Noah Schnacky talks boats and barbeque ahead of his much
anticipated return to the C2C festival- the go to event for UK country fans. His
fresh, vibrant approach to the genre is winning him fans both here and in US.
Welcome Noah, thanks for taking time to talk to us today.
When did you realise
that you could have a successful singing career?
When I was 13 my mom
entered of my singing into an online singing competition without telling me. We ended
up receiving an email that said “you’re selected
as a top 10 out of 30,000” and we thought it was a spam email at first. But it was real,
and they flew us out to NYC. I ended up as the top
male vocalist and I think that’s when my family started thinking there might be something
Why did you choose to
go down the country music route? (What is itthat
inspires you about the genre?)
Growing up, country
music was always around the house. My dad loved and played country music, my grandpa loved
it and played. It was kind of bred into me. I
remember for me, I fell in love with it when I started listening to the stories. No other
genre connects on that level like country
music can. So when I started writing, I couldn’t help, but want to share my own stories.
Five things you love
about Nashville would include
Broadway and the constant live music,
All the hole-in-the-wall
Southern hospitality of the people
The energy of an entire town with one mind… to make great music for the world.
Tell us about your
memories of C2C last year
Last year was
incredible. A couple things stuck out to me. First, I couldn’t believe how many people knew my
music on my very first trip, and that was a pretty
humbling realization. The other thing I took with me that really impacted me was how
incredible everyone was at truly taking it in.
Not as many cellphones up in the air. It honestly felt like, for a moment, everyone was
family. It felt like everyonetried their best to appreciate the rarity of the
moment we had there together.
What are looking
forward to when you play at C2C this time round
I’m looking forward
to trying our new songs, getting to see everyone I got to know last year again, and to make
new friends at the shows we have. I love getting
to know the stories of the people who want to be a part of mine.
Where is your favorite
place to write songs and why
Back home, on my
boat. Down in Florida, I’ll drive to the center of the lake and just let ‘er drift. It gives
me perspective. It helps me clear my mind and
articulate exactly what I’m trying to say sometimes.
Who has been the most
influential person in your life and why
Probably my dad.
Growing up, he introduced me to country music and that changed the direction of my life
completely. I can’t help but notice, after all
these years, I still have his same style of guitar picking. I guess it’s just a reminder that
roots run deep for me.
Peace or passion – PASSION
Morning light or sky at night – SKY AT NIGHT
Bass or drums – DRUMS
Cake or cookies – COOKIES
Jon Pardi or john Denver – PARDI – me & my dad connect over his last LP