SNBRN talks family love, new tech house EP ahead of Groove Cruise [Interview]

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After hit release “Raindrops,” Kevin Andrew Chapman’s career took off thanks to his house hits and dynamic live performances. The LA-based producer, who is more commonly known as SNBRN, has releases that span from deep to tropical house, giving fans from a variety of genres something to like.

Dancing Astronaut spoke to Chapman about everything from his favorite book to what he has in store for 2018, and his responses prove that the producer is more than meets the eye. When he is not creating music, SNBRN is an avid reader and family guy, noting how much he loves playing in San Francisco because family is able to come to his shows.

The enigmatic producer has performed all over the world — including fulfilling his teenage dream of playing at Coachella. He is performing on the sold out Groove Cruise this year alongside the likes of Markus Schulz, Dada Life, Thomas Jack. With a new EP on the way, and upcoming tour dates with 3LAU, the house connoisseur is setting the stage for a big year ahead.

You recently tweeted “Reading books is sexy!” What is your favorite book?

Now that’s a tough one! My favorite book to gift that I’ve read a million times is Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative‎, and my current favorite book is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.


You became interested in music and music production at a very young age. Who and/or what genres of music were some of your inspirations for this interest? 

My inspiration as a kid came from rock music- Queen, Led Zeppelin & Sublime. As I got more into electronic music, Fatboy slim and Moby pretty much became my idols.


Do you have a favorite city and/or venue to play at? 

I would have to say San Francisco. Always an amazing vibe, and my family comes to every show. 


What has been the most exciting moment for you in your career so far?

Playing Coachella last year takes the cake! That has been a huge dream of mine since I was 16 years old.


What do you have in store for us in 2018?

I have passion project EP of tech house coming out early this year that I am really excited about. I’m also exploring new sounds and tempos for some bigger vocal singles coming out later in the year.

3lau announces Ultraviolet North American tour, primes new album single

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Since setting up his landmark non-profit label Blume, Las Vegas’s own 3LAU have made fans of the electronic dance act seamless philanthropists along the way. Having dropped album lead-in single “Star Crossed” earlier in the year, the young artist returns this month with the album’s second single and news of an extensive North American tour for 2018, with support from SNBRN, Throttle and ELEPHANTE. Kicking-off in his hometown on December 30, the Ultraviolet tour leaves few national stones unturned, mustering 20-dates across the country and concluding on April 27. The announcement lands just days shy of latest single ‘Walk Away,’ with the landmark album anticipated to be out by the time 3LAU concludes this national romp. Catch the full itinerary of the Ultraviolet 2018 tour below and stay tuned for the new single this Friday!

Dec 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Feb 08 – Bloomington, IN – Kilroys
Feb 09 – Chicago, IL – Prysm
Feb 10 – Columbus, OH – Dahlia
Feb 16 – Atlanta, GA – Opera
Feb 17 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Feb 22 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
Feb 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Noto
Feb 24 – Washington D.C. – Echostage
Mar 02 – San Francisco, CA – Regency
Mar 03 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco
Mar 10 – Seattle, WA – Sodo
Mar 16 – Toronto, ON – Uniun
Mar 17 – Montreal, QC – New City Gas
Apr 06 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
Apr 13 – Boston, MA – The Grand
Apr 14 – St Louis, MO – Ryse
Apr 20 – Houston, TX – Spire
Apr 21 – Dallas, TX – Lizard Lounge
Apr 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland

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SNBRN x Strange Club – Melrose (Original Mix)

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Deep house fixture SNBRN has teamed up with fellow LA-based artist Strange Club for a new single titled “Melrose.” The whispering vocals and eerie chords give the track a dark vibe, which is a new spin on house music for SNBRN. “Melrose” demonstrates how collaboration can expand an artist’s sound, exuded through the ominous tone of SNBRN’s usually upbeat house sound. With a steady, grooving beat and catchy lyrics, “Melrose” is sure to be a mainstay of clubs and lounges alike.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 3

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

There are certain SoundCloud accounts you can always count on to have incredible releases, even if the featured artists are unfamiliar at the time. Above & Beyond‘s Anjunabeats account is one such platform. The SoundCloud channel consistently highlights beautifully soulful electronic music — among it, Rolo Green’s “Napier.” With a vibe that successfully combines progressive trance with an almost tribal feel, it’s been stuck in my head since the first listen. I can’t get enough.

No matter what kind of music SNBRN‘s producing, it’s always masterfully put together. His latest, a remix of LDRU‘s “To Be Free,” is a minimalist deep house track with beautiful vocals that dance playfully over a grooving beat. There’s a reason the Los Angeles producer has shown up on festival lineups all across the world this summer: he’s talented as hell. I’ve seen firsthand how groovy his sets are and how the crowd blissfully devours every track he plays. This track’s a prime example of how to keep a crowd moving all night long.

