“Irresistible, meticulous song-craft ”- Guitar Wold – Acoustic Nation
“Defies geographical categorization… but its appeal is undeniable” – Something else
“They bounce [the crowd], sway and dance as a single collective with the majority so in the moment that Rome could burn down around them and they’d still focus on Tim Snider’s violin playing!” – My Global Mind (London)
“Globe-spanning sounds that incorporate his classical chops as well as a multitude of life experiences. A child violin prodigy, Snider has decades of material under his belt, finding his bread and butter within the jam worlds. Yet it’s his quieter moments as a songwriter that stand out and are worth considering.” – Portland Mercury
“Unbridled energy, intensity, and musical eclecticism. Tim Snider plays and loops the electric violin, guitar, cajon, and vocals creating aural landscapes that are forceful, confessional, and raw.” – Reno Tahoe Tonight
Tim Snider wanted to play violin from a very early age. An Itzhak Perlman performance on Sesame Street when he was just three-and-a-half years old was his earliest musical inspiration, and it was classical music that first provided the impetus to learn his instrument. Over the years other influences came into play, from exposure to rock music (he dropped the violin and picked up a guitar), a Ben Harper gig turned him onto songwriting, and sojourns in Spain and Cuba introduced flamenco, salsa and Afro-Cuban rhythms into his repertoire. Returning to college, he spent a year studying jazz, and rediscovering his love of classical music – and went back to the violin.
That’s a lot of music for one so young, but it’s experience that’s served him well. He’s shared bills with artists as diverse as Steel Pulse to Robert Randolph and the Family Band, as well as touring a large chunk of the world playing his own music, a world-folk-jazz-pop hybrid that’s aimed at the heart, the brain and the feet. On his album, Let Go, Jump In the River, recorded with the assistance of a large group of musical friends, Snider brings his influence together in ways that are vital and powerful. Songs are propelled by the rhythms of Southern Europe and the Americas, and his songs get under the skin in a most agreeable way. “Hurricane” gets things going, pushed along by serious strings, and preparing the ground for the remarkable “Jump In” – the semi-official title track – where his vision (and concept) truly comes together. It’s about letting go and grabbing life, and musically that’s just what Snider’s doing – with side helpings of driving rhythm and radio friendly hooks. Phil S.
Tim currently lives in Santa Monica, CA and is touring as the violinist for Nahko and Medicine for the People. He has recorded and produced three of his own albums as well as worked with many other artists such as Talib Quali, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Dave Eggar, Amber Rubarth, House of Waters, Saeeda Wright, Capela (Brazil), and many others.