Craig J. Snider

MAXIMUS

CREATEIVE DIRECTOR-
writes • plays • strums • bangs.
Credits: Katy Perry, Madonna, Dido / McDonalds & Gatorade.

SAM FISHKIN

“Music tells the story your eyes can’t see,” says Craig J. Snider, composer, producer, remixer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Well-known for his 30 Billboard dance chart hits including U2’s Summer of Love as well as Katy Perry’s Chained To The Rhythm and Birthday, Craig’s always got a project in process with rising artists working within MixKitchenMusica the studio’s own publishing company. In 2018, he produced David Cassidy’s Songs My Father Taught Me, helping the popstar rediscover songs from his youth. The sessions filmed and recorded at Mix Kitchen were featured in “The Last Session,” an episode of A&E’s Biography.

A Boston native, Craig came to Chicago to study piano performance and composition at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. As an upperclassman, he found himself working on a student film. “It was really fun to tell a musical story alongside the one on the screen.”

Snider’s compositions for television include work on Madam Secretary, Corporate, American Greed, Dance Moms, and Sex and the City. Whether collaborating with singers, writers, filmmakers, or creative directors, Snider says the process is the same: “It’s about getting to the essence of what they’re trying to express.”

Snider focuses on melodies that support character, tonalities that set the mood, and tempos that drive the energy. He never forgets about the space in between – “so the story can be heard.”

He received additional instruction from renowned recording artists Chick Corea, Jaki Byard, Keith Jarrett, Alain Swain, Michael Tilson-Thomas, and John Browning.

Craig's Creds

  • SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
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  • U2 & Lady Gaga – Summer Of Love
  • Christina Aguilera/Demi Lovato – Fall In Line
  • Katy Perry – Chained To The Rhythm (#1)
  • Beyonce – Irreplaceable (#1)
  • Justin Timberlake & Beyonce – Until The End Of Time (#1)
  • Rihanna – Breaking Dishes
  • Christina Aguilera/Demi Lovato – Fall In Line
  • Madonna – Love Profusion (#1)
  • Michael Jackson – History (#1)
  • Depeche Mode – Perfect (#1)
  • Janet Jackson – Make Me (#1)
  • Mariah Carey – Sweetheart
  • Lily Allen – Fuck You (#1)
  • Janet Jackson – Feedback
  • Celine Dion – Taking Chances (#1)
  • Katy Perry – Birthday (#1)
  • Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around (#1)
  • Kelly Clarkson – Walk Away (#2)
  • Mariah Carey – Don’t Forget About Us (#1)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Did You See Me (#1)
  • Ricky Martin – I Don’t Care (#1)
  • Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Cha (#1)
  • Jamiroquai – Feels Like It Should (#1)
  • Debi Nova – Un Ritmo (#1)
  • Madonna – Bedtime Stories (#1)
  • Mary J. Blige – Love Is All We Need (#1)
  • Cher – Diff Kind Of Love Song (#1)
  • Donna Summer – I Will Go With You (#1)
  • Enrique Iglesias – Hero (#1)
  • Mary J. Blige – Therapy
  • Dido – Give You Up
  • Paula Abdul – My Love Is For Real (#1)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Go West (#1)
  • Lisa Stansfield – Never Gonna Give You Up (#1)
  • Rod Stewart – Do You Think I’m Sexy (#2)
  • Donna Summer – I Got Your Love (#2)
  • Janet Jackson – I Want You
  • Gwen Stefani – Cool
  • Garbage – Bleed Like Me
  • Nina Simone – To Be Free
  • Enrique Iglesias – Do You Know
  • Pet Shop Boys – Minimal (#3)
  • Mary J. Blige – What’s The 411
  • Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around (#1)
  • Michael Buble – Spiderman
  • Madonna – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
  • David Cassidy – Songs My Father Taught Me
  • Spice Girls – Wannabe
  • Kylie Minogue – Butterfly
  • Matchbox 20 – How Far We’ve Come
  • Jamiroquai – Light Years
  • Pet Shop Boys – Se A Vida E
  • Lisa Stansfield – Real Thing
  • Gloria Estefan – Oye
  • Bette Midler – In These Shoes
  • Cyndi Lauper – Same Old Story (#1)
  • Jennifer Holiday – And I’m Telling You

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