Today we’d like to introduce you to Bad Snacks.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Yeah! So to make it as brief as I can;
I started violin at age 3.5 in Massachusetts and studied classically very seriously for about 15 years. I was raised in a very musical family, and my parents were always pretty supportive of my exploration into other genres, so I ventured into folk music, indie-rock, & pop singer-songwriter territory kind of all through the lens of a violinist/fiddler. I knew I wanted to be a professional musician, so I applied to Berklee school of music only to be given a scholarship that wouldn’t be enough for my family to afford attending the school — so after a couple of gap years of saving up, I moved to LA where my brother lives and works as a professional drummer and producer.
When I moved to LA, I was still doing the singer-songwriter thing, but over the previous years, I had been diving more and more into electronic-infused hip-hop, neo-soul, and r&b and finally decided to make the switch from acoustic folk-pop over to electronic music. I put the guitar down and basically spent about 6 hours a day around work shifts practicing beat-making and production, taking influences largely from LA’s beat scene. I decided to make my journey public by posting some YouTube videos, and the response was way more enthusiastic than I had anticipated. After getting my first major commission by Google to make tracks for YouTube’s Audio Library, I decided to put out my own beat-tape entitled “Neat Tape 1,” and I’ve been producing, performing and teaching full-time ever since. Grateful every single day.
Please tell us about your art.
I make electronic and hip-hop derivative instrumental music that’s stacked with synth soundscapes and my string playing. It’s the first project of my life where I’ve been successfully able to combine my skills on the violin with the styles of music that I love the most, and I hope that when people listen to it they can hear the love that I have for beat culture and my attempt to bring my best to the table through my string compositions and mentality. It’s a synthesis of cultures for me; bringing things as seemingly far apart as hip-hop, electronic, classical and folk and meeting them in the middle through my own process and perspective.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Yes! Firstly, it takes a lot of work to yield genuine results. Someone once told me that luck is just opportunity that you had prepared for, and I think that’s very true. Secondly, It’s also very important to make art that is genuine to you — I know that it’s trite advice, but it’s real. Thirdly, go to every event that you’re invited to. Just trust me on this.
Oh, also don’t be so hard on yourself. The only person who can get in the way of your own path is YOU. So be kind. 🙂
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My music is on Spotify, Bandcamp and all over YouTube — People can support by streaming it or buying copies via Bandcamp and playing my music at friendly hangs or when they’re answering emails 🙂 The usual.
- Email: email@example.com
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- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/badsnacks/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilbadsnacks
Lauren Desberg, JP Villanueva, Tanya Nesta