Born and raised in Boston, guitarist Patrick DeCoste has made a name for himself in the local music scene. Now with his 2ndfull-length release “Show Me The Way To Go Home”, DeCoste will be spending his 2013 touring and promoting his new album.
Late Night: What type of genre of music would you class your music?
Patrick DeCoste: I’d classify it as Modern Rock but I actually feel I’m in the minority because I’ve seen my playing described as blues, fusion and even funk. When I play acoustic guitar, it probably stretches me out a bit stylistically but am most comfortable playing Rock.
LN: How did you get started in music?
PD: I’ve always been into music and was listening to a lot of guitar-driven 80’s music before picking up a guitar. I loved Poison, Ozzy, Motely Crue, Extreme – the whole ‘hair band’ thing. My brother took some lessons and I thought it was the cool thing to do so just re-strung the acoustic guitar laying around the house and started out on that.
LN: Who inspired you to get into music (someone in the music industry, family, friends,teachers,etc)?
PD: Watching my 1st guitar teacher play a lot of the songs I wanted to learn definitely had an impact. Being 14 and seeing someone right in front of me playing Joe Satriani was awesome. During high school, I spent a few summers at Berklee’s summer programs which was a great experience meeting people and getting to talk shop with a lot people who had the same interests. That place was like a playground for me.
LN: What is on your iphone/ipod right now for music?
PD: I have a lot of Angels & Airwaves and Howie Day on my iPod. Obviously there’s every Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani song on there too but it’s mostly music with vocals which surprises people. Tons of U2, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Tool, Disturbed, John Mayer – I’ll probably need another iPod soon or will need to start deleting the audio ideas I record on to it to keep some room on it.
LN: What venues have you played recently?
PD: I took the last quarter of 2012 off to finish my CD. Before that, I spoke and played at a Guitar Workshop at Bentley University and played the half-time show in the Mohegan Sun Arena. I’ve been lucky because it’s hard to promote a genre and style that doesn’t have vocals and still have the opportunity to play the Hard Rock Café, Lizard Lounge, New England Aquarium and Newport Blues Café.
LN: What was the last concert you went to?
PD: I last saw Howie Day at Tupelo Music Hall in New Hampshire. It’s such a great room with great acoustics and a nice vibe. I actually tried to open that show for him for but he brought his buddy up from NYC. I open for Gary Hoey there last summer and am hoping to get back on stage there again soon.
LN: Have you ever been booed, heckled on stage?
PD: If I have been booed, I either zoned it out or suppressed it from my memory. Fortunately, I don’t have too many horror stories except the one time I was thrown out of a club while still on stage. It was a New Year’s Eve gig and the club had been in trouble for serving to minors. I was in college and the only one under 21 at the time so they drew huge X’s in black marker on my hands and had me wait in a room where there was no bar until we went on. I was in a Rage Against The Machine cover band opening for another tribute band. Once that band decided they wanted to go on, the club shut off our sound, hit the lights and security made sure I wouldn’t be sticking around. I still had my guitar with me but had to have buddies bring out the rest of my gear.
>LN: What is your pre-game ritual before a show?
PD: I used listen to John Mayer or Flickerstick before going on but now I just try to relax and have fun before the gig. There’s usually not a place to warm-up or practice so can’t rely on doing that. After playing so many open-mics and not knowing when I go on or who else is playing that night, I didn’t want to develop a routine because it’s hard to know the timing of everything before a show.
LN: Have you ever forgotten your lines or music in a show?
PD: I can honestly say I’ve never forgotten a lyric but I have forgotten some music. Sometimes I don’t realize it until afterwards and wonder why the song was only 3 minutes instead of 5. Luckily, it usually only happens during solo acoustic shows because it would be hard for a whole band to simultaneously forget something.
LN: Tell us about your new album?
PD: “Show Me The Way To Go Home” is my 2nd full-length release which is the follow-up to my debut, “Inside The Unsaid”. It has 11 originals and 1 cover (the title track). There’s a wide range of styles covered so it’s interesting to see how some people gravitate to some songs and other people to other songs. I’m running into the same thing with this CD that I did with the 1st one where people relate their own story and experiences to the songs. That’s part of the reason I got into Instrumental music and is really cool to be a part of.
LN: How have sales been so far?
PD: Sales have been great so far. With the way the industry is now, it was hard to figure out how many CD’s will sell versus how many people will download it. So far, CD sales far exceed download sales. I don’t know if it’s the limited run, the artwork, the sound quality or whatever, but it’s nice to see people still buying the physical product.
LN: Where can people buy your music?
PD: I’ve actually gone the direct route and made it available only at my website: http://www.PatrickDeCoste.com/music. When creating a presence online, people will click the links on the site they’re on directing them to my site. Whether it’s through a blog, an interview/ review, a lesson or referral, people usually don’t accidently land on my site and with so much music available on iTunes, they wouldn’t randomly find on my music there either. Having a direct-to-customer transaction adds that personal touch missing in a lot of today’s music.
LN: What are your future plans in terms of your music?
PD: I’m just to continue promoting the new album. I hope to play a bunch of shows in 2013 and see where it takes me. I take things as they come and try to be ready for any opportunity that comes along. Teaching, session work and maybe even take on more from the production side of things is something that interests me.
LN: Who would you love to play/sing with that is currently dead?
PD: There’re a lot of vocalists I would’ve loved to play with – Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye or even playing behind someone like Tupac. Players like Keith Moon (The Who), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), or Clearance Clemons (E-Street Band) would have been great to play with too but a lot of those musicians lived hard so don’t know what the post-show hang would be like.
LN: Same question – with someone who is alive?
PD: For me, I consider playing for David Lee Roth or Ozzy to be the ultimate accomplishment for a guitarist. Being a part of a late night show band is another “best of the best” playing situation or being a studio session guy like Steve Lukather and Carl Verheyen. If Steve Perry, Jason Mraz, Kelly Clarkson and Paul McCartney called, I’d love the chance to play or collaborate with them.
LN: What is your favorite song on your current album? Ever?
PD: That changes depending on the day but I listen to “De Monarchia”, “Saudade”, “Hello World” and “Not In Vain” the most. The best piece of music I ever heard would probably be Eric Johnson’s version of “The First Noel”. His interpretation of the song is spot on. It’s classy, has amazing tone and he stays true to the original but also brings his own style and arrangementa to it. Whenever I hear a song I may be interesting in covering, I think of all these things and then go for it.