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… a call to action. The definite eBook for musicians. Available on Kindle here. Or on PDF here. So what? Why should you read The Rock Star Paradox? Who is The Rock Star Paradox for?

The Rock Star Paradox is for you if:

You are a musician and want to take your career to the next level. You know there’s more in life than just playing music, but you don’t know what. Something resonates with you, still you’re clueless. The Rock Star Paradox will open up your eyes and mind to what you didn’t even imagine could exist. You’ll be artistically and mentally bigger, taller and stronger after discovering

You are tired of writing the great songs in your band and see that the girls sleep with the illiterate lead singer. You do the hard work but the reward goes to someone else and you feel it’s unfair. You haven’t assessed your persona yet, and you feel like shit in your own band. Time to switch from insecure musician to confident rock star and show the world who you are and what your work is. The Rock Star Paradox will teach you how to get the credit you deserve.

You play in a cover band, or worse in a tribute band – and you hate it. It’s hard to leave the comfort of your band when you’re scared of the rock star journey? You couldn’t find any better book than The Rock Star Paradox. You’ll understand why tribute / cover bands have nothing to do with rock’n’roll and why staying with them will ruin your rock star career.

You are stuck, paralysed by the paradoxes because you think they are evil. They’re not evil. You have to make them work for you, not against you. This book will not only open your eyes to the actual paradoxes, but also teach you how to use them at your own advantage to the point that you’ll wish there could be more of them in life.

You want fucking money but you don’t feel like working for a fast-food chain or staying in a cubicle listening to lousy jokes from boring colleagues. You’ll learn how to link art and money without feeling like a betrayer. You’ll discover why money is actually your music’s best friend.

You’re curious. You want to understand what the hell happens in rock stars’ mind. Why are they different from the average person? What psychology drives them, what makes them what they are? Everything is explained here in The Rock Star Paradox.

You have a day job. And you wonder how if it’s good or bad for your musical career. The Rock Star Paradox will teach you how to make your job work for your rock star status instead of killing it.

You’re surrounded by unsupportive people. Your family, spouse and friends want you to have a “serious” activity and do their best to destroy your rock star ambitions? But you love them and don’t want to dump them. The Rock Star Paradox has a powerful solution for you. And it will benefit your circle too. Win-win!

You love the author of the book. That’s also a good reason.

You’ve read tons of books on music business. And you haven’t made any realistic move since 15 years. The Rock Star Paradox is not just words, it’s a call to action.

So? It’s here.


Dear friends,

summer is preparing to leave space for the ever inspiring month of September. You may be pissed at saying goodbye to your beloved farniente season. That’s why I decided to do something crazy for you. My cute discography on Bandcamp (30 releases) for a mere 10 bucks instead of 106. (??!!)

No need to be a math genius to get it’s 90% off. (!!!!)

Fuck, 90%????

But Gilles, how long will you survive with such a low price?

No idea. That’s precisely why the discount will last until I can’t take it no more.

Understand: I start it today and may remove it tomorrow, or in 2 weeks, or next year, or never, or in October, whatever… You’re not quick enough? You miss it. But how quick is quick enough? It’s just like life itself: you receive every day an amount of time that can be taken back at any moment. It can be within an hour, or in 20 years. It’s life’s greatest uncertainty.

So for fuck’s sake, my discount is not just a discount, it’s an anti-procrastination kick in you ass. Usually, people wait for the last moment of the discount to enjoy it. “Tomorrow’s still OK, why should I buy it now?“, you said. Now you can’t anymore!!! You’d better jump on my Bandcamp page and get that whole discography. Click on any album and then choose “Full digital discography“.

Now I’m getting back to my work of writing my eBook while you enjoy my humble discography. Did I say… “my eBook”?

Oh oh… keep connected. I smell there’s something you will like then…
Thank you for you faithfulness, patience and checks. 🙂



Shoppers have a tendency to get crazy, stomach full of butterflies, twice a year, in a period they call the Sales (les Soldes, if you like).

What’s left available by the early goers, who queued in front of the dealers (the most appropriate word in the case of heavy addiction) usually from 5 pm the day before the opening, is not necessary lower on value and the discount that sometimes reaches 90% off is something no one really loathes.

The thing is that now everyone expects sales on any item, not necessarily prestigious handbags, high-heels shoes and boobs-showing night dresses. Expensive cars, fine liquors and night satin-infused underground rock are in the list. There isn’t much I can do about the Rolls Royce or the Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Edition, but I think I still have some power to offer you something on the music side.

I offer you a crazy 70% off but you have to be nuts too, it’s the least I expect from my fans. I won’t allow you to buy a single here and an EP there. No, you’ve got to buy a mere total of 27 releases, the ones that are currently on Bandcamp. Think big or go home listening to music for normal people.

