“Coming to Berlin was a liberation
because I could play with many things,
especially electronic music, and approach it freely
regardless of the fact that I was African”
Among other things, he drew attention to himself by collaborating with the jazz and club musician Max Graef, the Italo-Berlin fusion jazz band Mop Mop, the Italo-Berlin club band Nu Guinea and the Parisian producers Neue Grafik and Darius.
With his soul-soaked psychedelic vocal performance he managed to impress his unmistakable stamp on these different projects. After his solo EPs »Red Runner« and »Rosie«, his debut album »Freedom TV« will be released on Tartelet Records, the Danish label, which also has Berlin techno-project »Brandt Brauer Frick« under contract.
WAYNE SNOW - FREEDOM TV
After two incredible EPs, Wayne Snow — the Nigerian-born, Berlin-based vocalist and songwriter — now presents his debut album on Tartelet Records. »Freedom TV» is the natural sequel to the Max Graef-produced tasters »Red Runner« (2014) and »Rosie« (2015); a project marinated in Afro-Caribbean, soulful grooves and topped by Wayne’s effortless falsetto acrobatics.As the title suggests, »Freedom TV« (due March 2017) is an album with themes of liberty, struggle and creative identity pumping through its veins. Within ten tracks, Snow fluently meanders between musical styles: from low-tempo soothers like album opener »Cooler« and »Fall« to the syncopated bruk of »The Rhythm« and cosmic funk escapades found on »Nothing Wrong«.
Recorded over a period of two years, it is partly realised by new surroundings according to Wayne: »Being in Berlin also helped me to fully understand the origin of electronic music which is unmistakably black«.
Production comes from three varied and solid sources. The tag-team between Snow and fellow Berliner, Max Graef is in full effect. The result is six tracks (»Cooler«, »Still In The Shell«, »Drunk«, »Red Runner«, »Rosie« & »Fall«) anchored by Graef’s now-signature brew of warm-to-the-touch boom-bap, soul, jazz and house. More than anything, Freedom TV is the soundtrack for anyone seeking a wholesome exploration of groove. Smooth and contagiously danceable at points, Wayne Snow has arrived in album territory with an assured cool.