Patrick Joseph
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Patrick Joseph

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter

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"Review from Spin Magazine's Hot Pursuit Contest"

“I like the grit in his vocals and the songwriting is very strong. Nice to see that he gives as much thought to the lyrics as to the instrumentation. That he did this all himself makes this doubly impressive.” -Doug Brod, editor, Spin Magazine - Spin Magazine


""Antiques" Album Review UK"

"This work is clearly all heart. Rockin’ folk with a touch of brilliance, Joseph has a solid song-writing talent. His gravelly vocals mixed with dreamy melodies and lyrics you want to follow make for an impressive listen."
-Jenness Mitchell - Alloa Advertiser UK


""Antiques" Album Review UK"

"This work is clearly all heart. Rockin’ folk with a touch of brilliance, Joseph has a solid song-writing talent. His gravelly vocals mixed with dreamy melodies and lyrics you want to follow make for an impressive listen."
-Jenness Mitchell - Alloa Advertiser UK


""Antiques" Album Review UK"

"This work is clearly all heart. Rockin’ folk with a touch of brilliance, Joseph has a solid song-writing talent. His gravelly vocals mixed with dreamy melodies and lyrics you want to follow make for an impressive listen."
-Jenness Mitchell - Alloa Advertiser UK


"Buzz Bands LA"

"He probably wrote a song about every feeling anyone has ever experienced — big or small, infamous or secret"
-Seraphina - Buzz Bands LA


"The Deli Magazine"

The album includes "Arsonist Blues," a song that landed him an offer from Original Signal records and has him sounding like the grittier, spirtual successor to Jeff Buckly's throne." -Angelo Lorenzo - The Deli Magazine


"The Deli Magazine"

The album includes "Arsonist Blues," a song that landed him an offer from Original Signal records and has him sounding like the grittier, spirtual successor to Jeff Buckly's throne." -Angelo Lorenzo - The Deli Magazine


"Confront Magazine Interview"

The Moon King shall soon arise!

Ambition. Curiosity. Individuality. Essential qualities for a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist following his own path in the vast world of music. Evidently, these can all be found in Patrick Joseph’s repertoire of skills and qualities. This well-spoken artist from South of the border is making quite a name for himself with an alluring combination of soft acoustic tones, enchanting instrumentals, and gripping vocals. If you’re a fan of NBC’s The Office or ABC’s Happy Endings, then you’ve probably already heard some of his stuff! Check out what he had to say in this short interview and be sure to stop by the NXNE Festival this weekend if you are in the Toronto area! Patrick plays Saturday June 15th at the Hideout at 9pm and again at the Rivoli at 2am. Otherwise, keep an eye out for his upcoming album, Moon King.

CONFRONT: When you first started as an aspiring artist, you were part of different groups and bands. What pushed you to start a solo career?

PATRICK: Being in a band is like being in a relationship with a handful of people all at the same time. It’s such a rare alignment of the planets and stars to find a roster of people not only you get along well with, but you’re also on the same page with musically and who you also grow together with in the same direction as well as the same pace. Lots of great bands don’t make it for just these reasons. I was in a few. I suppose I felt I could get things done with more freedom and much quicker if I was working on my own. I was always able to write and record all the parts on my own anyway, so why not give it a shot?

CONFRONT: What are some elements that go into your writing process – what inspires your creativity?

PATRICK: Writing for me is very much just a strike of inspiration. I spend little time fishing around for the right ideas or songs to come to me. Usually they’ll come when they’re ready, and not much conscious effort goes into actually catching an idea. I’ll be in bed, or driving, or in the movie theater listening to a film score. Or maybe I’ll hear a beat or a melody from another song and re-imagine it. Either way though, my brain gets that feeling that it has to go to the bathroom immediately, and I have to dump an idea onto pen and paper or record it onto my cell phone so I don’t lose it. Then I take it to the lab and start decorating, trying to build a skeleton, and give that skeleton flesh and a heartbeat.

CONFRONT: Is there anyone in particular that mentored you or gave you a helping hand in the very early days?

PATRICK: My family has always been very supportive. I came from a good, nurturing family that has always encouraged what I wanted to do, and I’m lucky for that. It’s a dumb thing to want to do something creative for a living, but dumb ideas are great ideas sometimes, and I’m forever grateful for their support of dumb decisions. Musically though, I can’t say for sure. Just the artists that I look up to, anyone from The Beatles and Bob Dylan to Jon Brion or Elliott Smith. Those are the guys I looked up to and tried to emulate while I was developing.

CONFRONT: What do you prefer more and why; recording an album or playing in front of an audience?

