"This unique California collective utilizes a forward-thinking philosophy and strong musicianship [with] an infectious beat and piercing vocals that will send you clamoring for a computer to find more sounds.”
- Rolling Stone Magazine
"This band truly has the goods...I'm sure that you will be hearing more from these guys in the very near future. Great music, great guys!"
- Ryan Hoyle: Collective Soul, Paul Rodgers
"A refreshing, original band with determination and great songs for days."
- Dave Weiner: Steve Vai, Guitopia
Christopher Snyder and Michael Edwards are a creative duo that poses a dynamic ability to artfully craft and produce uniquely memorable songs. With over a decade of songwriting and performing experience, the two are currently developing their third album to be entitled "In Defense of Time."
As lead singer, Snyder drives this eclectic duo on rhythm guitar and keys. His well-thought-out lyrics have been quoted by Rolling Stone magazine as "forward-thinking" and "infectious" while Edwards’ guitar, bass, and arrangements have added to furthering their successes on stage and in the studio.
Snyder and Edwards' first collection of songs titled “Initial Contact“ topped college radio charts. This, along with growing attention from the public and the music industry, made way for the band to tour and support their first official album
“Nezvanova” (nameless nobody).
Today, Standing in Waves continues to create and perform throughout a variety of modern outlets. In addition, Christopher Snyder can be found co-hosting the television show “Travel With Didiayer." Michael Edwards has composed the theme song and additional music for the program.
ORIGINAL SONGS WRITTEN
Always, Beyond Your Lies, Blades of Rain, Blue Boy Crying, Blue Dream, Breaking Free, Brother, Bullet and the Blame, Can You Tell Me Why, Carolina, Centered On You, Channelize, Corroding in Shame, Courage Upon Us, Descendants, Detour, Deep Water, Eve’s Desire, Evolution Awaits, Fallen Lover, Feeds the Day, Feel, Fly, Fool for A Day, Fragments, Free Mind, From The Moment, Heaven’s In Need, How You Left Me, I Want More, Isn’t That The Way, It Was More, Kingdom Run Wild, Lady Night, Lifting Slowly, Light of Dawn, Light of Love Part 1, Light of Love Part 2, Light of Love Part 3, Lonely Road Home, Lonely Romance, Love Stung, Love Suicide, Lover Don’t Lay Down, Masquerade of Love, Midnight Calling, Me and My Imagination, My Own, Night Life, Now and for Always, On the Homefront, Paper Cages, Pensive Motion, Phantom Frequency, Praise, Rain Born, Real World, Redeeming Love, Repeat the Charge, Rotation, She Cry’s for Time, Sight Lost, Smooth Walker, So You Say, Soldier’s Sojourn, Something’s Coming, Summer Lush, Talk About Love, The Cure, Try to Listen, Union of Sight, We’re All Still Here, What About Love, What Are You Waiting For?, Where Faith Begins, Yesterday, Yinity Yangity
Sound: Rich textures are the goal. We love combining acoustic and synthetic elements. While guitar-driven, we like the songs to have a broader open soundscape. Michael’s guitar playing typically consists of arpeggio’d chords, single-note lines, harmony textures, and unique inversions. Christopher’s goal is for layered harmonies to create a thick vocal presentation. Ultimately, our characters represent two distinct identities each with their signature moments throughout the songs. For the rhythm section, we aim for a sound that is harmoniously acoustic/synthetic and can freely move between the two throughout different sections.
Visuals: We believe firmly in the visual aspect of music. Not just in video form but photographically as well. We believe marketing imagery should be approached artistically (as a fashion photographer might shoot). We also desire to have a photographer document creative and unique moments such as in the studio, on stage, and in unique travel moments. We desire the imagery to be held to an artistic standard and thereby (for the most part) avoiding the “selfie culture”. For video presentations, we aim for a balance between “statement-making” music videos and captures of authentic live performances.
Values: Standing in Waves' lyrical content spans the range of human emotion with an emphasis on love and interpersonal growth. There is also an element of social openness and compassion. We would love for all events and releases to be tied to or benefit a social cause/organization. This also encourages taking our music that would not typically receive such an artist - giving benefits and sharing benefits awareness.
Performance: We aim for Standing in Waves concerts to be well-produced audio-visual events. This can include video art matching music in timing and theme, transitional moments unique to the live setting (pre-produced visual content and/or musical rearrangements), and genuine audience interaction. (Chris brings audience members onto the stage to sing with him). In addition, we design set lists that diversify tempo, timbre, key, and energy thus avoiding a monotonous performance.
Social: We enjoy the energy of sharing music with people out and about in daily life. In addition to scheduled performances, we use these moments to gather and grow an audience (collecting and sending emails) as well as to generate content for social media expressions. We believe social media posts should be a representation of actual daily moments rather than created simply for their own sake.