Hello! My name is Patrick Lew Hayashi. I am a 36 year old Asian-American who is born, raised and currently living in San Francisco, California. Thank you for visiting my page (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, etc etc) and taking the time to listen to my music or watching my videos. I sincerely and definitely appreciate it!
I hope that you enjoy the music that I post on here. If there is anything about my work that resonates with you, whether it be the lyrics or the compositions themselves, I am truly grateful and honored that it did. I hope to connect with many musicians and listeners across the world, regardless of musical genre, race, color, creed, sexual orientation or religion.
My music is Patrick Lew Band. Also known to everybody as PLB. And right now. You are reading and listening to my story on social-media.
PATRICK LEW BAND (PLB) is an Asian-American rock band formed in San Francisco, California by singer, guitarist, YouTuber and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Lew Hayashi (born Patrick Allan Lew; November 15, 1985).
PLB was previously known under various guises and pseudonyms. Since 2016, PLB is largely an Internet-based rock band and mostly participates in home recording and occasional local live performances.
The band also features a virtual band member and bassist named Madeline Lew, marketed as Patrick's younger sister. The band's bassist Madeline was created through modern smartphone apps, such as FaceApp and Reface, alongside other digital special effects and sophisticated editing, such as cosplaying.
He is currently an unsigned independent musician, but he is distributing his music through his own label, Lewnatic Records. Since the mid-2020, the Patrick Lew Band (PLB) has expanded and digitally reached 51 countries worldwide of underground music. Most of PLB's credentials came thanks to the Internet through bloggers/curators and digital music magazines writing about the Patrick Lew Band.
Patrick was born on November 15, 1985 to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother of mixed descent. He mostly grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. His upbringing was rather tense and unstable, but Patrick often maintains that he had a happy childhood for the most part. To make up for his problems during childhood and while going to school, he turned to rock music, video games, professional wrestling, and TV shows for comfort. He often traveled with his family for vacations in foreign countries, such as Hong Kong and common American tourist destinations, such as Las Vegas and Hollywood.
Patrick Lew Hayashi has been active both locally and online in music since 2001. He was playing in various short-lived local bands in San Francisco before he pursued his music with the Patrick Lew Band worldwide. He originally started his main YouTube channel and began uploading his homemade videos related to his life and his music on February 2, 2007. Patrick attended Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, graduating in 2004 after being held back one grade while in elementary school. He also attended Soko Gakuen Japanese School, and graduated and got certified around the same time he graduated from high school. He later attended CSU East Bay, graduating with a B.A in Philosophy and Music Composition in 2011. He began playing guitar at the age of 13 through his older cousin Andy, whom was living with his family at the time in San Francisco.
Patrick also began using YouTube as a platform dedicated to his life as an artist/musician and in general on February 2, 2007. After several years, his YouTube channel reached a respectable amount of recognition on the Internet. As of today, there are 400+ uploaded videos on his YouTube channel.
The Patrick Lew Band is largely influenced by the iconic Seattle grunge band Nirvana.
Other key influences in the band and their music ranges from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Yutaka Ozaki, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Oasis, Miyavi, Guns N Roses, X Japan, Danny Chan, B'z, Beyond (HK Band), Hatsune Miku, BTS, Jim Johnston, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails, The White Stripes, Green Day, Blink 182, The Fall, The Sex Pistols, and many more.
After a few home-recorded and professionally made albums between 2006 to 2012, the former band considered transitioning from an online collaboration to performing in live venues and recording at home as a local rock band.
The idea eventually was abandoned, and Lew was dealing with a loveless relationship with his former fiancee, which affected and drained him mentally. Having played in the indie scene in many failed startup bands and false starts for over a decade, Patrick Lew seemed to have lost his passion for music. When his relationship with his then-fiancee ended, Lew decided to rekindle his passion for playing music and doing home recordings.
The Patrick Lew Band as we know it started in 2015 as a personal home studio project where Lew would write songs or compose instrumental ideas and post them on social-media to see what comes out of it.
Lew learned the hardship and frustration of getting his music out there in various platforms in the "commercial" and traditional music industry. He created his own indie label and named his home recording studio LEWNATIC, which foresees the releases of Patrick Lew Band related material through different platforms, such as digital downloads, CDs, etc.
Despite some of the hardships and negativity that Lew has encountered during 2015 and some of 2016 related to detractors on social-media, the Patrick Lew Band maintained consistency and was experiencing a very creative period in their indie music career. By July 2016, the Patrick Lew Band won an award for Best Experimental Rock Song with the Akademia Music Awards. Lew also pursued side-projects and worked with other local musicians.
Lew also began expanding PLB to where he originally wanted. And he self-released a few EPs with the Patrick Lew Band through Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and other sites. Regardless of what people thought of him in the past or present, Lew had enough music to release a full-length album. The loss of his beloved mother and a scabies scare temporarily prevented Lew from touring and promoting his new album .
But with the blessings of positive outlooks and putting himself out there, Lew began working with promoters Afton to handle the booking for live local Patrick Lew Band shows. The Patrick Lew Band was booked to perform at the Brick & Mortar in San Francisco, California on August 6, 2017. Local hard rock radio station 107.7 THE BONE marketed the show. Low ticket sales however pushed the show to October 8th that year, which Lew performed a stunning and blistering five-song set at the venue. A recap video of the show can be found on Lew's YouTube channel.
Also, the band introduced long lost sibling Madeline Lew as a full-time member on Halloween 2015. (SEE BAND BIO INTRO). And has remained a mainstay in the Patrick Lew Band since.
