A few days ago, you were introduced to Orion‘s new single, titled “Invocations”. Now, Orion is here to talk about this song and all the projects he’s currently working on for the rest of the year. Check out what he had to say below!
Hello, Orion! Thanks for your time! For those who don’t know you yet, would you mind introducing your music to our readers?
Hey Valentine! My pleasure, and thanks so much for having me on Distrolution. Hello everyone, my name is Orion Swift. You can find me by searching my first name on any major streaming platform or following my website or social media accounts. I am so honored and excited to be here!
My music is eclectic to say the least. I love so many different genres, from death metal, to hip hop, to hardcore, pop and world music. It only feels natural that I express what my soul sounds like rather than focus on making something to fit in a specific genre. That’s what punk rock means to me. It’s more than just a specific style or sound, it’s a transcendent and progressive mindset – a way of being.
I’ve always been drawn to the DIY counterculture ethos, and I love a good rag to riches story. The way visionary artists are able to create something out of nothing and exist outside the norm as a counter point to what is happening in society is inspiring to me. I seek to embody this archetype and channel that energy into my work in a way that promotes empowerment and positivity to the sound of aggressive and high energy music.
How do you manage your time between your personal life and your music? Isn’t it hard?
What a great question, thank you for asking. Well let me break it down this way, in the intro to Invocations, I say “This one goes out to all my people out there killing themselves with a 9-5, then they gotta work a 5-10, a side hustle and sell their blood just to make ends meet”. I was talking about myself with these lyrics because that’s the reality I’m living right now. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like working hard, and I have nothing but love and respect for the people I work with. It’s the system in general that needs work.
As far as managing my time, the game changed for me when I discovered that all iPhones come loaded with the Garage Band app. That has allowed me to record and create music on the go with whatever downtime I get. I call the drivers seat of my Nissan Juke “Juke Box Studios”. A few of my upcoming songs were actually recorded straight into my iPhone mic and sent to mix, so I could finish them during my busy life. Other than that, it all comes down to discipline and integrity. If I make a personal or professional commitment, I follow through.
Not counting the time I spend working on music, I spend 60+ hours a week employed, so it can certainly be difficult to find time to relax. I have a tendency to become manic and obsessive with creative projects. And my wife, MaryShae helps me immensely in this area by bringing me down to earth and keeping me grounded. It’s good to have a partner whom you can trust to help you out in areas you are lacking, and vice versa.
You have an interesting universe, as you mix punk music with rap music. What prompted you to make such a choice? 🙂
Thank you, I am glad you find it interesting. I grew up playing metal and hardcore in the Seattle Music scene, and have always loved rap and hip hop, so those are my roots. As time went on and I became older, wiser and more experienced, I became enamored with punk rock. I have always admired the DIY attitude and have found the mysterious occult energy that comes with it to be fascinating.
After reading a lot of rock n roll history and alternative books like the Secret History of Rock n Roll by Christopher Loring Knowles, I began to understand the reach of the underground to influence mainstream culture in all civilizations. It made me realize that this is the way I want to share my soul and contribute to raising the frequency of this world through collective thought.
Something not everyone knows about me is that the first 4 albums I bought for myself with Christmas money when I was about 10years old were System of a Down’s self-titled album. Ludacris’ Word of Mouf, Suicidal Tendencies’ Still Cyco After All These Years and Pokémon The first Movie Soundtrack. Now that I think about it, this is actually a pretty accurate representation of the music I strive to make.
You recently released a new single, titled “Invocations”, out now on major streaming platforms. Would you mind introducing this song to our readers?
I’d be happy to! Invocations, produced by Marco Porrà (aka MPM Producer) is a shining representation of the punk-alt-rap sound we are cultivating.
Musically, it has natural sounding drums that alternate between a groovy punchy hip hop vibe and a hard hitting fast paced punk thrash, ethereal synth and a driving guitar tone.
Vocally, it features aggressive, yelling raspy rap verses, Linkin Park-esque vocal melodies in the chorus. Some ad lib screams that would make Mitch Lucker (RIP) proud. And lyrics that express the state of society through my own perspective and personal truth.
Can we, by any chance, expect a music video for this single anytime soon?
I’ve definitely been thinking about making one! I would love to shoot a music video and will be looking to make this happen soon.
If not, are you currently working on any other project for the rest of the year?
I’m actually working with Marco now to produce some old tracks I wrote for a previous project that I really want to see the light of day. I will release them in the Fall as a double single called Entitlement Ov The World. These songs feature more screaming and a bit more aggression.
Then, by winter I plan to finish and release another track called The Mystic, Lady Savante. This one will more of a dark, amorous anthemic rock song with a funky, psychedelic instrumental fade out.
In between all of that I am continuing my research on mystery schools, gnosticicism and occult literature and planning my next songs. The fun part is deciding what direction I want to steer this ship ?
The last words are for you. If you have a message to convey, here’s your chance!
Sure, I’ll get up on my soapbox now for a minute! I just want everyone to know that they are the gods and goddesses of their own life. The divine gift we’ve all been given is the gift of creation. And with the energy that is building right now, it is more important than ever for us to be mindful of our thoughts, words and actions ‘cause you know what they say: be careful what you wish for.
Always be kind to yourself, love yourself, and then treat others the way you want to be treated. I know that may sound cliche, and in some cases easier said than done, but I really think this is the golden rule.
One love! Peace.