INTERVIEW: Amelie Patterson

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

Hey! I’m great, I’m delighted to be talking to you about music

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Patient Kind”?

The Patient Kind is a song about meeting someone and immediately knowing that you have a connection. We don’t always meet people at the right time and “The Patient Kind” is about being unapologetically confident in what you like and playing long game. It’s about saying “its alright if the timing is off and you aren’t ready for good love, I’ve got time and I’m the patient kind”

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

I wrote the chorus for this song a few years ago and I think I was feeling frustrated with myself and frustrated with feeling like I had rush my life along to get to a certain place. The more patient I became, and the more settled within myself I was, I was able to present a much more authentic self to the world. Ultimately I took the song (years later) to my band and I re-wrote it with Barry Mason (guitar) and Kyle Tenove (bass) and it turned into this really fun track that is still my favorite to play live.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Oh yah, the video for this song takes place in my own apartment in Calgary! It will be releases a few weeks after the single.

How was the recording and writing process?

I find the studio the most positive and limitless place – I adore it. I recorded this song with Will Maclellan and Brock Geiger at Will’s house in Calgary. I had Barry on guitar, Kyle on bass, and Carson Gant on drums. My favourite moment in the song is he bass line after the first chorus and into 3rd/4th verse – it’s so melodic and moves effortlessly around the vocals. We all sat around Kyle in the studio throwing ideas at him and he just came up with that bass line on the spot.

What role does Banff play in your music?

The Community of Banff is incredibly supportive of me and I’m so grateful for it. The Banff Centre for Creative Arts has provided a place of growth and artistic support for me since I was a child. During two separate music residencies I’ve met mentors and musical collaborators that have been hugely influential on my music. For example, when I first wrote the chorus for “The Patient Kind” Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene was a faculty member, and he sat down and helped me work out a structure and helped me pull out the pieces of the song that were really working and really telling a compelling story.

The Town of Banff also gave me one of the greatest honours of my life, and that was when they awarded me as the inaugural Poet Laureate of the Town of Banff from 2017-2018.

What made you want to release a series of singles instead of a full album?

I think it’s a singles oriented world now. This release plan directly reflects how people are consuming music in this current climate. People aren’t listening to full records much, including myself. I’ve never been particularly attached to the album format. I also think it’s a smart move for what I want out of this career. For example I want to carve out space for myself as a writer and music publisher. This is a great way to create a catalogue of work that I can point to as stand alone songs that traverse different genres. Making a record is really expensive, and I would be heartbroken if I put a ton of love, effort, and money into it and then put out an album that people are only going to listen to one or two songs of. I also love the idea of releasing rolling singles to curate a groovy alt-folk playlist. So listeners can tune in and be excited about the next song that’ll be released so when they listen to the Playlist as a whole they can follow my journey of self expression and collaboration.

Would these singles eventually lead to a record or serve as a sneak peek?

Ultimately the singles will resolve in an album or a collection that will be known as The Playlist.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The first single, “The Patient Kind” is dropping May 31st! After that a new single will drop every few weeks.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I have a tour planned in August. You can also catch us at K-Days in Edmonton opening for Yukon Blonde and Dear Rouge and playing Blue Heron Fest in Revelstoke!

What else is happening next in Amelie Patterson’s world?

Well, I just started Season 1 of Game of Thrones, so I’ll probably be really busy with that for a while. I really like this Ned Stark guy…

I also have my episode of the Stampede City Sessions that will be airing in June. It’s a full hour-long live set that I filmed in Calgary and it will air on PBS and KSPS before Austin City Limits! Stay tuned.

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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