It was a hard life, but it only motivated me to become a better person for myself and others that are real about what I do. It's too long to explain, but whatever I gone through pretty much served as a life lesson and ambition to be on top of my game.
If you really love a band, you should buy their records or find the time to see them play a show. You show most support for musicians in bands by buying their records, going to their shows, and even buying special magazines written about them. I do all three, so I know I'm supporting and loving the band and their music.
I don't know if I'm gonna be voting for anyone this year for President. I am somewhat apathetic about politics, but more uninterested in talking about it.
I haven't updated my YouTube in awhile. Not much of a YouTuber. Plus there's too much garbage to rummage through in the comments section in any video. I rather just watch videos and not get myself involved with the whole YouTube circle.
I never expected to change anybody's lives as a musician or friend. I was cooped up in my own world for quite so long. I've met a few people who told me that I've inspired them and changed or motivated their lives. It's an overwhelming yet meaningful situation. For years, I never expected or intended to change anybody's life for the better. But there were some people I've met who told me that I've motivated them partly to become better people. That's rock and roll for ya.
I was a pretty angry young man growing up. I used to be the nicest guy who was nice to everybody pretty much. When I started going to Rooftop, that shit changed. Years of turmoil of what people said or done to me affected me deeply growing up, and caused me to be a very angry person who aspired to become a rock star and musician. Well it's 2012 now, and I accomplished a somewhat degree for myself as a one-man band. Pretty much in 20 years from now, those people who pulled that stuff disappeared into obscurity and won't be doing anything special like I will be. Rocking and rolling, inspiring lives, and maintaining my reputation as the best at what I do. :)
Heavy Sigma isn't really a band. It's a crazy Asian lad with a guitar and laptop, and producing half-decent rock and roll music. And posting the sucker online. I intend to keep Heavy Sigma exclusively a solo project. Now if I were in a real band, it be totally different and I limit my leadership with any band I am a part of. I sure wouldn't call my real band with 4 members Heavy Sigma, that's for sure...
I might play guitar well to some ears, but I actually do not know how to read or write music. Then again, a lot of great musicians you've probably heard of don't know how to read or write music either. I do all my composing and guitar playing either by ear, improvising, and memory. Occasionally, I use guitar tablature to play something here and there...
After 7 weeks, I'm now bumped back to #2 on the local punk charts on ReverbNation.com for my solo project Heavy Sigma. I did the impossible however, I was on top of the Contra Costa County punk music charts for nearly two months! It doesn't f***ing matter if I'm popular as a musician or not, I got sh*** to back up my integrity as a legitimate artist in indie rock.
As of March 20, 2012, I've been a part of the artist roster for my indie record label Anti-Nonsense Networking. I broke my back for 11 years to pay my dues doing this music shit. I might be lacking some ideas as a musician and songwriter right now in the studio, but I guarantee you won't see the last of Patrick Lew until a very long time from now! Pure rocker. Pure musician. Yup!