JSWISS and guitarist Wes Mingus, who has played on albums from the Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah separately, packed the house at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City for a unique duo show that featured Wes crafting all of the music on baritone guitar and loop pedal. They also invited No9to5’s own Chandanie and well as emcee Silent Knight, saxophonist Atsushi Ouchi and trumpeter Matt Giella into the mix as guests throughout. Watch recap video of some of the best moments above, shot by 1221 Media & Entertainment.
2016 was a real active year. Just the month of December alone was real active, so it’s easy to have missed things. We’ve got you covered though with all the most notable moments and music from JSWISS in 2016.
“I Wish” is a collaboration between myself and hip-hop/jazz band Temple5 that comes right on time at the end of the year as the perfect medicine for a world that has been through a rough 2016.
With lines like “I wish change did come with a new election/ I highly doubt it got no reason for a new perception” and a chorus that hopes for more love and peace, despite being recorded in the earlier part of the year, “I Wish” couldn’t possibly be more relevant.
JSWISS is featured on the new song and music video for “Banana Computer” from Brooklyn, NY-based funk/jazz fusion band Phantom Pop off of their sophomore album BETA, dropping on October 17. JSWISS & Phantom Pop will be pairing up for a 6-city tour on the Eastern half of the United States in November. Check out the tour dates below.
JSWISS & Phantom Pop Fall Tour:
11/10 – ROANOKE, VA (Martin’s Downtown)
11/11 – RALEIGH, NC (Deep South)
11/12 – BOONE, NC (Boone Saloon)
11/13 – NASHVILLE, TN (Mad Donna’s)
11/14 – CINCINNATI, OH (Urban Artifact)
11/15 – AKRON, OH (Blu Jazz+)
JSWISS takes to Grand Central station in New York City for some fun, feel good visuals to the funky track “Dave’s Joint” off of his No Music EP. The video is shot and edited by 1221 Media & Entertainment and the song features Dave Lowenthal on bass, Nick Rolfe on keys and Josh Schusterman on drums.
The video also comes with the announcement of a 6-city fall tour JSWISS is doing with jazz fusion/funk band Phantom Pop in November. Hit the Events tab on this very website for dates and locations!
Two of New York’s finest young talents, JSWISS and Jared Evan, connect on the soulful and meditative “Glass Case,” which is the second leak taken from Leedz Edutainment’s upcoming Eastern Standard compilation. “Glass Case” is produced by The Arcitype.
Written, recorded and released all in one day, JSWISS lets go of this new track over a neck-breaking song from multi-instrumentalist DJ Harrison. Enjoy and also always, pay attention to the lyrics (written in full in the Soundcloud link). And don’t forget, SWISS’ critically acclaimed No Music EP is out now.
What is an emcee?
An emcee has a command of language, top notch wordplay and delivery, and pays close attention to the words he chooses. An emcee wants you to hear every word he says. An emcee has command over all elements of the music and doesn’t simply rap over it, but becomes one with it, both dictating and adapting with the ebbs and flows of the soundscape. On the “No Music” EP, JSWISS shines as the epitome of an emcee.
Whether it’s the feel-good vibes of “Sunshine To Rain”, the party vibes of title track “No Music” or the introspective bars of “Figure It Out” JSWISS demonstrates that’s he’s not a rapper, but an emcee and an artist.
For this 6-track EP, JSWISS gathers a collection of talented musicians, many of whom have helped forge his impressive live show, for a unique blend of hip hop, soul, funk and jazz. The title “No Music” refers to the fact that when music becomes so much of your life (as a listener or artist) that its a constant, it’s No Music, it’s just an extension of Life.
Check out the EP below on Bandcamp or on iTunes. And click HERE to read the article No Music EP: More Than Liner Notes for exclusive insight into every song.