Toronto electronic duo Snowday came upon the inspiration for the project in an unlikely source: a ukulele they picked up in Madrid, Spain while traveling in Europe together. Without a studio to record in while on the road, Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner found a new creative spark in going back to basics and jamming with small acoustic instruments they collected throughout their travels. This newfound appreciation for acoustic textures and live instrumentation greatly coloured the material they recorded once they returned home, which ended up becoming Snowday’s first songs. Their closest musical relatives are chilled out electronic artists like Bonobo and Tycho, with occasional nods to ambient pioneer Brian Eno and minimalist icon Steve Reich. Today, a full live session featuring album tracks as well as new tracks “Bill Murray,” “Kuna” and “Detour” can be watched below.
Sloan and Skinner have been making music together in various projects since meeting in high school in Ottawa and bonding over a mutual love of underground hip-hop, which led them into sample-based production. Later inspired by the records they were sampling, with a desire to become better performers, they taught themselves to play their own instruments. The duo began recording piano, guitar, drums, and other instruments to generate their own samples, which helped lay the foundation for Snowday’s live organic approach to ambient pop. As a live act, the addition of drummer Tait Rowsell pushes their sound in more assertive and upbeat directions.
Upcoming Snowday Live Dates
1/15/15 @ ROUND Venue, Toronto, ON
1/23/15 @ TBA, Montreal, QC
1/24/15 @ Mercury Lounge, Ottawa, ON
2/8/15 @ ROUND Venue, Toronto, ON
2/24/15 @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON