Local Saskatchewan party bloke with Westcoast roots. It was in Prince Georg that I went to my first rave in 2004 and fell in love with dancing and dance music. As I grew older I needed a new way to take part in the rave culture and always dreamed of DJing as a young raver.
Snakeman, the name, came from days break dancing in the basement of the University of Saskatchewan. It has grown to include the garden of Eden, forbidden fruit and the Lizard people. I believe that there is a little bit of reptile in each of us. Everyone has a shadow and part of the music played by the Snakeman reflects the constant discord between the light self and the shadow self.
I got my first set of turntables in Vancouver in 2010; a cheap, belt driven pair of numarks that I used to use the boxes they came in as flight cases. Bought a cheap numark mixer on kijiji and hit up Beatstreet to get my first bundle of records. I was honored to get to play a few hip hop parties in Vancouver that first year, complete with B-boys, freestyling and popping. It was a dream come true, and I was hooked.
My influences vary and I consider myself to be a pretty versatile DJ, able to play the time and place that I’m asked to play. I love funk music and have a disco fetish but I was raised a raver… Navigating this diversity of musical interests; from classical to disco, has meant that I’m full of surprises, not all of them good. I love psychedelic music, funky music, UK breaks, anything that’s grimey, phat basslines, trap, hip-hop, disco and dance hall. I’ve opened up for a bunch of people, but that’s mostly just because I throw parties, so whatever. I have had the pleasure of playing Elysium before as well as Phantasm. I love outdoor festivals and playing for festival crowds is one of my great joys.
Once a week, I reside for at least an hour and a half at the Prairie Sun brewery for “Boogie Nights”, Saskatoon’s only Wednesday dance spot.
I hope to see you on the dance floor.
Brandon will be featured as a guest artist for our FOUNDATIONS rec classes this Semester (Sept-Dec 2016).