This one’s a bit off the beaten path of my usual music preferences. When it started playing in the related tracks section after a track I’d been listening to, I decided to give it a shot after seeing AC Slater‘s name. Caught up in the dark beat and accompanying vocals, I all of a sudden found myself at the end — and sad about it. “Heavweight Sound” is out on Slater’s label, Night Bass, which is dedicated to all things bass: UK garage, bassline, grime, house “and everything good in between.” The track immediately reminded me of studying abroad in London and all the fascinating nightclubs and hotspots I discovered. Music with this vibe pulses from doorways of nightclubs across the city, and it’s a beautiful, wonderful thing.

When San Holo and James Vincent McMorrow released a set of remixes for “The Future” a few weeks ago, listeners were amazed to find a total of 13 tracks in the collection. While most remix compilations only consist of a few tracks, San Holo and James Vincent McMorrow went all out and released more than a dozen exceptional takes on “The Future,” which itself is only a month old. A standout among these 13 tracks is Autolaser‘s. The Norwegian producer has taken an already emotional track and given it even more heart and soul. It’s a perfect tribute to the original track, while still giving it a breath of fresh air.

I first heard Tom Budin‘s music when he released his remix of The Bloody Beetroots and Peter Frampton’s “The Beat.” He had such a unique sound, and I was hooked right away. Fast forward three years to his latest release: a remix of L’Tric’s “The Way You Are.” The Australian producer has — in the words of DJ Hanzel— taken it “one deeper.” From his energetic “The Beat” remix to this more mellow deep house remix, Budin proves he can can on any genre.

Side note: He put out a Latin-infused song just a day after this one that’s equally incredible. Check it out here.

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Dancing Astronaut and Ministry of Sound announce partner event at NOTO Philadelphia featuring SNBRN

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As part of Ministry of Sound’s efforts to amplify its US presence, Dancing Astronaut has teamed up with the venerated UK brand to host our next event at NOTO Philadelphia. LA-based DJ and producer SNBRN is set to headline the event, which will take place on Friday, September 1 to kick off Made in America weekend.

Earlier this year, Ministry of Sound made its NYC debut at Brooklyn’s House of Yes, featuring house icon DJ Sneak. The sold-out St. Patrick’s Day affair set the tone for Ministry’s ongoing success in 2017, with more US events to be announced in the coming months.

Tickets will be available here starting Thursday, August 10 at 10AM EST.

Photo courtesy of Yoder.

About Ministry of Sound:
A brand that is synonymous with everything dance music since first established in the UK in 1991, Ministry of Sound is the world’s biggest dance music brand. Home to a world renowned nightclub, and globally recognized record label with international events, Ministry of Sound is behind the biggest, genre-defining hits of the last 25 years of dance music with releases from Todd Terry, Wolfgang Gartner, MK, Eric Prydz, Duke Dumont, and many more.

SNBRN – ELE (Original Mix)

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Few things are better in than a summertime track that features nice, thick synths and a groovy bass line. With “ELE,” SNBRN delivers exactly that and more. Always one to capture the essence of his native Los Angeles, the artist flexes his production muscles yet again with his latest, infectious tune. “ELE” is the type of track that perfectly encapsulates all that is good with the scene right now; imaginative, uplifting and downright catchy, it’s a genre-blending song that is sure to set the perfect mood bumping on a rooftop or down by the beach.

With his brand of self-described “sunset music,” SNBRN is enjoying a surge to prominence within the dance music world. Lighting festivals on fire from Shambhala to Electric Forest to Voodoo, the producer is quickly leaving behind the realm of up-and-comer and entering into full-fledged stardom. There is no doubt that there are even bigger things on the horizon for SNBRN, and “ELE” is just another testament to this LA-based artist’s evolution.

H/T: This Song Is Sick

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Voodoo Music and Arts Experience drops packed lineup including DJ Snake and LCD Soundsystem

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Right when it feels like festival season is just beginning, Voodoo Music and Arts Experience announces a stacked lineup to close out the season this October 27-29. The New Orleans-based festival is described as “a musical gumbo stirring together music, art, community, cuisine and all the mystery and adventure that Halloween weekend in New Orleans conjures up. In addition to more than 65 bands over three days, Voodoo also hosts interactive and immersive large-scale art installations.”


This year, the lineup includes a diverse roster of acts with Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, and DJ Snake. Supporting acts include Dillon Francis, Yellow Claw, Galantis, and SNBRN among many more.

Check out the full Voodoo Music and Arts Experience 2017 lineup in addition to the 2016 after movie below. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 9th at 10am CT.

Photo Credit: @voodoonola/Instagram

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