(Photo courtesy of Little Empire Music and Nina Krupa)
The term “EDM” aka “Electronic Dance Music” is a term that I can’t help but despise. Let me explain myself: the term “EDM” has become a term to encompass so many absolutely opposite genres of music within the electronic realm that it’s maddening. It’s completely misleading for people who aren’t well adept with this growing area of music. If you are trying to tell me that a song like “Tsunami” by DVBBS can be categorized the same way as “Real Life” by Duke Dumont then you’re a complete nut. Let’s get back to what “Dance Music” really means. Music that makes you sway. Music that transports you to a place far away from your work desk. Music that just makes you happy. That’s what dance music is for me. Pat Lok’s music reminds me of what true dance music is. None of the Big Room House bangers that have been repeatedly hammered into your brain by almost every main stage headliner at EDC but instead, music with flawless vocals, catchy beats, and funky undertones. Pat’s newest album released last month entitled Hold On Let Go checks all the boxes for me. Songs like “My Own Throne” assisted with the second-to-none vocals by Claire Mortifee exemplifies dance music:
Tracks like “You Street” with full and funky synths:
The vocal spectrum and drums on “In the Night – U Don’t Know”:
Just listen to the whole album:
If you’re now dying to see him play a set like I am then you’re in luck! He will be performing at the Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood on the 2nd of September! Grab tickets by clicking here. Below is Paris to PCH’s interview with the one and only Pat Lok.
1. For those that have yet to experience your music, could you tell us your name and what city you call home?
My name is Pat Lok, I’m from Vancouver, Canada but I’m staying in LA right now.
2. It looks like you’ve been creating music for quite some time now. When/How did you first become interested in making music?
I’ve been around music since I was a kid, playing piano and stuff but then I quit. Then I started messing with FL Studio when I was in college, making beats and mashups.
3. Are there any artists that really inspired you to pursue music? Have you met any of these artists yet?
I’d love to meet Janet Jackson one day or see Jamiroquai live. Also George Michael, he was so crazy talented he didn’t just write but also produced all the Wham! stuff.
4. Your album Hold On Let Go contains a plethora of diverse sounds and genres; it has been such a groovy and fun journey going through it. Do you have a favorite track on the album? If so, could you tell us why?
It’s tough to pick one, each song means something special to me, evokes a memory of a time and place. “Oh No (Oh No)” and “You Street” would be up there for me.
5. Many of your tracks have female vocals on it; I think that gives out a really fun vibe. How did you find so many talented vocalists?
Mostly online! Claire Mortifee I met doing a show together in Vancouver with Bondax actually. But the others were mostly off Soundcloud, and just emailing back and forth.
6. Speaking of vocals, the lyrics are so fitting to the sounds surrounding them. Do you write the lyrics and find a singer? How exactly does that process work in your music?
That’s not something I spend too much time on but usually working with a vocalist I’ll get a sense of the lyrical vibe, and jump in if something’s not working. Moving forward it’s going to be a priority for me, but it’s a big world to get into.
7. Tracks like “You Street” and “My Own Throne” contain some wild sounds. Do you have any favorite hardware/software that you find yourself using the most?
I used to think making music was about what gear you had but you can really use anything now. I use Ableton with a lot of Sylenth, Diva, nothing special. I also like to write on my Rhodes but don’t record it much (although it is on “True Power”).
8. It looks like you’ve played at a ton of venues over the course of your career. Have you had a favorite venue or festival you’ve played at?
Places that stand out, Razzmatazz main stage in Barcelona. AgeHa (Tokyo) and Henz Club (Seoul) were unbelievable. For festivals Splash House in Palm Springs is one of my favorites.
9. Lastly, when can we expect new tunes from Pat Lok?
Good question! I’ve been pumping out music for the last year so I’ll go back into writing mode for a bit. I have a couple remixes which should be out soon, which you might be able to hear online if you snoop around…
Keep up with Pat Lok by following him on Facebook, Soundcloud, Instagram, and Twitter. Thanks for reading/listening. Follow Paris to PCH on all the interweb medias linked on the side and bottom of this page! We will be back next Thursday with another interview!