Saturday, October 18, 2008

DJ Snorri's First Snorridisco House Set

From: 29 August 2008 at 16:13

Well, I finally got to doing a DJ house mix. It's not without it's flaws, but I am happy with it for the most part.

DJ Snorri's Funkstick Lights Out Mix

If you like disco-infected funky house, R&B, electro house and new wave pop like Sam Sparro, MGMT, Dragonette and Santogold, click here.

"Put your hands up high, wave 'em side to side
To the left, to the right - feels so good tonight!"



Here is the remix video for Keri Hilson's single Energy, finely remixed by the Wideboys. I can't sing her praises enough! I love stuff like this... really classy RnB: gorgeous vocals, intelligent lyrics, catchy hooks. I have listened to this song over and over again and I never get tired of it, which is rare for me.

I predict big things for her!

What Snorri Means

From Old Norse snerra meaning "attack", "onslaught", "wild combat" or "hot fight".

Snorri means "someone unmanageable or unruly" or "the turbulent one".

I have been a huge Björk fan since high school and have developed a keen interest in Iceland. As you may or may not know, I am a Newfoundlander. More specifically, a Labradorian. When the Vikings discovered the new world in 1000 AD (give or take), their first settlement was at L'anse-aux-Meadows, Newfoundland. They called it Vinland. After about a year, they left the island, but during the year or so they stayed, a child was born. That child was named Snorri. As Icelandic custom dictates, his surname was Þorfinnsson after his father, Þorfinn Karlsefni (or Thorfinn), but since his father died when he was young, he was later known as Snorri Guðriðsson, after his mother Guðriðr Eiriksdottir.

A replica of a church built by Snorri in Greenland at a settlement called Brattahlíð.

He was the first child born in North America of European descent. More specifically, born in Newfoundland, of Icelandic heritage. This was documented in the Icelandic saga Grœnlendinga saga or "The Saga of the Greenlanders":Þorfinnsson

The Vinlanders' settlement in L'anse-aux-Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada.

I should also explain that Snorri has been my internet nick since 1996 when I first discovered online chat.
So that's where the name came from!


So this week I FINALLY bought the full version of Ableton Live 7 (aka the best music production software ever made)! I got a promotion at work and decided now is the time to get it. Good thing, because they are offering one of their software synth instruments, Operator, as a freebie for buying!

What started out as mild interest with Ableton Live Lite (as bundled software with my M-Audio Axiom 25) blossomed into a love affair with Ableton Live LE and has now become a raging obsession with the full pro version. If you don't know what Ableton Live is, then you just have to check it out. It has a gorgeous interface, is totally user friendly and comes with tutorials built in.

Download the 14-day free trial of Ableton Live 7 (includes saving and exporting).


Well, I had intended this blog to solely be about my own music, not the music of others, but I really feel the need to post this video. So it's going to be a mix of my music, recording geekiness and music that I love.

These two are, without a doubt, my two favourite singers in the RnB genre. They both can sing beautifully (even live!) and they are both very inspiring. Keri Hilson is an amazing songwriter and vocalist and I cannot wait for her album to drop. I have loved Chris Brown since his second single "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and every song he puts out is just so good. I love the fact that he is unafraid to make house-y futuristic RnB and dances in his videos. Teaming them up was a great idea and I hope they do it again. Everything about this song and video rocks. I love their voices and harmony, the lyrics are just awesome and the concept in the video is nice. I got chills even after watching 4 or 5 times! 

Monday, October 13, 2008

My first blog

Welcome to my very first blog. I am a bit late to the party when it comes to blogging, but it's never too late I guess. In this blog you will be able to hear my songs, see my lyrics and ideas and also read my rants about recording, writing and music in general.