Moments, Diction, & Synesthesia: This Is Swan Faucet. Dyzzy on Vinyl, 10/2

Everytime we play a song it’s different. It’s always a jam. The moment tells us when to push, when to pull.

Brett Kramer.

I walked into a classic weekend scene at Dyzzy on Vinyl last Saturday night: dim lights, less-than-sober jazz cats, & good music. The shop was packed with eyes on an up & coming alternative blues 3-piece, Swan Faucet. A bottle of Wild Turkey weaved its way through the crowd in celebration; the event was an EP release party for their recording debut, Flower. A raw pentatonic drive was at the core of their sound, though I could hear influences ranging from desert rock, indie, psychedelic, grunge & back. Sleepily melodic basslines met swift drum punches in their pocket, setting up the canvas for guitar leads to paint a story. The heart of the classics, a knack for modern songwriting, & fealty for song forges a charm exclusive to this rock trio. Their entire set was a moment; this was one of the best live sets I’ve experienced since the pandemic hit.

Clip from a Friday night backyard show, 10/15.
Happy Birthday, Tabasco.

Brett Kramer, guitarist, introduced me to Aman Patel, drummer, & Olivia Wissa, bassist. The three switch roles throughout their setlist & Brett/Olivia share vocal leads.


Shortly after we started the band, Aman took a trip up to San Francisco. When he got back, he couldn’t stop talking about how the Airbnb had this swan faucet in the bathroom. We were trying on names & Swan Faucet had this succinct ring to it. It meant absolutely nothing, which was perfect.


Aman & I had been jamming at CSULB since 2016. We always wanted a 3-piece, but never found the right fit until Olivia moved down the street from us. After she joined, the project’s been full send.


These two actually taught me bass. I’ve only been playing for 10 months, but I’m classically & jazz-trained on flute.

How’s your transition from flute to bass been?


Understanding the basis of music made transferring instruments a little easier. I will say that going from a purely melodic instrument to a melodic & rhythmic instrument has been a lot of fun. It forces me to think in a way I don’t normally do; melody’s still involved, but having to weld that to the pocket isn’t really a factor on the flute. Every choice I make influences the entire band to a much greater extent.


She lays it down, outlines the landscape for us. I’ll wake up & stare at my ceiling like, yo, where is it? Once I find these two, Olivia will start piecing it together like, finally, here’s a platform I can work from.

It’s almost like you were boxing with the kit in there.


That’s what I live for. I hear a groove & I’m like, okay, where’s the halftime? I love making things more brutal than they ought to be.

Take me through your songwriting process.


One of us might bring an idea to a session but most of the time we start from scratch. We’ll just start playing & all of a sudden the three of us are creating together. It’s like magic.


It’s a stream of consciousness. There’s no defined leader saying ‘this is how I imagined it;’ it’s the three of us imagining out loud in real time.

Last question, why do you play music?


I have synesthesia, which blends your senses. I get it with words & numbers, but it’s the most profound with music. When I’m playing a show & those eye-closing moments happen, there’s this cornucopia of colors, textures & visuals. Getting to experience that is like scratching an itch. It’s deeply self-indulgent (haha).


It’s my avenue to speak from without using diction. Not many can really speak music, but everyone understands it. Know what I mean? Sometimes my brain knows what it wants to say, but can’t find the right words to say it. So I just smash some drums instead. Other times my muscle memory expresses emotions I didn’t even know I had. These guys pick up on that, & add to it. It’s cool.


Music’s the only thing that makes sense, man. It’s the present, music is now. Every thought I have in a day is looking forward to playing with these two. Those moments Olivia mentioned where we can’t help but close our eyes; I couldn’t ask for anything more perfect.

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By Hector Zaldivar

Professional magician. @hexzald