The world of alternative music lost out on another extremely talented and kind soul today, as multi-instrumentalist Richard Ochoa Swift passed away today at 41 years of age in Tacoma, Washington due to an aggressive illness.
In addition to a journeyman’s career as a solo artist, Swift was a touring member for The Shins for five years during band’s post-hiatus return. Swift also joined longtime friend Dan Auerbach as a bassist for The Black Keys and a drummer for The Arcs.
While his achievements as a musician are laudable in their own right, Swift was also an accomplished producer with credits on albums by The Shins, The Arcs, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Damien Jurado, Foxygen, and many more.
Swift was born in California but spent a portion of his childhood in Northern Minnesota before returning to California to pursue a career as a musician. Rest in Peace, Richard Swift.
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