Love or hate Nirvana, I wrote this tribute/homage during the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. It's published on their official website as of now. RIP Kurt.
"Nirvana's Nevermind changed my life growing up back in the early 90's! Before Nirvana, I was mainly listening to Beatles and Stones through my mom. With Nirvana and other great 90's rock bands like Pearl Jam, I finally found something I could identify with at my age and they were the reason I began picking up the guitar and playing music in local bands! I owe that to Nirvana's Nevermind! The day I heard them on the radio in the early 90's, my life changed forever."
When I was your age we had Friendster and the early old school MySpace. Now we have Facebook, Twitter (I like to call it Twat-book), and some other lesser notable social-media sites like Google Plus. And no one uses Friendster or MySpace anymore, the latter only if you're promoting a band or your artistic kinds of stuff. Well I'm 27 years old, I was there man...
I never intended to push the buttons of the peeps to make their false presumptions or questionable actions towards me. I'm just being pure and being me. I am just this rebellious yellow guy attempting to make a niche for myself in this challenging business, and having a kick at it being who I am in life. It's pretty funny, I'm doing things that are being true to myself. And most cats take it the wrong way and act like I'm this really demonic person onstage and in the social-media. It is pretty whatever to me.
I'm all for the sake of making and playing rock & roll music. Whatever the future brings for my music in Heavy Sigma, I'm reluctant to choose the opportunities that are worth keeping. But for now, I'm doing this rock & roll thang as a recreational hobby as intended. It's not easy to make money as a musician, despite the people who go to your shows and download your mp3's online. Realistically, despite critical success as a rock & roll musician in some degree, I am in it for the passion of playing guitar and writing songs. Not so much doing it as a full-time career or job.
RIP to the man who created the awesome Marshall guitar amps. He's a revolutionary, like Les Paul was, when it came to assembling guitar gear.
Thing is, I'm openly proud of my heritage. But I pretty much am not singing and playing/making music just strictly for my own people. As I discussed a few statuses earlier, I'm making and playing music for the sake of it and presenting it to real supporters or fans regardless of their race. While I'm not intending to break the color barrier or even expecting to, even if that were the case, I do this passion of mines for the human race man. It's my logical way of explaining my intentions as a musician and artist. To just go out and perform only for my own kind, is limiting myself and my potential options. It's like me strictly limiting myself just to play punk rock music in my band. Which hinders any potential growth as an artist.
Somehow in the 2000s, my music was barely making a bleep on radar. I was the underdog (which I still am) and most of my musical pursuits in the last decade, were playing catching up with the competition or nearly fading to obscurity. But shit man, despite them haters, my music started getting more exposure by Fall 2011. There's some buzz when the Patrick Lew Band is around.
Honestly, while I do feel I might not make it successful in the masses as a musician. Real talk, there's a sudden exposure and some critical acclaim I'm getting as a musician. I'm charting really high locally and nationwide as of now on the Internet, promoting my music in my spare time. There's some people who are digging the PLB Army. And I noticed, I'm becoming a miniature viral artist sort of. I don't even play live, and I do this as a hobby mostly. But there's some attention going on with the music I make or play, and it's garnering me more respect in the indies. If this was 2008, there be NO CHANCE in hell I'd make it as far as I did now on rock & roll Internet.
Sounds like Patrick Lew the musician is one of those unusual "strange" success stories.
Playing music is NOT a career path for me as far making a living and long-term benefits goes. Because logically, it's super difficult to be successful in the music industry. However, I DO play music because I am passionate about jamming and producing my own material at home. So long story short, I do music as a past-time hobby. Realistically, I make and save money with job salaries and some income.
I just got invited to join the roster of a Seattle record label.: March 20th, 2012 marks the day, that I will be officially on the artist roster of a small indie record label based in Seattle, WA. They're called Anti-Nonsense Networking LLC.
Just a reminder, though playing music is just a favorite past-time hobby, my solo project HEAVY SIGMA just made it to #1 on the local Punk charts on ReverbNation for notable East Bay, CA bands/musicians from the Punk genre. NUMBER ONE BABY WITH A BULLET! Though music is only my hobby, that's pretty dope I made it to #1 on the charts. Beating out all the other Punk bands locally, with all due respect. :D