In the rich tapestry of the music industry, emerging artists find their inspiration and motivation from a myriad of different sources. Rising star Swazypanda, whose real name is Quincy Felton, finds his muse in the music of a universally acclaimed icon – Drake.
Felton finds a certain resonance and kinship with the essence of Drake’s music and Billboard hits. After all, both Drake and Felton use their music to weave stories and emotions designed to create a sense of connection and joy in their listeners. And just like we are when we listen to Drake, the experience of listening to Swazypanda can best be described as expressive, versatile and relatable.
It’s not every day you get to hear the musical journey of an artist who started out as a dancer at the ripe age of 7 or 8. It’s easy to take a peek at Swazypanda’s backstory and be intrigued by his transformation from a young dancer performing in talent shows, to a musical maestro creating symphonies of feelings and thoughts. The story of a friend’s unprompted talent show request that led to a schoolyard uproar after a well-timed classmate reference in a hastily written song, tells more than just his artistic agility, it captures Felton’s ability to engage with his community. That enduring passion for music has been the guiding compass for Felton, ever since.
His work ethic is plain to see; with new singles dropping every month until August, and a mixtape slated for a November release. Not resting on his laurels, Felton is also working meticulously on his upcoming project, “Be Like Swazy.” The glow of excitement that comes with such hard work and anticipation is something his faithful followers can surely identify with.
Each artist puts their unique stamp on their music. Felton’s personal brand is the openness and passion for his craft, and he is unafraid to show it. Describing himself as kind and open-minded, Felton’s music stands as a true testament to who he is – unfiltered, impressive, and ready to leave an indelible mark in the music world.
Swazypanda is also devoted to infusing his work with relatability and impact. His goal? To enable listeners to truly feel his music, and to find themselves and their own experiences reflected within his tunes. There exists a deeply rooted desire for fans getting to know him better through his music, an invitation of sorts for listeners to get a glimpse of his heart and soul, one song at a time.
Felton has been relentlessly pursuing his musical journey, even facing the daunting uncertainty of standing up without the backing of his immediate circles. Powered by his immense faith in his abilities, and an untiring pursuit of self-validation, Swazypanda marks an inspirational figure for other upcoming artists.
The secret to his continued growth is a constant cycle of creating and sharing music. Fans have several reasons to be excited about the future, with a catalogue of releases and shows lined up. For those closest to Felton’s music journey, his upcoming tape “Be Like Swazy” in November promises to be a milestone in his career.
Emulating his role model Drake, Felton hopes to touch listeners with his music, steering them towards joy and providing a sense of connection. For upcoming artists in a similar vein, Felton’s story underscores the importance of faith in self, the beauty found within the struggles faced, and most importantly, the journey that eventually leads to success.