CONTINUING OUR FEATURE SERIES “PROCESS” A SPOTLIGHT ON PRODUCERS, AND LOOK INTO THEIR INSPIRATION AND CREATIVE APPROACH. OUR THIRD EDITION FEATURES TENNESSEE PRODUCER PATCHLEY. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK PATRICK A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS WORK. DOWNLOAD HIS GUEST MIX AND CHECK OUT THE TRACKLIST BELOW THE INTERVIEW.
Slam Academy: Could you introduce yourself?
Patrick Atchley: My name is Patrick Atchley, I live in East Tennessee, and i’v been making music for about 4 years.
SA: How did you start making music?
PA: When I found this underground (then) electronic music scene of chill vibes with 808s and vocal samples I became extremely interested. After I found a few artists that i really enjoyed and inspired me i purchased Native Instruments’ Maschine and started there.
SA: Who were some of your major influences growing up? Who are they now?
PA: I didn’t grow up in the hiphop/electronic scene. I didn’t really even get into music until middle school. I was listening to a ton of progressive metal, Buckethead, and other instrumental guitarists/bands along with playing guitar myself for about 6 years. That’s what inspired me then. Then once I found said electronic scene it kind of took me over. Now I’m really inspired by artists like Lido, Lindsay Lowend, and Arnold because im into nice chord progressions and they hit the nail on the head.
SA: What does your creative process look like?
PA: My creative process isn’t too complex. It either starts with me hearing a song and thinking that it’d be great to sample or messing around with synths and keys until something starts to sound nice.
SA: Do you change your approach to writing music as you progress?
PA: Yeah. I’m trying to focus more on music theory rather than just making stuff that is catchy.
SA: Do you ever feel inhibited or empowered by creating music electronically?
PA: I think electronic music gets a bad wrap because everyone thinks it’s easy. I mean anyone can download music production software and make music, but if you dont have any sense of music it’s not going to be easy. It’s not any easier to make hits electronically than if you were in a band.
SA: Where do you like to create?
PA: Usually at home in bed when I have free time. I’ve made music at school but if i’m anywhere else im probably busy doing something with friends or busy with school or work.
SA: What are you working on currently?
PA: I working with a singer for the first time which is really cool. My second EP is also in the works.
SA: Where do you release your music? What do you feel is the ideal platform to release music in todays industry?
PA: I release everything on Soundcloud and i think it’s the ideal place for independent artists because there is a large and growing community of people that are interested in this entire genre. People are finally getting into music that is different from what you here on the radio and i love it.
SA: Anything we should be on the look out for?
Like I said, my EP and a few collabs are in the works. The collective im in, 95 sound, is releasing it’s first mixtape the 31st March so that should be out by the time this releases. A lot of nice tracks on there.