With two full time jobs and multiple business ventures, Orion Swift is probably the busiest person you know. Despite a full schedule, he is disciplined and committed to creating music, recording vocal tracks to his 2020 EP, “Wage Peace,”* in his car on an iPhone XR during the time between his working hours. *Wage Peace produced by MPM Producer
Orion Swift is what happens when you take an artist who grew up in Seattle going to underground shows and playing in death metal and grindcore bands with his father, give him pop-punk and hip-hop influences, a pop sensibility, and top it off with master training in Reiki and a sense of spiritual consciousness. With a healthy appetite for esoteric teachings and a gnostic worldview, Orion views the process of making music as alchemical. To him, the ability to communicate ideas and emotions through the airwaves with vibrations and frequencies is akin to magick.
Born in Seattle in December 1990 to avid Metallica fans Sheri and Micah, Orion’s name was almost certainly influenced by the 1986 instrumental masterpiece of the same name from the ‘Master of Puppets’ album. With music running through him from birth, no one was surprised when a 13-year-old Orion co-formed Seattle death metal/grindcore band Immortal Divination with his father, the two sharing guitar and vocal duties. By 14 he was playing his first show with the band at Seattle’s El Corazon. By the time he was 16, he had already started another band, IDOLS, and continued to play with them into his 20’s.
At 22, he moved to Utah with his wife and mentor, MaryShae, where he studied Reiki healing, befriended psychics, witches, artists, and healers. He began his professional career in marketing with plant-based superfood company Sunwarrior in 2015. That same year, he crossed paths with the founder of eco-hip hop Ietef DJ CAVEM, Vita at the Sedona Raw Food Festival (aka Pure Living). CAVEM mentored Orion as an artist and inspired him to create music that cultivates love and positivity while sticking to his underground roots.
Following this encounter, Orion wrote and self-produced a concept album using only his iPhone with the stage name Sugar Venom 7. With no real audio engineering experience, the quality was not incredible, but it led him to meet and partner with Italian producer Marco Porrà, who was able to understand Orion’s vision and take his music to the next level. Orion then enlisted the help of Nic Bot, a professional graphic designer and fellow Sunwarrior, to create the artwork.
And after 15 years of making music Orion embraced his given name and started embracing dark rap in 2019 thanks to an old friend and confidant, DJ CAVEM. In his first year with his new project, Orion released a handful of singles including the first song he created for this endeavor, “Invocations” and a song inspired by a ride home with his grandpa after leaving his grandma’s hospital bedside. His first trip back to Seattle in some time, he noticed the countless rows of homeless encampments and when he got back home, “Road to Freedom” came to him as a way to start a conversation and shine a light on a growing problem in America.
Growing up going to shows and playing music with his metal-enthused dad, Orion got a headstart in music that many of his peers did not. That ingrained in him a passion that would go on to be as versatile as the music he once listened to in his bedroom as a youth. Today, he’s taken his expertise of various genres and molded them into what he defines as Dark Rap. To which he notes, “There is a small pioneering class of artists doing a similar thing, but my unique POV, musical background, and business/marketing sense cultivated in the growing Natural Products industry allows me to stay fresh and innovative from a holistic perspective.’
With such a strong and capable team behind him, Orion is ready to make an impact on the global music scene and collective consciousness by spreading good vibes, and giving back to the universe through diverse underground music. By the end of 2019, he’ll have released five singles, the last being “Wrong Guides.” In 2020 he plans on releasing even more as he sets his sight on licensing deals, and getting label representation.