The world of music is so diverse, from rock and roll to classical, but have you ever heard of electronic horror music? Dr. Snik is a pro when it comes to those creepy sounds and he was nice enough to answer a few questions for us!
Lets start with an easy one... Would you like to introduce yourself?
Hello, I'm Justin Snikkar aka Dr. Snik, composer and bass player from Toronto, Canada.
For our readers, how would you describe the kind of music that you do?
I write electronic horror, Halloween and darkwave music, with and without vocals/lyrics. A fair mix of styles from psychedelic rock to electronic grooves to orchestrated jazz based pieces and soundscapes.
I am a huge fan of horror myself, What came first for you, the love of
horror or the love of music?
The love of music I'd say as I listened to my mother's Rolling Stones albums when I was about 4, Let It Bleed was the one I listened to all the time. I'd listen to anything that was in the house really.
Horror followed not too far after as there was an early 70's Canadian kids show called ‘Hilarious House of Frightenstein’, starring Vincent Price, that I'd wake up early to watch. That was the catalyst that got me into horror movies like the original ‘Halloween’ and ‘The Shining’ when I was around 10.
‘The Shining’ is one of my all time favourites! How long have you been making music?
I've been writing original music for about 30 years and playing music (first guitar then bass and some drums) for about 40. I studied jazz in Toronto.
Is this your full time career?
I've been playing bass professionally for about 30 years, all styles from rock, blues, jazz, showbands and country music.
I'm looking to get into soundtrack writing as I love the endless possibilities that are available on my computer.
How do you come up with the ideas for your soundtracks/music?
Some ideas come from music scales, some from beats, some come from rewrites of older songs I've written and some come from trying to emulate something I've heard and like.
Sometimes ideas come quickly and just seem to fall into place but others can take longer and sometimes never feel finished.
Have any musicians/bands made an impact on your passion for music?
John Carpenter, Walter/Wendy Carlos, The Dust Brothers, Frank Zappa, Radiohead, Bjork are some major influences for me.
I can see that 'Death Bells' won a couple of awards - Creepy Tree
Exemplar Award and Best Music Track at the 2020 Los Angeles Motion
Picture Festival. How did it feel to be recognised for your work?
That was amazing! It's great to know my music is being heard by people involved in the Indie film business. I've been able to check out some great indie artists and did a collaboration music video for Death Bells with an all female group called Mellevolant Productions from Vancouver who do awesome horror photography. There are some really great Indie horror artists out there!
Do you have an interesting stories to tell about your
time in the music/horror industry?
As a real bonus I've recently teamed up with one of the producer/actors from the Frightenstein show Mitch Markowitz (aka Super Hippy/the Mosquito) who is the brother of the main creator of the show Riff Markowitz and I got him to sing/rap on my original song It's ‘My Halloween Party (you can die if you want)’, a Super Groovy tune! Working on the video as we speak.
That’s amazing... Is there anything else you would like to add?
It's the 50th anniversary of the Frightenstein show in 2021 and it's on Crave TV if you've never seen it...
Happy October! Be safe during the pandemic and Happy Halloween!
I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for Frightenstein… And finally, Where can people find you?
My music and social media links can be found on my main site:
Or you can listen/buy direct on Bandcamp:
Thank you again for taking the time to talk to us! And we look forward to seeing what you bring out next…
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