"Prolific, multi-faceted songwriter that floors his audiences with subtle, startling, and often stark phrasing, alternately mixing straightforward honesty with abstract imagery and complex interpretations. An enigmatic performer who's songwriting prowess and unique stage presence cannot be missed."
Part poet, part folk singer, part indie-rocker, and part mad-scientist, J. Schnitt is a fearless, inventive, and "one of the most uniquely creative" singer/songwriters in the independent music world today.
The release of "How to Be Happy about the End of the World" in 2017 marks the release of J. Schnitts 18th album. The collection of politically charged songs features his singular wit and insightful word play, from the acclaimed hit and hilariously absurd "Dylan Went Electric Talking Blues", to the heart wrenching insights of "Galileo Saw the Planets" and "White Flag", "How to Be Happy..." finds J. Schnitt at his lyrical best, using his words as a weapon, and wielding his instruments in a war.
The highly anticipated "A Crooked Line of Birds", is due out at the end of 2017.
At home performing everywhere from mid-size theaters, to intimate coffeehouses, to the corner bar, J. Schnitt has toured throughout the Eastern seaboard, as well as Ireland and Eastern Europe. Known for startling audiences with lyrics that at once are full of wit and humor, while at the same time revealing the heartbreaking truths of being human. His wordplay and artistry with verse will inevitably bring comparisons to Bob Dylan, While others will bring up Bruce Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dan Bern. Though it is often followed that none of those is quite right, as J. Schnitt is singularly J. Schnitt.
A talented multi-instrumentalist, J. Schnitt performs all the instruments on his albums. And musically, no ground is too foreign. "Speaking Esperanto" finds him taking the sounds of the folk music world into new territory, while on "Stay Younger" he explores sounds, song structures, and unique instrumentation to create what one critic called "a thematic and ambitious record... both unsettlingly new and somehow familiar."
At the heart of everything is the song, often giving J. Schnitt the title of a "songwriters songwriter". Equally adept at telling a story through his music as he is at creating abstract emotions, whether it be a commentary on the days news, an introspective heartbreaker, an upbeat barnburner, or a witty story, this music sticks to you, often revealing itself to you over-time, as you hum the mysterious melody over the next weeks.
Along with J. Schnitts solo career, he also plays upright bass with the Americana band Auld Lang Syne, as well as guitar and keys with psychedelic garage rockers The Real Burnouts. He has lead the acclaimed prog rock band Archipelagos, as well as legendary central NY alt country band The Reuben James.
He is also the founder of Project Bullhorn. An online platform for artists to contribute topical, current events, or protest music in order to raise awareness and money for different social causes. "Protest music for the New America."