Snackie Hillman
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Snackie Hillman

Baltimore, Maryland, United States | INDIE

Baltimore, Maryland, United States | INDIE
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"Local Heroes: Musicians Pick Their All-Time Favorite Baltimore Bands"

Skizz Cyzyk
Drummer, Garage Sale
While hip musicians from all over the country relocate to Baltimore in packs, many musicians who have kept Charm City's music scene so charming over the years have been relocating to other cities themselves. Add another to the list: The amazingly talented, exceptionally likable Snackie Hillman is moving to New York. For roughly the first half of the '90s, Snackie led Pornflakes, a group of local goofballs who could mix any style of music into their sets, from funk to polka to country to rock ballad, and so on. Each style was mastered to perfection and topped with Pornflakes' own offbeat humor. They were Baltimore's answer to the Bonzo Dog Band.

In recent years, Snackie has led the Swingin' Swamis, a group of very talented musicians who mix ethnic music with thrift-shop schmaltz and jazz to be the grooviest lounge band in town. Check out a Swamis show and watch Snackie's interaction with the band and audience members. You'll see a man deserving of the love and respect his many friends and fellow musicians lavish on him, not to mention the admiration of strangers who have yet to be added to Snackie's list of friends. I'm glad to be on that list. You see, Snackie is not just a talented musician, he's a personality-plus. Good luck in New York, Snackie. We'll miss you.

Skizz Cyzk may be a good drummer, but he's also a great film-fest organizer. MicroCineFest is currently accepting submissions. Check out www.microcinefest.org. - Baltimore City Paper


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Since 1987, Snackie has enjoyed success as a composer, producer and performance artist. His comedy musical troupe, "Pornflakes", recorded and performed extensively from 1992-1996.

Snackie has recorded, produced and performed with a wide range of musically talented persons, including Landis McCord of the All Mighty Senators, Bob Babbitt, Greg Thomkins, The Baltimore Afrobeat Society, Kelly Shepard, Lou Rainone, Miyuki Furtado of the The Rogers Sisters & Shock Cinema, Eric Kennedy, Felicia Carter, Mark Harp, The Lee Harvey Keitel Band and Buttsteak.

As a performance artist, Snackie produced several cabaret shows. "The Gong Show" ( a 1993 production of the original TV show) sold out shows at Baltimore's "The 14Karat Cabaret". "Sapatac" (a sappy song contest) began in 1994 and its success spawned two more productions in 1996 and 1999. Snackie currently holds the title of "Sap King".

Snackie has composed and arranged music for the theatre, including Judith (1996-Mongrel Theatre, Baltimore, MD) & The Go-Go Pirate Show (2003-Fluid Movement, Baltimore, MD).

Snackie is musical director, manager & co-founder of the band The Swingin' Swamis.

Formal musical training includes: Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland (1985); Towson University, Towson, Maryland (1986); and private instruction in piano with Lou Rainone (2000).