Interview with a ReMixer Volume 7: SnappleMan
Originally Posted at Apr 08, 2010 3:44PM PST
Andreas Kotsamanidis, alias SnappleMan, may have a ridiculously long name, but he can rock out like no other! Although he may not be that active on OCR, he has many other tracks in other locations. He even recently released a remix of the Contra 4 soundtrack, entitled Rocked ‘n’ Loaded! I recently talked to him, and this is what he had to say.
Mirby: What started your interest in video game music?
Snappleman: Video games! Or more specifically, Konami games on the NES. I came over to the USA in 1989 and up till then I was living in a communist country and was exposed to very little western music. So as soon as I got here I went wild with inspiration.
M: What started your interest in remixing?
S: I was always a musical kid, and one Christmas my parents got me a keyboard and my brother an electronic drumkit. From then on all I wanted to do was learn and play video game tunes. It wasn’t till the late 90s that I actually started arranging music.
M: Are there any tracks you’ve done that you’re more proud of or like more than the others?
S: That’s a tough one. Everything I end up releasing online is always more of an experiment than anything else. Most of the songs I arrange and record are sitting on some hard drive unreleased and probably never will be. The only songs I release are the ones I’m not sure about and need to get opinions and critique on. But my recent CD release Rocked ‘n’ Loaded would be what I’m most proud of. It’s the first batch of remixes that I consider to be “done”.
M: Are there any remixers that you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
S: I’d like to say no, because currently I’ve worked with everyone I’ve wanted to to work with, but you never know how people evolve as musicians and you don’t know which new people will show up. Everyone has something unique to offer musically, but I’ve found that it takes two or three collaborations with that person to get them comfortable enough to truly get every idea they want out. I have a very loud, pushy and direct personality so that may be the reason. Currently though, I’ve become a fan of forming a small team of 2-4 people and just working on a bunch of songs together. But now that I think about it, I still haven’t worked with a vocalist… so yes, the remixer I want to collaborate with in the future is Zyko.
M: Any tracks you’d like to remix in the future?
S: The Revenge of Shinobi soundtrack, some stuff from Etrian Odyssey 3, and some of Yuzo Koshiro’s tracks from Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.
M: Ah yes… Portrait of Ruin. Phenomenal soundtrack, and if I might say, you do remix Castlevania tracks quite awesomely.
S: Many thanks!
M: No prob! Do you have a favorite track from a game?
S: Well, that changes hour to hour, but for now, I’d say my favourite track would be the main theme from Super Metroid.
M: Hehe… Do you have a favorite video-game composer?
S: Yuzo Koshiro, Shinji Hosoe, Hip Tanaka; all tied.
M: All good ones too! One last question. What do you enjoy most about remixing?
S: The best part for me has always been breaking down the music and getting more of an idea of how it was written. You can always tell that the songs are originally written as long elaborate pieces and then the real work is when the composers and sound teams try to break that down to the essential elements of the theme to come up with the resulting 35 second loops for the game. It’s very fun to try and guess where the cuts were made and what was cut out! Also, it’s a great way for me to relive memories of playing the games themselves and also learning about writing catchy music in the process.
M: Good answer. Thanks for your time!
S: Thank you!
You can find his page on OCR here: Artist: SnappleMan (Andreas Kotsamanidis). I’ll keep trying to interview people, so stay tuned! Next up should be a review of Rocked ‘n’ Loaded… Until then, game on!