Sunshine Coast-based Christian Patey has just released his latest and most ethereal track, Can’t Get Enough.
Having joined forces with renowned electronic producers Steve Thronley and Jimmy2sox, he’s nailing the low-key take on dancy electronica.
Tell me about recording Safe to Say You are Free. Did you get the feeling that this was going to be a bit of a break out for you?
It started at my place, with Jimmy and me jamming and writing he had a beat that he had written in Berlin and that fit the vibe we were going for at the time. We experimented vocally on the intro to the track, then I headed to Sydney and worked in the studio and we finished it off together. This was a new and exciting feeling for me and I felt extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented producer and friend.
How was playing the support for Tash Sultana and Boo Seeka; how do landing those spots help build a following?
Supporting Boo Seeka and Tash was another highlight for me; it pushed my performance for sure and was really exciting. Playing to a sold-out crowd on both nights is always good for introducing your music to new people.
Tell me about recording Can’t Get Enough.
Can’t Get Enough was recorded in Brisbane with producer Steve Thornely. I already had a demo for the track and we worked on structure and production, sampled a bunch of different things such as a jewellery box and a little pocket synth. Then Jimmy2sox from Flight Facilities helped out with writing percussion for the song, bringing more energy to the track.
What is the essence of good songwriting for you?
Getting creative is a big thing for me in the writing process and it’s constantly evolving. I have no set procedure; I could start with a beat or on a synth these days compared to in the past where I only wrote on a guitar. Being clear and honest with yourself and others around the writing process is key and giving it time to rest also.
What should we expect for your show at the Byron Brewery?
First up we have the talented Ella Fence opening the show, followed by a solo set by me looping synths and guitars and beats, playing my latest single and new tracks also. Always love playing in Byron – can’t wait.
Christian Patey and Ella Fence play at the Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday.