Innocent Words Presents IW10 with Scott Sneddon from Edge of Free

TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.

Hometown:
Nashville & Valencia, CA

Members and Instruments:
Scott Sneddon: Vocals
John Hussey: Guitars (acoustic, electric, baritone); string arrangements; song arrangements
Steve Ebe: Drummer at large
Chris Autry: Bassist at large

Short Bio (in your own words):
John and I are the core of Edge of Free and I feel most inspired writing vocals (lyrics and melodies/harmonies) to his bed of music. Why this music is acoustic-based? Not sure….we both naturally started playing this aggressive, acoustic style from the start and we didn’t hear anything out there like it so it feels like a unique voice for us – of course, saying “acoustic” can be misleading because our choruses can be as heavy as anything out there, so the music really allows a full range of emotion from my perspective, as a bed to write vocals over.

Our eponymous, debut album has was patterned after Black Sabbath’s first LP, which was one of the first LPs I ever bought (vinyl), and I wanted an Earthy, woodsy, mysterious vibe in the artwork and 8 songs to get us started.

John was raised in California and I was raised just north of Detroit, and ironically we switched places to some extent with John living in Nashville now and me in Valencia, CA. I was a musician as early as I can remember, my Dad was a classical musician on Broadway, and I joined recorder club ASAP, later picking up drums and guitar before age 11, then started singing at 12. I was in bands all through Junior High and High School, but I gravitated toward Metallica (Kill ’em All days), Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, which was the heaviest stuff out there – whatever pissed my parents off, but still was complex enough to allow hours of guitar noodling at full volume while it was frozen outside. I was going to play music and was willing to die trying….or become an astrophysicist. We love writing this music together…it really is something organic and natural. I hope we get the chance to share it with people…many of the songs deal with very personal troubles I’ve had, and if it helps one person find light at the end of the tunnel, that would mean a lot to us.

The name “Edge Of Free” comes from the struggle to find meaning and understand why we’re thrown into this life with it’s ultimate boundaries that just can’t be breached….how to be free, or at least get close….to the edge.

What was the first live concert you ever went to?
My first live concert was Queen at Olympia stadium in Detroit and it was life-changing! I was really young, but it sealed the deal on vocals for me – that’s what I was going to do.

What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
Strawberry Mentos, salt and vinegar kettle chips, coffee and chocolate almonds. The coffee and chocolate almonds go together, so they only count as one! No joke on the Strawberry Mentos…that’s my Marlboro.

What was the first record you ever purchased?
KISS ‘Alive II.’ With all the blood and the huge pull-out 5-foot poster…on vinyl! I think I had to have my mom by it.

If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven”
Aerosmith “Dream On”
Neil Young “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”
Eagles “Desperado”
Fleetwood Mac. “Landslide”

What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
CD, because it’s sound quality is noticeably better then digital or cassette, and it’s similar to a vinyl LP in terms of having artwork and liner notes and really feels like a piece of art rather than a bit stream.

What is your website and do you have a music video to share?
edgeoffree.com and yes we do…”Pony” is at radio now, debut album May 19th!

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