Sebastian Schneider

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Sebastian Schneider
Sebastian Schneider Enerpol Fest.jpg
Sebastian Schneider on stage, Enerpol Fest, 2016
Background information
OriginBuenos Aires, Argentina
GenresRock, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, music producer, artistic director
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, banjo
Years active2000–present
LabelsHyA, Avarecords, Warner/Chappell, Like It!, TripleRRR
Websitehttp://www.sebastianschneiderweb.com

Sebastian Schneider is a German Argentine guitar player, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and music producer. He began his career in the Argentine and Latin American rock scene playing in several rock bands and later began his solo career in 2004.

Early life and training[edit]

Sebastian Schneider (who took his mother's maiden name) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from a German descendant mother and a Basque descendant father. He grew up in the Palermo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. At the age of six, his grandmother Florencia gave him his first guitar, an acoustic nylon guitar. He began his musical studies at Carlos Guastavino Conservatory, where he studied classical music, tango and Argentine folklore. He performed in concerts at conservatory and private events. At age eleven, despite his parents' persistence, he decided to give up all his musical activities.[citation needed] Schneider later explained that he was bored of playing the acoustic guitar, but his parents wouldn't let him play the electric guitar until he'd mastered the acoustic guitar.[1]

In 1997, he resumed his guitar studies, and joined a private academy sponsored by Yamaha. Using a Squier Standard Telecaster given to him by his parents, he learned popular styles like rock, blues, and jazz. During this time he began to form several bands, leading and composing songs for them as a vocalist and rhythm guitarist.

Schneider was uncomfortable with the pick, and preferred to play rhythm guitar on songs. While studying country music he learned of a number of guitarists who played complex musical licks and riffs using fingerpicking techniques. He became influenced by the playing style of Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler.[2] "I wanted to have a more active position with the guitar, and I had discovered great artists like Mark Knopfler who had successfully be singers and lead guitars playing without a pick. Then I told myself: This is what I needed to from the start!".[1]

Schneider began to develop his particular technique, self-described as a "travesty of Knopfler's technique", using four fingers like many classical guitarists so that he could perform licks and riffs at a higher velocity.[3] While performing as a solo artist at a private event in 2004, he was reunited with Horacio Ascheri[4] (an old friend of his father), leader of the Argentine band The Pick Ups,[5] who encouraged him to start a solo career.[6]

Schneider also took interest in the sciences, studying Physics at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

(2004 - 2006) Canción Para Nadie[edit]

Schneider recorded his first studio album, Canción Para Nadie, with Ascheri as producer. It was released by HyA Records in 2005, and its five-minute single "Haciendo Fuego" aired on radio, particularly in the Buenos Aires province.[citation needed] He promoted the album through several area concerts and his first radio interviews.[7] After several personal conflicts which include the passing of his mother, he stopped performing and focused on writing material for a second album.[citation needed]

(2006 - 2009) Una Vida Más - First international tour[edit]

His second album, Una Vida Más, was released in early 2007 by Avarecords.[8] and was also published by Warner/Chappell Music. It had more of a pop sound than the more guitar-driven, rock sound of the first one. The album's single, "Dame", received considerable airplay and was used in television advertising.[citation needed] Schneider's popularity also grew on the Internet, notably on MySpace social network.[9][better source needed] A video for "Dame" aired on CM music channel and internationally in other TV channels around Latin America.[10] In late 2008, he made a promotional tour of several Latin American countries and conducted numerous TV, radio and press interviews.[11] Guitarristas magazine noted that this album raised Schneider to international attention.[12]

(2009 - 2010) Me voy a escapar... (Part I)[edit]

Between August and October 2009, Schneider wrote over 50 songs, selecting 14 for a two-part concept album. He released the first 6 tracks as an EP titled Me voy a escapar... (Parte I) in December 2009. This album was first performed at Teatro Liberarte in Buenos Aires, Schneider's first major venue in Argentina. Then he went on performing a number of shows and tours before returning to the studio in early 2010.

(2010 - 2013) ... Y ser diferente (Part II)[edit]

In June, he released the second installment, ...Y ser diferente (Parte II), consisting of 8 tracks including his first English-language recordings, which include two songs of his own authoring and a cover song, "Smoke gets in your eyes" a song perhaps best known by the performance of The Platters. The release concert was held on August 28 at Luna Park, one of the biggest indoor venues in Buenos Aires. After this concert Schneider takes a break from live music, returning to live shows in 2011.

(2013 - 2015) Something strange happened here - First Argentina Tour[edit]

From 2013 on Schneider starts working on a new album, this time a double album featuring songs in Spanish and English. Meanwhile, he embarks on his first tour in 2014 in Argentina, visiting several cities in Chaco Province. This tour is declared as a Cultural Interest by the Chamber of Deputies of the Chaco Province[13]. In 2015 he releases No lo esperamos/Something strange happened here, the aforementioned album with fourteen original songs both in Spanish and English and a cover, Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. The release concert was held at Hard Rock Café Buenos Aires.

(2015 - 2018) Second international tour and "Hippie SIN Obra Social"[edit]

Having performed his new album in several venues around Buenos Aires, Schneider embarks on his second international tour headlining "Enerpol Fest"[14] in Bolivia. He performs in Bolivia and three argentinian provinces: Jujuy, Salta and Chaco, producing a documentary about the tour called "Hippie SIN Obra Social" (Hippie WITHOUT Health Insurance), a pun on a popular meme in Argentina by the time[15]. Back from the tour, Schneider keeps performing around Buenos Aires and by the end of 2017 starts working on his next album.

