Swatkins and The Positive Agenda
Swatkins is a joyful prophet of positivity. Together with his band, The Positive Agenda, he plays feel-good funk made by and for real human beings. Steve Swatkins is part of the new generation of performers making raw, fresh soulful music without relying on computers or backing tracks. This multi-instrumentalist is a master of the talkbox, an old-school analog effect using his larynx to shape the sound of his keyboard synthesizer sent through a vinyl tube. Think of the funky robot voice from "California Love" or the hair-raising harmony intro to "24 Karat Magic." Now picture a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable, and you've got a taste of what The Positive Agenda is all about.
Swatkins has long been a fixture on the touring scene in his capacity as a sideman and guest artist. As a full-time member of Excellent Gentlemen and Juno What?! he's spread his irresistible signature style on stages across the US and Canada. Since joining Allen Stone's band in 2013, he's been around the world several times, becoming an indispensable part of the live show and co-writing several of Allen's songs, including the lead single "Upside" from Stone's last album Radius and also the lead single "Brown Eyed Lover" from the yet-unreleased next record. Most recently, he's guest-starred with Brooklyn's Turkuaz at their debut Red Rocks performance, sat in with Vulfpeck at NYC's Central Park Summerstage, and has toured subbing on keyboards with modern funk legends Lettuce. Now with Steve's new original project, The Positive Agenda, his dedicated fans can see the Swatkins they know and love in a brand new setting, bringing high-energy performances to dancefloors everywhere.
In addition, Swatkins has performed or recorded with: The Motet, Eric Krasno, Liv Warfield (of Prince's New Power Generation), Moorea Masa, Jarrod Lawson, Fruition, Raquel Rodriguez, Lawrence, Farnell Newton, Reva DeVito, Russ Liquid, Bernie Worrell (of P-Funk/Talking Heads), Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr. (of The Meters)
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