Pat Tato - 10 Questions Music Interview
Patrick Tierney (PatTato) of Syracuse NY is an artist who creates a one-of-a-kind musical experience through looping various instruments and combining elements of spoken word, rapping, and singing. He also adds a dash of comedy. PatTato mixes reggae, rap, jazz, and R&B for a lasting impression. The artist's name pays homage to Pat’s reggae band Baked Potatoes. Working on perfecting his debut studio album, Pat has been hard at work fine tuning the aspects of his live show. Keep an eye out for them on your favorite streaming platforms.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
When I was about 13. both my sister and my father played guitar. Naturally, having the competitive nature I do, I wanted to learn and be better than both of them. That strive to be the best musician I could be never went away; and to this day I'll be inspired by anyone who's music touches me and makes me feel like I need to go home and practice.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
My music career has been very short so far, Just started putting music out as PatTato in 2019, first actual release in 2020. I have been around the music scene for a while though, and as a venue manager, production manager, and stage hand I've seen plenty of Crazy things from larger name acts, just don't want to throw anyone under the bus.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Back in 2016 I was living on a bus, and touring with my Reggae band Baked Potatoes. We played Sterling Stage's Folkfest in Oswego NY, then the following day had to be in Long Island for the Great South Bay Music Festival. Both shows were incredible. People everywhere, just enjoying our music and having fun. Well worth all the milage and sharing my bus with my bandmates.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Well at the end of 2019 I was working with Subcat Studios in Syracuse NY on this album I had written and it just wasn't going the way I wanted it to. I'm not sure if the pressure of being in the studio mixed with paying for your time, all-together felt like I was not in the environment I wanted to be in. So I worked at Guitar Center for 8 months and used that sweet employee discount to build a recording studio at home. When the lockdown came in 2020, I finally had the time I needed to make 'Good Grief'. Now my creative process is whatever I want it to be, because I can roll out of bed and hit record.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Challenge facing Indie Artists: getting their music heard. Having good fans can make your career. When you have fans that want to share your music simply because they enjoy it, you've got something going for you. The tricky thing is getting those fans to hear your music for the first time. Music Industry change: Pay artists a higher percentage of streaming royalties.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Cas Haley. He's been a big inspiration of mine since I saw him on America's Got Talent. I know he's not a household name, but I've always really felt a Connection to his music.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
As I found out after years of trying to keep a band together [Baked Potatoes] I've found that it's easier to hire people per show than to have the same group every-time. Now when I put together a show, I have to assemble the band and tell everyone when rehearsal is, even write out the parts for everyone before practice; But i prefer it this way, it feels more professional.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Off the new album 'Good Grief'; 'Perfect, You' was the one that was finished last. It's different, it's in 6/8 time, theres no drums. It's a waltz and I'm reading a poem over it. The music part was done months before I finished the poem, and I knew exactly what I wanted to say, but writing that down and actually speaking it out came to be a challenge. Really happy with the way that track turned out.
What's coming up in the future? More Music. I've got time, lots of unfinished songs, pages of lyrics, and a drive to only do this for a living.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Check out PatTato on Bandcamp.
Stream on Spotify.
Connect on Facebook.