Featured Artist: Sons of Ignatius

Sons of Ignatius is the wonderfully soulful creation from duo Randall Swain and Reed Wilson.

Their debut EP, Sons of Ignatius, was just released on September 29 and is made up of killer tracks that are sure to give you nothing but good vibes. Seriously, “Sons of Ignatius DOES NOT associate with bad vibes or anything semi along the lines of bad vibes” (or so their Instagram says).

As Sons of Ignatius, Swain and Wilson are able to blend together alternative, reggae-inspired sounds with hip-hop beats in a way that is comfortably familiar, yet effortlessly fresh and alluring at the same time.

When asked how they’d describe their sound, Swain and Wilson feel it has a lot of electronic, alternative, and hip-hop influences. “I know personally, I get a lot of electronic influence. It’s kinda cool, actually…like, I have my own genre. I put in a lot of electronic influences, a lot of hip-hop,” says Swain. “My influence is, I’d say, singer-songwriter,” adds Wilson. “There’s actually a lot of alternative influence and even a lot of hip-hop and raggae influence,” he says.

Swain and Wilson are also co-founders of an independent record label that is “for the people” called Off Topic Entertainment. “‘For the people kinda means we’re trying to make more music that appeals to everyone,” says Swain. “We came up with the name ‘Off Topic’ because we didn’t want our label to be known for any genre, we wanted it to be known for all different genres.”

Swain and Wilson first started making music together in their hometown of Orange County, California during their junior year of high school. “We grew up 20 minutes from the beach. I feel like the beach has always had an influence on some of the music we make. We always kinda have that beach vibe,” says Swain. “Also, I’d say that Orange County kinda influenced us to reach out to different genres ‘cuz there’s no real music culture here,” adds Wilson.

That lack of music culture caused Swain and Wilson to head to Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana for college, where they’re both majoring in Music Industry Studies. “New Orleans has such a defined music culture here and it’s a lot different from Orange County,” says Swain. According to the guys, we can definitely expect to see a lot of New Orleans influence (including, but not limited to: jazz, horns, and live instruments) on their full-length album that’s set to drop sometime in March of next year.

And the New Orleans influence doesn’t stop there, as Loyola University basically provided the duo with their name. “Well, Ignatius, he started our school. And his name sounds cool and we’re dudes, so it’s sons of Ignatius. That’s kinda how we came up with it,” says Wilson.

With their laid-back, California beach vibe and utterly infectious sound, Sons of Ignatius is sure to be a duo whose name you’re going to remember!

Make sure to check out the music video for their song “ChaseHer” below:

 

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