SNAILS Premieres Monstrous New EP, Talks Working With Skrillex and Diplo: Exclusive Q&A

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Co-signed by Jack Ü & Big Gigantic, the Montreal mad scientist is breathing new life into bass music.

With a nutty persona and a penchant for gurgling synthesis, SNAILS has become one of bass music's best breakout stories this year.

The affable Canadian artist had the honor of being the sole featured producer on Skrillex and Diplo's Jack Ü EP, lending his signature "vomitstep" style to dancehall-inspired jam "Holla Out." 

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He has since collaborated with Big Gigantic on "Funk With Me," and is primed to play a slew of major festivals this summer, including EDC Las Vegas, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco and Electric Zoo.

SNAILS is set to capitalize on his current momentum with the free release of his three-track #FREETHEVOMIT EP via BitTorrent Bundle today (June 10). Comprised of ululating monstrosities "Murda Sound" and "VMPR," plus "King is Back" ft. Big Ali, a club-friendlier vocal collaboration with Ghastly, the release showcases the freakish sound design that has propelled the producer to prominence.

Listen to the full premiere of SNAILS' #FREETHEVOMIT EP on Billboard and download it here.

Billboard checked in with SNAILS to talk about the new release and his recent collaborations.

What was your creative process on this release?

I was finishing up the Brillz tour and my first New Years Eve run, and I got so freaking inspired by all the amazing experiences I had. The first thing I did when I got home was to basically sit down in my studio and stay there until I got the "Murda Sound" idea. I needed to expand the SNAILS sound to another level and break the barrier of vomitstep. I really wanted to express all the emotions I had inside me in one song.

Why did you decide to release this EP for free?

This EP is an enormous "thank you" to everybody that has been supporting me since day one. Everybody who has been representing and supporting the vomitstep movement. And it's also to prepare people for the next full EP coming this fall. I want everybody to know that I wouldn't be anywhere without all my fans and supporters.

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What was working with Jack Ü like?

Man, it was such a crazy experience. I remember I was with my manager that night and we were talking, then the phone rang. He just looked at me and said “Fred you have to leave... now!” I’m like "What did I do again?" (laughs) Then he tells me Sonny and Wes are in town, and they want me to go to their studio to hang out and possibly work on something.

I get there, I enter the room, and freaking Diplo and Sonny are right in front of me -- chilling and working on new music. I couldn't believe it. (laughs) My two heroes that inspired me to start making music were there right in front of me! I remember standing without talking for 20 minutes because I didn’t know what to say. Then at some point, we just all started talking and showing each other music, and the "Holla Out" demo came out. I was like “Yo this is fire!” Wes handed me the stems for what they already had, and I literally sat down for like eight hours straight on the couch and worked on it. To be honest, that was the fastest eight hours I ever experienced -- it felt like one minute. (laughs) After that we talked and listened to music until the early morning. The experience of working with them was once in a lifetime. To see how both of them mix their styles together, share their knowledge and just combine everything they have to create a unique style... it’s amazing to see. I couldn't be more thankful to have experienced it!

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Your signature sound is often described as "vomitstep" -- how did you come up with it?

Man, I remember when I first started -- I was doing music and showing it to people, but I wasn't even able to say what it was. Everybody was asking how I called it, and I was just like, "It’s weird." When I really discovered my sound -- growly, weirdo, vomit sounding -- that’s when I had the idea to call it that. For me, it was an anti genre name because it’s so raw. But I liked it also because I didn't want people to take my music too seriously, you know. It’s fun. It’s a passion that shouldn't be too serious. So that’s why I love the name, because at first people were curious about what it was, and then it really began to be a movement that people attached themselves to. Especially now, the name fits with the sound I have so it’s perfect. (laughs) I used to do more normal trap before, but the weirder it gets, the better it is for me.

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What forthcoming projects do you currently have in the works?

I have so many. I want to expand the vomitstep to the next level this year. I’m working with a bunch of artists that have inspired me since I started, as well as newcomer artists that are really unique with their sound -- people like Space Laces, Protohype, Gent & Jawns, Laxx, Ghastly and many more. I'm all about exploring new sounds and really going to the next level for 2015. Music is my passion, so I want to make the most I can and really push my limits to 200 percent.

6/10 - Jacksonville, FL - Pure
6/11 - Tallahassee, FL - Tabu
6/13 - Pompano, FL - Cinema w/ Carnage
6/18 - Las Vegas, NV - Bassrush Pool Party (Hard Rock Rehab Pool)
6/19 - Las Vegas, NV - EDC (Motor Speedway)
6/26 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest Music Festival
6/27 - George, WA - Paradiso (The Gorge)
7/2 - San Diego, CA - Bassmnt
7/3 - Portland, OR - Whiskey Bar
7/4 - Milwaukee, WI - The Miramar
7/10 - Knoxville, TN - The Concourse at The International
7/11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
7/17 - Scranton, PS - Camp Bisco
7/18 - Nashville, TN - Seen
7/25 - Minneapolis, MN - SkyWay Theater
7/30 - Austin, TX - Vulcan Gas Company
7/31 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
8/8 - Des Moines, IA - Western Gateway Park
8/9 - Baltimore, MD - Moonrise Festival
8/15 - Montreal, QC – ileSoniq
8/21 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
8/28 – St. Louis, Missouri - 2720 Cherokee
9/4 - New York, NY - Electric Zoo
9/4 - San Bernandino, CA - Nocturnal Wonderland
9/6 - Chicago, IL - North Coast Music Festival
9/12 - Kansas City, MO - Danfestopia


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