What is your name and what city do you rep?
My name is Swiggle Mandela and I represent the city of Portland. Rose City.
Tell us about your latest releases, what inspired you to create them?
My latest release is my song needed it featured West side boogie, my brother Jasey Cordeta, Kenai a singer from L.A. and is produced by Macc who is also from L.A.
What is unique about you and your music?
The sounds are very west coast, and inspired by my connection to California. It is the only other state I have lived in, and I visited more than any other state because that is where most of my Filipino family that lives in the state lives. Also inspired by an amazing vacation me and my wife took to California.
My music is unique because it is very eclectic and versatile. Not many artists can do a spiritual song, a protest song, and a song you can party to all on the same album. I work with so many different kinds of artists and musicians who may sing or play instruments my music can’t really be put into a box. I can do simple and fun, or complex soul shaking and thought provoking.
What shaped your music?
My life, and the music I listened to, as well as the music my parents listened to really shaped my music. My Dad is Filipino and plays guitar and listens to Jazz, classic rock, blues, from miles Davis, to Jimmi hendirix, to Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Coltrane. My mom is Black and listened to lots of Motown and R&B. I was of course heavy into Hip Hop.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
I wanted to be a rapper when I was 9. By the time I was in middle school I was already considering it as a career, recording CDs with 14-20 songs (2003).
What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to all kinds of music. Every genre. Recently I have been listening to a lot of Nipsey Hussle and Maggie Rogers. I listen to movie soundtracks, and sometimes music that isn’t even in English.
What inspires you to write music?
Life and learning inspire me to write music. Documentaries, traveling, and the ups and downs of life. Taking care of my family, and passing struggles. Pushing myself to put more poetic and literary techniques. Art in general, cartoons, photography and movies. Nature, and being around my daughters.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
When I’m not doing music I like to do extra work on movie sets or sets for shows or commercials. I also just enjoy being a father. And brainstorming moves for my career. I like to oversee the designs of my clothing brand. I love to travel and take pictures.
Happiness to you is…
Happiness to me is experiencing love from your family.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
I wish I would have known it was going to be a long run and to be patient. I would tell young artists that being a rap artist is like going to school, you’ll have to pay tuition and graduate before you start making money. It won’t happen overnight.
Tell us about your upcoming projects…
My album “Movie Money” is what I am currently working on. It will have music that is very lyrical and music that really blur the lines of genre. There is a song with a choir of singers and a guitar solo, and songs with no choruses just displaying lyrical ability. I will also be releasing a short film with this album.
Where do we find you music / music projects?
You can find my music on all digital streaming platforms.
Any last words for the readers?
We are all one family no matter what color your skin is where you come from or how you identify with yourself.