Côte d’Ivoire-born, Boston-raised R&B soundscape artist SNNY says growing up on the classics gave him a foundation to push against as a young artist trying to make something new.
"We expected to have great feedback and stuff, but not at that rate," he tells Q104.3 New York's Jonathan Clarke on "Out of the Box."
SNNY's affinity for music began at a young age. He says his mother was always playing music from the '70s and '80s in the house when he was a child. The now-26-year-old was raised on the music of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Prince.
"I mean I remember specifically she played Purple Rain this one time," he says. "I remember listening to 'The Beautiful Ones' and I was like, 'What is this? Where is this coming from?'"
Exactly what SNNY's style of music is difficult to pin down, which is probably a good sign for him and Glassnote Records. His songs have been described as everything from indie to R&B to hip hop or pop. SNNY says it's all true.
"I mean, I just live in all of those realms essentially. I draw inspiration from all of them."
Check out the full interview above with SNNY, as well as Nick and Jeff from Glassnote Records.
SNNY will be performing at the Glassnote Records 10th Anniversary at the South Street Seaport, Thursday, August 3.
Check out SNNY's debut single, "Young Boy":