Hello! My name is Patrick L. Hayashi. Im a 35 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. And right now. You are reading and listening to my story on social-media.
Patrick Lews story is an age old rock and roll tale that some people can probably relate to. Its an age old tale of a 15 year old boy coming from a dysfunctional and troubled childhood finding out that rock and roll music was cooler than what was going on at the time.
Picking up the guitar. Working on his craft and honing it. And doing whatever it took to get somewhere with a lifelong passion and dream in life during hard times and facing opposition to get there. And finally realizing all that hes worth and learning that life isnt just about what he done, but what heve gained so far as well.
Surrounded by loving friends and family. And rising above the very people who has ever doubted him. With some laughter and charismatic charm as well.
Patrick Lew Hayashi (born Patrick Allan Lew on November 15, 1985) is an Asian-American musician, online content creator and actor currently performing in the band PATRICK LEW BAND (PLB) and Crazy Loser in a Box! He was also well-known for his live appearances as the main guitarist and co-founding member of TheVerse between 2015 and 2019.
He began his indie music career in 2001 on the Northern California independent circuit as Patrick Lew Band at the young age of 15. Mostly participating in home recording and occasional live performances. By 2004, the Patrick Lew Band landed a record deal with Statue Records through their MySpace page and has earned a number of accolades for his work with PATRICK LEW BAND.
After several line-up changes and personal setbacks, the Patrick Lew Band slowly but surely gradually gained belated success in the regional music scene and on the Internet by 2016. The bands 2009 release Let It Rise and Against brought him his initial fame as an artist.
Following his induction into CSU East Bays 2019 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, Patrick Lew Band broke up for a second time. Using Patrick Lew Band as a platform to branch his talents and his passion for playing music with other local bands. Because of that, he has also played guitar in the Shoegaze band TheVerse. Alongside temporarily being a fill-in bass player for two bands: Pleasure Gallows and The Tortured.
After PLB disbanded for the second time in June 2019, he eventually formed a new heavy metal and hard rock inspired solo project under the name LEWNATIC. Going "back to basics" as a performer and semi-pro musician. He quickly began playing a few low-key open mic performances in Japan by the end of the Summer. LEWNATIC has released a live recording of their November 3, 2019 performance at San Francisco's DNA Lounge on music streaming services.
On December 15, 2019, fellow Fil-Am Bay Area rapper A. Kaye officially joined Lewnatic (JP) as the band's newest member onstage during their gig at DNA Lounge. The band Lewnatic eventually was repackaged as the rap-rock band Benigneglect in early 2020, and was initially working on new music in the studio.
On March 2020, Patrick Lew Band returned to the music scene full-time and has rigorously been active since as digital creators and music recording artists.
Outside of music, he has acted in community theater and made a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode of Emmy Award winning TV series The Man in the High Castle. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from California State University, East Bay and worked a full-time day job at Chocolate Heaven Pier 39 as a Supervisor for four years total. He has also worked in tech for three years as a visual merchandiser and has an extensive work resume outside of the indie music industry.
"Awards and Accomplishments received by Patrick Lew..."
1. One Time Hall of Fame Inductee - CSU East Bay 40 Under 40
Class of 2019 as a member of Patrick Lew Band and as a solo artist.
2. Interracial Dating Grand Slam Champion
He has romantically dated every major ethnicity from the opposite gender: White, Black, Asian, Hispanic.
3. Celebrity Endorsee with Antennas Direct
4. The first male 40 Under 40 Hall of Famer of Japanese descent at CSU East Bay.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES BY YEARS
2004: Rookie Band of the Month (with Patrick Lew Band, courtesy of an unofficial Poison fan website); Record Deal (with Patrick Lew Band, via Statue Records)
2005: Sexy Asian Guitarist (with Patrick Lew Band, MySpace.com)
2007: Rising Up-And-Coming Artist (with Patrick Lew Band, Dmusic.com); Soundclick.com 10th Anniversary Songwriting Contest Quarter Finalist (with Patrick Lew Band)
2008: Most Hated Indie Artist of the Year (with Patrick Lew Band, Soundclick.com)
2010: Most Hated Indie Artist of the Year (with Patrick Lew Band, Soundclick.com)
2011: No. 1 Local Rock Band (with Patrick Lew Band, ReverbNation.com - Antioch, CA);
Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from CSU East Bay
2012: No. 1 Local Punk Band (with The Steel Lions, ReverbNation.com - Antioch, CA); Record Deal (with The Steel Lions, via A.N.N)
2015: Comeback of the Year (with Patrick Lew Band, Unknown Source); Appointed as an Ambassador for Antennas Direct
2016: July's Best Experimental Rock Song (with Patrick Lew Band, Akademia Music Awards - "Game Changer"); Launches Promisedland Inc
2017: No. 1 Local Rock Band (with The Steel Lions/PLB, ReverbNation.com - Taipei, Taiwan); Headlines Brick & Mortar Music Hall (with TheVerse; 11/26/2017)
2018: May's Employee of the Month (Chocolate Heaven Pier 39, Day Job); Certificate of Achievement (Chocolate Heaven Pier 39, Day Job)
2019: Inducted in the CSU East Bay 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame (with Patrick Lew Band) at age 33
2020: Comeback of the Year Nominee (with PLB - Unknown Source)
Band Interests & Hobbies:
Jamming, Recording, Playing Shows, Being Asian, Cars, Food, Cute Curvy Women, Metal & Punk Rock, Japanese Sistas, Hulu And Chill.
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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