Born in Concord, California, Heavy Sigma is an indie rock duo that features loving interracial couple and aspiring passionate musicians Patrick Lew and Faith Marie. Patrick Lew was playing locally in the Bay Area music scene with a series of post-hardcore and punk bands as a guitarist since he was a teenager. While modestly recognized in his hometown, Patrick's music got more recognition and critical acclaim when he began posting his band's music on the Internet. Faith Marie has been involved with the West Texas choir and local theater since childhood, and plays drums and makes electronic dance music in her spare time. When Patrick and Faith became a serious long-distance and lifelong couple in late 2009 despite some ups and downs, they also created music as a duo electronically on their laptops. Heavy Sigma can be described as a solo project or one-man band for Patrick, but Faith has some input with how the music should be presented on the social-media like Facebook and how his and her music should sound. Mainly a project where the duo makes music in the comfort of their own house through guitars and electronics digitally, that success that Patrick Lew sought after for so long became more of a reality when Heavy Sigma consistently posted their music online and got their friends on their Facebook pages to pay closer attention to their band. So far, the band has recorded two albums: Oddities (2012) and the recently published dubstep/hard rock epic Taiwanese Rebels. Because of their persistence and attempts to get Heavy Sigma out there, the couple landed a distribution deal with Pacific Northwest based record/management label Anti-Nonsense Networking, and continue to soldier on with more music to make, a very light schedule, and all the creativity that these adoring lovers can possess in the Bay Area music scene through the indies.
I. Contact Info Google "Heavy Sigma Band" or "Patrick Lew Band" to find something about my music online. Phone number - ASK ME Skype - TaiwaneseRebel85
II. Basic Info My full name is Patrick Michael Lew, Ethnically, my Japanese name based on three Kanji characters is Ryu Kantachi. - I was born on November 15, 1985 in SF. I claim my hometown as Taipei, Taiwan, despite I never lived overseas. - I am mostly Taiwanese/Chinese and slightly Japanese. I was mostly raised on the Hong Kong and Taiwanese culture, but only a little bit on the Japanese heritage. - I live in between San Francisco and Antioch. In Northern California. - I graduated with a B.A in Philosophy at CSU East Bay. - I play guitar and compose music in my spare time. But I make money doing other things for a living. Music is my #1 talent. - I am seriously engaged to a long-time girlfriend named Faith. 6 years and strong! Love her much. - I have the best people who support me as family and friends.
Life well lived.
III. Music - I'm a rhythm guitarist, singer/songwriter, and rock music composer. - I was in loads of short-term garage punk bands. Most didn't last for more than 2 jam sessions at my crib. - Music and rock and roll is a big part of who I am. But I don't take it as seriously as I did when I was a teenager and when I was in my early 20s. I do it still, but on the freelance hobby with others and alone. I do look for recognition for my merits and music as this crazy Asian rocker guy. - Check out my music. Be real and open about what I do. - I play rock and roll. But it's pretty eclectic. I also play some bass guitar here and there, but my main bread and butter is guitar, singing/songwriting, and producing music at home. - I don't intend to do music for a living, but it would be nice if I can accomplish something with what I'm good at.
Getting a new laptop as a birthday present perhaps. This Toshiba is getting raggedy and unreliable to use because the screen is so damn loose whenever I open my laptop to do stuff. My Toshiba laptop doesn't have a virus or any other bad things messing it up, but the lever that opens and closes the laptop when doing something is severely cracked and unhinged, so I am very cautious with it now.
Might wanna try that out. I am possibly getting a Netbook for my 27th birthday, I know it's a big downgrade when it comes to making music digitally but I've done it before so I don't see what's stopping me you know. A computer's a computer, and I can use my ways of making music whether it's an iPad or a Netbook...
In late 2011, Lew began a one-man band under the moniker Heavy Sigma with his fiancee Faith Marie as a manager and sporadic contributor for Lew's music. Lew, having invested enough musical gear at home, began recording new music occasionally in his bedroom. Because Patrick Lew dislikes his singing voice, he preferred recording straight-ahead instrumental pieces of rock music electronically along with the occasional cover song. Lew also felt he needed a lighter schedule as a musician and complete creativity when making music on his laptop and guitar. He began setting up more websites promoting his new solo project Heavy Sigma online and on Facebook, and after 12 years of playing music locally, Lew has landed a small deal with Seattle based indie music label Anti-Nonsense Networking. By March 2012, Lew's one-man rock band Heavy Sigma became #1 in the Contra Costa County punk charts on ReverbNation.com, and began trending online worldwide on the social-media. Doing it for the sake of being a musician and the love of making music despite his recent moderate success, Lew is now a home recording musician on a light schedule and still manages to maintain an audience through social-networking online. Recently, Heavy Sigma has self-released their new album as a CD and digital mp3 download, the experimental rock and dubstep sound collage "Taiwanese Rebels" and has been doing great since then as a punk rock musician.
It has been one rags to riches 27 year journey with the young man who is most passionate about making and playing music and being a musician in some form, despite what others say about him when it comes to this cut throat music industry. Lew has maintained his determination as an artist, and always remained true to his craft and passion. And despite the absence of a band to accompany his music and live shows to do, Lew is still making his voice and sound heard to the world on the Internet and the Bay Area as a musician keeping his presence up-to-date on the social-media and will continue to do so in the time to come.
Life well lived. It's the real deal.
Since my epic new album Taiwanese Rebels is out, I'm thinking of a masterplan. In Heavy Sigma, I am contemplating to record and self-release about 7 or 8 albums within the next 10 years of my B-list material I'm composing and all that jazz. My best music is usually saved for the Patrick Lew Band.
Should be something!
I feel so musically disorganized with the period of inactivity and anxieties I'm having about the Patrick Lew Band right now. I feel like I made a poor choice to abort a planned idea in the works without letting anyone know! Didn't mean it a harmful manner though or anything personal.
I guess I was getting frustrated with how long something would take to become something when there was little going on. I admit, I had my moments where I gotten upset or mad at a former bandmate, but I always give them credit for all their hard work and contributions to the music. Even if I don't talk to them anymore or seldom keep in contact.
I always freelance, play guitar, and record music occasionally every month. Like every other great rock and roll band, Bandalism happened in mines too. Patrick
Who says electronic musicians have no talent because they don't play musical instruments and just sit by a Macbook? F***ing idiots dude! I happen to be one of those electronic musicians who can actually play that guitar, a little bit of bass, and understands composition. Making EDM music requires a lot of years of understanding digital music: editing/mixing, composing, and etc etc.
What bothers me about some people is they hate on electronic musicians and don't give them enough credit for what they do. And these are the same morons who bash rap music, and keep saying DUDE IT'S ALL ABOUT METAL AND REAL INSTRUMENTS...Br00ta1z
Bitch please. No one cares what you have to say, you know. Just had to do a small rant.
It's who I am. And it's what I do. I am the best at what I do.
You can now order my one-man band Heavy Sigma's two albums "Oddities" and "Taiwanese Rebels" on CD directly through the band's ReverbNation store page. The CD's will be manufactured by the good people at ReverbNation themselves and mailed directly to your home address via USPS. You can order via credit/debit card. Please do yourself a favor and buy Heavy Sigma CD's and help support local music. We put a lot of hard work, energy, and effort into our own music, and we as musicians need your support and purchases to help cover our studio time, equipment, promotions, and everything else to keep it going.
Buy Heavy Sigma CD's today. You won't regret it!
The band is now being promoted with Northeast Noise Entertainment on their Facebook! I'm very happy there's been smaller music promoters out there getting my name out there. :)