Country Singer — Sebastian Schneider

Sebastian Schneider is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and music producer Argentine German born July 28, 1982. It is an artist that begins to look with prominence in the new scene of Argentine rock and Latin American. It has been part of various rock bands and solo career began in 2004. His songs have a profound lyrical content as well as also its particular mode of the guitar, being one of the few artists Argentine (and global) using fingerstyle (finger technique) with electric guitars in the rock and run scales and complex musical patterns while singing.

Early musical life and career (1982-2004)

Sebastian Schneider (who took the mother’s surname) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a mother of German descent and a father of Basque descent. He lived his first years in the neighborhood of Palermo, place in which he also began his musical career. At the age of six, his grandmother Florence gave him his first guitar, acoustic guitar nylon. He began his studies at the Conservatory Carlos Guastavino, where he studied classical music, tango and Argentine folklore. Eleven years despite the persistence of their parents decided to leave together with the musical activity. During this period already had participated in numerous presentations as a guitarist in the Conservatory events as well as individuals. One of the reasons that gives Schneider on the cessation of its first activities musical marcarían ironically the future of his career: “I wanted to learn to play guitar and I wouldn’t, told me to learn to play well it (nylon-string guitar) first.” “As I was bored, and preferred to go home to see cartoons, I left.”

In 1997 resumes his studies guitar, this time with a Squier Telecaster Standard he was given the parents, in a privately sponsored by Yamaha, Corporation’s Music Academy where learns popular as rock, blues, jazz and other styles, and begins to form in various bands, generally composing songs for them and leading them, as a second guitar and singer.

Schneider never felt comfortable with the plectrum commonly used playing electric guitars, by which preferred relegated to a background from a point of view guitarrístico and playing songs bases. But in his guitar studies began appearing country music, where he saw numerous artists playing complex musical phrases and others using techniques of fingerpicking as Chet Atkins later recognize as one of their major influences. Know the music of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler guitarrístico style gave the final blow.2 “I wanted to take a more active position from the guitar, and had discovered great artists like Mark Knopfler had achieved successfully be singers and leading guitarists playing without spike.” There I said: this is what I needed to do all this time! “.”

Since then began to develop his technical, particularly according to Schneider “deformation of Mark Knopfler where I use four fingers of the right hand instead of three, similar to many classical guitarists, but allowing me to play at a higher speed and other licks and riffs technique.”

In the year 2004 acting as soloist in a private event, reconnects with Horacio Ascheri4 (old friend of his father), leader of the Argentine set “The Pick Ups”5 who sees their abilities on stage and suggests a solo career.

(2004-2006) Song for no one

Leaving behind his new musical project, a hard rock songs in English, and as a producer, Ascheri band began recording their first album, “song for nobody”. 2005 Launches the disk label HyA and promotional cut from the same, “Doing fire” sounds in large number of radios in spite of its length of more than 5 minutes, notably in the province of Buenos Aires. Schneider then performs various recitals by Buenos Aires and surrounding areas and their first radio interviews.6 After various personal conflicts, leaves play publicly and engages during 2006 writing material for their second Studio album.

(2006-2009) A more life

Away from the scenarios and away Ascheri by Schneider, career health issues for a long time is devoted to the composition of the songs that would conform their second Studio album. Taking approximately one year to create, record, and complete the material, at the beginning of 2007 was born “A more life”, a disk with dark but optimistic letters at a time, and tied to pop rock sound. According to Schneider, should “write optimistic things for myself, that reflect the pain and anguish felt but at the same time give me a hopeful message”. After various negotiations, disk finally launched on the label “Avarecords”7 and he has the editorial by Warner/Chappell.8 The promotional cut from this album, called “Dame” achieved a stronger than the previous reception and is rotated in first national level as 100 FM radios and even sounds on Channel 13, advertisements and independent radios. Begins to grow their popularity on the Internet, especially on the social network MySpace. The music video for “Dame” is rotated on the music channel CM apart from other Latin as Mexico Colombia Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Honduras among others independent channels. From this disc comes the possibility of making a tour the same leading Schneider to visit several Latin American countries in late 2008, in which manages numerous interviews on TV, radio and print media. Having felt that “A life more” had fulfilled its cycle in 2009 prepares his third Studio album.

(2009-present) I’m going to escape (Part I)

Between the month of August and October 2009, Sebastian Schneider made up more than 50 songs that preselects 20 and records them in his own Studio. Decides to make a concept album “split in two”, releasing the first part, an EP entitled “me voy to escape…” (Part I) ” in December 2009.” Disk is officially presented live 11 December this year in a known Theatre of Buenos Aires while Schneider planned future shows and tours of the same, apart from the launch of the second (and presumably last) part of the disk during the course of 2010.

