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“We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a hope. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening. To use our own voice. To see our own light.”
- St. Hildegard of Bingen
My fourth album, Shady Lights, is primed for a proper release on vinyl! It was an incredible journey the past few years assembling these 17 tracks and I want to share its physical realization with my fans.
This record has been a long time coming since my last full length album back in 2010. I took a bit of time away to concentrate on collaborations and to rediscover myself musically. I also saw a lot of changes come and go, personal and otherwise. A few years ago, thanks in large part to a great studio space I moved into, I thought the time was right to release another full length, ultimately releasing it digitally in October 2017 on my label, Random Records.
I’m enormously proud of this album and, right from the beginning, I wanted to have this collection come out on vinyl. It’s still quite a ﬁnancial undertaking, but thanks to the growing and sustained audience of vinyl music lovers out there (like you!), it’s something we can make happen together!
Here are some brief descriptions of what you’ll be hearing. The ﬁrst track I wrote for the album, “Pillow Town” is ironically the last on it, and was inspired by the love of a great husband. “No Fakin” is about futuristic love, insomnia and sealing the deal. “Final Hour” includes lyrical cut-ups inspired by my past adventures in employment. The dark funk of “Are You With Me?” features the inimitable Taylor Savey on a liquidy bass guitar and internationally famous and glamorous DJ Honey Dijon declared it ‘dope.’ “Two Souls” is my introspective ode to commitment and relationships (expect a new video for this one coming soon), while “Hands Dirty” invites party goers to eschew their cell phones and social media in favor of real human connection. The ﬁrst single, “Turn It”, is a straight up jam with my musical partner and silky soul singer Mavin. Will Automagic of The Carry Nation declares moody house track “Loose Beat” as "the one for me on here. Snax is an institution.’
I like to think that my brand of funk is a nod towards that sound’s headier origins. Funk music doesn’t get enough credit for being dark and abstract. One can hear this in my heroes’ music: Prince, George Clinton, and Sly Stone. Funk can be angry, neurotic, mysterious and multifaceted as well as cathartic.
And I can’t speak to the creation of this album without acknowledging the huge inﬂuence of the one next to me wearing the mask; my spiritual mentor, the wise, wonderful and enigmatic Hil. Hil guided me on every step of the way in the making of the record, and he can help you on your life’s journey as well! In fact, Hil has agreed to give some of our Pledgers unique personalized messages, helping you to further unlock some of the mysteries residing in what we call the Shady Lights.
Speaking of incentives, fans and newbies alike will surely get into what’s on oﬀer here; from vocal and keyboard samples, to back catalogue music and downloads, and other super cool exclusives. As for the record itself, this is a limited edition pressing, housed in a gatefold sleeve with lyrics and specially designed cover; some on marble color vinyl! And check back here for plenty of updates on gigs, album cover design and new music videos of tunes from the album.
Join me and together, we can all follow the Shady Lights …. on vinyl!
Download the complete Shady Lights album as well as a special instrumental version of the album, oﬀered here exclusively for Pledgers, PLUS 2 remixes of tracks for the album and 2 exclusive bonus tracks from the Shady Lights sessions
The reason we’re here! Access Pass + Shady Lights on double vinyl in a deluxe full-color gatefold sleeve.
Make it personal! Access Pass + double vinyl release with a personalized autograph from me.
Released in 2006, Snax’s second CD Love Pollution saw him exploring the trajectory of a love affair ending; musically covering the emotional roller coaster of denial, anger, sadness and finally hope. Tracks ‘Honeymoon Over’ and ‘Immer So’ are still staples in Snax’s live sets today. BBC Collective raved, “Very cool, very funky, very good, and very worthy of regular recycling on your stereo system” while DJ Download wrote “11 superb tracks…with a depth often missed out by other artists.” This CD is out of print and very rare!
Here’s a unique oﬀer that’s sure to be a collectors item. Access Pass + one vinyl test pressing of the double album – signed, numbered, and housed in a unique hand painted cover from me!
Downloads of Snax – Up And Coming Children and Box Oﬃce Poison – One Good Thing featuring Adam Joseph, and Snax – Special Guest Star CD, plus Shady Lights vinyl album and Access Pass
Downloads of Snax – Up And Coming Children and Box Oﬃce Poison – One Good Thing featuring Adam Joseph, Snax – Special Guest Star CD, Special Guest Star 12”, and Prix EP on vinyl, plus Shady Lights vinyl album and Access Pass
Downloads of Snax – Up And Coming Children and Box Oﬃce Poison – One Good Thing featuring Adam Joseph, Snax – Special Guest Star CD, Special Guest Star 12”, and Prix EP on vinyl, and a rare copy of Tony Amherst’s Rush CD, plus Shady Lights vinyl album – signed marble copy! – and Access Pass
Get a personalized inspirational message from the enigmatic patriarch of the Shady Lights movement, the one and only Hil! He, in his majesty, will reveal some of the mysteries of Shady Lights to you, empowering and encouraging you to share your personal message with the world.
People tell me that I know my way around a keyboard. Just ask one of my many collaborators, like Jamie Lidell. With this incentive, Pledgers get the Access Pass, and the chance to collaborate with me on a production. Just send your unﬁnished or almost completed track to me (please, one ﬁle, not stems), I’ll shine my shady light all over it and send it back to you! (Pledger agrees to credit Snax if the track is released.)
In addition to the Access Pass, you allow me to have a crack at your latest production with a killer remix, sure to set headphones and dance ﬂoors ablaze! Pledger provides all necessary stems. (Pledger agrees to credit Snax if the track is released.)
In addition the Access Pass, you get a sprawling and varied collection of vocal samples, keyboard licks, loops and hits, all from my extensive back catalogue, for you to chop, screw and feature in your own productions! (Pledger agrees to credit Snax if the tracks using samples are released.)
You provide the venue and sound system and I’ll perform a special show just for you. Apartment and private party gigs are very welcome…as well as song requests! (For Berlin area Pledgers, otherwise travel costs and lodging not included.)
Hil, benevolent leader of the Shady Lights, is ready to canonize our first patron saint. Could it be be you? Following a worldwide broadcast announcement of who the worthy individual is, the Saint will receive an official document of Sainthood. Hil and Snax will compose and perform a unique song for the patron saint in his/her/their honor. Most fantastic of all, the Saint will be recognized in a very special canonization ceremony at a future Snax gig. We invite the Saint to participate in this canonization as much or as little as they like. In any event, the performance and canonization ceremony will be filmed and broadcast for posterity, forever guaranteeing the Saint Of The Shady Lights’ presence among us.