No nonsense rock and roll. It's a jam band in chaos. But I exist to inspire. These are demos or unfinished rocking music that Patrick Lew is composing...
For those wondering, this isn't really a band. It's a crazy Asian lad and a blonde White girl with a guitar and laptop, and producing half-decent rock and roll music. And posting the sucker online like a hobby. I intend to keep this exclusively a solo project. Now if I were in a real band, it be a totally different thing most def.
One of my major accomplishments as a musician came from playing guitar, songwriting, and musically advertising and marketing alone or with other freelance musicians in the Patrick Lew Band since my freshmen year in high school. We mainly play garage punk and grunge types of music as recording artists, and had gained some recognition and critical success for our music and persistent efforts. As of March 2012, this band is on indefinite hiatus so everyone involved including myself can focus on our own projects individually.
Aside from the Patrick Lew Band, my other focus as a Bay Area rock musician is through my solo efforts and attempts at creating new music under the moniker Heavy Sigma. Sometimes, my fiancee and long-time girlfriend Faith does some electronic production and managing with this one-man rock band. Currently, Heavy Sigma is signed to Seattle based indie label Anti-Nonsense Networking (ANN) and sporadically records in the studio, putting all pieces of music online for recognition and for the sake of being a musician.
Why this name?
Everything is all random. I generate a lot of tricked out band names for some reason, and just randomly call something what it is if I like using that moniker.
Do you play live?
This is mostly a hobby only. I don't play shows usually as a solo musician. I will say this though. When I play with other guys in a band, we take it a little more seriously as far as being in a band goes. But alone, I just come up with some idea here and there, record them on my laptop, and post the songs online for some recognition or merit.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I came during a generation, where bands and musicians didn't need to sucker themselves into signing with a major record label, getting on TV and radio, and doing mass live performing as a way of bigger exposure. I came during a time where the computers and social-media made it more possible for the little or middle fish in the pond to get themselves heard. Despite my love for 90's rock, I highly doubt I would have been recognized back then like I am now supposedly, and it's not a money thing either. It's recognition and making an audience.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Maybe. Who knows. We're already signed to a Seattle indie label ANN from promoting the sh*** out of ourselves on ReverbNation.com. It's mainly non-profit though and for distribution purposes, but they were the first out of a billion other labels in the big pond that truly appreciated my music and motivated me to become better at what I do.
White Stripes, Silverchair, Nirvana, Green Day, Dead Kennedys, Pearl Jam, The Rolling Stones, Guns N' Roses, Oasis, AFI, Box Car Racer, Sum 41, deadmau5, Nobuo Uematsu, The Donnas, Nine Inch Nails, The Raveonettes, Black Keys.
San Francisco Bay Area. Mostly Concord, SF, and Berkeley.
Toshiba laptop, Line6 TonePort & POD, Acoustica Mixcraft, Epiphone guitars...
And critical thinking when it comes to creating something cool. I do everything digitally, and put all the necessary pieces of music as mp3 files online on some cool websites.
posted by Patrick Lew (Official SC) on Wed Aug 15, 2012 @ 03:56 AM
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