Swati (which loosely translates to 'star' in her ancestral Hindu language) is a product of New York City's infamous lower east side. The neighborhood which gave us both Martin Scorsese and the Ramones has lately been the proving grounds for a new generation of pop musicians; everyone from Jeff Buckley to the Strokes has worked the clubs on this turf. From these mean streets comes Swati, whose first record you are about to experience.
Swati grew up in New York and was a child prodigy trombonist whose debut at Carnegie Hall had the unintended effect of causing her to abandon the classical world and explore her own voice through songwriting and guitar playing. She immersed herself in New York's downtown music scene at a young age managing the popular venue Nightingale's. This put her in touch with a wide range of musicians and a very fertile music and arts scene.
Swati approached the guitar and composition in an unorthodox way: she plays a twelve string strung with eight strings. All of her songs are written in open tunings ala Joni Mitchell and played through an assortment of effects pedals. The effect is remarkable: Swati doesn't sound like anyone else and no one sounds like her. Never has young woman sounded as muscular or delicate, getting a full band's worth of tonality out of a simple acoustic guitar.
After years of experimentation with different band members and producers, Swati teamed up with producer Duke McVinnie (songwriter/guitarist with Shivaree) and engineer Brandon Mason (David Bowie, The Secret Machines) to make her independent debut album at Allaire Studios. Having accomplished that, she has been taking to stages throughout the northeast as a solo performer, introducing audiences to performances previously seen only in New York.
Swati's songs are direct, intimate, honest and powerful, like the artist who made them. In Indian astrology it is said that people born under the 'star' of Swati are broad minded, attract people from diverse backgrounds and can 'bend with the wind' in order to survive forces of change. Swati has proven to be the embodiment of that.