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Music-making Made Easier

Music-making Made Easier

Who: Snape Bros
Where: East Maitland Bowling Club
When: Friday August 19, 2005

CHRIS Snape has watched the music industry change dramatically over the past 20 years and he says he likes what he sees.

Snape said when he first attempted to get a record produced it was a nightmare to get anyone's attention because good quality samples cost too much money.

He said it was now much easier to make a good quality sample.

``Technology has changed and given musicians a bit of an edge,'' Snape said.

``When I first started, if you wanted to put a studio in your home it would cost about $200,000. Now with the help of a laptop and some software you can set up a high-quality studio up for about $20,000.'' The talent of Mick and Chris Snape was apparent from when they were in their early teens.

They were chosen to support bands such as Sherbet, Little River Band, Mi-Sex, Dragon, Jon English and Richard Clapton.

But one highlight Chris remembers in his career was when they got to jam with music legends Dire Straits when they were touring in Queensland.

Snape said the brothers were playing at Hamilton Island when band members from Dire Straits came down from their penthouse armed with their guitars and drum sticks.

``They asked if they could jam with us and we thought that was pretty cool,'' Chris Snape said.

``I asked told `how about some Dire Straits' and they said no way because they'd been playing it all night at another gig.

``We just played other people's music all night and they loved it.'' Chris and Mick Snape and Steve Fuller nfmake up the Snape Brothers and the trio will play at the East Maitland Bowling Club on Friday at 7.30pm.

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