Cultured Carrots: Henry Snopek The Life-Long Performerby Carrot Creative
Carrot Creative is filled with colorful characters. Cultured Carrots is a series that shares the outside passions that inspire the very best work for our clients. This week, Developer Henry Snopek talks about his past and current stories of performance, both artists and athletic.
Carrot: Henry you've been in front of audiences basically your entire life. How did this all get started?
Henry: I've been in front of various audiences from 10 people to 1000+ performing, in my family band, marching band and soccer. This all started with my father, his dream for the longest time was to have a family band. Thus all of my family knows how to play at least one instrument. My mother was a bass player for a short time and then became the band manager. My father played guitar/bass/piano and backup vocals, my sister Anna plays the piano/flute/piccolo and sings, my brother Jack plays guitar, and my youngest sister Clara plays piano and sings.
C: Do family bands trash hotels and get VH1 Behind The Music Specials? But seriously, what's the dynamic of a family band like?
H: There's gotta be family bands that do this (is Oasis technically a family band?), but our family band wasn't one of them. The family band dynamic is interesting, as you could imagine like all families there's ups and downs but the band always played out together. There was more of a struggle in the beginning, as we were younger and didn't quite understand why we were in a family band. As we matured our band matured with us and we grew to play new songs, at different venues and events.
C: Eventually you did Marching Band during school. Always wondered...how the heck do you coordinate 100s of people to move around on a field. It seems like no one ever messes up!
H: 100% coordination? I wish! All you gotta do is take the basics of music, the beat, and apply your feet to it. From there you practice marching in place to keep the beat going as you place your music to the beat. After that you apply insane complex "marching" that kills your calves. For instance, at the beginning of this video for the first 2-3 minutes the band was torn in half. Sounds half decent and the marching some how worked out, but we all knew how bad it was (somehow still placed 1st).
C: Besides performing musically, you're also into athletic performance. What sports have you (and do you continue to) explore?
H: Before highschool I played little league baseball and park & rec soccer. Also did some track and cross-country in middleschool. During my highschool years I performed in the marching band and played on the varsity soccer team 3 out of 4 years. Also in highschool my buddy and I did parkour around town and I learned break dancing on my own time. I will say break dancing is not my thing, but I've got a couple of moves! Since then I've continued to cycle and I really enjoyed it, the furthest I've gone is 80 miles in a day and I enjoy it!
C: Parkour? That seems really fun in theory, but shin-crushing in reality. Now that you're in New York do you still try doing it once in a while, or is too dangerous and/or illegal?
H: During my senior year of soccer I injured my ankle which resulted in a lot of down time and unfortunately after that I stopped doing Parkour. Though it wouldn't be to hard to pick back up. Parkour isn't the best thing to do in the city as there's heavy backlash from the government due to the danger and multiple deaths that have occurred.
C: You've talked about taking long bike rides. What's the longest you've biked and where the heck did you go?
H: The furthest I've gone is 83.3 miles, I was biking on a path from Waukesha to Madison Wisconsin. The main reason I wanted to do this ride was because I wanted to complete a Gran Fondo. The ride was amazing! I'm currently trying to find a Cycling Squad in NYC to join and start partaking in some races around the east coast.