Hi, I've been writing songs since I was twelve years old, and recording them since 1985. Roger Cook (of the Cook-Greenaway-Cook songwriting partnership and Blue Mink, etc) once wrote that I have the ability to write a hit single and that he was waiting for one from me. He also said I need to 'lighten up a bit', unquote.
F*ck that!
Why this name?
I'm not a band, I'm a solo artist and Nick Snaden happens to be my name.
Do you play live?
I used to play live, but not since 1995. I hated it and hope to avoid it for the rest of my life. The studio is my natural environment.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It gives people like me the chance to get my music heard. Things like kazaa and limewire are forcing the record companies to rethink the way they sell music, which can only be good: the profits they were making were obscene and they were restricting unsigned artists, rather than helping them.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Maybe, as long as they don't want me to play live. So that's that then... no major deal for me!
Band History:
I formed my first band, 'Oracle' at school when I was 15, and in 1972 we played at the International Youth Arts Festival in Braunschweig, Germany. After that I gave up gigging until 1993, when someone said it was because I was 'too scared'. I rose to the bait and played live for a year or so as 'Neat Spirit' with two other people but I didn't enjoy it much, even though we went down a storm.
Your influences?
Influences: The Beatles, 70's Eric Clapton (when he was good), The Eagles, Brian Wilson, Joe Walsh, Plainsong (Iain Matthew's greatest achievement) and Klaatu (I bet you've never heard of them!). For Klaatu, think Beach Boys meet the Beatles meet Led Zeppelin meet Mozart.
Favorite spot?
The totally un-tourist town of Andratx in Mallorca. Also the woods just outside Portishead where I live, and thirdly, the rhynes (small canals, pronounced 'reens') in the Gordano Valley 100 yards from my home.
Equipment used:
Fender & Gibson electric guitars through Line6 Pod, Boss Gt-3, Boss SE-50 and Zoom 505 effects pedals, Roland XP-50 keyboard with orchestral expansion board, Shure and t.box microphones, Samick electro-acoustic guitar, Fender acoustic guitar, AcePro twin-neck 6 & 12 string electric guitar, a couple of other acoustic guitars and a cheap but lovely Spanish guitar. Seck 18-8-2 mixing desk and I record on my PC using Adobe Audition (or Cool Edit Pro, as it used to be known).
Theatre Royal in Bath, UK. August 2008
Roger Cook's comments to me at an audition in 1994
Breakfast in Marseillan, France
In a friend's garden, Sept '04
With my goddaughter's dog Kali, 2005
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A song I wrote for my Mum, who died in 1991 aged only 57. Love you, miss you. xxx
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Classic rock song built around a simple piano riff, building up to a loud crescendo at the end.
A SoundClick #1 song
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A mellow rock song about following the river of your life. Rob takes the lead vocal on this one, with yours truly taking care of the vocal harmonies. I'm rather proud of the acoustic guitar break.
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A nice loud rocky one this time. :-) Drums, acoustic and bass guitars, three electric guitars and an angry lyric having a bash at religion - one of my pet hates.
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A folk-rock song with a two-part harmony lead vocal. 75% of any sales of this song will go to the pictured Angel In Paradise.
A SoundClick #1 song
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Two acoustic guitars, four harmony vocals, and my only 'proper' love song, for want of a better description. My best lyric by far and also my personal favourite of all the songs I've written over the last 39 years. And all done in just one day..
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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Prog rock/classic rock song with vocal harmonies and a superb guitar break, courtesy of my oldest friend Andy Gregory.
A SoundClick Top 10 song
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Rock instrumental that builds up like the tide coming in. As a youth I used to get high on Sugarloaf Beach in Portishead, hence the double-meaning in the title.
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A ghost story in a song, about being chased by ghouls and monsters in the night.
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An up-tempo and optimistic folk-rock song, about how possessions can never make us truly happy. Follow your star!
A SoundClick #1 song
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Ah, the joys of a miss-spent youth! Based on a true story from my student days...
A SoundClick #1 song
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Hard-rocking song with a long and fantastic guitar break played by Andy Gregory.
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Mellow rock song with a two-part vocal harmony running all the way through it. A positive lyric by me for once? Good grief!
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Classic folk-rock song, with the usual high production values I set for myself these days. Quite spiritual lyrics, and absolutely true. What are we again?
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Four electric guitars, two lead breaks, six-part harmony vox, what more can I say? One of my personal favourites, but maybe the lyric shouldn't be quite so bitter. But it's done now and I've lost the session recording, thanks to somebody nameless.
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Kind of a soft rock/soul thing, sung by the wonderful and rather gorgeous Kizzy Morrel. What a fabulous voice!
