WTR Catches Up With Dave Patten

24 Jun

We introduced Dave Patten back in April – check the post here – and the WTR team finally got a chance to catch up with the rising music star for our first ever interview. If you’re not familiar with the Philly product, check out this quick bio below:

Dave Patten creates his own brand of music from start to finish. Everything you hear on the singer/songwriter’s self-produced albums – acoustic and electric guitars, piano, drums, bass, synthesized horns and string parts – is Dave. Rarely does a musician have the ability and talent to synchronize each aspect of his tracks to the exact specifications of his creative vision. Yet Dave’s vocals alone make him a standout. His rock-style voice, combined with hip-hop beats, set him apart from the multitude of like-sounding musicians. Dave’s hit the collective pulse with songs like “Wait Jenny” from his fifth album Boomerang and “How Good ft. Meek Mill” and “Echo” from his sixth and most recent album Exposure. Reflective, soulful, and powerful, they embody just one side of his artistic expression. Dave’s music has a wide Internet presence. His YouTube videos garner over 7.0 MILLION page views. In fact, multi-platinum selling artist Wyclef Jean saw Dave’s adaptation of his song “Sweetest Girl” and invited Dave to open for him at Atlantic City’s House of Blues. Dave hails from the Philadelphia area, where he grew up around music and played drums in local bands. In 2006, Dave took the leap to invest in himself and his career. Now Dave uses his multitude of musical abilities, technical know-how, and boundless drive to create a sound that is different from anything else out there.

We showed y’all Patten’s song “Believe Me” with MMG up-and-comer (and fellow Philadelphia man) Meek Mill a couple months ago – here it is again:

Also take a look at the just-released video with Lou Williams (of the Philadelphia 76ers):

And here’s our WTR exclusive conversation with the man himself. Enjoy – we certainly did.


How did music become a part of your life? 

It all started when I was in middle school with my best friend at the time.  We went to summer camp every year for a week, and so everyday for about 6 months leading up to it we would try to figure out ways to impress girls when we got there.  Playing our guitars seemed like the best choice haha.


Was there any specific moment that led you to think:  “I could do this” as a career?

When I was a senior in high school I released my first album Too Close, Too Far.  Everyone was really supportive and encouraging, and I’d be willing to argue a lot of them actually liked the music.  I printed up 1,000 CDs and sold all 1,000 of them.  That was definitely the starting point.  Success like that is addicting when you’re 17.


How would you describe your sound?

“Pop” is the easiest way to describe it.  My music has an “acoustic rock” vibe to it, and at the core is singer-songwriter based.  But there is definitely a lot of range – from slow love songs to upbeat tracks that feature rappers.  You just have to give it a listen to really define it.


What artists are you inspired by? (Current/and or no longer active)

Kanye West is a big inspiration to me.  His personal life choices don’t do much for me haha but musically, he’s awesome.  Ever since the College Dropout, I’ve always looked up to his production style and songwriting & structure style.







How did you end up working with Meek Mill? What was it like to work with him?

I met Meek on set of a music video for another rap group in Philly in 2010.  He liked my films so we started working together on his.  After I got to know him I introduced my music (I absolutely hate when people run up on me with CDs, “listen to my music!” etc., and so I certainly was not about to do that to him).  We come from very different backgrounds but when it comes to music we have similar taste believe it or not haha and when we started working on tracks together, things clicked.  It’s a lot of fun, we just sit around in the studio and listen to beats, pass out ideas and just enjoy the fact that we make a living off of this stuff.


Do you have any gig/tour stories? Worst/best show, perhaps?

Shows are shows, the bad ones you get heckled and boo’d and the sound mix is terrible and you can’t hear yourself, and the good ones you kill it, have the crowd screaming and you walk off feeling like a million bucks.  I probably have more stories about music video shoots haha because it’s a world that people don’t understand unless they’ve done it before.  Probably the toughest video shoot I’ve had yet was the Wale and Meek Mill “100 Hunnit” shoot – mostly because Wale was only in the building for about 45 minutes.  An ideal shoot lasts about 4 hours, so yall can do the math on that!  It was tight but we got it done, we always do.  Shout out to DRicks (my Producer) always coming prepared.


What’s coming next for Dave Patten? 

We’re currently in production on 3 music videos, so you can expect to see those over the next few weeks.  I have probably 12 tracks done for my next album, which will most likely see a Fall 2011 release.  You might see a mini documentary series emerge late summer and you will definitely see me playing live http://davepatten.com/live


What’s a typical day like in the world of Dave Patten?

Wake up, make coffee.  After that it’s one of three things – business day, film day or recording day.  Business days are meetings with the team (DRicks, Med, DC), making calls, filling out copyrights or negotiating licensing/sponsorship deals, calling the lawyer, etc.  Film days are when we have a shoot, or when I have to edit.  Recording days are my favorite, because I get to spend the whole day messing around in the studio. 


If you could build a dream meal, what would it be? 

Haha it would probably be chicken + steak + shrimp fajitas with a pitcher of margaritas and espresso for dessert


Who are all these gorgeous women that constantly appear in your music videos?

They are the reason I shoot so many videos 😉


Which artists do you keep on your iPod?

My taste is pretty eclectic.  From Led Zeppelin to Ben Folds Five, Maroon 5 (first album only) to Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz and Meek Mill.  Kanye of course


Do you have a motto or words that you live by? 

Most of the time the climb is more fun than actually being at the top

Ask forgiveness, not permission

The “big secret” is to work harder than everyone else around you

Teamwork makes the dream work


Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Definitely download my album “Exposure” free (or iTunes) from my website www.DavePatten.com/exposure/

Fans can hit me up anytime on twitter (@dave_patten) or email me at davepattenfans@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/#!/DavePattenFB

Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/dave_patten

Serious Inquiries please email Dallas at davepattenpr@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


One Response to “WTR Catches Up With Dave Patten”


  1. Dave Patten — “Just For Me” « - February 21, 2012

    […] We spoke to Dave Patten a few months ago and we still think he’s the man.   […]

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