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  • Artist Name:  The Sway
  • Genre:  Alternative
  • About & History:  Pete Collison is a Southend based guitarist, singer, and songwriter whose style is deeply rooted in the underground rock, jazz, and blues that first compelled him to make music. Whilst veering towards the idiosyncrasies of artists such as Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, and Mark Lanegan, his latest project (The Sway) mixes influences with inspiration to create a dark rhythmic sound which whilst giving nod to the deepest of musical histories, also remains open to new directions.

    From his early teens Pete was primarily a guitar player. Initially playing garage rock in the 1990s, he eventually found a home with funk and jazz bands such as Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours, The Fantastics, and Captain Hammond. Self penned releases on labels including Freestyle, Acid Jazz, Tramp, and Hammondbeat led to BBC Radio sessions (Mark Lamarr, Craig Charles, Tom Robinson, Robert Elms), and gigs around Europe and the UK. Alongside headline appearances at European festivals and London's Jazz Café, previous highlights have been provided by way of playing guitar for Blue Note legend Reuben Wilson, and being joined onstage by drum hero Bernard Purdie.

    With the end of The Fantastics in 2012, and a renewed passion for creating raw, unchained, honest music, Pete took a refreshing dive back into a multitude of influences. His love of literature and writing has encouraged a move to the main vocal, and an album of Sway recordings has recently been made available for download. Pete is currently writing new material, keeping a look out for new opportunities, and considering the possibility of expanding The Sway into a live band.
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