Emerson Snowe


Wednesday 18th July 2018

Photo: Jeff Anderson Jnr

Name, where are you from?
My name is Jarrod Mahon, I perform under the moniker ‘Emerson Snowe’. I am currently based in Brisbane, Australia.

Describe your style in three words? 
Romantic Freak Pop

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Patti Smith performing Horses in full, I had become obsessed with her that year and learned everything about her - it turned out that she was touring Australia that year and it lined up perfectly. 

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history? 
Sufjan Stevens and Dev Hynes. Both are influential keys to my creativity, also they’re both able to constantly change and evolve.

Which Subcultures have influenced? 
Club kids in 1980s New York

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Nick Cave, I find his way of not being embarrassed by his youth inspiring. Whatever happened - happened for a reason.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
One of my first shows was at a venue in Sydney (Aus) called Golden Age. It’s a tiny cinema and the backdrop is just a wall of mirrors. It’s totally small.

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
I’m constantly changing and moving forward, but a huge inspiration of recent months has been learning about Lou Reed and French artists like Lizzy Mercier Descloux.

Emerson Snowe’s charming yet unconventional approach to music has already attracted the attention of many of his idols, including Ariel Pink, Courtney Barnett and King Krule – all of whom he has supported. July sees his first London headline show headline show, performing with a full band for the first time. Fans might also recognise him as one of the founding members of much-loved Brisbane band, The Creases.

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