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Rock ballad, dedicated to everybody out there who misses a loved one who has departed from this level of existence. I truly KNOW how you feel and I wrote this just for you. xxx
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Rocky song with a strident chorus. What is it about? A secret!
A SoundClick #1 song
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A riff that fell into my lap out of nowhere!
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Short and sweet, and a plea for things to get better...
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A song about a relationship going pear-shaped. Again. Words by Rob Bisacre and music by Rob with Nick Snaden. Many thanks to Paul Tyler for his help with the guitar hook.
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A bluesy type song with a brassy chorus, sung by the truly wonderful Kizzy Morrel.
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Classic rock song sung by Michael Crow with a long fade-out, a la 'Hey Jude'. I wrote the music for this when I was 12 after seeing 'Hey Jude' on TV, and thirty years later Michael came up with a lyric that finally did it justice. Thanks, Michael.
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A song about dreams and individuation, and the encounter with the 'Shadow' and 'Anima' Jungian Archetypes in the unconscious. OK, so it's pretentious and over-produced, but I like it and that's what matters most!
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An instrumental, based on a catchy chord sequence and retro organ sound reminiscent of 'Green Onions'.
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Acoustic guitar, two vocals and flute, and rather sad. Aww...
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A hard rock song written for my dear, sweet, funny (and very sharp) friend Angelina. xxx. If I was twenty years younger... *sigh*
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Folk-rock song about my personal experience of a flood that happened 6,000 miles away.
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To Nick from Nick with love. Don't worry, it'll be ok... I'm pleasantly surprised by the number of people who cried (in a nice way) when they first heard this one.
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Seventies style soft/classic rock.
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A song written for a g/f who dumped me (yet again). But all's well that ends well because she's one of my closest friends now. Two acoustic guitars and nice backing vocals.
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A song for Nick Drake, using as many of his song titles in the lyric as I could. Thanks to Paul Tyler who made a video slide show for the song; check it out on my video page or on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTp8FMxTx1U&lr=1&feature=r
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A classic rock song about the futility of love, with a twin guitar solo at the end. I was told by a very good guitar player that I sound like Brian May at the end of the song, which made me smile.
A SoundClick #1 song
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Classic up-tempo rock song written by Andy Gregory and sung by Michael Crow, with yours truly as the backing band.
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A New Age-ish instrumental type thing, but with more passion, maybe? Whatever...
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A tune about someone very greedy and wanting respect for it. Listen pal, I don't care how much money you've got: I'm not impressed, and all it shows is how empty you are.
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A lovely 'New Age' instrumental. I nearly jumped for joy when I saw a guy crying when he heard this on my radio show. He said one word: 'Beautiful'. Cool or what?
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Allegedly a 'crass' attempt at humour on my part, with a wicked punchline at the end. :-)
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A song written to reassure someone I know who was feeling desperate at the time.
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Allegedly the most moving song ever written. I wrote it in memory of my Mum, who died aged only 57. Love you, miss you, see you soon. xxx
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Rock song about trying to get on Route 66 and not being too successful. But I get there once I dump my passenger.
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Slow piano-led rock song, written after my father died.
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What should be soft rock, turned into a banal pop song. But I do a good job anyway. 'It's summer time, it's party time!' *groan*
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Up-tempo rock song, about the importance of doing your own thing. It turned out ok-ish, but I've done better. I'll try doing this one again sometime...
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Classic rock song, and as with a few songs I wrote around that time, a bit bitter. I might rewrite this one and have another go at it. The execution of it could be better as well.
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Folk-rock type song, about the need to chill out and relax instead of chasing things that cannot and will not make us happy.
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Feminist version of 'Bygones', with a new lyric written by a lady friend.
Thanks, Strummergirl. :-) It's a shame you're not in the UK cos I'm looking for female singers...

