Venetian Snares Often abbreviated to “Vsnares” is the main performing alias of Canadian electronic musician Aaron Funk. Funk’s distinctive style reflects unconventional time signatures and extremely rapid and erratic rhythms. Unpredictable and stimulating, the effect is intense.
Funk says he first heard music while in the womb "My mom tells me she played Tubular Bells with the headphones against her stomach all the time. A bit disturbing as I believe that is the theme to The Exorcist. Maybe she thought she was having Satan’s baby."
He believes his early experiments in sound have strong influenced his aethetics and use of samples: "When I was a kid I'd use a bunch of ghetto blasters playing all at once to play different sounds I'd recorded with some other shitty ghetto blasters. A turning point was when I somehow came across this looping delay pedal that held a 2 second sample. This pedal coupled with the ghetto blaster experiments really changed my life."
he has said "I did start with traditional instruments, piano when I was very young. Grew up at my grandparent’s home and they had an upright piano I plunked away on since before I can remember. Of course a sampler is a musical instrument as well as a production tool. It allows you control over any sound. You can make music out of a toilet and a Zamfir record with a sampler!"
Funk’s first commercial release (1999) was “Greg Hates Car Culture” EP which When Mike Paradinas heard, he immediately signed Funk for Planet µ and in just two and a half years, Venetian Snares became something of a phenomenon.
The first Venetian Snares LP on Planet Mu, Making Orange Things (a co-production with Speedranch), was released in early 2001; following in short order were five more releases, all before the end of 2002. Funk continued producing for a variety of labels, including Hymen Records,Peace Off Records, Addict Records, and Sublight Records, and has also produced albums under the names Last Step and Vsnares, produced singles under the names Last Step, Snares Man! and Snares, appeared on compilations under the names Ventriloquist Snakes, Last Step, Puff, and Senetian Vnares, and did a split with Fanny under the name BeeSnares.
His style has been critically acclaimed, notably by the late British radio disc jockey John Peel. Venetian Snares is said to have reinvented breakcore and set the stage for many other artists such as UndaCova, Xanopticon, Enduser and Datach'i.
Venetian Snares composes much of his music with trackers. Before he began to release his music commercially, he worked primarily with OctaMED on an Amiga 500. At some point prior to 2000, he began using a PC and the Windows port of OctaMED, MED Soundstudio. During 2003 and 2005 he also used Cubase in addition to MED. Venetian Snares currently uses Renoise and has uploaded a video of his track 'Vache' playing in Renoise on Youtube. In a February 2003 interview, Funk was asked a question regarding the diverse mix of genres he draws upon in his music, a property which the interviewer labelled "eclecticism". Funk replied: "I prefer to call it Surrealism."
In April 2009, Funk was scheduled to perform with John Frusciante, guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, at the Bang Face Weekender. Under the name Speed Dealer Moms, they were to perform a "live 303 & 808 analogue" acid set. Unfortunately due to equipment failure, this performance was cancelled. Shortly after this the duo were announced to perform at the Bang Face event Bang Fest, at the end of August 2009. Though, this whole event was later cancelled due to circumstances unknown.