A Letter From The Editor


Swiss, Shah and I are sitting in their rented portion of Blue Light Studios, a Vancouver based recording studio, home to a variety of artists. Light from the sunset trickles through the blinds, illuminating Swiss’ face. Slouched in a chair, he sits humbled and sincere. Smoke dances between us as we pass to the left and discuss the current state of Vancouver’s music scene.


The Interview:

DnM: Swiss, thank you for taking the time out of your day to meet with me, I appreciate it. Let’s start off with an easy question, just to break the ice: What’s the thing in your fridge that’s closest to going bad / spoiling?

Swisslizz: A piece of cake from the release party of ‘Tales of 25’.

Both: *laugh*

DnM: Tell us, who is Swisslizz?


Swisslizz: I’m just a kid whose always loved music. Around the age of 11 I started to learn piano, I learned how to play the drums, then I stared producing. I was really young, like 13 years old. I just love to create- you know? – But I am originally Nigerian, I was born in Nigeria. I moved here in 07 for college, in Kamloops, at Thompson River’s University. But I always knew I was meant to make music. From the time I moved here, to the time back home, I’ve always been making music.

DnM: Being from Nigeria, does that impact your music or how you produce music?

Swisliss: Definitely. Definitely. It gives me a bit of flavour and perspective.

DnM: Now you mentioned your release party for Tales of 25, the new album, what can you tell us about it?

Swisslizz: We were just celebrating the whole project. We started out last year, it’s been a year now, before I was making a different kind of music. You know how it is, before you find your sound you have to do a little bit of trial and error. I was making music, that I felt like, wasn’t me. So I took a break and worked on a new sound. We were just happy, we were celebrating.

DnM: This is your 5th album. How does this album differentiate from the other? What can fans expect?

Swisslizz: This album is really different. This is me finding my sound, finding my direction I am supposed to go in as an artist. Which is a beauty, cause once you find that, you’re good. This is different, because I actually know my sound.

DnM: And what is your sound? What are you saying to family who ask you what  your sound is?

Swisslizz: My sound is really, really chill. It’s meant to put you in a good mood. It’s really relaxing, it makes you just think.

DnM: Lyrically, how do you describe yourself? What do you like to express through your lyrics?

Swissliss: I just talk about things I do on the regular. I talk about relationships I’ve had, I talk about things I’ve had to go through things as an artists to get to this point. I talk about the struggle, the haters, the doubters, the people who think I can’t do it.

DnM: What’s it like being a Vancouver artist? How do you feel about Vancouver’s scene as an emerging artist?

Swisslizz: Vancouver has so much potential. I know something big is going to happen here very soon. You meet a lot of people with talent.

DnM: Who has the talent? Anyone you want to give a shout out too?

Swisslizz:  Tons. Shout out to my hommie Shah, shout out to my hommie Vancity Prince, shout to Rawj, shout out to hommie Raeliss, my hommie Tee West – he works so hard he’s such a dedicate person – and shout out to Aloma steele.

DnM: Going forward, what do you want to achieve out of your musical career?

Swisslizz: I want my music to reach as many people as possible. I want it to be out there.  For me I love my music, I feel good when I listen to it and I want people to have that same feeling. I want people to enjoy it. Yeah, I just want to be out there

DnM: You’ve said it took you 5 albums and years to evolve into your sound today. What are you hoping it will to evolves into?

Swisslizz: That it’s bigger and better. one thing about me, is I love learning, I love working with people, they inspire me.

DnM: If you could do any drug with any person, past or present, who and what would it be?

Swisslizz: I would do a bunch of molly with Jeezy.

DnM: Haha awesome. Thanks so much for this I really appreciate this guys.

Swisslizz: Thank you.


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