Sway’S Special Delivery
Hey everybody, are you all good? What a month June has been! I kicked it off by doing a lot of club shows. I hit up Windsor, Southampton, Peterborough, Brighton and Oxford - it was great to go to the towns and perform the singles on the club circuit. All of the shows went down incredibly well! I was also in Magaluf this month. It was bonkers; I literally didn't see the sunlight, but I'm booked in to play Majorca around five times this summer so I’m sure I'll find some time to chill out on one of those trips…
Alongside those shows, I also performed at I Luv Live's eighth birthday celebration. It was an incredible experience, a lot of people who I came up with in the game were there. I remember first doing a show with them about seven years ago, then performing again four years back, so it was great to see their progression and to have been a part of it! There was a slight hiccup as although the band who were there were incredibly talented, they didn't know the songs I wanted to do. Being the perfectionist that I am, I went to DJ Turkish and suggested we do the normal set so we took it back to basics; it went really well judging by the response!
The Park Life Festival in Manchester was a real fun show, but the highlight of the month was definitely the Radio 1 Hackney Weekender - the line-up was insane! I performed on the 1Xtra stage on Sunday and it was great to share a set with Devlin and Lethal Bizzle. It seemed like the whole UK scene was there as well as some big dogs from the US - we had the whole industry backstage! It was a great surprise for the people of Hackney that I was able to bring Kano out on stage with me for them. I performed 'Level Up', 'Still Speedin' and also got some beatboxing freestyling with Killa Kela in there.
For anyone who didn't see me this month I'll be at the Wireless Festival on Saturday July 7. That's looking like a mad one! Drake's headlining while Angel, Professor Green, Example and a load more great UK artists will be there on the day too.
I also dropped the third single from my upcoming album recently. I've spoken about it in the last two columns; it is called 'Song For The City' and features Ed Drewett. We got a HUGE reaction when we made the video available online for an hour. I got to see how many dedicated fans there were waiting and ready to watch it to show their support for me and the song. There was a huge amount of love for it and in all honesty it's probably the most positive reaction I've ever got for a track!
Me and my younger brother, who directed the video, went out round the capital and took pictures of loads of Londoners in various landmarks for it. I was overwhelmed by how many people were happy to be a part of it, even though they didn't recognize me. It was great as the people of London inspired the song, it's them who wrote it in a way and as they were the inspiration for the video it was only right that they were a part of it.
There is no official release date on the single as yet, but the album 'The Deliverance' is coming along nicely and I'm happy with how things have been shaping up!
Right, I best be off! I'm heading to L.A tomorrow for the BET Awards. I've been nominated for Best International UK Artist alongside Wretch 32, Labrinth, Emeli Sande and Estelle - it's a great opportunity to just be nominated. I will fill you all in on how I got on in next month's column. Until then!
If you missed Sway’s May column read it here.
Sway was speaking to James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)