Watch This!  Snippet aka Johnno Casson unveils new single and animated videoFormer caretaker, London Underground railman and local council relationship manager Johnno Casson, aka Snippet, started out writing songs at the age of fifteen in his bedroom on a Hackney council estate, with a tennis racket for a guitar and a soap-on-a-rope microphone. Johnno juggled being in a band with holding down a normal job (playing a packed Astoria at night and washing out shit-stained lifts in the morning).

Johnno played in Adrian Sherwood’s (On-U Sound) five-a-side football team, gloriously beating The Sun newspaper’s team at a championship for charity at Arsenal’s old Highbury stadium. For the last twelve years he has been perfecting his coleslaw-making skills whilst getting M.E and becoming a well-respected figurehead on the British D.I.Y./Wonky Pop scene, by making excellent songs that may come from the borders and margins, but that kiss you in the sweet spot as well as more mainstream songs do. Hackney born and Colchester based, he returns with a cheeky new single Here Come The Freaks.

Written, recorded and self-produced by Johnno in the middle of recording a new Snippet album, this song just didn’t seem comfortable being sat between two tracks on an album, so it busted out in its own right.

Here Come The Freaks is in celebration of the picked on, the bullied and the underappreciated members of society.

Johnno has recorded and toured extensively with several bands, including as lead singer with Deep Joy, who were born out of the early 90’s London acid house/club scene via Shoom nightclub, and who were named as Danny Rampling’s favourite band – working with David Harrow and Andrew Weatherall who produced and remixed their debut single on Brainiak Records – onto the early years of trip-hop on James Lavelle’s Mo ‘Wax label and being championed by Gilles Peterson on Kiss FM. They dented the charts in New York, Tokyo and London, and also worked with the aforementioned legendary On-U Sound label founder and producer Adrian Sherwood on their Ray Hayden-produced material.

Over the last dozen years Johnno has been releasing independent music under his own name, as Snippet, Old Tramp and Walken400, creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances and has been named by Tom Robinson as the most-played BBC Introducing artist ever on his BBC 6 Music show. Said Tom: “I feel about Snippet much like John Peel felt about The Fall – Snippet: A National Indie Treasure”.

Video by Jonny Drop.

The Johnno Casson website is here: johnnocasson.co.uk. You can follow him on Twitter as @Snippetcuts and Like on Facebook.

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All words via Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop and you can follow him on Twitter as @hiapop, and on Facebook here.

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  1. Big love to you for supporting my music. As a self releasing independent pieces like this mean so much.

    There’s noting wrong (i think) with celebrating little wins as an independent music artist because it is massively oversubscribed marketplace and it’s been a tough time for everyone, that you covered my work is enriching.
    The little things get you through as you continue to chart your way and I’m thankful for your coverage.

    Big up Paul Scott-Bates and Louder Than War x

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