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Heavy Sigma / Blog

A song at a time. An album later. Freelancing for the win.

Good morrow my fans and friends all across the universe. How's everyone doing tonight?

I noticed the pace of myself putting out a new demo or home-recorded album every year or two has sort of winded down. I'm really protective and cautious about the creativity of any product I put out with Heavy Sigma. Which is probably one of the reasons WHY the Patrick Lew Band went on an indefinite hiatus in March. I also realized, the value of the CD and any other format for an album filled with 10, 11, 12, or 13 tracks or pieces of music on record has became obsolete as of late or maybe it's just I'm very picky on what I want as a really good product for an album. I am one of those artists whose been inspired by bands like Beatles and Led Zeppelin where the value and creativity of an album rather than just a collection of filler songs mattered most to me as a musician when recording new music.

I'm stuck in a time currently, where I have to give it my best still but have to be extra cautious and conscientious about what kind of pieces of music on record I put on an album nowadays. I'm slowing my pace down with age, but that doesn't mean I won't release a new album ever again! It is just that I have to go through the creative process in the mobile recording studio like any other band or artist does, and whittle down what I think should be on my album and weed through the best and strongest material to be on my record most def. Lately, the recording process for me has been sporadic, and my creative mojo has been more and more ON CALL or part-time nowadays. It could be my age. It could be lack of creativity and fears of creative stagnation. It could my stubborn nature with how I want my albums to be. Or it could be a mix of all three.

My approach nowadays as an artist and one-man rock band is to record a new piece of music or song in my bedroom, and post everything one at a time before I go on some social-media website like Facebook and spill the beans that a new album has been decided and ready to be posted online as a digital download. My creative and publishing process is to deliver a new song or piece of music via mp3 file one at a time, before I go HEY! I am gonna decide to put out an album and have the right sh*** to go along with it. I kind of borrowed this method of musical entrepreneurship from Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins or Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. It's just the nature of being a pure artist and musician who values his or her music, and has a critical thinking to get myself out there with the technology and tools I have.

For now, Heavy Sigma is my main thing. David H. and Greg are in the Patrick Lew Band preparing stuff, but I'm very uncertain what's gonna happen in PLB Army in the long run. It's still a band, but on an indefinite hibernation at this point. Maybe, me, Greg, and DH can make a band but call it a different name and have different ways of doing the music and getting it out there. I've been freelancing with a good friend named Rob Silver and thinking of doing a Jazz/Funk busking band locally with him one of these days. Time will tell what will happen for sure.

But Heavy Sigma is my thang at the moment. The freelancing with other musicians locally or online is secondary, but I love it. Regardless.

Enjoy the music peeps.


Haters Gonna Hate

I used to get a lot of shit as a musician. But I never gave up or quit. No way, I just kept on going and going like Mick Jagger would and didn't give a fuck what people thought about the music I make. My fans/friends are top priority, not the critics.

Slacking on YouTube...

I always was a music guy. Seems like I am not so much of an active YouTuber, considering most of my creativity is posted on indie music websites which is where my bread and butter comes in. I have a YouTube though, somehow I don't update it or mess around with it as much. :/

RIP to me and Faith's son David Steven Lew.

RIP to me and Faith's first child together. Our son David Steven Lew (Feb 25, 2011-Feb 26, 2011). I wish things went out differently for the family, and it was a lengthy healing process for myself, Faith, and everybody. When me and Faith have another child again soon or in the long run, it will be awesome to be a father for the first time and hopefully people will understand and not intervene.

A moment of emotion and really being a human in this world.

