We had the good fortune of connecting with Arden Snow and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Arden, why did you pursue a creative career?
That’s a great question. If I am being honest, I originally went to college for pre-law with the intention of going to law school. When I graduated, rather than go to law school right away, I decided to work for a law firm to decide if I really wanted to pursue law school as I did not have the money and I would have to take out loans. Ultimately, I chose not to go to law school and rather work as a paralegal while I pursued my creative interests. I wanted to be able to do something that I truly loved and for me that was music. Producing music and performing is the only place where I have ever felt like I was where I belonged. However, anyone that has pursued a creative endeavor knows all too well that they can be money pits when first starting and can take quite a while before you start to receive any recognition or am able to support yourself financially.

I have been playing guitar since I was 12 and started playing in bands when I was 17. My first band was all twice my age which was nerve wrecking at first. They were all in their thirties, so for me I was super excited. It was a cover band and because I was 17, I would have to sit outside (in the back of the bar) until we were playing. We would usually play three 2 hour sets in the evening with 20 minute intervals and during the breaks I would again have to go outside. But I didn’t care. I was just super excited to be playing. Occasionally, the venue wouldn’t question my age and I could mingle with the crowd. It was awesome to get my initial experience playing in this band.

I would say the next band I played for is where I played for most of my career and that was with Michael Roberts, Kristen Hooks, and Angel Ocana in our band Disco Machine Gun. Me and Michael had met in college and developed a click instantly. We went through a few drummers until Angel. Then we brought Kristen on. It was a very fun time in my life. I always felt like we could have did so much more with our sound but it was not meant to be. Michael is happy doing his own thing with his band Michael & The Pentecost and I am not sure what Kristen and Angel are up to.

Although I had been playing guitar and bass guitar since I was a kid I did not start playing piano until after I moved to Colorado which was in 2015. I had always been fascinated with the piano, I just never took it up. Well lets just say that its the instrument I was meant to play. I started teaching myself how to play with an obsessive compulsion. I would literally be playing 12-14 hours and day. It was all I did. Learning to play the piano is really what helped develop me as a songwriter. With guitar I would tend to overthink things too much, while with piano I took a more simplified approach to my songwriting and expanded from there.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So 2021 was really the year where I honed in my craft as a producer. That year alone I made about 60-70 quality songs. Now all I needed was a singer. So I unsuccessfully had tried to find a singer with the sound I was looking for. I met a lot of great vocalist, however, I was still not finding the sound I wanted. So finally after enough frustration, I decided to do the vocals myself. Now for someone who has always hated their voice, I was definitely going way out of my comfort zone.

Was it easy? F**k no, it was not easy but the way I see it is nothing worthwhile ever is easy. But I would always say to myself that eventually, all of the torture I have put myself through will pay off. January 1st, 2022, is when I started releasing my music to the public and since January, my songs have had over 1000 radio plays on Amazing Radio, and 3 songs have been recognized by music critics as great songs. I have outlined the recognition and rankings the songs from my debut ep. Muted Tones have attained thus far below.

1. The World’s Faded – ranked at #16 on www.sharetopros.com’s Top 100. Currently, the song is #26 on their charts.

2. We Cannot Know – ranked at #2 and #3 on www.broadjam.com’s Colorado Top Ten & Alternative Top Ten.

3. Migraine – ranked at #68 on www.sharetopros.com’s Top 100.

These are the reviews that I have received thus far.

CO MUSIC – The World’s Faded

“As soon as I listened to your voice I said I KNOW THIS GUY! You definitely nailed something important is to have an artistic label. Not so many people can accomplish this with only two songs. Great song….”

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Tinnitist – The World’s Faded

“Great stuff. Very distinctive. I often advise artists to follow their own path instead of trying to fit in with the pack, but you obviously know that already. When that sinister piano line starts, you don’t really know where it’s going to go — a classic instrumental, a goth dirge, a rap jam, a metal track. And in the end, it doesn’t really turn into any of those things; it just stays on track and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very cool.”

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Authentic Audio – The World’s Faded

“What I enjoy the most about this song is how the captivating lyricism, powerful vocal performance and atmospheric production come together to create an engaging listening experience that has a lot of potential to make it big…”

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Paradise Artists – The World’s Faded

“It’s a good song the hook is catchy and the production is well done I’ll be happy to share it with some of my colleagues and see if we can help you promote it. Look forward to hearing more from you in the future. Good luck and all the best..”

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Authentic Audio – Blue Death

“The combination of the atmospheric and deeply melodic instrumentation and profound songwriting featured on this song makes for an undeniably captivating listening experience that has a lot of potential.”

