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Interview - Andrew Pattie

Look nowhere else if you're searching for your next great song. The incredibly gifted Scottish multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Andrew Pattie has released his most recent hit, "You Are." This indie synth-pop song by Andrew is full of beautiful soundscapes and positive feelings, showing his incredible ability and contagious charisma.

We had a conversation with Andrew Pattie regarding the release, his future plans, and the reasons you should listen to his music. Check it out here at IGNITE!

Hey Andrew Pattie how are you doing?

I’m well thanks. I’m writing to you from my brand new, garden studio in Glasgow, Scotland.

Who are your main influences as a band?

My taste can vary from Antonio Carlos Jobim to Napalm Death. When discussing this single and my Debut album ‘REPAIR’ I pulled a lot of inspiration from Hall and Oates, Mild High Club, Grizzly Bear, Phil Collins, TOPS and Todd Terje.

Sum up your music for us in three words?

Synth Pop Power!

What's your biggest highlight as a group so far?

My solo career is a fairly new venture. I’ve been playing professionally for over 10 years now in different bands. Gigs that have seen me travelling all over the UK and Europe. I’ve supported Jack White and ELBOW in different projects. I hope to jump back on that wagon with my solo music too.

How have friends and family reacted to your journey so far in music?

My friends and family have been with me the whole way. My wife has been so incredibly supportive when I’ve done long tours in the past and had the kids. My closest friends have always pushed me to record and release my own music for the last 20 years. I’ve always supported and helped them in return with their projects and tours. I’m so lucky to be a part of a larger musical family in Glasgow.

Congratulations on the release of your new single 'You Are'. We're loving it! How did it come about and what’s the meaning and/or message behind the song?

‘You Are’ deals with acceptance. Acceptance of yourself. A dialogue fighting with who we feel we should be against how our society and surroundings expect us to act. To have continued to be a musician through the last 11 years has been a struggle for me. Not only financially but with my mental health. I look at these musical creations as a way to repair myself. To find ways of communicating difficult and abstract feelings in music, lyrics, and mood.

What was the recording and writing process like for this song?

I’m constantly writing music and recording demos. You Are started as an arpeggio on my Roland System 8 synth. I loved the 6/8 feel it had. It had a bounce and a vibe. I let that Arp run for an hour or so while I jammed on my Jazzmaster getting that twangy West-African lead style playing. TOPS had a song called “Way to be Loved” which has a great lead riff in a similar style. I used that as a template for this composition.

How would you describe this album sonically for our readers?

Upbeat, Synth Laced Pop/indie with ripping solos and lush vocals. I think that about gets it?

What are your plans for the rest of 2024? What can fans expect?

I initially planned for ‘REPAIR’ to just be a digital album but the amount of interest I’ve had from fans to get a Vinyl has been very surprising. I’ll be looking into getting a limited run printed. So be sure to claim a copy before they all disappear.


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