Thanks for having me! I’m surviving, living the dream.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Miss Liquor”?
It’s an ode to one of the greatest loves of my life, alcohol, and how I really should quit her but I just don’t want to. She’s like this mistress that makes me feel like I’m truly alive when I’m with her, and she’s sexy as hell, and a wild one in the sheets. It’s hard to turn something away so perfect like that.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Women are always what inspire my music — there were a couple of them in particular that brought this song to life. It’s ostensibly about both drinking and about the women I should stop messing around with. But alas, here I am, still haven’t changed a thing.
How was the film experience?
Incredible. If there’s any job in the world that you can be lucky enough to succeed at, acting is the best one out there. You’re treated like royalty. You’re the last one on and first one off the elevator in every respect. You’re paid ridiculously well, and in the end, you get all the fame and glory. I was lucky enough to be a part of the movie “Delivery Man.” We shot in NYC during the fall, and the cast was predominantly a bunch of 20 year olds playing Vince Vaughn’s kids in the story; we all had money, posted up in NYC during the best time of the year, filming a $20 million feature film. I made some of the best friendships I have today on that set.
The single comes off your new album Bandlands – what draw you to make a concept album?
I wrote the title track to Badlands back in January when I was in a pissed off mood, and I just let loose on the record, not expecting to ever play the song for anyone else. But it turned out kinda dope, and it was such a cathartic experience that I wanted to continue writing more mostly for that selfish reason, and slowly the album came to be. I love film and storytelling and saw it as an opportunity to craft one massive tale, which was far more difficult than I had anticipated.
How did you choose the themes?
It just happened, it was something I needed to get off my chest. They chose me.
What’s the story behind the title?
A heartbroken man plunges into a life of debauchery that quickly catches up with him; karma banishes him to “the Badlands” where he’s forced to face his demons and change his ways.
The story is a reflection of myself and my own life, as most of my creative works are, exaggerated of course in some parts. My inner demons/vices are the same as the main character in this story, and I struggle with them endlessly. Honestly I wish I could go on his journey myself, so I created this project as a way to vicariously experience it. It’s an escape for me to write a character who is able to conquer his demons when I — in real life — am not.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was great, cathartic, fun. The best part for me about making this album and film was doing so without caring what people would think of it when they heard/saw it. Now that we’re gearing up to release it I’m a bit nervous, but regardless of its reception, I feel fortunate to have been able to make this project exactly how I wanted to. Not many artists get to do that without a suit of some kind lurking overhead demanding changes.
What role does Philly plays in your music?
Philly will always have my heart and soul. I live in LA now, but I go back east every other month to play shows and shoot films or music videos. I need it to recharge, the energy of the city is so palpable I love being right in the center of it.
Would all the songs deal with booze and addictions?
Women and alcohol are the two main subjects; my two vices.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ve got some shows on the east coast lined up for end of October, and I’m hoping to have a big college tour come together for the top of 2017. I don’t have management at the moment so it’s a matter of me putting the time aside to get things booked out. Not enough hours in the day sometimes, I swear.
What else is happening next in Dave Patten’s world?
I’ve been a music video director for some 7 years now, and am slowly branching into tv and film directing, which is exciting as hell. I’ve got a series called “Escorts” that’s now on its second season, and a new show in production that takes place in Philly about the underground rap world that I’m hoping will go into production sometime in December. Fingers crossed.
On the music side of things, after Badlands drops I have another album that’s nearly complete, I’ll probably release that in late spring and gear up for a summer tour. Keep shooting music videos, writing, producing, the whole 9. I love this stuff, I feel so fortunate to be able to wake up and work on these projects every day.