Hailing from Montreal, Frederik Durand, better known as Snails, broke out in the scene in 2012 with his track “Bubble Gun” on Kannibalen Records. His sound initially was not well recognized by the bass scene. While the bass scene at the time was all about loud bass drops and easy-to-dance-to sequences, Snails was creating creaky, weirdly synthesized dub with strange time signatures. It wasn’t until 2014 that Snails saw major success. His initial success started with his collaborative remix of “Crazy” by Lil Boosie, which has gained over 2.6 million streams. His name blew up even more from his collab with Jack U titled “Holla Out”. Snails went on his first US tour later in the year; within a year, Snails was playing major stages at some of the largest festivals in the country, such as Ultra, EDC Las Vegas, and Electric Forest. Nowadays, Snails is releasing tracks on Monstercat and OWSLA and is gaining recognition from Excision, Skrillex, Flosstradamus, and many other notable artists in the bass scene. In fact, Snails’ sound has influenced bass music and has made a plethora of other artists make vomitstep.
Snails brought his personal fusion of Montreal bass into the international scene. His unique sound has moved the bass scene towards the grotesque, and his live shows have become a staple of every major festival.