Snails (DJ)

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Birth nameFrédérik Durand
Born (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988 (age 32)
OriginSainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie, Quebec, Canada
GenresDubstep, drum and bass, drumstep, trap, Vomitstep
Occupation(s)Electronic musician, DJ
InstrumentsDigital Audio Workstation (Reason)
Years active2012–present
LabelsSLUGZ Music, Kannibalen Records, OWSLA, Monstercat
Associated actsBig Gigantic, Jack Ü, Pegboard Nerds, Flux Pavilion, KSHMR

Frédérik Durand (born 4 May 1988), professionally known as SNAILS, is a DJ and music producer from Quebec.

Durand's musical style has been described as "vomitstep", featuring "guttural bass gurgles, crushing 808s and synthesizers oscillated well past the point of absurdity" according to Billboard.[1]


Early career[edit]

Durand's first tracks, including his debut release "Bubble Gun", appeared online in 2012 through Canadian label Kannibalen Records.[2]

Rising success[edit]

Durand continued to gain success, collaborating with artists like Flux Pavilion and Jack Ü and frequent plays from Skrillex and other notable DJs.[1] In 2014, Snails released two singles, "Wild" and "Pump This", and made his first US concert appearances.

In 2015, Durand performed at EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Forest, and released a single titled "King Is Back".

Durand continued steadily releasing music through multiple labels, including several releases on Skrillex's OWSLA imprint.

2016–present: Tours and continued success[edit]

In early 2016, Durand embarked on the North American Enter Slugz City Tour as direct support for Flosstradamus, as well as playing festival sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Ultra Music Festival.[3] Durand also briefly toured Asia, performing at numerous venues and festivals in China, Japan, and Taiwan. To close out 2016, Durand toured through Australia with Jauz and Slushii on the Touch Bass traveling festival.

The final Snails show of 2016 took place in Denver, Colorado at Decadence Music Festival, where he announced that he would be throwing his own festival, Sluggtopia, at Red Rocks in October 2017.[4]

In May 2017, Durand and fellow electronic musician Botnek released their collaboratory single "Waffle House" on OWSLA, along with a music video. A couple of months later, in August, he participated in the making of the song of KSHMR '' The Serpent '' in his last EP called Materia.

On 29 August 2017 Snails released the song "into the light" as well as releasing the title of his new upcoming album titled The Shell.



List of studio albums
Title Album details

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Details
World of Slime[6]



  1. ^ a b "Montreal Artist Snails Is Saving Bass Music, One Vomitstep at a Time". Billboard. 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Meet Snails: He's proud to be weird!". UKF. 10 June 2014.
  3. ^ "2016 Coachella Photos: Day In The Life With Snails". Billboard. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  4. ^ Rubinstein, Peter (1 January 2017). "One Of The Bass Music Kings Just Revealed His Own Red Rocks Festival". Your EDM. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  5. ^ Stack, Chris (12 December 2018). "Stream Snails's Slimeageddon EP, a grotesque project from the 'Slug King' himself". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 13 December 2018. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  6. ^ Sani, Niko (18 December 2019). "Snails introduces listeners to the World of Slime in new EP". Archived from the original on 4 January 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  7. ^ Stack, Chris (15 November 2018). "Snails crossbreeds with Wooli to create 'Snailephant,' and announces a new EP Slimeageddon coming soon off Slugz Music". Archived from the original on 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Snails and Adventure Club Team Up on "Follow Me" ft. Sara Diamond". 4 December 2018. Archived from the original on 4 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  9. ^ Levin, Harry (20 June 2019). "Snails and Krimer combine forces for 'Jackhammer'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 21 June 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  10. ^ Stone, Katie (17 July 2019). "Snails pays homage to a Randy Orton in 'RKO' ft. Rico Act". Archived from the original on 4 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  11. ^ Stack, Chris (12 September 2019). "Subtronics and Snails connect for monstrous joint effort, 'Snailclops' [Stream]". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.