Phonte - Greater Than The Sun

"Summer’s breeze and morning dew
Another day comes into view
The birds they sing of love so true
To celebrate their favourite time of day

You can laugh if you like
You can cry if you want
But you must realize there’s nothing greater than the sun

Golden days and paradise
Place where dreams can take to flight
Vision of the love inside it says
That’s the way I should be

You can laugh if you like
You can cry if you want
But you must realize there’s nothing greater than the sun

So we have no time to waste
Crush of life we must embrace
The sweetest touch and every taste of ecstasy
That leads us back to you…”

1 November 10

Zo! Feat. Sy Smith - Crazy You

My favourite cover of the day…night! =)

7 July 10
You don’t have to thank me for it ‘cause nobody’s keepin’ score. We can do anythin’ you like and baby this could be the night. This could be the night, this could be the night, this could be the night…just for you…
Posted: 5:43 PM

AND THEN SHE REPLIED, “WELL NOT TONIGHT”…

…I said, "Oh is that right?"

Posted: 2:28 AM

Zo! Feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh - This Could Be The Night

I have a smile from ear to ear because of this track. Butter.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh