Producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter Richard Swift died this morning in Tacoma, Washington, a consultant confirmed to Pitchfork. He was 41 years outdated. “Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know,” Dan Auerbach, Swift’s bandmate in the Black Keys and the Arcs, wrote in an Instagram post. “I will miss you my friend.”
Last month, it was revealed that Swift had been hospitalized as a consequence of a “life-threatening condition,” and a fund had been launched to cowl his medical payments.
In addition to releasing music as a solo artist, Swift was additionally a member of the Shins from 2011 to 2016, was the touring bassist for the Black Keys in 2014, and performed drums for the Arcs. He additionally performed keyboards for Starflyer 59 early in his profession. As a producer, he labored with Foxygen, Guster, the Mynabirds, Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Pure Bathing Culture, and lots of others. Swift based and owned National Freedom, a recording studio in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Swift was born in California. He grew up residing in Minnesota, Utah, and Oregon earlier than finally transferring again to Southern California to pursue music. While working at a studio referred to as the Green Room in Huntington Beach, Swift made his first data—Walking Without Effort and The Novelist—throughout his off hours within the early 2000s. (A self-taught musician and producer, he performed most devices and engineered your entire undertaking). He signed to Secretly Canadian and re-released the tasks as The Richard Swift Collection Vol. 1 in 2005. Swift’s final solo full-length beneath his personal title was 2009’s The Atlantic Ocean. In 2016, he launched a collaborative covers album with Damien Jurado.