From self taught musical genius to polished professional SOUND ARTIST/MUSIC PRODUCER Mike Snugg is Chicago’s best kept secret. Born April 25, 1981 as Michael Harris, he had his musical start listening to his father “blow away” on the trumpet in the basement and listening to old jazz records from his father’s collection. Snugg’s love for music grew exponentially as rap music developed and started to incorporate jazz tunes. At the age of 21, Mike became part of starting up an independent record label, Trump Tight Records, LLC. There he crafted his skills in producing and engineering. The first 3 albums released on the label, “The Epilogue” “The Program” and “The Greatest Show on Earth” were all mixed and produced by Mike Snugg. During that time Mike Snugg helped lay the grass roots for artist such as Billa Camp from Treologic, J. White, Awdazcate, #2 & White Jesus, Eloh Beatz and others. This led to the rise in quality of music from unsigned artist in the Chicago land area. He then decided to leave Trump Tight in the past and start a new beginning with his partner J. White. In 2004 he received his Bachelors Degree in Speech/Broadcasting and became head Sound Designer for Eta Creative Arts Foundation. As Sound Designer, Snugg was in charge of all aspects of sound from set-up, microphone placement, board operations, cue placement, and music research. When he felt it was time to further his knowledge of Sound Engineering he went to Columbia College Chicago for higher education and received his certification in Audio Arts and Acoustics, concentrating on Audio for Visual Media. At school he learned about sound art and creating soundscapes under the tutelage of Howard Sandroff and Jesse Seay. In class Mike learned how to use audio as an art, whether abstract or direct. “I felt that since audio in movies is used to paint pictures and enhance the visual, and music is used to evoke emotions and set moods, why not combine the two and create a more creative listening environment.” During his time at Columbia Mike and his partner J. White created a record production company called Lock Block Inc.
Lock Block Inc. was created in memory of Robert White AKA “Beno C” as a sign of rebirth. Under the new production company Snugg still focuses on recording, mixing, and producing but on a broader scale. He is now into mixing for film, which includes a list of independent films from “G-Love” by Seth Donovan, “Last Days of British Honduras” by Katherine Sullivan, “Structurally Sound” by Seth Farley and “Lotto Love” by Mary Lisett. He has also produced songs for “J. White“ , “Gaggie“, “GLC“, “Mikkey Halsted“,” 4-ize “, “Rep“, “Yung Texxus“, “B.X.C” and the new hit sensation “the20fours“. Mike Snugg is currently working on something new, but what else is new?
Mr. Snugg has also spent time in Los Angeles creating music cues for Frankie Blue. A music cue is when you take one guitar riff and creating a :30 – 1:00 piece of music that could be used for TV shows in the opening credits, stinger, or closing credits, etc… As well he used his networking skills to obtain a position as sound editor for the movie “G-Love”. Mike’s philosophy on the recording arts is using SOUND as an ARTISTIC tool used to manipulate time and space sonically. To evoke emotion and paint pictures through the use of sound whether rhythmically or not. Supporting picture or stand alone Mike Snugg brings to life the title SOUND ARTIST. From the recording to the final product Mr. Snugg has his hands in it all.–