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Apple Music Review – Blue Death

Hi there, I thought this was a good track. I thought this production was very well done on this. Good stuff, I am looking forward to hearing more from you in the future…Hi there, I thought this was a good track. I thought this production was very well done on this. Good stuff, I am looking forward to hearing more from you in the future…”

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Deviate Music Blog – Blue Death

“Hey thanks so much for sending this over! I’m digging the vibe of this …. Would love to hear more tho. How long have you been putting music out? “

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Edgar Allen Poets – Blue Death

“like the track and I would like to add it to my noir playlist on Spotify but I don’t find the link, can you send it to me, I like the dark vibes of this song, it is hypnotic.”

With today’s technology, there are more people wanting to record and produce on their own which can get pretty overwhelming very fast. I have been making music my whole life and I am still learning new things every day. At first, I was very hesitant about sharing my recording process as I did not want all of the negative scenarios I imagined in my head to come to fruition. But the more I thought about the more I realized that’s bullshit. If I can inspire anyone in a period of self doubt, then it would be worth it. I guess the reason for such the doubt was the fact that everything I have done goes against everything I was told. I didn’t need to build this massive studio (although getting better equipment is in the works) I didn’t need to pay a studio for studio time, pay a sound engineer, hire session musicians, etc. I did, however pay for mastering, as it’s alway good to have a different set of ears. I didn’t have all the best gear. I have decent stuff as I 100% believe in quality. If I had the money to get better equipment it would have been done already, but that’s not the point. What I am trying to say is that you don’t need to have a shitload of money to make great music. All of the songs that you hear from me were recorded in my room with my digital piano, my microphone setup, and my IPad Pro starting with Garage Band, which is then exported into groups, then exported into Cubasis, after which I make a few other adjustments and then export the song. My demos are then brought to AudioMaster, however, my commercial songs were sent to Optimus Mastering to perform the mastering on the songs.

Now, please note that I played every part on all of my songs and that there are no samples. All of the music was written and recorded by myself. I didn’t have the money to go out and get all the things I wanted that would have made the recording process sooooooooooooooo much easier. I wouldn’t have had to drive 2 hours into the middle of nowhere out in Yoder, CO just so I could have no sound catching the microphone. I have 4 French Bulldogs at home so quiet is a luxury I do not have. But what I did have was a desire to keeping learning, keep practicing, keep improving. I didn’t always have access to a piano at one time either. I remember long boarding at 12:30 am every day to get to downtown Colorado Springs because thing antique store by the train depot had a piano they would leave outside. They had cameras so they knew I would come and play and they didn’t mind. They even left me a note thanking me for taking good of it and that it would remain out there until it was purchased which was about 6-8 months lol. I was homeless at the time due my own poor choices however, this place was my solace. If you have a true desire or passion for something, you will go to extreme lengths to still be able to do it. And for me, it was playing music.

To have received that recognition that I have received without any of my music being widely released (Spotify, apple, etc.) is huge because I was really using these songs as a test to see if I should keep singing. With the responses I have received thus far I can only get excited about the release of my upcoming ep, Muted Tones on June 24, 2022; who I am releasing with Wolfrage Records.

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Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well that would definitely depend on the person. If I am just sticking to the Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs Area then I would definitely start with Garden of The Gods. There is something definitely spiritual going on there and is one of the most peaceful places I have visited. I am so lucky to live right next to it now! For food, I would take them to the Green Chile Festival down in Pueblo. This was my first taste with southwestern street food and it was amazing! Lastly I would take them to Manitou Springs as I love everything about this town, from the food to the music and the amazing penny arcade that has machines in there that are 100 years old.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would say first and foremost that without Josh Martin and Stephanie Perot, I would not be here doing what I am doing. When I moved out to CO I struggled with getting my feet planted. By working with Josh and Steph’s business, Denver Marketing Solutions, I was able to be able to financially support myself while investing everything I could in furthering my music career. Without them I would not have been able to really take the time to effectively start my music career. Plus, I learned valuable insights from Denver Marketing Solutions, such as how to effectively manage a Google Ads account and to build a successful marketing campaign. I knew how to make music, but I did not know how to market my music. And while I am still learning things everyday, I honestly do not know where I would be without their encouragement and support. Thank you Josh Martin and Stephanie Perot for everything.

Website: www.ardensnow.com

Instagram: arden_snow_music

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArdenSnowMusic/

Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCoDEB_GGO55cwxbyoa-gLDg

Other: https://linktr.ee/arden_snow – This has all of my pages.

Image Credits
Hannah Fellow Photography

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