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One of the many musical outputs of Noah Tabakin, Ssssnake is a hip hop-, funk- and soul-fueled project with a wild, joyous vibe and one heck of a live show. Twenty-plus years of singing and making music has helped the multi-instrumentalist perfect his latest persona, who is probably most at home on stage than anywhere else in the world. The first album from Ssssnake is Hostile Snakeover, a 10-track rollercoaster tinged with sexual edge, humor, and pure grit, and you can now stream in full via the Groovebug iPad app. Fans of Cee lo Green, Jamie Lidell and Justin Timberlake should check it out.
Q: Introduce your sound in five words…
A: Hip-hop soul, big beats.
Q: What can the fans expect from Ssssnake in 2013?
A: A national tour with the New Belgium Brewing Company’s Music festival the “Tour De Fat”. Album number two, tentatively titled “ssssnake tracks”. As many videos as possible to accompany the album release. Treefort Music Festival in Boise, ID. Lots of West Coast shows.
Q: Which places or people inspired the songs on your last album?
A: The last record had a few tunes I used as a place to process the darkness around my divorce, Blood and Cut Till My Blade is Dull were inspired by my ex-wife for sure. A few celebrated the upside of my new relationships in the tunes Slow and When I Lay you Down. Under the Snow is about how things turning out in the aftermath of problems and def had images from Chicago winters with the green grass waiting to spring out. Deep Down was inspired by watching the documentary “American Hardcore”, It reminded me of my early musical days and the power of aggression in songs, so that one is a little rough and tumble.
Q: What is the most fun you’ve ever had writing a song? Either actually writing it or the situation that inspired it?
A: Recently I had been working on a number of new tracks and feeling like none of them were jelling. I decided to stop working and working them to death and try to make a new tune from scratch. I was in Austin in my girlfriend’s living room and a few hours later the song Poseidon from my forthcoming record was done! It felt way better than the tracks I had been working for months. I love it when tunes just fall out of you. I usually work and re-work the hell out of track so it’s refreshing for a tune to pop out quickly.
Q: Who has encouraged you the most to pursue a career in music?
A: My family have all been super encouraging. My step father managed my first band for 10 years which would probably make him the most supportive, but mom, non step dad and even my grandparents always fully backed me. I’ll never forget my grandfather when he was in his 70’s being at a show with a bunch of young folks, he came up to me after and referenced a song specifically and said how he liked the lyrical content. I was amazed that he was paying that much attention, that he wasn’t just there to show face, that he was interested in what I was doing.
Q: What advice could you give a new musician wanting to pursue a music career?
A: You can do it! Go hard after it and fail a bunch. If you still want to pick up the mic after some pretty tough/embarrassing experiences, then don’t ever stop. It’s super challenging but life is lived in the challenging moments.
Q: What impact has touring had on your career?
A: I love the road. I have build my life around touring. I went in on a building with a friend and rented it to tenants before ever living there. I used the advance money I got from the Tour De Fat to buy a big Sprinter touring van and hit the road and I’ve been living in man van touring hard for over a year now. I say I’m home free not homeless…
Q: Which do you enjoy most - performing live or recording in the studio?
A: I like all aspects of music a lot, but performance is by far my favorite. The pure focus that comes from executing the music as perfectly as possible and nailing engaging performance is where I feel truly in the moment. The most present I get in life is during performance.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: I had a great piece of advice handed to me when I was in college from Ben Harper, who was just starting his career at the time. He told me if you want to make it your job treat it like a job, put in your 40 or more a week. Music is a lot of fun but to make it work you got to work!
Q: Which historical musical moment do you wish you were present for?
A: I would have loved to have seen Ray Charles in his prime.