OKA at The Carleton July 31st

I’m stoked to announce that I’ll be opening for Aussie band OKA at The Carleton in Halifax on July 31st! This show has become something of an annual tradition for them, and I’m really excited to be on board for this one!

I’ll be kicking off the night with a live set of original deep/downtempo bassy stuff, and will have keyboardist James Spray (UFO) and guitarist Phyl La Ferrierer (Landing Sound) on board for a few songs.

(Facebook event page | tickets)

Snug & jfspray to release “Battle for Planet Earth” on August 5th


In the distant future, mankind is ruthlessly invaded by a violent species of alien that have wrenched control of our solar system, targeting the most densely populated planet: Earth.

Accompanied by a select squadron of elite marines, you are enlisted in a covert mission to infiltrate the heart of the invasion forces. The human race has placed its faith in you to overcome supreme evil and take back planet Earth!

The soundtrack to the greatest game you’ll never play!

“Battle for Planet Earth” is an 8 song concept album from Snug & jfspray inspired by classic action/shooter video games of yesteryear, complete with original box art and a track progression that tells a story of alien invasion, inter-planetary conflict and the subsequent fallout.

The album officially releases on August 5th but is available for pre-release now via Bandcamp: http://snugsound.bandcamp.com/album/battle-for-planet-earth

The Deep End @ The Board Room Game Cafe

I’m really excited to announce the new day, time and venue for The Deep End: the second Wednesday of every month from 8-11 PM at The Board Room Game Cafe, starting Wednesday April 9th!

Anyone who’s ever talked to me about these shows knows that I’ve wanted to combine chill/deep electronic music with board games since pretty much day one but there simply hasn’t been a suitable venue in Halifax, until now…

For those who don’t know, The Board Room is a LICENSED board game cafe on Barrington St. with over 400 (!) games. In addition to a bar and a cafe they also have a kitchen.

As always my goal is to create a very low-key and INCLUSIVE environment, so don’t be afraid to bring people who you might not normally think to bring to a “show”: co-workers, family, etc.

(BTW, fear not, they have *3* copies of The Settlers of Catan plus expansions… phew!)


Deep End Mix Sessions – March 2014 – Snug & Etcha

Here’s the first installment of the The Deep End mix sessions–something I hope to make a monthly (or at the very least, quarterly) thing.

This first one is an hour-long journey through the deep, soulful and jazzy side of drum & bass. Track selection by my wife, mixed by me. Enjoy! (Also available as a 320 Kbps MP3)


Track listing:

Blade – Parts of Me
dRamatic & dbAudio – Stronger
Tim Cant – Sacred Moments
Paul SG feat. Carter – Kosato
Flowrian – Don’t Care (Soultec remix)
Malaky – Vibrate
Dynamic & Command Strange – Jazzmine
Survival – Walk On By
Scott Allen & Deeper Connection – Zion Dub
Carter – The Sweetest Thing
Clart & Dave Owen – Deep Cover
dRamatic & dbAudio – Entrance to Jericho
Soultec – All That I Own
Poschek – Concept World
Furney & Paul SG – 1955
Commix – Everything
Locksmith – Love

Snug live at Baseline (January)

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of playing Baseline, Halifax’s big house music night. It was the opening set–10 PM to 12 AM–and as you’ll hear I had lots of fun meandering between deep and tech.

As always they recorded the set live using a room mic next to the speakers. Truth be told this is one of the longer sets I’ve played in a while–especially in Halifax, where the average set time seems to be about 8 minutes–and I’m really grateful to the Baseline crew for recording it.

I had a blast playing, and I hope you enjoy listening! (It’s also downloadable as 320 Kbps if you prefer that to streaming)

Here’s the track listing:

Greg Parker & Terry Lee Brown Jr – Eclosion (Forteba Remix)
Tina Valen – Colors (Terry Lee Brown Jr. remix)
Robert Babicz – Simple Feeling
Matt Prehn & Marcia Alves – Insomniac Oasis (The Timewriter remix)
Nick Curly – Right or Wrong
Luna City Express – Seven (Agne’s Dubhouse Mix)
(Saint Germain – So Flute)
Atnarko feat. Nica Brook – Solid Ground (Fred Everything’s Lazy Dub)
Channel X & Jake The Rapper – Snug Descent
Terry Lee Brown Junior – Under Pressure
KiNK – Express
Matteo Matteini – The King (Dimo remix)
Jimpster – Porchlight And Rocking Chairs (KiNK remix)
Scope – Feel It (The Timewriter remix)
Questionmarq – Sun Day (Mirror Music remix)
Marc Romboy & KiNK – Delusion of the Enemy
Milton Jackson – Simple Life
Jim Rivers – Black Keys (Paul Ursin remix)
Sylar – Mellow (Sara Galli Shamalaya mix)
Simon Garcia – Hallucinogenic
Tom Middleton – Hawkes Groove
Jay Lumen – Spin Like Fire
Peace Division feat. Dan Diamond – Club Therapy
D-Unity – Afrika (Tribal Mix)
Rachel Row – Follow The Step (KiNK Beat Mix)
Tom Middleton – Penrose Steps
Channel X – Mosquito
Umek & Jay Lumen – Sinful Ladies
Jay Lumen & Gary Beck – Strange Fruit
Piatto – Work That
Channel X – Salome (Audiojack remix)
Terry Lee Brown Jr. – Across The Ocean
Angel Stoxx – Astro Panic
Junior Boys – No Kinda Man (Jona remix)

Musication update #1

So I’ve spent three days at the cottage so far and it’s working out really well — I’ve been able to focus to the point of being able to work on 5-10 tracks a day! (not from scratch, mind you, but a bit of mixing, a bit of writing, etc.) It’s a very inspirational location, too; on a bay overlooking several small islands.

I’ve posted several new mixes of WIP tunes (Swagger, Exoplanet, The Letter V), completed a new Beardsley tune, made some progress on my EP for Ambra and my forthcoming chiptune EP. I also have some new stuff in the works that I’ll be sharing at a later date.

I’m taking a “day off” today to spend some time with my wife but will be headed back for another couple days tomorrow. There’s still a lot I’m hoping to get done but so far this has been a really positive experience and definitely something I plan to do again. To any artists out there who sometimes feel like they’re stagnating: I would strongly recommend doing something like this!

Here’s a lofi pic of my setup at the cottage. Better quality pics to come:

P.S. as you can see I’ve had to put the 32″ display to use, and naturally this has led me to hook up our 32″ to my home computer for some evening gaming 😉

My musication

Some people take a vacation. Others take a staycation. Well, next month I’m taking a musication.

WTF is a musication, you ask? It means leaving behind the distractions of everyday life and hunkering down to really focus on music.

The impetus? At the core it’s the 5 day work week. By the time I’ve worked 8+ hours, gone grocery shopping, made dinner and gone for a run I have roughly 5% of my daily energy left — approximately enough to take a shower and plunk myself in front of a TV or video game

I am most motivated in the mornings which means that, at most, there are only 2 days a week where I can work on music at “full capacity”. That’s two days if I’m lucky. Between the inherent distractions of having a studio at home and the million obligations that come with being a “grown-up” (marriage, home ownership, car ownership, pet ownership!), music often loses out.

In the past, herbal therapy helped me tune everything else out, but this introduced a whole new level of complexity into the equation, i.e. it became a crutch for working on music, and often my grown-up responsibilities fell by the wayside.

So next month I’m packing up my studio and heading to a cottage for 5 days x 8 hours a day = 40 hours. That’s a full “workweek” to apply all of my motivation to music!

Should be an interesting experiment and I will post updates as the week progresses.