Paul Bonomo

Keyboardist, Music Producer

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As a synth-wiz and pianist, plus a talented producer in the fields of pop, disco, funk, soul and rock, I can add spice and flavor to your music.

Ever since piano lessons as a boy, my life has been devoted to music. From being a keyboardist in a Minneapolis style r.n.b group, to a guitarist and singer in lo fi electro punk, from beat maker in hip hop, to the one man disco-pop act I am today, my musical journey has been long and winding. An extensive discography speaks for itself, plus my collaborations and touring experience with many artists and performers including Jamie Lidell, The Scissor Sisters, Peaches and Joey Arias.

I have released many self produced albums and singles, under the name 'Snax', with the focus being on electronic funk and beat oriented, disco-pop. Synths and keyboard playing is my hearts passion. I can add just the right bit of soul to whatever style of music you got; be it lush synth pads, tight rhythm arrangements, or a brassy synth solo. I can also deliver some deep funky bass, and top it off with some tasty rhythm guitar.

Much of my work has been solely produced, and I am whiz on Ableton Live. I've got a knack for arranging and mixing, respecting the song, keeping clutter to a minimum, and most importantly, keeping the groove alive!
My focused work ethic guarantees a quick turn around and my experience ensures a winning collaboration. Whether your aiming for the dance floor, pop radio, the lounge, or a combination of all three, let's connect and create something great!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Snax
  • Terranova
  • Chaim
  • Chaim
  • Shunda K.
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Hot Chip
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
  • The Stupids
  • Ewan Pearson
  • Ewan Pearson
  • Shir Khan
  • DJ T.
  • Damian Lazarus
  • DJ T.
  • Damian Lazarus
  • Patrick Pulsinger
  • Tom Findlay
  • Tom Findlay
  • Snax
  • Snax & Ianeq
  • M.A.N.D.Y.
  • M.A.N.D.Y.
  • Snax
  • Snax
  • Snax
  • Shapemod
  • Scratch Massive
  • DJ Naughty
  • DJ Naughty
  • Kaos
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Playgroup
  • Snax
  • Captain Comatose
  • Snax
  • Yellow Note
  • Yellow Note
  • Yellow Note
  • Yellow Note
  • Snax
  • Manhooker
  • After Dark
  • DJ T.
  • M.A.N.D.Y.
  • DJ T.
  • M.A.N.D.Y.
  • DJ T.
  • M.A.N.D.Y.
  • Snax

Interview with Paul Bonomo

  1. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  2. A: I began banging away on the family piano at age 5. Years of lessons ensued until in my teen years I found myself as keyboardist in a Minneapolis style r.n.b group. Further musical milestones were being a guitarist and singer in lo fi electro-punk and hip-hop groups, as well as DJing. I've traveled from my origin in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, to New York City, finally settling on the vibrant artistic scene in Berlin. Since here, I've released four solo albums as vocalist, producer, and keyboardist- with-benefits, under the artist name 'Snax.' Along the way, I launched my label Random Records and created house alias Box Office Poison. I've toured around Euopre and beyond consistently since 2002.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: Ableton Live 10, Native Instruments Komplete, MicroKorg, Roland Synth Plus, Korg Volca Sample, Korg ElecTribe EA-1, Novation Bass Station, Roland Groovebox, Novation USB Synth 49, Fender Guitar, Fender Bass

  5. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  6. A: My last album, Shady Lights, released on my label in 2017, is my finest work yet. I wrote and produced the album, performing most of the music with a few wonderful collaborators. I'm especially proud of the fact that this was released as a double vinyl package.

  7. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  8. A: Producing material specifically designed for licensing and sync opportunities, and sound design. Interested? Go here!...bonomomusic.com.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Whatever works. I'm no purist here. I've written some of my best music in bed with one groove box.

  11. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  12. A: The best I can offer, with your vision intact.

  13. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  14. A: Bring able to create something on my own in my studio, and yet be able to share it with the world, is emourmously satisfying.

  15. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  16. A: How do you take your coffee? With oat milk and stevia, please!

  17. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  18. A: That being a solo act means I don't like to collaborate. I thrive on exchanging ideas!

  19. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  20. A: If they have an artist or particular artist's sound / era they're going for.

  21. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  22. A: Please try to be as clear as you can describing what you want. That said, I'm quite flexible, and am good at taking more esoteric direction.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: Laptop, USB Keyboard, Mic, Guitar, Bass.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Electronic soul.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Lady Gaga. I love her piano playing!

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Electronic and beat oriented music; disco, funk, soul, house, disco rock...and a bit of jazz thrown in too!

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Keyboard playing, specifically rhythm beds, solos and ambient touches.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Groove, soul, intuition, rhythm, and tasteful and unique keyboard solos.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I trust my intuition. If I get a vibe from a song, I try not to question it too intensely, and I let it leads me. I'm often happiest with my first solos as I find those most 'pure' and stream of conscious. Same with production. The best songs write themselves!

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: Prince and all things Minneapolis, George Clinton and P-Funk including keyboards genius Bernie Worrell, early hip hop pioneers such as Larry Smith, Washington DC Go-Go, and house music legends like Frankie Knuckles and MK.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: Musicians and artists come to me looking for keyboard work, be it electronic based or more traditional piano accompaniment. Audio production is also in demand.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Prince
  • Bernie Worrell
  • Sly Stone
Gear Highlights
  • Ableton Live 10
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Microkorg
  • Roland Synth Plus
  • Korg Volca Sample
  • Novation Bass Station
  • Fender Guitar
  • Fender Bass
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