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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
One More Hour
A song I wrote for my Mum, who died in 1991 aged only 57. Love you, miss you. xxx
Classic rock song built around a simple piano riff, building up to a loud crescendo at the end.
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.
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.
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.
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
Prog rock/classic rock song with vocal harmonies and a superb guitar break, courtesy of my oldest friend Andy Gregory.
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.
A ghost story in a song, about being chased by ghouls and monsters in the night.
An up-tempo and optimistic folk-rock song, about how possessions can never make us truly happy. Follow your star!
Ah, the joys of a miss-spent youth! Based on a true story from my student days...
Hard-rocking song with a long and fantastic guitar break played by Andy Gregory.
Mellow rock song with a two-part vocal harmony running all the way through it. A positive lyric by me for once? Good grief!
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?
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.
Kind of a soft rock/soul thing, sung by the wonderful and rather gorgeous Kizzy Morrel. What a fabulous voice!
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
Rocky song with a strident chorus. What is it about? A secret!
A riff that fell into my lap out of nowhere!
Short and sweet, and a plea for things to get better...
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.
A bluesy type song with a brassy chorus, sung by the truly wonderful Kizzy Morrel.
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.
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!
1970's style classic rock song.
An instrumental, based on a catchy chord sequence and retro organ sound reminiscent of 'Green Onions'.
Acoustic guitar, two vocals and flute, and rather sad. Aww...
A hard rock song written for my dear, sweet, funny (and very sharp) friend Angelina. xxx. If I was twenty years younger... *sigh*
Folk-rock song about my personal experience of a flood that happened 6,000 miles away.
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.
Seventies style soft/classic rock.
Spacey guitar instrumental.
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.
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
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.
Classic up-tempo rock song written by Andy Gregory and sung by Michael Crow, with yours truly as the backing band.
A New Age-ish instrumental type thing, but with more passion, maybe? Whatever...
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.
Flute and guitar instrumental
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?
Allegedly a 'crass' attempt at humour on my part, with a wicked punchline at the end. :-)
A song written to reassure someone I know who was feeling desperate at the time.
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
Rock song about trying to get on Route 66 and not being too successful. But I get there once I dump my passenger.
Slow piano-led rock song, written after my father died.
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*
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...
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.
Folk-rock type song, about the need to chill out and relax instead of chasing things that cannot and will not make us happy.
Feminist version of 'Bygones', with a new lyric written by a lady friend.