DISCOVER ARTISTS THAT JOINED THE 10TH IMAS: Patrick Joseph
HOMEBASE: Well, asking about my home base is a bit complicated. Like many songwriters I am a cross-continental transplant. My home is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and my base of operations is Los Angeles, California.
GENRE: Indie Singer/Songwriter.
CATEGORY ENTERED: Folk/ Singer-Songwriter Album, Folk/ Singer-Songwriter Song, Indie/Alt/Hard Rock Album, Indie/Alt/Hard Rock Song, Pop/ Rock Album, Pop/Rock: Song Album, Album Art
WORKS SUBMITTED: Antiques, “Arsonist Blues”; “Don’t Believe It”; “Untangled”; “Public Diary”
ARTISTS FEATURED: Morgan Paros (Violin)
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN PLAYING MUSIC? I began playing music at the age of 6 on the piano. Classical lessons. I inherited a drum set around the age of twelve from my older brother, and from there started to join bands in school. This lead to me inheriting a guitar, which I found myself to be quite good at for such a young age. Then naturally I wanted to play bass and start recording, and a bundle of other instruments followed. That’s kind of how I fell into songwriting.
WHERE THEIR ANY CONTENDERS TO YOUR BAND NAME? Well, my band name is my name, but there were contenders. I’m going to keep them under wraps, however, because I did like some of them and may still use some for side projects in the future…
DESCRIBE YOUR LATEST RELEASE. “Antiques” is a collection of all of the sounds that accumulated in my head over the past few years that I needed to get onto tape and out into the world. They’re old songs of mine, hence the title of the album, but songs very close to my heart. It’s an indirect autobiography of my adult life put to sound.
DID YOU USE ANY UNUSUAL INTRUMENTS OR EFFECTS? Well it depends on what your definition of “unusual” is, but sure, there are things going on all over the place. I took a hand-held recorder to one of my favorite bars in Pittsburgh and recorded some crowd noise, and stuck it in a track. Essentially I just took a sample of blood from my hometown city and injected it into one of the recordings. You’ll have to listen and figure out which one it is. I also recorded some locusts, a distant train, various things like that. But there’s some mandolin, mellotron, harmonium, banjo, ebow, reverse guitars, wurlitzer, rhodes, ukulele, trumpet & violins littered all throughout the album. Discovering an unusual instrument is like discovering new land on earth, though. You might think you’re the first person some place, but you’re only kidding yourself.
WERE THERE ANY ‘HAPPY ACCIDENTS’ IN THE STUDIO OR DID YOU RECORD IT AS PLANNED? It definitely didn’t go as planned. I think “Better Than It Was Before” could be considered a happy accident. I was originally going to release a six-song EP, but after being burnt out re-recording old songs and constant mixing by myself going loony in my little workspace, I decided to clear my head and just write, and that was one of the songs that came out of me. That inspired me to just go the whole distance and make it a ten-song release.
DID FANS HELP FUND THIS PROJECT? Not financially, no.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO SUBMIT TO THE 10 TH IMAS? It was recommended to me. Why not submit? You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take in life. I think Wayne Gretzky said that.
WHO IS SITTING IN YOUR AUDIENCE? Family, friends, strangers. I think that makes the whole of it. People who enjoy songs in the songwriter format that aren’t apart of the mainstream of that genre, that maybe meander a little bit from the main road.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE? Their persistence to stick with me through years despite any seeming inactivity on my part. I was amazed by the response I got from “Antiques” when I released it. I couldn’t believe people still remembered me from Myspace demo years. Why should they care? I think about that every day and it moves me.
HAVE YOU EVER HUNG OUT WITH ONE OF YOUR MUSICAL HEROES? I’ll take this opportunity to say that perhaps if it weren’t for my family, I wouldn’t be into music at all. I’ll chalk them up as musical heroes. I hang out with them when I’m in Pittsburgh.
WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? I collect songs in my head, most often they’re just song fragments, though. I collect set lists from shows I play. Why? I think I just have a psychological problem with throwing things out. I should look into that.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE? I’m definitely not at any point where I can sit on a peak, take a breath and reflect back on my past with any satisfaction. But if you wanted an answer, you could easily say it’s the release of my debut album.
ARE THERE ANY SONGS YOU WISH YOU WROTE? Oh, millions. “To Ramona.”
WHAT ARTISTS ARE YOU LISTENING TO THAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FANS? I think my playlist is pretty in tune with my style. I will probably spin certain things I grew up with until the day I die, though. Stevie Ray Vaughan.
NAME SOME ARTISTS YOU ARE CHAMPIONING. I’ve been really big on a songwriter named Fionn Regan for awhile now. A friend of mine introduced me to him. He’s a real-deal folk singer-songwriter, no decorations to distract you from lyric & musicality.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM SHOW LINEUP? Living or dead? Dead is usually more fun. Elliott Smith opening for Bob Dylan. Or Radiohead opening for Tom Waits.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS… just a myth. Do what makes sense to you, and there will be people out there who can relate. You’ll find your audience. Just be truthful.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS? I’m working on an EP of covers with my guitarist Lucas Martinez, and simultaneously working on an unplugged EP of select tracks from Antiques, both of which I hope to have released by summer. And by the end of 2011 I hope to have my next full-length album finished, entitled Moon King. You heard it here first.
Patrick Joseph’s Debut Album Antiques is available all through March for free at www.patrickjosephmusic.com!