Montreal Artist Snails Is Saving Bass Music, One Vomitstep at a Time
It's been another big year for Montreal bass star Snails. Billboard's Matt Medved and contributing music writer Elias Leight reflect on Snails' career since his breakout in 2014, speaking with the artist himself as well as other artists and industry influencers including Flux Pavilion. Hear straight from Snails about how he built his career after making a deal with his mom to his first time working with Skrillex.This article originally appeared on Billboard
In the spring of 2014, I pressed play on OWSLA's Soundcloud and stumbled upon sound design that left me speechless. The song was called "Wild" and one of the culprits behind the "twisted trap monstrosity" was Snails, a rising Montreal producer named Frédérik Durand who has since emerged as one of bass music's most significant new stars.
During Skrillex and Diplo's second-ever Jack Ü performance at Ultra Miami 2014, the duo dropped the Snails & Antiserum collab alongside inveterate crowdpleasers like Toto's "Africa." No one was more surprised than Durand: "I heard 'I'm a wild mother,' and I was like, 'that's my song,'" he tells Billboard Dance. "I didn't know at all. I was just laughing, crying, doing everything."
Snails has racked up an enviable array of co-signs since. When Jack Ü released their much-anticipated debut album last year, Snails was the only featured producer to make the cut...