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New Band Bio. March 2013. Part 2.

2012 saw new beginnings for Patrick Lew. After most of his college friends were busy with their own priorities and devoting their attention to music in other projects, Patrick changed the name of the Patrick Lew Band to Heavy Sigma as a reflection of these changes. Now Patrick without the assistance of others in his music, plays all the instruments in the studio when making records, handles the creative direction, and is essentially now a one man band that does everything himself. Whether it's making the music, getting gigs, marketing his music online or in the Bay Area, and coming up with the right ideas in the studio to get this rock and roll solo project alive and kicking. Around that same time since he began taking music seriously while still a student studying Philosophy at CSU East Bay, he has received some recognition from the press online, and achieved success by just being true to himself and for the sake of making music. Being the best person he possibly can be. He signed a distribution deal with Seattle based indie label Anti Nonsense Networking when rapper and talent scout Christopher Wearstler discovered Heavy Sigma on the website ReverbNation. He has since self-released and promoted three albums under the moniker Heavy Sigma musically speaking.

While life has been a struggle and a blessing for this 27 year old Taiwanese American classic rocker, he has maintained his persistence in everything he does whether it be his music or just life in general. He is most passionate about making music for those open-minded people who will listen to what he's creating, and can care less about those haters and negative people who come his way. He's doing Heavy Sigma for the sake of making music and for the love of playing guitar and making records in the studio. Fame, fortune, and popularity isn't a priority for Patrick as his music he is making is most important to him. Nowadays, he's taking his time when he's making music. Making sure his priorities such as his job at American Greetings and among other things, won't distract him from creating awesome music solo. Whether he's playing guitar onstage or recording his latest underrated masterpiece in his home studio, one thing is for sure. Patrick Lew is an amazing musician with great potential and has firmly established himself as a regionally successful solo artist making music in the Bay Area. Don't forget that he's also an amazing person.

New Band Bio. March 2013. Part 1.

Patrick Lew's amateur music career in the local San Francisco scene spans two decades and has had its fair share of ups and downs, but he remains a regionally successful person and has made a niche and cult audience for himself independently as an Asian American rock musician. Combining the best of his classic rock and modern punk influences in his music, with great persistence and unique interesting form of making music and living the life, he certainly has had an amazing experience as a local rock musician in his very own one man band.

From his turbulent yet promising upbringing in the Bay Area, Patrick made his way through countless struggles and blessings and decided to begin playing guitar and writing his own songs at the ripe old age of 13 near the end of the 1990s. In 2001, he began uploading his music online.

He performed sporadically with a couple of short-lived garage bands with friends and acquaintances from high school and college miming the metal and hard rock they've always appreciated in Patrick's basement. They had performed a few gigs locally but were vaguely recognized in history, along with musical limitations preventing them from being able to play music better and to potentially grow. Realizing the many shortcomings of his time playing in his former bands, he soon realized that his music was better suited as a solo artist rather than being a sidemen for others without potential to grow and expand. He formed the Patrick Lew Band in 2008 after many years struggling to get somewhere in local bands he was a part of that wasn't getting anywhere.

Patrick recruited some college friends from CSU East Bay as studio musicians to accompany him when recording original music in his own home recording studio. The occasional gig eluded Patrick and he still had it in him to play music onstage sporadically despite the limitations and just being on that stage by himself. Just Patrick with his guitar and his portable Marshall amp. Between 2009 to 2011 yielded many opportunities to be heard and appreciated by a certain audience in the local music scene, which also resulted in some of Patrick Lew's best music. His first proper solo album "Let It Rise And Against" became his first breakthrough success regionally, with its fusion of 70's arena rock, modern punk, and Seattle grunge and its introspective lyrics about heartbreak and triumph, struck an impact on close friends and followers of Patrick Lew online: Soundclick, Soundcloud, ReverbNation, etc.

While many people normally associate Patrick Lew based on his music or the good and bad things he had experienced and done in his life, Patrick also tried his talent acting in local plays in high school and college. He's been complimented by others several times for his various comedy videos on his YouTube page. Aside from music, despite his struggle with fame and some of the negative people who had some impact on his life, Patrick is a very kind and genuine down-to-earth person who is compassionate and enjoys being with friends and family, and is a type of person any friend can have as a positive impact on their lives. Some of Patrick's hobbies include making music (obviously!), watching TV and movies, fine dining, playing video games, and education. It doesn't have to be school, but Patrick can learn new things through the experiences he has with people around him or researching some articles on the Internet to learn something very interesting. Patrick converted to Christianity at the age of 25 and currently attends young adult Christian fellowship services every other Tuesday at Golden Hills Church in Brentwood, California. He is most happy however with his 6 year romantic relationship with his girlfriend Faith Marie. She also handles some of the musical entrepreneurship with her boyfriend Patrick's music in his one man band.

