Interview with DJ Swivel, Grammy Award-Winning Producer & Engineer

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm
150 Mass Ave, Media Center
moderated by Prince Charles Alexander, Professor, MP&E
co-sponsored by the Billboard Hot 100 Club
Jordan Young, known to many as DJ Swivel, is a Toronto-born, Grammy-winning producer, mixer and songwriter. He began his musical career in 2005 in New York City, under the mentorship of Duro, a well established mixer, producer and CEO of Desert Storm Records (Fabolous, DJ Clue). Under the tutelage of Duro, Swivel worked with a wide variety of artists including Jay-Z, Diddy, Pharrell, Britney Spears, and Fabolous, eventually recording and mixing the letters albums From Nothin To Something, and Loso’s Way. In 2010, Swivel went on to work with Beyoncé, recording and mixing her album 4, which won a Grammy in 2012 for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song "Love On Top", and worked on part of her follow up self titled album, Beyoncé. In 2014 he founded Headliner Magazine, a music-driven publication and SKIO Music, a marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of music content, enabling legal remixing at scale by simplifying the licensing process, allowing creators to focus on making music with the safety net of fair and transparent deals & financial transactions. In 2015 he began working with The Chainsmokers, first as a mixer on the Roses EP, followed by mixing and production work on their follow up EP, Collage. Collage spawned the hits "Don’t Let Me Down", for which he won a Grammy for 2017’s Best Dance Recording, and "Closer", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks and broke countless records along the way.
Selected discography at the library.
- 2 Grammy nominations, 1 Grammy win.
- Worked on multiple Grammy-nominated and winning projects.
- Worked with artists such as The Chainsmokers, Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Rihanna, Coldplay and more.
- Sold over 50 million albums and singles as a mixer/producer.