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Interview: Pat Lok

Jun 23 2015

Releasing a slew of both original and remixes plus international touring, Canadian based producer Pat Lok has had a strong start to 2015. He sat down with us after his set at Splash House to talk all things music and food related, check it out after the jump.

Pat! Thanks so much for sitting down with us, is this your first time in Palm Springs?
It’s the first time I’ve ever been to Palm Spring and it’s the second hottest place I’ve ever been too after Bonnaroo in Tennessee. That was about five years ago, when Stevie Wonder played.

Now is Pat Lok your real name?
Yeah, it’s funny people will ask me what my real name is. “What’s your first name?” Pat. “What’s your last name?” Lok. I used to hate my name, but it’s grown on me I like it now.

It’s a good name!

As far as playing out goes, do you prefer festivals or more intimate club spaces?
I guess this is my first US festival, and it’s super tight. But for the actual set small rooms are amazing, the vibes are great and people are just dancing right there in front of you.

You’re from Vancouver, can you tell us a bit about the scene up there?
Vancouver is popping, there’s been some big names coming out of Vancouver like U-Turn from Oliver, Pomo and my buddy Ekali who has a co-write on Drake’s new record. The community is so close now with social media, we all link really fast people and people are just trying to work and connect. For the first time were not in isolation. As far as shows go it’s not a big city and sometimes there’s almost an over saturation of shows, literally you’ll have Cashmere Cat and James Murphy playing on the same night.

Did you start out producing or DJing first.
I started out as a DJ, but I played piano when I was little so that gave me a bit of a foundation for producing. I just started making shitty beats on fruity loops and it all grew from there.

What kind of music did you listen to while you were growing up? Has this affected the music you make now?
I think I grew up fairly sheltered, it wasn’t until I heard Basement Jaxx and Madison Avenue that I started getting into dance music. I didn’t know what house was for several years, but 90’s dance like “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and the cheesy stuff that people are doing remixes of now, I was down with that then and it wasn’t cool at all.

Do you have any comforts that you like to have with you while on the road?
I have this thing where if I don’t eat rice for a couple days I get really upset, I start having withdrawals. I’ll be traveling and some places just don’t have it, they just have potatoes or quinioa and I’m not down with that. I don’t want a sandwich, I don’t want pasta, I just want a bowl of white rice. I know this is perpetuating the stereotype but it’s one that I’ll gladly accept.

What song of yours would you recommend to someone who’s never heard your music before?
Out of my originals I think one that stands out is the track I did with Patrick Baker called “Could Be Mine.” It just happened to be a perfect fit, he’s a pro and has a great soulful voice. It’s got a very sexy and groovy feel to it, I’m really proud of that one. Remix I think the Cashmere Cat remix is one of the first one that started garnering attention, it’s got a lot of piano and house which is me in a lot of ways.

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What is your favorite snack?
Dan D Pak crackers, they’re shaped like stars and stuff. I’ve been eating those my entire life, they’re rice based!

What can we expect from you in the last half of 2015?
I’m doing a lot more originals, I’ve got a new single coming out with some other Vancouver guys Dirty Radio who just went on tour with Miami Horror. That’ll be out this summer. I’m really just writing with as many people as possible, there’s some cool stuff that will be out soon that I’m very excited to share with everyone soon!

Make sure to check out Pat’s latest remix of Antony & Cleopatra’s “Take Me” and his socials to stay up to date on tour dates and releases.

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