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 to it.
Why did you choose to go down the country music route? (What is it that 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 coffee joints,
- 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