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Heavy Sigma / Blog

Back in the studio! Currently demoing new music...

Spent 2014 almost not playing or writing any music at all. On January 2, 2015, I picked up the guitar again and plugged it into GarageBand and started recording again! I'm working on a new song called Who Am I, which is very 80's hard rock influenced. The new record is gonna be very hair metal influenced but in a 2010s way. But I'm giving it my own spin. I am thinking of calling the next PLB album Shortcuts to Fame. Also! Be on the look out for an EP that's gonna be released soon with Heavy Sigma called Some Kind of Misfit.

One chapter closes. Another chapter begins.

I was in a 6 year on and off again relationship with my former girlfriend Faith, but I decided to part ways two weeks ago. We broke earlier in July because of irreconcilable differences. It’s a long story. It’s hard to let go, but sometimes you got to start from scratch again.

How I look at every album I've created personally.

How I look at my discography personally...

Psychotic Love: Messy punk rock that sounds like three 6th graders playing crappy instruments badly inside a garage.

Revenge: Pretentious alternative metal. I was going through my Korn and Pantera phase still. I was going through really bad depression and I wasn't so sure if I wanted my band to be metal or alternative rock.

Curb Your Wild Life: A sloppy as fuck confused album that could have been put together better.

Let It Rise And Against: A half assed attempt at a rock opera.

Murder Bay: Playing the early to mid 90's rock music I was influenced by, but making it my own.

Oddities: Being lyrically upbeat for the first time and playing happier music. There were no angry songs whatsoever.

Taiwanese Rebel: A dubstep and avant-garde influenced mix that would have been played at a creepy rave party. I got influenced by the album Art of Life by X Japan and various EDM to create this one sucker. I owe David Arceo for the inspiration.

Voyager: Throwing as many styles as I possibly can to create my version of Use Your Illusion by GNR on one CD.

New albums in the works.

I'm checking out some archives of remixes I produced between 2008 to present, and I am contemplating officially to self-release a new album featuring the best remixes that I've done musically during the last 6 years. I've created probably three albums worth EDM remixes of video game soundtracks and TV show theme songs. I don't know when I will release it or what to call the album, but I'm putting together the best remixes on one whole album.

In addition to that, I'm working on my next album at my own pace that I'm hoping to release in 2015 called Radio Daze. It won't be dubstep influenced like Taiwanese Rebel or a messy progressive rock album like Voyager was. Despite the artistic detours I've been having with the last few albums for the band, I'm trying to make music for Radio Daze that is more aggressive, straight-ahead, and reminiscent of my first two albums but keeping it real and up-to-date.

The gig I did at Mama Art Cafe brought some of my passion back for music. I lost it in early 2012 when this asshole named Alan gave me shit, who I really respected as a friend, and the lukewarm attention I've gotten on Facebook. This time, I am not gonna give a fuck about everybody and put out some bitching music.

Stay tuned for more!

Show coming up soon!

If you're in the San Francisco area, I will be performing an open mic at Mama's Cafe on September 13th in the evening. I haven't performed onstage in almost two years, and I am delighted to play music on the stage once again. Come see me play!

How I found a free and cheap alternative to cable TV.

I wrote a long interesting and informative story about this subject. I'm one of the people who cut the cord and found a better way to enjoy watching TV and I wanted to share my story with people. You can read it here.


How I define success.

To define "success" is a very subjective thing. Some people would say in order to be successful, your band has to have 30,000 likes on Facebook and play a lot of shows and have a record label to back your band up. Some say success comes from always being in the spotlight with fame and fortune. But honestly, I could care less about the superficial things in order to be successful in life. I define "success" as a person who is happy with what they have in life, has thick skin and the confidence to persevere against all odds, gives their absolute best, treats others the way they should be treated, and has their life in order.

Delays. No more tours. Reclusive behavior. What's the plan?

I hate to inform everyone that I won't be playing open mic shows and busking all across downtown SF this year. I have so many priorities in my adult life, it would make it impossible to do just one show. It's not that I lost my passion for music. But I have been getting lazy when it came to playing guitar. I like being onstage, but I more so preferred creating my own music in the studio.

As far as a new album goes. Voyager will probably be the last album under the name Heavy Sigma. I plan on reviving the Patrick Lew Band for the next record. Even though there's none of my former bandmates involved with the music making process anymore in the PLB, I am sporadically writing new material every week a song at a time in my bedroom. I'm planning to go back to my raw straight-ahead bar band sound for the next album. The last few albums were showcasing what I can do with such virtuosity and attempts at broadening my sound in the studio. The dubstep megamix and my half-assed attempts at progressive rock.

I don't know when the new album will be out. But it will be delayed until probably 2014 or 2015 more likely. I come to a point in my music career where I'm unable to write 20 songs anymore in 3 months time. Coming up with ideas can be difficult, but I'm making sure quality will come out of my new songs.

Call me reclusive. But even the most reclusive musicians still make music. Thanks to the Internet and websites like Facebook. Nowadays people know what we're doing.

The Truth.

I'm a freelance rock musician who began making music in 2009 after several flops with a local band I used to be in. I'm always trying my best to get better when recording and when it comes to playing the guitar.

It was a hot Summer month when I was dabbling and wrestling with finishing college with a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Music. It was over a year since I was playing rhythm guitar in a post-hardcore band in San Francisco which ended on very bad terms. I studied home recording and the art of guitar playing on my own free time at home. I used the Internet and read books on how to do what I could do in my own home recording studio. I had 3 guitars on me, Fender Frontman 25-watt amp, Line6 TonePort DI, and armed with Mixcraft and a shitty laptop. I had a lot of ideas in my head, contemplating making the music. Because that's what I am most passionate about. Writing and recording my original pieces of music. I was listening to lots of Metal, Hard Rock, and House music on my Zune. And despite some of the issues I had with figuring out how to record my music. I still did it no matter what.

Most of my issues when it came to recording were technical difficulties with hardware and software, trying to come up with nice guitar riffs, and producing on my laptop them well enough without sounding so sloppy and lazy. I also got lazy a lot on many other days. Studying for my classes I was taking at CSU East Bay, watching countless hours of cable TV, playing Xbox 360, and getting serious with my on and off again relationship with my girlfriend Faith. I remained persistent however, giving a fuck less about the haters and the people who were saying and doing negative things to my music career and band, and let my own brand of Hard Rock and EDM come out. I was in a band before and after I graduated from college called P and G, busking a bunch of popular cover songs from bands we loved across Brentwood and Antioch in the San Francisco East Bay. My musical ideas were better suited for a solo project than being a sidemen in a band. So with the advantage of having the musical gear I had in my house to make music digitally, that's how I got my ideas on hard disk and mp3. I can be quite anal with how I want my music to be before I upload it onto my webpage. I was never good at mixing tracks, but I tried my best. I wanted to create the right sounds in the studio and make sure that my music has originality and some creativity that separates me from all those shitty metalcore bands in the Bay Area music scene. I finally did it during these last four years as a solo musician.

With 40 tracks completed of my one man band's original music as of April 2013. I continue to make awesome music without caring so much about popularity, fame and fortune, and all the negative people and obstacles from destroying my passion for being a sporadic freelance musician. I go online to get my music out there on websites like this. And even with things that prevent me from recording such as settling down with my girlfriend Faith, my part-time job as a merchandiser for American Greetings, and among other things. I persevere. And I create some awesome rocktronic music.

I got a temp job at a Warehouse.

Temp agency CORESTAFF called me in to go to work tomorrow morning. I'll be at Apria Healthcare. Looks as if I will be making some money.