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INTERVIEW: Jon Pattie

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Texas born singer-songwriter Jon Pattie, has an extraordinary way of cutting straight through to the core of his listeners’ emotions.

With a passion for songwriting running through his veins from an early age, Pattie’s fervent lyrics and sparkling melodies expose a truly sensitive artist whose soul-shattering vocals have the power to provoke a profound response.

Influenced by modern legends like John Mayer and Ed Sheeran, this natural-born guitarist also holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas. A stark contrast, some would say, to his staggering creative prowess, and another aspect that makes his upcoming project all the more intriguing.

Hi Jon, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I have been doing good and right now I am feeling fantastic! Lots of good things happening with my sound and music that I’m really proud of.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Won’t Be Young”?

Absolutely! I originally wrote the song 3 years ago when I was first toying with the idea of pursuing a music career seriously. It started off as more of a folk song, but it transformed into this pop rock, blues-inspired jam. It’s a song I am really glad has made it along the ride with me.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yeah, I was working a 9-5 job for the first time in my life and I quickly realized I did not like it and was feeling artistically drained. I felt as if I was losing a part of me by sitting behind that desk. I had to write about it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yup! I am going to be shooting a music video for ‘Won’t Be Young’ in the week following my tour. We already have the locations and story sketched out! It’s my first music video that’s not a live performance or a lyric video so I’m really excited for it.

The single comes off your new album Reflections Vol. 1 – will you call this a conceptual record?

Absolutely. the EP captures this idea of maturing into the man and musician I am meant to be. I’ve been working on discovering my path in life and it’s been a journey I share through my music.

Will each installment follow the same or rather a different theme?

Each EP will have a different theme to it but overall they all will relate to my journey I’ve been going through personally over the last few years.

What’s the story behind the title?

The entire series is based around me ‘reflecting’ (haha) on the lessons I’ve learned over my past few years of self-exploration and discovering who I want to be. It’s also the title of the second single on the record.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process was phenomenal. I loved every minute of it. Me and my producer, Josh Hastick, worked really well with each other and he really helped bring my songs to life. I was really able to explore the idea of guitar textures and layering various ambient guitar lines together. It was a very fun and explorative writing process. I also had the opportunity to really test myself vocally to see what I could achieve.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

I had the opportunity to hire local Nashville musicians to perform on the record. I had Russ Sternglass on drums, Micheal Meadows on bass, and Eric Barfield on keys and synth. They all brought their own unique sounds into each track, and they’re talented musicians I was able to learn from during the process.

What things did you get to reflect on this record?

It was really awesome seeing how these songs grew into the arrangements they are. It made me realize how far I have come since I originally wrote each song. They all hit home and are all still a part of me in different ways.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, definitely! October 25th I will be headed back to my home state, Texas, for 2 weeks. I’ll be playing in the big cities like Austin, Houston, and Dallas Can’t wait to see Whataburger again!

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What else is happening next in Jon Pattie’s world?

After the tour, I’ll be shooting the music video for ‘Won’t Be Young’ and writing for Reflections: Vol. II. I have a lot of plans for 2019 underway and it’s going to be even bigger than this year.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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