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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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12 July 12

OCTAVIO SANTOS - FALL IN LOVE (FOR DILLA) MP3 DOWNLOAD


CATALOGUE: JLSR – MP3001 
FORMAT: MP3 
FILE UNDER/GENRE: HIP HOP/ELECTRONIC/JAZZ
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2012


Octavio Santos – Fall In Love (For Dilla)
[O.N. Santos, R.L. Altman III, T. Glover, J. Yancey]


Produced and arranged by Octavio Santos
All vocals, instruments and drum programming performed by Octavio Santos
Recorded by Octavio Santos at The Groove Cafeteria, Mississauga, ON.
Mixed by Joseph Shaw at Pure Opus Productions, Toronto, ON.
Original performed by Slum Village, produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) found on “Fantastic Vol. 2”
I’m Swanky Like That Music © 2012 

Octavio Santos uses YAMAHA trumpets and flugelhorns and YAMAHA mouthpieces
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Swanky says - liner notes:

I will always have a love affair with hip-hop. But then again, I will always have a love affair with many genres that are in my repertoire. Having grown up to jazz and classical music at a very young age, my hip-hop vocabulary expanded during my late high school years. I had this one English teacher that considered me her musical guru because I would turn her onto dope music. It became a relationship in which we’d trade CDs with each other to acquire what one had listened in their music arsenal. I would already be knowledgeable of what she had, so the music learning process would be in her court.

My first taste of hip-hop (focused on, because I’d hear it on the radio, but I’d never pay attention…it was mainstream too, not that there’s anything wrong with it) was The Roots’ “Phrenology”. I know, I know…it’s the most experimental album that The Roots had ever produced, but it opened my eyes to go back to previous Roots releases and made me stumble upon other artists such as Common, Talib Kweli and Mos Def among others.

Oh yes…we’re talkin’ Soulquarian territory here.

My first encounter with J Dilla, one of the members of the Soulquarians, was through a hip-hop collective called Slum Village. Hell, I didn’t even start off “Fan-tas-tic Vol. 1” or “Fantastic Vol. 2”. I’m one of those people who upon discovery take a leap back into previous discographies. It was “Trinity: Past, Present & Future” that had me. This was the first album where Dilla left to pursue his solo career, but he still had some productions on there. Going back to check out the second installment of “Fantastic” caught me by surprise. I have never heard this style of hip-hop before…it was like that blahzay, chill type rap where rhymes were just…you know…whatever…spittin’ playfully and having a microphone swagger that I found really dope.

Conant Gardens”…”I Don’t Know”…shiiiiiiit.

Such dope joints!

From then on, I’ve had profound respect for J Dilla’s mastery of sample chopping and production work. I was discovering works of his that had me locked on headphones, vibin’ out sometimes until 4 in the morning (like Common’s “Like Water For Chocolate” album).

He was one of those producers that influenced me…not to sound like him…but to get my music game on. I do have countless producers in my influences list, but he definitely made it on there. Here we have a man that was on his deathbed making “Donuts”. He loved music. I love music. I can see why.

I was in the middle of working on horn arrangements for UK soul singer Greg Blackman, specifically the B-side of a forthcoming joint called “Buttah”, when I took a break from the session. When I take a break from workin’ on music, I listen to music (if I’m not eating, haha!!). Yeah…I love music.

Slum Village’s “Fantastic Vol. 2” was blaring loud in the lab and “Fall In Love” was playing. I was next to a keyboard and was noodling with the melody that Dilla chopped from Gap Mangione’s “Diana In The Autumn Wind” while I said the hook.

Hmmmm…

It made me put the “Buttah” session on hold to mess around with this.

I’ve never done a J Dilla tribute joint and usually all those Dilla tributes pop up in the music community nearing his death anniversary.

This is the first time that I’ve produced anything without the help of another producer or a musician. I’d usually have someone helping me out, but this time I wanted to improve on my production game. The results are this.

I wanted to express a different version of “Fall In Love” with the trumpet as the lead voice. I’ve been dabbling in horn arrangements as of late and I wanted to put that to use. Goin’ back to the hook, “Don’t sell yourself to fall in love…the things you do…”, I was messin’ around on the vocoder thinkin’ I should do some Casey Benjamin (of The Robert Glasper Experiment fame) shit, hahaha!

That hook has enough meaning packed inside…advice to heed. Never sell yourself for that four letter L-word. Always do you. Don’t be someone you’re not to impress another. Make sure your efforts and sacrifices are not falling on someone who doesn’t deserve it. It might sound like a common sense thing, but we’ve all fallen in that trap one time or another I’m sure.

This joint is my re-vision.

This is for J Dilla.

Don’t sell yourself to fall in love.

Please pass this on to any music aficionado or anyone that will dig the vibe.

Much love and Reese’s peace,

O.

