In today’s saturated EDM market, originality is hard to come by, but Montreal producer Snails has managed to rise above the pack with an unmistakable sound called “Vomitstep”. Having cut his teeth DJing in the local bass scene, Snails worked tirelessly in his small apartment to craft his own vision of dance music, combining trap rhythms, dirty bass lines, and off-kilter sound design. His first tracks appeared online in 2012 on fledgling imprint Kannibalen Records. Success was not immediate, as the forward-thinking French Canadian’s sound was so different and weird. But slowly, audiences started listening, and DJs started noticing the awesome power behind “Vomitstep”.
In 2014, Snails started gaining serious traction in the industry, releasing “Wild” and “Pump This” on Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint and making his first US concert appearances. Fans and promoters quickly noticed that not only could Snails churn out massive tracks in the studio, he could also rock a party like no one else. It was only natural that in 2015, the stages grew bigger as Snails threw down acclaimed sets at festivals like EDC Las Vegas, Ultra and Electric Forest. He was also the only guest producer tapped by Skrillex and Diplo to appear on Jack U’s multi-Grammy-winning album. In early 2016, Snails truly conquered North America on the massive “Enter Slugz City” Tour which saw the bass prodigy sell out major concert halls across the continent. He also solidified his presence as an unmissable festival act with widely acclaimed sets at Coachella and Lollapalooza.
Determined to cement his stature as one of the leading figures in bass music, Snails worked tirelessly throughout 2017 on one of his biggest projects ever, his debut album and first full-production tour, both called “The Shell”. He debuted both at his sold-out Red Rocks concert “Sluggtopia” in September, where attendees were astonished by the innovative stage design and new music. Released in October, the eagerly-anticipated album features collaborations with noted producers like NGHTMRE, Big Gigantic and Dion Timmer and appearances by all-star vocalists like Waka Flocka and Collie Buddz. Hailed by Billboard as “a totally outrageous collection of grimy sounds and mosh pit motivation”, it was met with unanimous acclaim by dance music fans and critics alike. The tour was equally successful, packing out rooms across North America during the non-stop 48 show run. Having capped the year on such a high, Snails looks poised to enter 2018 as an indisputable king of the electronic music scene.