The band just returned to full-time status in 2020. And they reached potentially prolific status with their music and brand in the indies and on social-media with what they do. Recent years proved to be very prosperous and helped the Patrick Lew Band reach new heights. Since then, the band's music has reached thousands of listeners in an estimated 51 different countries worldwide on Apple Music/iTunes. Subsequent reviews and press regarding PLB have been positive. Since 2020, PLB has been featured in numerous blogs and digital music magazines online. While Lew maintains his citizenship and residence in San Francisco, the band also began gravitating their musical focus to "break into" the Japanese music scene.
2020 and 2021 also saw the band continue and sustain their momentum as a Internet-based rock band. Conducting a few Livestream concerts on social-media, and gaining new legions and generation of followers. The band also released several albums during these two years respectively on iTunes and Spotify, including their first live album IN YOUR HOUSE! Rumors began to swirl in mid-2021 regarding the Patrick Lew Band's future online. However, the PLB released more new music going into the year 2022 online.
On July 19, 2022, Patrick Lew signed a 1-year recording contract with Bentley Records under his band name LEWNATIC. Madeline Lew and Patrick Lew officially and mutually parted ways from the Patrick Lew Band, but insists, that the band will continue on making sporadic appearances and musical one-off's exclusively as an independent act. A press release annoucement from the two of them will air on Patrick Lew Hayashi's official YouTube channel at 9 PM on that same evening.
As artists, the main goal for Patrick and Madeline Lew of PLB is to bring their unique music worldwide without any limitations holding them back. They also want to add something positive to the world, the music scene, and the Asian-American community! In the 20+ years as an indie and personal home recording act, the band has seen, struggled, and triumphed. While the future remains unknown for the Patrick Lew Band, there should be more milestones and moments coming your way with PLB. Then. Now. And Forever!
Right now because of COVID-19, we are hosting and live streaming Quarantine shows in our home studio and rehearsal space in San Francisco. Sometimes, we work with our promoters/booking agency Afton Shows to get them set up!
Before that. Patrick Lew Band rarely toured outside of NorCal and only occasionally played live. We weren't really much of a live band during most of our music career. But it wasn't until the mid-to-late 2010s where we actually began playing more shows outside our rehearsal space at the local dive bars and all here in the Bay. We also have toured internationally in our homeland Japan back in August 2019 for a few low-key gigs.
We usually perform with just Patrick onstage using his guitar, voice and backing tracks through his laptop connected to the venue's sound system through an AUX cable. Madeline is there with us in spirit for sure! The musical arrangements and tech setup is very different and more streamlined as a live band compared to our more intricate studio recordings and production.
LIVE CONCERT TIMELINE:
Aug 05 2020 Lewnatic HQ in San Francisco, CA
Jul 26, 2020 Lewnatic HQ in San Francisco, CA
Mar 26, 2020 Lewnatic HQ in San Francisco, CA
Mar 22, 2020 Lewnatic HQ in San Francisco, CA
Aug 22, 2019 ESP Guitar Shop / Akihabara Street Corner, Tokyo, Japan
Aug 20, 2019 Shibuya Street Corner, Tokyo, Japan
Oct 08, 2017 Brick & Mortar in San Francisco, CA
Aug 06, 2017 Brick & Mortar in San Francisco, CA (CANCELED)
Jul 30, 2016 Best Buy in Colma, CA
May 10, 2016 Promisedland Inc in San Francisco, CA
Jan 11, 2016 Promisedland Inc in San Francisco, CA
Oct 28, 2015 Music Touch at Shops At Tanforan in San Bruno, CA
Aug 14, 2015 Cafe International in San Francisco, CA
Sep 13, 2013 Mama Art Cafe in San Francisco, CA [billed as The Steel Lions]
Feb 04, 2012 Dolores Park in San Francisco, CA
Aug 05, 2011 Chichibu Park in Antioch, CA
Jun 25, 2011 3700 Pieta Ct in Antioch, CA
Jun 12, 2011 Barnes & Nobles in Antioch, CA
Jun 04, 2011 3700 Pieta Ct in Antioch, CA
Feb 09, 2011 California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA
Aug 30 2010 University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, CA (CANCELED)
May 10, 2010 3700 Pieta Ct in Antioch, CA
Sep 01, 2009 California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA
Oct 10, 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA
Aug 11, 2007 Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA
Aug 10, 2007 Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco, CA
May 25, 2007 San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, CA
May 02, 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA
Apr 13, 2007 Glen Park Recreational Center in San Francisco, CA
Mar 25, 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA
May 08, 2006 Vibo Music in San Francisco, CA
Feb 04, 2006 Skyline College in San Bruno, CA
Feb 13, 2005 Balboa High School in San Francisco, CA
Sep 12, 2004 Promisedland Inc in San Francisco, CA
May 27, 2004 Raoul Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, CA
May 04, 2004 Raoul Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, CA
Jun 16, 2003 Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA
Dec 08, 2002 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Jun 30, 2001 Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, CA
Metallica, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Chthonic, X Japan, Dir En Grey, Miyavi, Nirvana, The Sex Pistols, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Mother Love Bone, BEYOND, BabyMetal, Crowbar, Nine Inch Nails, The Beatles, Def Leppard, Guitar Wolf, The Slants, B'z, Venom, Jim Johnston.
Epiphone Les Paul * Fender Telecaster * 2008 iMac * 2014 MacBook Air * Apple GarageBand * Apple Logic Pro X * Apple MainStage 3 * Vox AC50 * Boss DS-2 * Marshall CODE50 * Boss Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine * PreSonus Audiobox iOne * iPhone X * Fender Jazz Bass
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