NOT FOR SALE - FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY

24 June 12

22-06-12 - TD JAZZFEST DAY 1: JANELLE MONÁE (opening: Roman GianArthur)

The first day of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the first on my 10-show, 8-day stop. The weather wasn’t horrible at all which made the stay inside Nathan Phillips Square very comfy.

I was able to grab my 2 extra tickets from a shoe store near the venue. What was supposed to be a clean pick up ended up with me takin’ home a pair of kicks. LOL! Oh well, it was a deal anyway, ha! Shouts to Peace Magazine for hookin’ it up…it was greatly appreciated.

Well…I had gotten my ticket beforehand, so what’s the use of 2 extra tickets? The lucky recipients of these 2 extra tickets were Keisha C. (back up vocalist for Tanika Charles & The Wonderfuls) and her friend Amanda (in which I told her to bring a friend). I didn’t want to waste them and I know Keisha would’ve been appreciative of great music.

The last time I saw Janelle Monáe was at the 2011 CMW Awards where she took the place by storm as the headliner. It was no exception that Friday evening…hell, she was even better than ever.

We’ll get to Janelle later…

Let’s talk about the opener Roman GianArthur. Please remember that name. Mark my words…he will blow up real soon. He’s in the shadows of the music scene…for now. Havin’ produced the overtures on Janelle’s “The ArchAndroid" album and the last song "BabopbyeYa”, his talent is yet to be shown to the world with open ears.

As the opening act, I’m sure not a lot of people knew who this Roman GianArthur was. I didn’t know much about Roman until I YouTubed him. I was out to learn and gain more music knowledge that night. He made his name known. His sound spewed of a rock/soul style that you could amalgamate D’Angelo/Raphael Saadiq/Prince vibes into somethin’ a little more than just incorporated styles.

The man can sing.

Period.

I was on such a musical high from the trio of musicians who backed him with keys, bass and drums (members of Janelle's ArchOrchestra) as Roman took the lead guitar into overdrive, castin’ spells of fantastic riffs and mind blowin’ melodic punches note by note.

My favourite of that night had to be a sexually infused joint entitled “i69" where he told the crowd that it was about mutual love. You can hear a female in the crowd respond, "That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!!”. Oh yeah.

Hell yeah.

The soundscapes were just…euphoric.

I’m tellin’ you that this man will blow up large. Wait for his name to shine. Don’t tell me I didn’t tell y’all.

I was waitin’ for the main course.

Janelle's hype man George 2.0 got the crowd on its feet by providin’ the room with energetic crowd participation. The task: Answer Monáe as the name Janelle was said.

Backed by a 13-person powerhouse of a band, the stage exploded with the first 3 tracks on her album in smooth transition. The crowd wanted more…I wanted more. The horns gave it flavour and the string section was incredible! The backing vocalists were fun to watch as they danced and provided vocal help. Guitarist Kellindo Parker (please don’t mistake him for Andre 3000 as he usually is mistaken for in many performances with Janelle - I can see the similarity, but naw) held it down and shredded with the greatest of ease.

Give it to Janelle to win over the crowd some more with “Smile" as she sang it with an angelic demeanour which brought me goosebumps.

I couldn’t help but smile as I saw the band themselves in a heightened mood. It must be fun to play with Janelle's ArchOrchestra as they grooved, bounced around and even laid “dead” on the floor as part of the excellent choreography that turned the music into somewhat of a cinematic venture.

By the end of the night, the crowd was on RedBull mode, as the crowd asked for more Janelle.

C’mon…you’re comin’ out for an encore…and she did.

She performed 3 more songs, one of them being her brand new “Electric Lady" song as well as "Come Alive" to close it off (where my reference to the members of the band playin’ dead comes into play). She really trusts her fans and the crowd as she stepped on top of everyone’s supportive hands to lift her up, causing a magnificent cheer from the feat.

It was a surreal experience and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival chose wisely to kick start the mainstage with Ms. Monáe.

At the end with the show, I was able to converse with some of the musicians. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet Janelle. It was great to meet the musicians still, as some of them have recognized me on Facebook and even on the stage as they saw that I myself teemed with radiant energy.

Hey…if you put on a show, I’ll respond. I’m no screwface.

I took a lot of pics of the action and with the people, but this best represents my night.

I’m ready for day #2 later tonight. Bring on the noise with Hiromi: The Trio Project (opening: The Bad Plus with special guest Joshua Redman). All of these musicians don’t mess around with jazz.

P.S. Sorry, no links…I’m on an extremely tight schedule and to have been able to blog about this astounds me. Hey…let the people know, right? As I blog through this 9-day sonic excursion, just Google up those bolded names that you may wanna know more about, alright? Cool!

21 June 12

Octavio Santos - Fall In Love (For Dilla) — 07.03.12.

6 April 12

FEATURED ON EARMILK.COM?

I didn’t think this was a great deal.

Apparently it’s a good look.