In this life I have, I never intended or expected to inspire, motivate, or mean so much to people. When my grandfather died when I was 4 years old, I was left directionless and all out in the world fending for myself. I didn't have a clique or a crew during those days, all I was only proud of was the material I had. I was basically living a life where I came in, did my thing, and never expected much from others. But as I got older, especially as people got to know me better all these years and this hoopla, I noticed I made such a big impact in their lives and motivated them to become better people and I was respected and loved for all that jazz. In this life when it happened, I didn't know what to think! I never intended to or expected myself to be a part of something, after all I've dealt with coming of age at such an early part in life. When I met all the right people in my life who credited me with either inspiring them to be a better person or motivating them, whether it be my friendship or my music, it really touched me. I teared up a bit like a real man does when that did happen, but it also gave me the word that there are people who do love and respect me and thanked me for all the things I've done for them.

Patrick Lew finally has his own band website officially!

My one-man band now officially has a band website. Check it, check it.

It's gonna be called www.patrick-lew.com in a bit. Finally there's a legit website dedicated to anything Patrick Lew and his rock and roll.


Heavy Sigma teaser via blog. This is what I might record.

Listening to some good ol' Ventures! Instrumental blues rock at its finest. I guess I don't always or really need all that hi-gain distortion and overdrive when recording my guitars. I'm intending to keep my one-man band Heavy Sigma an instrumental punk/blues rock one-man band.

Heavy Sigma EPK

Heavy Sigma is a San Franciscan punk rock band. Led by Asian American rock guitarist and songwriter Patrick Lew, Heavy Sigma puts music together in Patrick's bedroom. Afterwards, the band puts music online and shares it for everybody to hear, support, or massively hate! You're looking at the real Heavy Sigma page right now! Patrick cares deeply about his fan base, and always strives to maintain close connections and relationships with their audience on their Facebook, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, and other websites! So feel free to strike a conversation, download the sh*** demos, share the website with your close ones, and check out this website for the latest updates, blogs, demos, everything else!

1) band name: Heavy Sigma

2) hometown: Antioch, California, USA

3) genres: Indie Rock, Punk, Lo Fi

4) years active: 2009-present

5) labels: Anti Nonsense Networking (worldwide)

6) website: http://www.reverbnation.com/heavysigmaband http://www.facebook.com/heavysigma

7) band members: Patrick Lew - Guitar, Vocals, His Computer

BIO Starting out by aimlessly jamming in his own bedroom with then-limited experience and education in playing music, creating his own brand of Garage Punk. He recorded his first demo tape in 1999 with a schoolmate named Tommy, and in May 2001, Patrick Lew began promoting his music on the Internet as a solo rock musician or in his freelance garage bands. Unlike most of his contemporaries in San Francisco, his sidemen band were interracial and inter-gender. Alongside, displaying more 80's and early 90's hard rock and Seattle grunge inspirations fused with contemporary punk. Lew also adopted a part Mod, part Hippie, and trendy Asian pop culture image. But later replaced it with more a casual mature look.

Lew mainly created music, freelanced with other musicians in the Bay Area community in garage bands, and busked free low-key gigs locally in bars, churches, high schools, even outside in downtown San Francisco.

One of his most notable moments during his brief time as a live performing Garage Punk band was opening up for the all-girl SF pop punk trio Tinkture, Scarlett Bombs, and former lead guitarist Eddie Blackburn's other band Nocturnal Rock Turtles during a 2007 local tour across recreational centers sponsored by KLC Productions.

Some time in 2008, Lew no longer performed live gigs with temporary jam bands and assembled a homegrown rock band in his own bedroom with Internet and computers, to create his own music alone. Despite many troubles, Lew persisted and determined himself to improve as an artist, songwriter, guitar player, and musician after years of being deemed "awful" as a musician playing and making rock & roll music given the lack of experience at the time playing guitar and creating music. He devoted more time to other extracurricular side projects, such as The P & G. And because of consistent expansion through the social-media, Lew finally receive slight recognition for his efforts and earned some online fame as a musician. Becoming somewhat of a critical moderate success in the underground rock and roll scene across the universe, and attracts a cult-like following via Internet based on persistence and uniqueness.


One thing I'm ready for. Opening up positive moments and people in my future. I am bound and determined to make my satisfaction of life and experiences to its fullest!


Haters, naysayers, and my rivals are my motivators.

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.

Patrick Lew