Photograph by Dave Suarez
Art Snay – musician, engineer, producer and owner of Arabellum Studios in Albany – passed away earlier this week.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that without Snay, the Nippertown music scene might look – and certainly sound – radically different. In the late ’70s and early ’80 when the DIY indie rock scene was just beginning to blossom all across the country, Art and his Arabellum Studios – tucked away on Sand Creek Road in Colonie – was the place to go record whatever the hell you had in mind.
Maybe it was radio-friendly pop and rock. Maybe it was go-for-the-throat punk or balls-to-the-wall metal. Maybe it was something just completely off-the-wall. Whatever. Snay was probably your best go-to guy.
Along with the old WQBK-FM radio and such long-defunct live performance venues as J.B. Scott’s and 288 Lark, Art and his Arabellum Studios helped create the perfect storm of opportunity for non-mainstream bands looking to showcase their original music.
*UPDATE (10am Monday, March 19): Here’s info on “For the Love of Art: A Celebration of the Life of Art Snay” to be held on Sunday (March 25)…
*UPDATE (8am Tuesday, March 20): Art Snay’s obituary at The Times Union
*UPDATE (3pm Monday, March 26): Photographs from “For the Love of Art: A Celebration of the Life of Art Snay” at Lynn’s Uptown Tavern, Albany, 3/25/12
Here’s what a few friends, fans, clients and bandmates have to say about Art Snay:
STEVEN “CLYDE” DAVIES: Art Snay was a kind-hearted gentle soul who had impeccable taste in music and a well-developed sense of hearing, which served him well as a music producer and audio engineer. His passing is a major loss for the Capital Region arts community, as he was a seminal force in producing and engineering excellent recordings of some of the most influential and creative bands and solo artists of the local music scene, going as far back as the early 1970s. He also composed some very intriguing electronic music and was a capable visual artist and graphic art designer as well.