Personal life

Sebastian Schneider has always been reluctant to talk about his personal life because you prefer to make your connection with people “musical and emotional”. In 2004 suffers the loss of his mother in a fatal car accident that deeply affects it and since then adopts this position. It is polyglot and mastered the English language to perfection, which has allowed him to compose songs in that language. It was strongly influenced by German culture of his ancestors, so also speaks German and uses a wristband with the colors of the flag of Germany live. It is electronic engineer and technical recording and sound, which has allowed alongside his musical knowledge not just compose and execute their songs but also making arrangements, produce them musically and record, mix and masterizarlas. Except his first album, Schneider executed all instruments and made all arrangements of his songs, including recording, mixing and mastering of their third album. Schneider also delved into the career of Physical sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, is passionate about science and technology. Since 2009 serves as Artistic Director of Like it! Productions, which aims to generate new talents in the current Argentine music scene.

Musical style and equipment

Schneider has various guitars, but plays live using a Fender Telecaster Artist Series of James Burton. Occasionally used in songs or acoustic sets an electroacoustic guitar grace. It is also bass and occasionally uses a low Washburn live. Is “retro sound” mistress of the 50s, 60s and 70s, influenced by all the artists in rock and pop from those times, such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, Beach Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eagles, Chet Atkins, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, and many other artists on what his music always has a retro tint. However, also highlights the influence of musicians from the 1980s onwards, as Guns N’ Roses, Brian Setzer, Foo Fighters, Living Colour, Whitesnake, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Hellecasters, Gary Moore, Alan Jackson, The Smiths, and others. His favourite guitar amplifier is the Crate GX-120 that generates different sounds recording studio as well as its reproduction live. Also uses a pedal Digitech GNX2 for effects only connecting in a special way to the amplifier. It has a record vocal broad (tenor is) and a soft voice, which creates an interesting contrast with the electric and distorted sound of his songs. Lyrics tend to have an abstract nuance though sometimes tell stories, according to the author does not have a single interpretation. Interpretation is given each listener and there is no one correct, they all are. His music cannot be kind in a specific genre, but rather a range that includes styles as diverse as the country music, blues, flamenco, bossa nova with a base of rock and pop. Sebastian Schneider is a fingerpicker what not never used a spike for playing guitar. His technique uses all the less the little finger, right hand fingers which allows a high speed to play solos, riffs and licks. Also committed to develop the ability to play complex used arrays at the same time sings, which he calls as “learn a new tool from scratch”.

Shows live

Schneider likes to make live shows that pot musical experience. Therefore there is always an extra component to their concerts, a scenery, some intimate story of the artist to his audience, some pseudo-teatral situation or Visual effects. Not eat before a concert, and all who ingested is whisky, something that has been done on stage in some situations.


Song to no one (2005)

The official version of the album “song for nadie”, released in 2005, contains hits such as “Doing fire”, “Vicky” and “Yellow Moon”. Disk marked commercial top artist where qualifying rock, the ballad, blues, and even the flamenco on the thread of Sebastian which, in addition to his voice, is their particular way of playing the guitar solo. “I wanted to show different facets of my musical life”, says Sebastian in a note, “and express them in a single work.” Why this disc is a kind of compiled work several years, with songs dating from 2000 to the present (2005) “.”

A more life (2007)

An optimistic, pointing toward pop rather than rock, where the duel between joy and sadness, happiness and misery, but presents and many present in the work of the artist antagonisms disk. “Give me a life and I promise that I will do the best it can” Sebastian, sings in an attempt to communicate what is happening inside outwards. The album was a long process of recording that culminated in the selection of fourteen topics (is the longest album of Sebastian) where more catchy arrangements, Merry Melodies as the hit musical and compositional quality of “song for nobody” takes “Dame” was rotated in a multitude of media in all Latin America. The album marks the beginning of Sebastian’s career at an international level. Released by the label “Avarecords/Warner Chappell”.

Me I’m going to get… (Part I) (2009)

The artist he ventured into a more close to rock and with a vintage touch sound. Six songs comprise this first part of this drive concept “party to the environment” in which the artist explores different emotions and moods in the introspective lyrics that make up, just as it is noted the presence of his classic style this time equipped with more powerful distortion, a voice neatly guitarrístico desprolija and a need to share their vision of the world towards the same artist. Recorded during the months of 2009 August–October, this EP consists of six songs including the hit “I’m going to escape” and the second (and last) part is expected by mid-2010.

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