Vancouver-based DJ Pat Lok has had an incredible past year, consistently releasing dance floor friendly originals and reworks of artists from Olympic Ayres to Sirma. Available exclusively on Wavo today, Lok’s Could Be Mine Remixes features the smooth, soulful vocals of Patrick Baker along with quality production work from Wantigga, Chores, and Red Milk. We caught up with Pat for a quick chat about his musical inspirations, creative process, and upcoming projects.
Wavo: What’s the story behind this new remix package? How did you decide who to work with on it?
Pat Lok: As a music nut and DJ, I’m always looking for producers doing cool things regardless of genre. At the time, Wantigga and Chores both popped up on my radar, while Red Milk was actually on the same compilation as the original “Could Be Mine”. All the remixes are so fresh and add a different vibe to Patrick Baker’s vocals, I’ve been riding them hard in my sets and think listeners will love them too.
Wavo: What’s your approach to production like?
Pat Lok: Usually I’ll start off messing around on my Rhodes piano to find chords or a melody I like. Once there’s an idea, I’ll quickly lay it down in Ableton and sequence drums to create a basic beat. Before that gets too repetitive, I might chop up some vocals or samples to give it a bit more life, or write a bridge / B section. Sometimes the idea comes together easily and it just needs refining, but other times the track can be a long process and the end product is something like the 75th version! For example, my original, “Body II Me”.
Wavo: What inspires you to make music?
Pat Lok: Total cliche alert, but I’ve been surrounded by music my whole life and everyone in my family plays something. In terms of what gets me excited to write, a mixture of new and old music combined with whatever’s going on in my life. I try to see a lot of live shows and still do my share of crate digging – even if that’s more on YouTube now. It’s hard not to get excited when you hear a genius riff played by a long-forgotten session musician from Philadelphia, or a vocal off a B-side from a 90′s one-hit wonder.
Wavo: You have a monthly party, White Noise, in Vancouver. What started that?
Pat Lok: White Noise is a monthly party founded by myself and my friend Nathan (of WMNSTUDIES) made possible with the help of several friends. We were getting booked a lot together and realized there was no reason not to just start our own party. At White Noise we support our favourite artists, but are also building “more” than just your typical DJ night – from impromptu live jams, special guests, and contest giveaways it’s always fun and unpredictable.
Since our February launch the crowds have been great – we’ve had established names like Moon Boots and Bit Funk but also given up-and-comers like Rainer and Grimm and Bear Mountain their first dj shows here, which is exciting. Our Halloween party sold out and we’re about to announce Goldroom for New Years’ Eve, so more big things in the works!
Wavo: Who are your top three artists, dead or alive?
Pat Lok: Gotta defer to my man Dave on this one (c/o Skratch Bastid).
Wavo: What’s your favourite city and venue to play?
Pat Lok: So tough to pick. For venue, probably the legendary Razzmatazz in Barcelona. Favorite city, probably Bogota (Colombia) or Mazatlan (Mexico) because of the people…but you need to have some CanCon in there too, so Toronto gets an honorable mention for always bringing it!
Wavo: Any tour plans or upcoming projects you’d like to share?
Pat Lok: There are a few things – I’m constantly writing and searching for new artists to work with. In the near future, my official remixes for The Knocks – “Classic” and Gold Fields – “Hold Me” will be out, likely January. I’ve also got an original featuring this terrific singer named Desiree Dawson dropping as a Toolroom Records exclusive, and another single featuring local Vancouver band Dirty Radio that’s a little more poppy. Hopefully people will be into the new music!
Stream Pat Lok’s Could Be Mine Remixes on Wavo below.