Growing up in Philadelphia, Pa, John Patrick was always interested in music at an early age. Like many artists, John’s music is based on life experiences which have shaped his music career. Patrick writes and performs his own songs, making a name for himself in the music industry. Patrick is also a well-known podcast personality but at the end of the day, it is evident that his passion is music. John recently received rave reviews when he released his first single, “Haunted”. Patrick is now set to release an album and have one of his songs premiere in a movie based on the Amazon best selling novel, “Something Like Summer”. We caught up with and got to know a little bit about John Patrick in our brief interview below!
Where did your interest in writing and performing sprout from? When I was about 6 or 7, I started performing “concerts” on my bed or the stage. Those concerts were always be lip syncing to Britney Spears. After a year, my parents bought me a karaoke machine and I began performing for my parents. After awhile of this, I started to really listen to the words. From that, I started writing songs that only a pre-teen could write.
When did you know you wanted to pursue music professionally? Since I can remember, I had always been obsessed with “bigger than this world” music artists. I would make up scenarios in my head of me performing and selling records. When I finally attained the opportunity, I took it.
Your single, “Shadow” is set to be featured in the upcoming movie, Something Like Summer. Can you tell us a bit about this? What does this mean to you and your music? The song “Shadow” may eventually become a single, but for now it is just a song. And it’s a song I wrote back in 2013 when I was having some tough times. When I read Something Like Summer, I thought that this song could connect with the lead character and I actually auditioned for that role. Suffice to say, I didn’t get the part, but they really liked my voice and wanted me to send them some of my music. Shortly thereafter, they decided on Shadow. I was ecstatic! This opportunity means that more people will be able to hear and connect with the song. That’s what music is to me. It’s a connection that I want to feel with others.
Tell us about your brand new album due this October. What was the recording/writing process like? I began writing the album as a whole during the spring and summer of 2014, but wasn’t really sure what to do with it. That fall, I decided to contact my friend, Kyle Alexxandre, who produces his own music. We began having sessions and recording what was originally a 7 song EP. Time passed and I began to believe nothing would happen with this music until I started working with Dean Sage. We started re-recording vocals for the EP this past spring and continue now to get everything finished.
Which song would you say was the most challenging to write/record? I’d say it’s between two songs, “The Paparazzi” and “Silver Screen.” With these two songs, I tried to push myself vocally and I believe it’s going to turn out wonderfully. Another thing that made “Silver Screen” challenging, it took me weeks to write the song, whereas most take me either minutes or hours.
What is next for you in 2016? I really hope to start performing soon and share my music with others. Also, I believe that there may be 1 or 2 music videos in the works.