Following his magnetic, brutally heavy set in this year’s BopFest, Snapcaster joins us for a mix filled with his own electronic philosophy. Listen to the mix, and get to know Snapcaster in our interview.
Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m David, also known as Snapcaster, and I’m a huge fan of abrasive noises and heavy music. I was born and raised in western Washington, where I still live today, and I’ve always had a passion for music. I learned to play classical and Flamenco guitar when I was pretty young, but once I discovered punk and extreme metal, it was all I wanted to do. I was in a few bands growing up, making music heavily inspired by groups like the Chariot and Genghis Tron, and it wasn’t until some of my friends invited me out to an electronic music festival in 2016 that I caught the production bug. I basically restarted my music journey, teaching myself as much as I could about electronic music production. I discovered the Baauer Twitch community during quarantine, and I’ve made insane progress since then with the help of that community.
Also, my name comes from Magic: the Gathering. One of the best games ever made.
What are you trying to showcase in this mix?
This mix is mostly a collection of songs that I’ve discovered over the last few years that illustrate what I love most about electronic music: lots of weird and loud noises, and high energy, in-your-face presence. I’ve also peppered in a few tracks from me and some friends I’ve made over this past year.
How do you approach the creative process?
I’m 100% a “let’s see where this takes me” type of creative. I almost never have a plan. I usually just make instinctual, split-second decisions until I’ve reached the logical conclusion of whatever I’m working on. A lot of my time is also spent trying to rein in jumbled noises and overly distorted samples.
What should we expect from you this year?
With some newfound confidence stemming from all of the amazing people in Baauer’s Twitch community, I’m planning to finally release some original music later this year. I also have a few collabs in the works with a couple amazing producers, and I’m planning a live event featuring some Chat in the Chat favorites, scheduled for November in Tacoma, WA.
Where can we hear from you?
Purchase tickets to Snapcaster’s upcoming show with Mike Snatchers, Pozy, and Left Unsaid.