Jamming is what I love doing.

So I was talking to a friend of mines, he was talking to me about doing busking together in the city. Him on saxophone and me on an acoustic guitar. We been jamming as of late at my house. Jamming on some music with peeps is always awesome.

RANT: People are getting fucking stupid.

I honestly don't appreciate it whenever someone in my circle of friends gets involved with my relationship with Faith and tells her or me we're not good for each other and gives that talk that's not motivating for either of us or isn't even supportive. I had to cut some people out of my life because of those fucking assholes getting in the way of everything. Even people are giving my boo shit and saying bad things about her and everything. When will people grow up and be respectful of others and leave their petty drama out of our lives? She also got cyber bullied by a bunch of online computer thugs, nearly sexually assaulted by some fucking old faggot, and Karma's a bitch man. They can all burn in hell!

There's also been other problems I've encountered in 2013 where people supposedly gave me a hard time out of all my circle of friends and weren't being supportive. They doubted me, talked that lip about me, gave me crap, or didn't treasure the friendship or support they had for me this year. It was awful. I am not quite sure if people turned to a piece of shit, or the world has always been like that. I know people might or might not like me or Faith being together, but there's no need to judge her or persecute me and her for being together and making the best move to get back together which is the right thing to do. Also, people seem to have been provoking me on the social-media by not being supportive of what I do or me as a person or friend. It's fucking bullshit to be quite honest.

I am not gonna mention any names, but there is a lot of shit that's made my year pretty awful for the first two months. But it wasn't until me and Faith fully reconciled when things started to get better. People should be happy for us, happy that things are getting better, and everything else.


After 1 1/2 month of a strained relationship with each other and everything else that was going on, me and Faith decided to get back together. Rebuild everything that was lost and making sure we can develop our friendship into a longer and stronger lasting relationship. Currently, me and Faith are listed in a complicated relationship on each other's Facebook profiles. So I am glad God answered my prayers and that I won't be tempted to look for anyone else anymore. I am hoping no one says anything bad about Faith because despite what me and her been through together, she's a good woman and she doesn't deserve anymore hardship. But life's good man. I am glad things are back the way it should be.

I had a fun time working at the factory in SF.

So this week, I worked at the factory. At a vocational center I go to to get job counseling. It was a fun time working this week waking up at 7 in the morning and assembling all those things. It was absolutely amazing, and though I hate waking up in the morning, I really enjoyed working at the factory this week. I'm gonna miss doing that. But I'm gonna enjoy some fun time at home getting more hours of sleep, while looking to get a job somewhere else in SF.

I still work at American Greetings though. But I think it's time to move on soon once I get a new job. Not many hours since December.

Me and Faith are patching things up.

Patching things up with my ex Faith. We're just friends right now. We'll see what happens. I deleted my dating profiles on POF and OKCupid because I felt it was pointless and it wasn't really a priority to look for somebody so soon after me and Faith split up. But me and Faith are friends right now and working on our friendship. Picking up the pieces and making amends.

Getting my shit straight.

I'm taking the next step to get myself in check. I am learning how to use Ableton Live to make some new music. Plus all that job hunting too locally. And I'm already over my ex and patiently waiting for the right woman or opportunity for dating when the time is right. I am stoked for 2013 overall. I am thinking and dreaming big and I'm most definitely not looking back and moving forward.

Doing well so far.

I've been doing well over the past few days actually. Just looking for a second job so I can make some more bank. Despite some of the drama over the past few days, I am really focused and determined to make 2013 a memorable year. I've been jamming with friends and working on my own music solo. Not really worried about romance right now, but I am patiently waiting for the right one when it happens. Not rushing it though! But life's good regardless.

Moving on.

Me and my ex of 6 years are not together anymore. I've made a lot of mistakes, things didn't work out. But since she won't take me back, I already decided I am gonna move on with my life and learn from my mistakes and stay single. I won't go back into the dating scene until things are looking up for me and the right woman will come. I'm not rushing it, but I am gonna do better next time.