Aka Chilly joined up with XOCH in mid-2012 to play drums. His experience, though minimal at the time, could easily be recognized as his skill set and true artistic ability are of a seasoned stage drummer.
Have you ever met someone in a group and just knew from the moment you spoke to them, that they are exactly how they seem to be? That kind of nice, quick-witted no bullshit kind of guy. Will Snyder happens to be exactly that. He’s a down to earth person who keeps his company of friends as close as his own family members. He can sit for hours talking about comics; quote movies faster than you can remember the titles and bang on the drums better than most around him. He’d never tell you that last part though.
Coming from Chicago, Illinois, Will is the youngest member of XOCH, but equally talented and influenced. Having his first drum set purchased through a family friend (Tony Spattuno- currently percussionist of the local Las Vegas band Good Greens) by his mom, Will had no other choice than to bang on that kit until it fell apart. At 16 he purchased his first brand new drum set on his own and hasn’t looked back.
Since that purchase, he has made sure to play with his close friends and family. In his humble respect he tributes his friends like Yonus Ford, who has not only been his best friend since the 4th grade, but has jammed with for years; along with his brother and biggest supporter, James Snyder. He credits James for keeping him going in music.
When asked what he loved best about playing his answer was simple. “Whether I’m in someone’s garage at practice or on stage playing, it’s the way it makes you feel. The emotion you can put into a song is indescribable.”
His influences and style are wide. You can see that in his playing and at his approach to the drums. In an attempt to not classify what he does, any listener and on looker can see that he has the talent and ears for his passion and instrument. “I try to play what is needed for the song. When it calls for it, I add my personal touch. I just like to play whatever sounds good.” His dedication and drive can be shown through how he plays. Focused and cool demeanors are signature traits of his and you’ll never see him sweat for any other reason other than putting his everything into his playing.
Will is currently playing on a Pearl drum kit and pedals, Sabian cymbals, Vater and Regal tip 5B sticks, LP percussion and Remo drum heads.