Isaac Snow

FRESH: ‘Why?’ – Isaac Snow

Isaac Snow asks “Why?”

Having lived and worked with refugee and migrant populations in Israel, Isaac Snow wants to hold a mirror up to society and draw attention to the xenophobia that refugees experience in the UK. Battling internal conflict, he writes music as a form of self-medication and to shine a light on important issues. Isaac began teaching himself the guitar aged 15 but soon grew bored of playing other peoples’ songs.

He started creating his own music as a way to escape reality and express himself when feeling down or anxious. Writing from a place of meaning, his lyrics reflect internal thoughts on himself and the world around him, as a coping mechanism for life. With this authenticity he seeks to connect with others who identify their own experiences within his songs and find comfort there.

The London singer-songwriter draws influence from the likes of Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons and Frank Ocean. Isaac has worked with his producer Ali BlaBla since 2017, developing a Future Folk sound which brings intrigue to his raw acoustic songwriting for something more modern and edgy. His first two singles of 2020 drew on his relationship with himself. The first, “And The Rain Comes”, tackled his personal battle with mental health, depression and anxiety, while “RunAway” exposed his experience of loneliness and struggling to belong.

With his new release, “Why?, Isaac confronts the growing xenophobia and racism in British society, especially the hostility towards migrants and those seeking asylum. “Why?” reflects on the way in which a social and political narrative, which dehumanises people coming to the UK for asylum, feeds into everyday public violence with very dangerous consequences.“I was inspired to write the song after Nigel Farage’s horrific UKIP anti-migrant billboard campaign was released across the UK in 2016: the campaign depicted people seeking asylumin the UK with a strapline of ‘Breaking Point’.

The effects of that campaign have never really gone away. Working with his producer, Isaac transformed “Why?” from an intimate acoustic track into something more aggressive andc onfrontational. They found a dark and brooding sound by layering the vocals as well as adding a drumbeat and gentle synth elements, whilst at the same time holding on to the raw and fragile origins of the song.Drawing from his first hand experience with Human Rights work abroad and having witnessed an increasing anti-migrant rhetoric in the UK, Isaac questions how these attitudes can still exist and pleads that we confront them before the situation gets worse.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!