Category Vol.1 No.2


CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why? JO: It probably owes a debt to both surrealism and dystopian sci-fi aesthetics. I don’t want to pin it down any more than that. CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from? JO: Other artists, both […]


CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why? JR: I see my style as an eclectic mix based on historic and contemporary elements. As an example I blend what you would call classical technique with very contemporary use of graphic shapes. I use a mix […]


CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why? GL: I guess this is always a tough question. It’s just the music that comes out naturally. Lots of harmonies and guitars. CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from? GL: In the case of our debut album, inspiration came […]


CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why? SG: I don’t know how to answer this. I have always wanted to be somewhat without a specific style, maybe something more fluid. CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from? SG: I look in as many places as […]


CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why? P: That’s always a difficult one. You want to define yourself something unique without falling into obscure and pretentious gibberish. How about Anguish Drone Pop? That sounds down to earth. CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from? P: The […]


CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why? MR: I’d say it’s basically vocal dream pop. There’s a dark tint to it though, and that’s what I find interesting to explore. CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from? MR: Mostly feelings, about many […]


CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why? MC: My work is vibrant and trying to be forward style-wise while using elements of fine arts visual language and aged textures. I try to give my pieces spirit. I don’t think it’s something that can be called […]


CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why? L: We’re probably too close to the music to be able to describe it, but some of the words that do get thrown around by others are – ethereal, haunting, dreamy, dark, dream pop. What is funny is […]


CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why? P: That’s always a difficult one. You want to define yourself something unique without falling into obscure and pretentious gibberish. How about Anguish Drone Pop? That sounds down to earth. CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from? P: The constant flow of music that surrounds all our heads from across the decades. A really good gig can be really motivating to go home and write something a bit like that. But it always ends up sounding like something different, which is a good thing of course. CH.89: What made you all want to start a band? P: The camera view of the crowd from the Pyramid stage. CH.89: How did the name Patterns come about? P: It’s a comment on the continuous threads that run through nearly all music. We’ve also put a lot of effort into the visual elements of the band, creating a visual aesthetic, you’ll notice if you see us live. CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new album? P: We just finished our first album, so it’s a bit like trying to make the most of everything you’ve made as a band so far. The sounds becomes more refined as you get further through the recording process until everything becomes more unified and pleasing. CH.89: What would you want people/ the listener to take from your music? P: A melody in their head and the urge to play it again. I like the idea of people listening to us walking home from their mates at 4 in the morning. CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like? P: It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that bands just play gigs all the time and drink, when in fact most of the time is spent writing music at home, with or without drink. Playing gigs is always something we’ve like doing but it can sometimes feel like quite a separate act from most of the time spent on the band. But the traveling is good and we’ve been to some great places and met some awesome people. CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there? P: Strokes for folks. We’ve gone on impulse first and found direction within that. Anything else for us would be too forced and lead us somewhere bad. CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist? P: How to talk about yourself without sounding too much of a narcissist. CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance? P: That’s all we have. CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist? P: Being on an indie label you’re constantly competing with major acts for the same editorial space. There are so many great small bands who would have mass appeal if only people knew about them. CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist? P: Contributing to the same music scene that gives us great times. CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way? P: Any artists that keep putting out loads of great albums. A lot of effort goes into an album as we’ve just found out. Radiohead springs to mind now. CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today? P: Technology has changed everything endlessly. Anyone can now record in their own home and distribute online. That freedom means there’s so much music to get a hold of and it’s so easy to find your only niche tastes. CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths? P: Well as music artists we probably think about music in a different way to those who don’t play instruments. But I don’t think we’ve climbed an ivory tower. Sometimes I get sick of automatically trying to work out what kind of synth that bleep probably was. CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city? P: I find comparing cities is hard. We had a great time in Paris playing a gig in this dingy basement bar before crashing at some other guy’s bar for a few of the days. The good memories of the people combined with the food put it up there. CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book? P: I’ve still got the Dummies Guide to Songwriting somewhere from when I was 14. CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music? P: Releasing the album and seeing where that takes us. We’re starting work on new material but we’ll have more of an idea about that soon. CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you? P: It’s great to have a platform to put music out rather than leave it on a laptop sitting at home. These outlets make us less isolated and more interconnected. CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music? P: Hearing Lady Gaga through a wall. We want to nod to pop music, while doing something a little subversive. Decide for yourself! CHECK OUT MORE ON: PATTERNS  


CH.89:  If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why? MM: Formally my focus is on sculpture and narrative filmmaking, whilst thematically I am interested and concerned with the ongoing ramifications of imperialism on the African continent. CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from? MM: Newspapers, news magazines, […]