PATRICK: The grass is always greener. When I’m performing all I think is, “The sound is terrible, I can’t wait to just get back into the studio and create!” And when I’m in the studio all I think is, “I’m burnt out, I just want to have fun and play shows!” There’s no winning with me. Ultimately you could say I love and don’t love each of those things equally, for different reasons.

CONFRONT: It would seem that you’ll be on the road a lot around the beginning of June and you’ll be visiting our fair country. What are you looking forward to most about playing at NXNE in Toronto?

PATRICK : Toronto has always been somewhat of a tradition for me. I grew up in Pittsburgh, and my family and I would always drive up there during the summer for vacations – visit Maple Leaf Gardens, Hockey Hall Of Fame, CN Tower. Toronto has always been a relaxing and happy place for me. My brother and I used to take the ferry over to Centre Island and throw frisbee on nice summer afternoons there when we were kids, which is a tradition I’ve since passed down to my band members that started last year. We’ll be doing the same this year for sure. It’s just such a pleasant city.

CONFRONT: When you’re on the road, what do you miss most about home?

PATRICK: Cooking, health, good sleep. Laziness! There’s always some place you have to be in a half-hour when you’re on the road. I like the slow-paced life and the routine of home.

CONFRONT: Back in 2009, Arsonist Blues won first prize in the musicnation.com contest and landed an interesting offer from Original Signal Records. Looking back on the opportunity, do you still feel the same way about having declined the offer?

PATRICK: I have no regrets about that decision now, looking back. I feel like I’ve come much farther on my own since then than I would’ve had I chosen a different path. It was a bold decision for a young kid to make moving cross-country with no real promise of success or security, but sometimes you just have to follow what your gut’s telling you to do.

CONFRONT: Back to the future (no pun intended) – we were lucky enough to hear the EP release forMoon King. Is there anything in particular that you’re trying to convey with the new album?

PATRICK: More fun, more weirdness. I always write from the heart, and lately I’ve been trying to write from a space of energy, too. I want people to walk away from the record with a sense of uniqueness and familiarity both rolled into one – something that excites you but has the depth and the constitution to stand up and have meaning over time.

CONFRONT: If you were able to collaborate with any pre-existing band/musician, who would it be and why?

PATRICK : Other than The Beatles, obviously. They were just one big party of geniuses, especially in the studio. Other than them, I probably would choose Elliott Smith. He’s someone I would have loved to sat in a room with for hours with two acoustic guitars and just write out song ideas to no end.

CONFRONT: And now for the random question of the day: What is the last dream that you remember?

PATRICK: I had a school reunion with a good deal of kids that I grew up with in Pittsburgh, hosted in my childhood home. All the walls were slightly skewed, extra rooms existed that I hadn’t seen before, you know how these things go. I was performing magic tricks in the kitchen with baseball trading cards, and remember seeing my father on one of the cards. I pondered for a moment about the discovery of my father being a professional baseball player without my prior knowledge, but continued about my business in the dream. Everybody proceeded out to the backyard for a concert, which turned into the launching of a rocket into outer space. We all watched in awe as a rocket took off about a hundred yards from my home. Things took a sour turn though when a malfunction happened and the rocket started to tip a little during takeoff, plunging back down into the ground. We all knew we were doomed, but there was a sense of calm and acceptance surrounding us all, more shock and perplexment than anything else. I woke up just as everything was about to explode. Whew. Contrary to how it sounds, it wasn’t a nightmare. It felt more strange and interesting than terrifying – just how good music should be at times. - Confront Magazine


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Pittsburgh native, Los Angeles resident & Award-Winning singer/songwriter Patrick Joseph has been active in the music world for years now, having toured extensively in North America, Europe, and having showcased at festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, NXNE, ASCAP Expo, and the Sundance Film Festival.  With the support of music licensing, having landed dozens of film and TV placements (The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, American Housewife, Chicago Fire, Marry Me, Happy Endings) and the support of influential independent radio such as KCRW and KEXP, Joseph has independently forged a spot for himself as one of LA’s brightest young songwriters and rising stars on the indie scene.

His latest release Hindsight (December 2016) brings Joseph back on the road in 2017.  Often compared to a range of contemporaries from Ryan Adams, James Bay, Jeff Buckley, and Tom Waits, Joseph is a freshly unique brand of indie-rock flair in the modern realm of the singer/songwriter genre.

A multiple winner in the Independent Music Awards as well as multiple awards won locally and internationally, Joseph's music is a hidden gem of pristine caliber from the indie music scene.  

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