Dan Snaith reflects on his winding journey through music.
Ten years ago, Dan Snaith was recording '60s-indebted psychedelic rock. But he now finds himself as one of the biggest draws in modern dance music. It's been a winding journey up to this point for Snaith. Each of his albums as Caribou has covered new stylistic ground, with stops at pop, IDM and krautrock among his many deviations. Towards the end of the last decade, Snaith started hitting the clubs in his hometown of London, hanging out with producers like Four Tet, Floating Points and James Holden and feeding these experiences into his music. It would be inaccurate to call Swim a dance record, but when the album was released in 2010 it made a real splash within that scene. Its broad synthesizer strokes and warm atmospheres were inspired by Snaith's time spent at Plastic People hearing Theo Parrish, and the record ended up as RA's top album of that year. With club music firmly under his skin, Snaith started an alias called Daphni for his dance floor productions and DJ gigs, releasing a well-received album and becoming a respected and popular figure on the DJ circuit. The occasion for our recent chat with him in London was the release of Our Love, Snaith's latest album as Caribou. He told Ryan Keeling how the birth of his first child had a surprising impact on writing the record, as he reflected on the many twists and turns that have got him to this latest creative headspace.