(2018 - Current) Pornovolar[edit]

During the period between December 2017 - May 2018 Schneider produces a new album titled "Pornovolar". It consists in fourteen revisited songs from his early work except No lo esperamos/Something strange happened here. The album is released by the label TripleRRR and the release concert is held at Fusion Bar in Buenos Aires. It is Schneider's first album since the first one where aside very few special guests, musicians other than himself (his stable live band) recorded the instruments.

Personal life[edit]

Sebastian Schneider has always been reluctant to speak about his personal life. In 2004 he loses his mother in a car accident which affects him profoundly, adopting this posture since then. He is a polyglot, being a Spanish native speaker, proficient in English and also speaking German and Italian.

Schneider is also an electronics technician and sound engineer. Aside from his first album, he made the arrangements and performed every instrument for his studio recordings, and on his third album he did all the recording, mixing and mastering.

Musical style and equipment[edit]

Schneider owns several guitars, but performs live shows mainly with his Fender James Burton Telecaster. Very seldomly performs the bass live with his Washburn bass guitar but regularly does live acoustic sets with his Dean banjo. He generally uses an American Crate GX-120 guitar amplifier and a DigiTech GNX2 guitar processor in live shows.

He has been influenced by rock and pop artists from every era, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles,[16] Pink Floyd, Roy Orbison[17], Guns N’ Roses, Brian Setzer, Foo Fighters, Living Colour, David Bowie and many others from the classical rock period, as well as artists from the 2000s indie rock such as The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and others.

He is a tenor with a wide vocal register and a soft voice, which contrasts between the distorted electric sound of his songs. His lyrics often have an abstract theme, allowing different interpretations[18]. His music is a fusion of elements from country music, blues, flamenco, and bossa nova with a rock and pop foundation.[citation needed]

Schneider is a fingerstyle guitarist and rarely uses a plectrum. His technique consists in using the first four fingers of his right hand, instead of three or five fingers which are most commonly used. An important part of his style is to play riffs and licks on the guitar while singing at the same time as opposed to performing rhythm guitar.


Discography[edit]

Title Released Label Tracklist
Canción Para Nadie 2005 HyA Records


Haciendo Fuego" - "Vicky" - "Luna Amarilla" - "No Sé Por Qué" -

"Lo Que Pasa Downtown" - "Pisando El Aire" - "Para Poderte Ver" -

"Rock De Los Compases Perdidos" - "Media Solución/Viejos Papeles" -

"Cabashito" - "Canción Para Nadie"

Una Vida Más 2007


AvaRecords/

Warner Chappell

"Dame" - "La Misma Sensación" - "A Toda Hora" - "Juego Cruel" -

"Lejos" - "Camino Al Sol" - "Mi Diamante" - "Luz" - "Calavera" -

"Cuando Se Van" - "Tu Lugar" - "Somos Nada" - "1985" - "Ecos"

Me Voy A Escapar...

(Part I)

2009 Like It! "Me voy a escapar" - "Hojas" - "Es una visión" - "Tengo dos" -

"El otro lado" - "Demos vuelta"

...Y Ser Diferente

(Part II)

2010 Like It! "Hoy es hoy" - "Hola" - "4 A.M." - "Me lo quedo yo" -

"Sur del sur" - "Not better" - "Todavía necesito la furia" -

"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"

No Lo Esperamos/

Something Strange

Happened Here

2015 Like It!


"No" - "Como un sueño" - "A ella le gusta mirar" -

"Nos encontramos" - "No tengo tiempo" - "Mientras duermen" -

"Quién soy"

//

"Leather Soul" - "Go, we're having a good time" -

"It doesn't pay the rent" - "Something strange happened here" -

"The story" - "Even if it falls" - "Billie Jean" - "Because we want to"

Pornovolar


2018 TripleRRR "Demos Vuelta" - "Dame" - "Hojas" - "Mi Diamante" -

"Haciendo Fuego" - "Calavera" - "Hola" - "Cabashito" -

"Es Una Visión" - "Somos Nada" - "Pisando El Aire" -

"Hoy Es Hoy"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sebastian Schneider's Bio
  2. ^ El Telégrafo Newspaper interview
  3. ^ Sebastian Schneider's official blog
  4. ^ Horacio Ascheri Official Site
  5. ^ The Pick Ups in Rock.com.ar
  6. ^ http://bandasxbarrios.buenosaires.gob.ar/bandas/1247/Sebastian-Schneider
  7. ^ 2007 Sebastian Schneider Press Bulletin
  8. ^ Avarecords Web
  9. ^ Sebastian Schneider's Official MySpace
  10. ^ Sebastian Schneider (December 14, 2008), Entrevista en La Plena - Teleamazonas, retrieved June 13, 2019
  11. ^ http://www.sebastianschneiderweb.com/EPK JUL 2016 EN.pdf
  12. ^ Note on "Guitarristas.ar" Magazine, Year IV, Num. 18 p. 30
  13. ^ Cámara de Diputados de la Provincia del Chaco, Resolución No. 2295, 24 de Septiembre de 2014
  14. ^ "Enerpol Fest 2016".
  15. ^ "Es de hippie con OSDE".
  16. ^ El Universo Newspaper Interview
  17. ^ "In dreams by Sebastian Schneider".
  18. ^ "4 AM Lyrics".

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