Snasen is Robin Snasen Rengård. An Oslo based graphic designer who started his musical career as bass player in Amulet, one of Norway's biggest hard core acts. Even though the hard core riffage has been replaced by electronic beats, the punkish energy is still to be found in his music. It's just buried and contained within Brainfeeder-ish experimental hip hop.
This year will be a good year for Snasen and the fans he has won with his Snasen EP, remixes and live shows during the last couple of years. Live shows where he has shared stages with acts like Gold Panda, Yoin, Actress, Niki & The Dove and Torkelsen.
February will see the release of first of two releases this year, and that release is the rather great Failing Upwards EP. A 5 track EP that shows that Snasen's production skills has evolved parallel with his highly energetic live shows.
– I never work with any idea of how the track will turn out. I use most of the time recording, sampling and shaping sounds that naturally evolve in to tracks. I try to work with contrasts and dynamics. Big versus Small, wet versus dry, slow versus fast. I want the sounds and rhythms to work both with and against each other. Preferably at the same time, says Snasen when explaining his work process.
This is highly organic electronic music that never feels safe, because he never plays it safe. After all, he is a hard core kid at heart. A hard core kid inspired by the likes of Alog, Brian Eno, Neu, Cluster, Harmonia, Tortoise. And Brainfeeder of course.
Later this year he will grace us with his debut full length. But first: Failing Upwards EP.