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Mobile App Now Live

Patrick has partnered with ReverbNation to develop his own mobile app (Android users only). This free Mobile App lets you listen his music, check out photos and videos, read blog posts and get exclusive push notifications straight to your mobile device.

Due to the cost associated with developing an app for iPhone/ iTouch users, there are no immediate plans to make this available on Mac-based systems. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Android users can download the app HERE.

Should A 22 Yr Old Release Outsell Today’s Music?

Many claim the music of yesterday is far superior than that of today. I agree – and this coming from a modern day musician. I’m influenced by the music I grew up on and am trying to capture those same emotions. Further, a lot of today’s music isn’t written by the performing artist (see Max Martin, Diane Warren, etc.). However, some artists do perform their own material and they have my respect. But are they as good as the music of the past?

After seeing the tweet, I thought about it and realized it’s not all that surprising. At face value, Metallica’s fan base may outnumber Korn, In This Moment and Alice in Chains combined. The The Black Album was certified 16× platinum and many aren’t buying full albums anymore – especially modern day releases. After 22 years of digesting all songs from the album, it’s not surprising many want the entire thing as about 1/2 the songs were released as singles.

In today’s music industry, the game has changed. Fading is the full album release but yet vinyl sales are increasing. Ratings are dwindling for reality music competitions yet audition lines are miles long. Who knows where this will lead. For now, all we can do is continue writing, performing and hoping for a change – just like Korn, In This Moment and Alice In Chains.

Live Artist of the Year

Limelight Magazine is seeking nominations for their 2013 Live Act of the Year award. To vote for Patrick, simply follow these 3 steps:

Email: limelightmusicawards@gmail.com
Subject line: Live Artist of the Year – Patrick DeCoste
Hit send!

That’s it! No wording needed, no letters of recommendations – just simply email them and copy/ paste the subject heading “Live Artist of the Year – Patrick DeCoste”.

See you at the shows in 2014!

Feature On RedLine Roots

In RedLine Roots‘s 1st “Digging Up Your Roots” series, Patrick was a selected as a featured artist. Click here for the link!

Why did you pick up an instrument in the first place?

I heard Joe Satriani’s “Always With Me, Always With You”. It hit me like a ton of bricks and literally changed my life (I could tell you the date, time of day, weather, etc. of when I heard it). That song made me realize how powerful music is and I try to garner that same feeling for myself and the listener when writing.

Where do you draw inspiration from now for songs?

Everywhere. Whether it’s a life experience (ie my song “Saudade” is about losing my grandfather) or experiences of others (ie my song “Love In Misery” is about a strained relationship knowing in order to feel sadness, you need to have loved). Because my music is instrumental, I can draw from anywhere and hope the listener builds their own story/experience from it.

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Are Perfectionists Failures?

Does Being A Perfectionist Make You A Failure?

I had 7 days to learn, arrange, record and publish the Eric Clapton classic, “Cocaine”. There was an online contest looking to create a video medley of all the participants with prizes including a $2,500 Clapton model guitar and exposure on his site. Voting consisted YouTube votes and panel judging. All you had to do was create an instrumental version of the song – right up my alley!

The song isn’t hard: 2 sections, 7 chords total and a basic, repetitious melody; I simply had to throw down a basic drum and bass loop and we’re off. I’m sure I could’ve made it respectable, posted it, hopefully got a few fans and been on my way… but with about 8 hours left, I called it quits. Everything was in order with only the guitar solo left.

Imagine an instrumental guitarist quitting a song when all that’s left is the guitar solo?! But I just couldn’t nail the Clapton vibe. Not that the goal was to play like Clapton; I wasn’t happy with my solos. I felt what I arranged was solid; but none of it mattered. It wasn’t perfect. So I quit. Walked away. But did I fail? Is not putting something out which you don’t believe in a failure?

In the end, I decided it’s better to not release anything I’m not happy with. A failure, to me, is something that flops; something that isn’t attempted because of the fear of failure. I tried and it didn’t work. I consider myself a perfectionist when it comes to music and wasn’t willing to release anything which isn’t my best.

Did I fail? No. Because I learned from it and bettered myself for when an opportunity like this comes along again. Next time you’re presented with a challenge, don’t be afraid to take a step back if it means two steps forward in the future.

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Kickstarter Music

Patrick’s music is now featured in a current Kickstarter campaign aimed at funding a credit card-sized rechargeable LED flashlight. “White Slice” is a high output credit card-sized rechargeable LED flashlight, with a brightness of 45 lumens and thickness of 0.1″.

Check out how well Slán Abhaile and The New Millennium sound behind this video!

As seen on the Kickstarter page:

This project will bring to market a credit card-sized rechargeable LED flashlight. The product has the same outline as a typical credit card, and the prototype is approximately 0.10” thick. The target maximum thickness for the production model is 0.105”. To put this in perspective, a credit card-sized gift card is approximately 0.03” thick, and credit cards are approximately 0.05” thick, so the flashlight is sized approximately 2 credit cards, or 3 gift cards thick. The flashlight uses a high power density lithium polymer battery, integrated circuit electronics, and 10 high output LEDs. Based on LED specifications, the flashlight emits 15, 30, or 45 lumens of light at a wide angle for superior flood light coverage.

Vote: Best Guitarist

Local music blogger, RedLine Roots, is holding their 1st local blog award nominations.

Categories include:
Most Bad Ass Local Rock n’ Rollers – The band that kicks it up a notch with every performance. Has a basis in the Americana genre, but with that extra bite of bluesy rock goodness or rock a billy kick.
Best Local Picker – Branching best local picker out into separate pools for guitar picker, banjo picker, and mandolin picker.
Too much (or just enough) Twang award – The local electric player that just sets the frets aflame and is tasteful, but puts a crowd in awe each time they play. Can play with anybody, anywhere, anytime and make it sound sweet!

Votes can either be cast on Facebook or by emailing redlineroots@yahoo.com. Make your voice heard!

Amplify Patrick Now!

Patrick has entered the GRAMMY Amplifier Center Stage, a contest providing emerging musicians with an opportunity to enter for a chance to advance their careers with a special recording or performance opportunity.

Based on plays and shares, the contest promotes the artists with the most activity. Be sure to support Patrick by playing/ sharing!! Check it out here: http://www.grammyuamplifier.com/patrickdecoste.

The screenshot above showcases Patrick on their homepage!

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