Chris Snyder - guitarist
Chris Snyder is a guitarist from Aldan, PA. We have conducted an interview with him about his music.
How long have you been playing the guitar? What got you started?
I’ve been playing guitar since I was 11 or 12, so about 15 years. What got me started was mostly my dad. He always played guitar and so there were always a lot of guitars lying around the house. I’d mess around with them, not knowing what I was doing until my dad eventually taught me how to play correctly and I couldn’t stop after that.
Who are your musical influences?
Dream Theater is one of my biggest influences as well as solo artists like Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman, and acoustic guys like Andy Mckee and Trevor Gordon Hall. I really think anything I have listened to comes out in my music in one way or another, which includes classical, jazz, even 90s radio music, but rock and metal artists are my biggest influences.
Has your music style change? What does your music sounds like nowadays?
I’m still developing my musical style so it’s always changing. I used to write a lot of long songs but I’ve really simplified my song writing and I think they sound more cohesive and punchy as a result.
One thing that has stayed consistent with my songs ever since I started writing them is that I put a strong emphasis on lead guitar. Lately I’ve been writing a lot of energetic metal songs, which is partly a result of the stress of working my day job, then coming home and wanting to get whatever I have pent up out of my system through music, and it usually comes out sounding like metal.
Could you share with us your recording and your songwriting processes?
I’ll start out by jamming until a riff catches my attention and I’ll develop it from there until I have a foundation for a song, which I record onto my phone. I’ll start recording (I use Reaper with a Line 6 Guitar Port and Gearbox) right into the computer and flesh it out there. A lot of it is trial and error and experimenting with different sounds and sequences of riffs. After that I’ll tighten it up but I eventually have to step away because I would end up working on it forever if I didn’t.
Where do you normally draw inspirations from?
I draw the most inspiration from people. My song “Out of Reach” was inspired by an experience involving someone who I liked but couldn’t see anymore. “Out of Reach” was the result of me using my guitar as therapy.
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