Nick
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Beautiful song! The vocals, the lovely harmonies make the song for me, I'm way big into harmonies and you melded such sweet ones here. Has a Lennon quality to the song, wonderful lyrics....great production! smile :) I will be back again sometime to hear more!
take care,
~strummergurl~
Thank you, Stratman!
Thanks, Lynn!
I'm flattered by your comments, and if you really want to do 'Hey You!' live, go right ahead. There's no way on earth I'm going to do it, so be my guest.

Nick
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This is BEAUTIFUL!! Sounds Celtic..... Lovely!!
You have a beautiful soul.
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Great guitar--rifs, harmonics! Great lyrics! Go ahead and bash away! I love it and I agree!
play hi-fi  commenting Don't Fear The Demons
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Beautiful lyrics, melodie, and harmonies!
play hi-fi  commenting Hey You!
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Great lyrics! Don't listen to the guy who said to "lighten up"!! ];^> I could TOTALLY DIG doing this song live!! Great guitar rifs!
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Nice touch on the end vocals, and true about the guitar rifs at the end! Very nice!
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Very 80's/Bowie/Buggles-ish... I like it alot!
When I realised Beth's situation (a pseudonym), I cried on and off for literally weeks afterwards. Her situation was a mirror image of my childhood: I wanted to get away from home because of sexual abuse, and she wanted to go home because of it.

I absolutely HAD to help her! I was driven by feelings that threatened to swamp me at times, and I directed some of that energy into this song. You have no idea how pleased I am by the reaction to it!

Thank you so much for your kind remarks,
Nick
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I just listened to Angel in Paradise and will look for more. Wonderful song and recording.
It might be long for radio or whatever makes songs sell nowadays, but I couldn't get enough. It's a great song and you're a great musician and singer. I love it. The world needs your music.
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WOW!!! I love it and am hooked.. Have listened to Angel in Paradise a number of times already... Its there in my mind... Well done it's fantastic X
Hi Sven and thanks for your message. Yes, I still use the Seck 18-8-2. My studio is in the living room of my council flat, and I have everything running through the Seck: TV, DVD, VCR, radio, tuner, turntable, minidisc etc, the lot. That way I can record from any source onto any source. The reason I bought the Seck was because it was the only half-decent desk I could buy second-hand locally for under £1,000. I had no idea what the specs were when I got it, but after I wired it up and gave it a test run I was delighted with the warm sound, the definition, and the lack of noise.
It's also very reliable: only one dry solder joint in the PSU since 1993 and a slight drop in signal strength in the line input on channel 1, which isn't a problem because I have 17 other channels to play with.
You say many albums were recorded using the Seck; can you let me know more about this? I'm very curious to find out more.
Many thanks for the compliments, and I hope to hear from you again very soon.
Cheers,
Nick
Hello Nick!
Ran into your page when doing research on SECK 18-8-2 mixing console. Great music! Do you still use the SECK? I've had mine for several years and I use it for tracking and monitoring. I was gona put it to a rest by getting Focusrite preamps and a control station for monitoring.. bought the Focusrite and quess what? The pres on the SECK are much better! Believe it or not... there's no way I can get as good sound for tracking using the Focusrite as I do using the SECK. No wonder it was a popuilar mixer in the UK 20th years ago and many albums recorded using it. Just wanted to share since you have one too:-)

Take care, Svenni
Thanks, Helen. I'm really pleased that you like the song.
Nick
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Hi Nick

I just had to let you know I have listened to When The Morning Comes so many times.. It is such a wonderful Song, I can't stop playing it......
Hey Nick, just want to thank you for that fine message regarding Heaven & Earth. Likewise it's a pleasure to be in great company with you around the top of the charts. Keep up the fantastic work!
Thanks, Asulike!
I can't wait for you to upload some of your own stuff so I can return the compliment.

Thanks again,
Nick
Hi Nick,
Thanks for your last message,sorry i've been away for a while working on new songs.hope you are still making your great music. Just to let you know I am asking all my SC friends to help me with a song competition I am In, that ends this week ! If you can spare a minute to play my song [Does it Really Matter] It's doing very well and a few more plays should win it for me. Please let me know if I can help you with anything now or in the future,if you would like to play the song, please go to this music site.
www.overplay.com/tammac
I really appreciate it
Tam..
Tom Petty AND The Beatles? Thanks, guys!
I've got a couple of Tom Petty albums and all The Beatles ones, plus stacks of bootleg Beatles stuff. Am I chuffed by your comments or what?
:-)
Hi Nick. Loved'She feels so good' a nice foot tapper and well composed, reminds me of Tom Petty and The Beatles,thats good in my book, nice work,all the best.It would be great if you could check out our song 'your life' all the best Tam and the Giants.