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Meet Jessie Allen, Andy Rodriguez, and Noel Hernandez of SNOWMOON in Miami

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessie Allen, Andy Rodriguez, and Noel Hernandez.

Jessie, Andy, and Noel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Andy and Jessie have been writing and playing together in a number of projects since high school, but Snowmoon didn’t start until they found Noel in 2014. Noel brought a lot of Japanese math rock and jazz influences to the group, which really helped to define what our “sound” was.

In 2016, we were featured as a finalist and performed in the first ever Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival Showcase event “Destination Okeechobee” at theThe Beacham in Orlando Florida.

We released our debut record, “Afterglow,” in February 2017. Written and recorded in the heart of Miami at Guzu Recordings, it also made its way across the country where it was mixed and mastered by Fred Sladkey (Beyonce, Pat Metheny, Madonna).

“Afterglow” is now available online on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, and more. It is also available on Vinyl at Sweat Records in Miami, FL or in our online merch shop.

We are currently recording our second studio album at The Heat Studio with our friends from Dyne Side, due out later this year.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Working in the Miami music industry has both its positives and its challenges. The South Florida music scene is famed for electronic festivals, hip hop emergence, and of course, the vast world of Latin music. Although a few venues have catered to hard rock music for a few decades now, the limited stage opportunities for the genre in South Florida has historically been and continues to be, as a direct challenge to bands in the area. Throughout our time as a band, we have experienced many of these limited stage opportunities as a direct obstacle to making and performing music in Miami.

What else should our readers know?
We have been fortunate to work with a few talented music video directors from South Florida on our projects – Milcho, Ike Anyanwu, and Julian Yuri. Make sure to check out the videos on our YouTube page and follow their work to see some of the bad ass content they’ve created!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Continuing to pursue our original musical ideas without adhering to current genre requirements for both label contracts and more common venue bookings. It’s definitely not the easiest or quickest path, but it is the most rewarding as an artist.

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Image Credit:
Milcho, Debbie A. Photography

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