INTERVIEW: Pat DiMeo

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

I’ve been good! Thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Somebody New”?

Sure, “Somebody New” is the second single from my re-launched solo project. It’s a song I didn’t really think would surface to be honest. The chorus was only just a melody that I kept bringing up now and then. I brought it to the studio one day and it just turned out to be something worth exploring.

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

Yes actually. I had romantic feelings for someone who was also one of my closest friends at the time. The whole situation between her and I was something I just kept thinking about and still do till this day. She really left a mark on me, I guess. So as I do best, I ended up writing about it. Even though the story is quite melancholic, listening to the song takes me back to those fun summer nights I had shared with her.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

We’re looking to put out a lyric video at some point in the near future.

How was the recording and writing process?

It’s always a lot of fun working with Andreas in the studio. We’ve been working together for about 10 years now. Every song we bring to the table is yet another challenge. When we accomplish it and listening back once it’s live is always such an amazing feeling. We co-wrote the song with our friends Anthony Marabella and Daniel Fata.

What role does London play in your music?

I think London plays many roles. I’ve grown up listening to English New Wave such as Billy Idol & The Police. It holds such a dear place in my heart and my dream is to eventually come out there.

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

I think what’s so fascinating about the 80s is that there was this inexplicable magic that artists and producers were crafting in the studio at the time. I always go back to that “80s gated reverb snare” or that “orchestra hit” The mishaps are what’s so wonderful about the era – therefore I think there was still so much left to be explored. As much as I love this new Pat DiMeo endeavor (where I’m able to experiment sonically), there is this wonderful feeling I get from writing and performing Synthwave music, which is why I started my “The Motion Epic” project back in 2018. That is where I truly share my love letter to the 80s. It’s clearly transcended over to this project as well. The 80s, it’s just got a hold of me, I can’t escape it!

How has Phil Collins and Bruce Springsteen influenced your writing?

Having consumed a lot of Collins and Springsteen at a young age – their music just sort of became part of the soundtrack to my upbringing. I fell in love with Springsteen’s songwriting and Collins voice.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Ever since COVID happened and we were told to quarantine, I took it upon myself to really organize all my music projects and attempt at getting most of my demos out to the world that have been bottled up for years.

Next for the Pat DiMeo project – I am attempting something along the lines of Harry Styles by releasing some acoustically driven songs into an EP called “Juliett Whiskey Hotel.” To describe it best, it’s as if Springsteen, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, War on Drugs & Mona were on a bill together. It’s a collection of songs written from 2015-2020 and I’m very proud of it. Like aforementioned, because of all this extra time I’ve had on my hands in these past few months, it kind of just came together organically.

At the same time, I’m also in studio right now recording a brand new album with my 80s inspired Synthwave project “The Motion Epic.” It contains 9 songs in which Nick, Andreas and I have been writing since November 2019.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The acoustic tracks will most likely drop in the Fall.

Any plans to hit the road?

Someday. My dream is to tour the US and Europe.

What else is happening next in Pat DiMeo’s world?

I guess I’d like to call myself a workhorse. I honestly just love releasing music. It keeps me going – having all these albums, song ideas and releases set. It truly makes me happy having my stories out there in the world. If I can inspire or connect with someone, it just makes it all worthwhile!

Stream the single on SoundCloud + Spotify // watch the accompanying lyric video on YouTube now.

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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