Elaquent posts on my Facebook “u gettin famous bruh”.

Nuh uh…you’re famous. I just happened to be tagged along cuz I featured on your joint.

One of my co-workers said that it was pretty good to be on here and that’s how he discovered Chidlish Gambino.

Oh word?

I haven’t paid attention to this site.

I’m mostly an avid browser of Okayplayer.com.

That’s cool though.

I’m grateful. Very.

My name seems to have gotten a small buzz. I’ve been workin’ hard. Glad the hustle is payin’ off. I still think I’ve done nothin’, LOL. I need to do more.

Oh, what’s the article?

HERE.

Posted: 3:03 AM
Thank you Sy! =)

Thank you Sy! =)

11 March 12
I was askin’ what I should do for International Women’s Day as a male and my keyboardist homie David suggested I get someone the new Robert Glasper Experiment CD “Black Radio”.
Good idea!!!
Looks like Christmas came early for Elaine with the post-International Women’s Day acknowledgment =)
She’s lucky that I bought the LAST copy in the store for her.

I was askin’ what I should do for International Women’s Day as a male and my keyboardist homie David suggested I get someone the new Robert Glasper Experiment CD “Black Radio”.

Good idea!!!

Looks like Christmas came early for Elaine with the post-International Women’s Day acknowledgment =)

She’s lucky that I bought the LAST copy in the store for her.

10 February 12

I GOT BEATS FROM ADAM HURST!!!!!

Yes, my dude ad h from the UK.

Let’s make movements.

He never does R&B…I kinda pushed him into it when I made “I Must Confess"…LOL!!!! Ok, let’s get technical here…this project is electronic soul. We’re gonna start a project (1 of 3 that I have…oh lawd) and we’re gonna call ourselves sum’n…a duo name. I dunno what though.

Any suggestions?

Lemme calls some collaborators too =)

Pryslezz, LyricL and Capitol A are some of a couple that I’m callin’ aboard.

30 January 12
28 January 12
FACEBOOK INVITE AND DETAILS: https://www.facebook.com/events/139698149480785
You’re gon’ love my squad.
This is The Vibrasonic Sessions roster on Sunday, February 5, 2012:
Troy Patterson :: keyboards Damon Pfaff (a.k.a. Nomad) :: guitar Daniel Magno :: bass Shaine Crosbie-Cameron (a.k.a. DJ Lefty) :: drums Octavio N. Santos (a.k.a. Swanky) :: trumpet/flugelhorn Carlos Jarquin :: alto saxophone Zack Hamilton :: trombone Joshua Lopez :: backing vocals Ysobel Ardiente :: backing vocals
We’re givin’ you instructions for love ALWAYS.
You will know soon…

FACEBOOK INVITE AND DETAILS: https://www.facebook.com/events/139698149480785

You’re gon’ love my squad.

This is The Vibrasonic Sessions roster on Sunday, February 5, 2012:

Troy Patterson :: keyboards
Damon Pfaff (a.k.a. Nomad) :: guitar
Daniel Magno :: bass
Shaine Crosbie-Cameron (a.k.a. DJ Lefty) :: drums
Octavio N. Santos (a.k.a. Swanky) :: trumpet/flugelhorn
Carlos Jarquin :: alto saxophone
Zack Hamilton :: trombone
Joshua Lopez :: backing vocals
Ysobel Ardiente :: backing vocals

We’re givin’ you instructions for love ALWAYS.

You will know soon…

27 January 12

An unmixed snippet of the Super C Music & Swanky's Remix of Almost September's “All Over Me”.

Almost September is the trio of MC Lyte, Jared Lee Gosselin and Phillip “Whitey” White.

I’ve warned Jared of what’s to come…and he responded.

Wait for the full version er’rybody! =)

Posted: 2:20 AM

Earth, Wind & Fire - Got To Get You Into My Life (A&E Live By Request)

Philip Bailey is such a G.

26 January 12

D’Angelo - Chicken Grease - Live In Stockholm (26/01/12)

HOLY MOTHERFUCKIN’ SHIT!!! COME TO TORONTO NOW!!!!

COMEBACK!!!!!

23 January 12

The Game Feat. Mario & Wale - All The Way Gone

We gon’ be all the way gone…

14 January 12

HOW IT FEELS: LYRICS EXCERPT - CHORUS

Still workin’ on “A Dime For Your Thoughts"…slow jam mode for this one. There’s never a day I don’t try to get my mind right in it. Yup, inspired.

Slowly kissing on your neck and shoulders
We can play connect the dots
Just how you like it
I can warm you up if it gets colder
Hittin’ all the spots
Get you excited

If you’ll be my woman
Then make no mistake
It’ll be the decision
The best one you make

If curious has you in mind
I’ll show you how it feels
Show you how it feels
Show you how it feels
Show you how it feels

# A D i m e F o r Y o u r T h o u g h t s

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh