Dan Patterson

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mr Dan Patterson, and he is originally from Farwell, TX. While music takes up most of his time, he enjoys working with his dad on his showpig operation, and just spending time with family and friends. There are few things in this world that he enjoy more than good conversation.
"My band’s name is Dan Patterson & The Dying Lights. As far as our full band shows, we are doing more of the “Weekend Warrior” thing. However, if you factor in both acoustic and full band shows, I am playing on average about 3-4 shows a week. My first gig was Texas Tech Ag Fest, September 3, 2009. That was where my first band Twisted Road was basically formed. I was the front man for this band for about three years."

Which instruments do you play?
"I play rhythm guitar, harmonica, and sing. I am still fairly new to guitar and harmonica, and it has all been self-taught. When I first started playing with old band, I actually did not plug-in my guitar because I wasn’t proficient enough at it. It was more of just a place to put my hands while I sang."

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
"As far as my song-writing inspiration is concerned, it comes from all over. However, my favorite thing to write about is struggle or internal conflict. I believe that when we are placed in situations that involve pain or suffering, especially from an emotional or intellectual stand point, that is when we find out what or who we really are. In my opinion, that is one of the most awesome things about my job. I get to convey to other people the fact that they are not alone in whatever struggle that they might be dealing with in their own world at the time."

What was the first songs you learned?
"The first song that I learned to play was “You and Me” by Lifehouse, and like most guys, I picked up a guitar to impress a girl…"

Is your family musical?
"My family isn’t necessarily musical in the sense that they play instruments or anything. However, they are all solid singers. Some of my favorite times are when we are all together, and just start singing songs from the church camp we used to go to."

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
"My all-around musicians would have to be Vince Gill and Dave Grohl. When it comes to being a combination of song-writer, vocalist, and performer, I don’t think that there are many that have reached the level that they have."

Which famous musicians have you learned from?
"My top 5 favorite musicians/bands are rather eclectic in my opinion. Pearl Jam, Wade Bowen, David Phelps, George Strait, and Jay-z."

What are your fondest musical memories?
"My favorite thing about being on the road has got to be the people that we meet. I don’t believe that there are many industries in which you deal with a wider variety of people, and that, in my opinion, is a pretty cool thing!"

Best place to eat while on the road?
"For our band, the one place we have to stop eat at if we are within a hundred miles or so is Gray’s Coors Tavern in Pueblo, CO. The Slopper is a must for us!"

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
"My advice for start-up bands and new musicians is something that it has taken me a lot of time to wrap my head around, and if I had just come to this realization from the beginning, I would have been way ahead… Be honest in every aspect of your music. The bar owners that you deal with, the people you meet at your shows, your band members, and most importantly (this is the one that took me a while) in your music. People can tell when your music is disingenuous, or you are trying to be something that you are not. Be it writing, performing, or recording worry less about what will get you on the radio, and more about what you will be a product that you are proud to be associated with the rest of you life!"

Thank you So much Dan

Xxx West Texas Sweethearf

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