Chay Snowdon’s recent double A side releases were impressive. ‘Sha La La’ and ‘Mon Cheri’ have the legs to go far. We Caught up with Chay, talking inspirations, future plans and a dream dinner-table line up.
Give us a quick backstory to Chay Snowdon? How did things begin musically, etc?
When I was about 5 years old my family and I moved to Spain where the only CD we had in our car was a copy of Elvis Presley number 1’s. This CD sparked not only a love for listening to music, but also wanting to play it!
It wasn’t until I started delving further into more artists later on that I picked up a guitar. I tried to learn songs from YouTube tutorials, but every-time I’d learn a new chord I couldn’t help but try and pen my own tune … It started there really.
We’re really impressed by your sound, it’s very dimensional. Is there anything specific you are trying to create when creating music?
Thanks very much! I know it sounds a bit cliche but I always try and write songs that I would want to listen to. Those songs you hear once and can’t get out of your head, that’s the music I want to be making.
Who are your musical influences?
Elvis Presley is the main man for sure! But I have lot’s of modern band influences like Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Catfish and the Bottlemen.
There’s also lots of more up and coming acts as well like The Hunna, The Sherlocks, Sam Fender… There’s just loads haha!
We recently put out a feature on your two new tracks, ‘Mon Cheri’ and ‘Sha La La’. What made you release them both at the same time?
Thanks for the feature it’s awesome! We originally only went in to record ‘Mon Cheri’, but we had a bit of time left at the end of the session so we decided to try and lay down ‘Sha La La’ too. We loved how it came out so we decided to put both the tracks out there.
‘Mon Cheri’ seems like it will be massive in the live setting. Is this something you consider when creating a song?
Definitely! Whenever I write I always want to make sure in translates well live. It’s the same in the studio, there is so much you can do to a song in the recording process, but if you can’t do it live then whats the point as it won’t match the audiences expectations.
‘Sha La La’ is so impressive when it comes to lyrics. What is the meaning behind the song?
Thank you! It’s mainly about being on a night out with someone you care about, so everyone else around you doesn’t matter. All the worries you have in day to day life are put on the back burner just for one night.
What is the best gig you have ever played?
It’s a toss up between two if that’s okay … It would either have to be selling out our Christmas show in Plymouth which was amazing! Or playing to 10,000 people on Bonfire Night! Both stick in my mind so it’s hard to choose.
Are there any plans to play live in 2019?
Lots! We plan on playing live as much as possible, it’s what we love to do so we will definitely be doing the rounds this year.
Random question: You can bring 3 people (dead or alive) with you to the pub. Who would they be and why?
Hmmm … Of course Mr Elvis Presley, I have so many questions for that man! Leonardo DiCaprio, he never fails to make a great film. Last but not least I’d have to say Greg James from Radio 1 … Just think he’d be a laugh!
Finally, where would you like to be in 5 years time?
In 5 years time I’d like to be playing sold out shows all over the place, I want to see the world and if I can do that by playing music then I’d be a very lucky man! I’d also love to have released an album by then, that would be pretty cool.
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