OK, I can hear you think out loud: “27 records? Holy shit, you think I have that amount of money on my poor credit card?”

Hey dummy, I told you it was 70% off. The 27 releases are yours for less than 30 €, got it? It was almost reaching 100 bucks and now you just pay 1/3 and it’s yours, no bullshit, no lie, just great music for your ears and everything.

“How come you’re so generous, Mr Cat?” you may mumble in disbelief.

Simply it’s not that I’m generous, it’s just that I’m fed up hearing complaints of lazy bastards who don’t want to pay too much for great music. So instead of letting them miss good stuff or stealing it, I take 9 days when I let them (and you, if you dare to enjoy the offer) buy for a third of the price. But after 17th of January, the offer disappears and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

How to do? Go on Gilles Snowcat’s Bandcamp page and choose any release (it doesn’t matter which one). Click on it and you’ll see an option FULL DIGITAL DISCOGRAPHY:


Click on it and here you are:


The job’s yours now.

Please note that this 70% discount is only valid on buying the whole Bandcamp discography at once, a total of 76 songs and 9 bonus tracks in 27 releases (singles, EP’s and albums). The price of 29,47€ instead of 98,23 only runs from 9th to 17th of January, 2017 on Releases on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby and similar online shops are not included.

Offre uniquement valable à l’achat en une fois de la discographie complète sur Bandcamp, comprenant 27 singles / EP’s / albums, soit un total de 76 chansons et 9 bonus pour un prix de 29,47€ au lieu de 98,23 (70% de ristourne). Offre valide du 9 au 17 janvier 2017 inclus on Les disques vendus sur Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby et magasins équivalents ne sont pas repris dans l’offre.

And then? Let the music play!


Happy 25th, Awaken

“Oh so Awaken turned 25 ? That’s such a good news dude”, said that lad who quickly added “so man I’m gonna make a donation to you. But I don’t see any PayPal basket, how can I ever give you tips? I want to give you 50 USD dude”.

Nice he was, therefore I assumed he was a fan. We talked for a few minutes and to fulfill my desperate ego, I asked him what were his favorite of my ‘umble yet ‘eavy work.

Dunno much, I just have that old cd of yours [fyi: it was “Party In Lyceum’s Toilets”] but for your recent work, I’ve just heard some tunes while streaming around.

Not upset yet curious, I wanted to know why he never thought of buying the new stuff that is, pardon my arrogance, ways better than the old stuff:

Ouch dude that costs bucks to buy!

He looked sincere –even a second hand cars seller couldn’t have faked that well- and taking a big breath (and a sip of good booze) I asked him to do the math with me. And I think it might be worth sharing, since some of you have come with the topic of ‘how can I make a donation to Awaken?’

1000 yen

I appreciate any donation, this goes without saying. It can be 1 euro (or USD or yen or whatever) or 1000.000, any coin and paper will do. No artist would ever go ahead without having money to spend and money doesn’t come from the trees. It can be money or and old synthesizer, guitar strings or even a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, that will always be useful one way or another.

Now let’s do that holy math. You have 50 USD to donate and you haven’t bought any new album lately? Doesn’t it ring a bell on you? Yeah, that 50 USD bill could be easily invested into buying the Awaken or my solo stuff and that wouldn’t hurt anyone.

The generous friend (everyone’s a friend when they show their chips) argued quite smartly, so not to lose face:
If I buy for 50 USD of your music, how much will you really get after the retailers, the middle men and copyright society will have taken their part? Not much dude. So I’d rather give you that money fully.

Well, he’s right of course. But he’s wrong at the same time. Feeding the middle men is the name of the game. I have nothing against. That’s how music business is, and if you don’t want it that way, just quit or leave your art for free.
So yes, I still think that when you want to donate some bucks to yours truly, the best way is still to buy the music. I may get less money for myself, but you contribute to keep me in the circuit and allow me to get the exposition I work for. And hey, you get some good shit for your ears!

G.S. (aka “dude”)

PS: just an example of what you can get with the 50 bucks (for your convenience, the price is rounded in this example):

Mokomoko Collection –album-: 8 USD
Legs & Liquor –dub single-: 1 USD
I Could Live In An Airplane –dub single-: 2 USD
Yanagigaura –maxi single-: 3 USD
How Many ‘L’ Were In Your Name –maxi single-: 3 USD
This Mouth –EP-: 9 USD
Áo Dài Màu Hồng –single- : 4 USD
Beppu Nights –EP-: 7 USD
Chú Mèo Ngủ Quên –single-: 3 USD
Farewell To The Pulsar –demo EP-: 7 USD

Total: 47 USD –and amongst other good news, you can get a fix here.