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Music Changes Everything: Journey to G-Snacks

New Music World
New Music World

Whether in the 1950s studios of the United Kingdom or New York, the first electronic sounds of the future were forged through craft and experimentation. Now those works speak vividly of their time.

Nothing dates faster than the future. Listen to any Rhythm and Blues record and the thing that places it most precisely in time is the thing that was once shiny and new. The electronic, funk future is particularly susceptible to this ageing process; the synthesizer solo at the end of Ike and Tina Turner’s “Nutbrush City Limits” is totally 1973; the auto-tune on Steve Rich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” is a time capsule from 1978.

Eighteen. Remember that. Eighteen Musicians. Eighteen hours. Eighteen is where this story begins.

It seems like a paradox. Part of the appeal of electronic music has always been the supposed neutrality of its sounds. A note played on a piano is noted with history, like Ray Charles, but a sine tone is a sound so simple that it seems to exist in the natural world.

The electronic, funk music studios of the 1950s, the analogue synthesizers of the 60’s and 70’s, and the computers that, in turn have replaced them, have all used these similar sounds as their basic building blocks; but pass a sine tone through an electronic circuit, and it emerges date-stamped with the age of the technology, and the technology and the aspiration of the musicians using it.

Welcome to 2014. Where electronic, funk music has created a new twist to music, to where anyone can play. What sets musicians apart these days, are their style – what they can bring to the dance floor, how they engage an audience and how genuinely good they are at playing the instruments they know so well.

Eighteen. Talk about how G-Snacks came to be here. Then go into the boys and mini bios.

Justin Perry, Drummer
Tall, laid-back and kind, native of the Long Lake area has been playing the drums since he was ten-years-old. Apart of the marching band and drum-line in high school, Justin was fortunate to have trained under instructors who were ranked best in the country. Since then, he has worked with professional drum instructors in both Florida and Michigan.

“To live in the present and always leaving room for improvement, working hard and taking my dream as far as possible, is my goal in life,” Justin stated.

Looking forward to the chance of playing what he loves all over the country, Justin’s original music out there for people’s bodies to move is what he loves to be a witness to.

“I am inspired by people and bands that ooze with originality,” Justin stated, “and a mentality of staying true to oneself and where you came from – seeing that you weren’t always a “big shot” and understanding the struggles to get to where you stand today.”

“Most of the music that I listen to, I am really excited about because it’s funky, energetic, passionate, dynamic and party music that moves me inside and out, and I love that.”

Kellen Wressell, Keyboardist, Bass & Vocalist
The “shy” guy, Kellen is a Traverse City native classically trained in piano for seven years. After listening to a band called Primus, Kellen put his classically trained fingers aside and began learning to play the Bass and drums. For this Traverse City native, music is always interesting – “Music isn’t right or wrong, it’s my OWN thing,” Kellen stated, “It’s like a therapy. On a bad day, I’ll just zone out and work on a song, just play around, just to get things done. And when I play, I love to see people’s reactions – happy, dance, listen.”

“I want to be the best musician I can be,” Kellen stated, “play what makes you happy.” Music, such a broad topic with something for everyone.

Erik Griffin, Electric Guitar
The Doors, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, B.B. King and Rick Chymes are just a few inspirations for Traverse City native, Erik Griffin. Graduating from Western in Kalamazoo with Business Economics and currently working with his father in the family business, Erik’s first love was the trumpet, now the electric and acoustic guitar.

“I would love to make a living playing music,” Erik stated, “Create music that will stay around for years, you know, like those classics.”

At ten, the trumpet lasted Erik up until he discovered guitar in high school and jamming every hour with Kellen for credit. It was high school when he learned he wanted to tour with bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Primus and perform. “Do something you’re passionate about,” Erik said, “and stick with it.”

Jimmy Olson, Keyboard & Vocals
Listening to his dad’s old Jazz records, Jimmy Olson enjoys singing the blues away to musicians like Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, Prince, No Effects and Smashing Pumpkins. “Music has always made me feel better, rather than worse,” Jimmy stated, “there’s something about the array of colors and possibilities of tones mixed with the infinite ocean of rhythms that I just can’t get enough of.”

Attending the Music Institute for one-year in California, on a mission to find himself, Jimmy returned to Northern Michigan to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts, where he performed and honed his skills for the keyboard, drums, guitar and voice. “Life and music are a mystery to me.” Jimmy said, “They are both things of wonderment, like wired dreams that you can’t remember or understand, or explain.”

Now-a-days, during performances or in support of another local band, you can often find this journeyed mind creating moves on the dance floor. “The beat has always made me move. I think it’s almost as infinite as outer space – yet there are similarities in every aspect.” Think outside the box on that one. You’ll get it.

Musical inspirations for G-Snacks range from Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Les Claypool, Flee, Cloud Kicker (self-established; no formal training), Tool, B.B. King, Miles Davis, The Doors, Questlove, Led Zeppelin, John Bonham, Prince and Disco Biscuits.

This funky fresh group of young men are looking forward to branching out in the states, selling some albums, and one day, touring over seas.

G-Snacks is an “out of this world” electronic funk band, you’ll want to keep your eye on.

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