Five Questions With Jay Swinn

Canadian singer-songwriter, Jay Swinn has unveiled his newest single, “Empty Bottle”, which is a song about anyone who’s stared at an empty bottle around twilight. About life’s ups and downs. Staying up late can nearly ruin your life if you let it. It’s like being a kid all over again!

Check out “Empty Bottle” below, and find out more about Jay via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m a Peterborough-born, Toronto-based songwriter, musician, and record producer. Over the past decade or so I’ve headed some different projects of my own (Tarantuela, New Grease Revival, Los Diablos) as well as played sideman to many different singer-songwriters/bands around Toronto and Peterborough.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

My music and writing style varies from song to song mostly. Sometimes I write 1960/1990’s inspired Garage-Pop songs, other times I enjoy writing more Folky 1970’s Singer-Songwriter inspired material, or in a similar vein Americana and Country-Funk style music.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

No upcoming shows due to covid. I’ve been using my time off to finish my debut album over the past year or so.

The band performances range from high-energy Garage-Rock to Americana/ Classic Country music mixed with a bit of Country-Funk. I also share some band members with a Western-Swing band (in which I’m a member) called The Double Cuts. When I play as a duo or solo act, I tend to rely more on the Singer-Songwriter type material.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?


Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Of late I’ve been listening to Paul Kolinski, Andre Ethier, Cayley Thomas, Duff Thompson, Acapulco Gold, Packs, and then the classics like Willie P. Bennett, Joe Hall, David Wiffen and Gene MacLellan.

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