Our Exclusive Interview With Singer Songwriter Pattie Lin
Updated: Sep 16, 2018
Pattie Lin is a singer songwriter from Maryland, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Her style defies the typical norm of a tidy classification, layering smoky overtones of a voice from the top of pop,rock, jazz and soul driven tunes. Many of her songs are about her experiences in healthcare, as she seeks to spread truth and honesty through her music. At a very young age Pattie began banging on the piano, imagining the being able to play in front of an audience until her parents gave in. Pattie continued to write and sing through college, always finding ways to interweave her talents and interests while studying a more stable career path. In January 2018, Pattie released her debut project, Cutoff Time - EP, and has been performing regularly in Los Angeles and San Diego; shortly after, she directed and edited her first official music video, Pressure (available on YouTube), which has only increased her thirst to create,collaborate and grow as an artist.
In the track “Twisted” by Pattie Lin, our attention is captured by the heaviness of the song and sort of throwback sound to a “doo wop” 50s song. Reminiscent of a Nancy Sinatra and those of similar sounds. Pattie delivers a catchy tune that will get you moving. The song delivers a fun mix of pop, jazz, and soul. A great instrumental accompanies her solid voice and highlight her vocal abilities. The bridge has a good build up especially with its accent of slide down the guitar neck. The song is finished with everything that Pattie has vocally, leaving you satisfied with the feisty tune.
Listen to "Twisted" on Spotify.
Get to know Pattie Lin with our exclusive #BuzzMusic Interview.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Hello! I am a singer-songwriter from Maryland. I grew up playing classical piano and violin, and listening to my mom sing Chinese karaoke. On paper, you could call me the stereotypical Asian kid in school, but then I wouldn’t be doing this now, right? Although, I am also a physical therapist.
When I was in college, I ran a 5k while singing and playing the ukulele to raise money for breast cancer. Shortly after, I was working a rotation in Hawaii and got to open for Jack Johnson at a benefit to raise money for the arts at a local elementary school. I’ve been writing and playing music for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I landed in Los Angeles for work in 2017 that I decided it was time to pursue my passion.
My first EP, ‘Cutoff Time’ was released in January 2018 and I have been performing regularly around LA and San Diego ever since. In addition to my solo project, I’ve been collaborating with other musicians, exploring different genres and instruments. Music was put on hold for too long in my life, so now it’s time to play.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
I’ve always had more nicknames than I can keep track of, so I thought it would be nice to go by my real name for once. If you’re asking about the Instagram handle though, ‘Patt5e’ is simply the best misspelling of my name that has ever occurred.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
I do! I’ve always wondered how songs are supposed to be written… but I guess for me the lyrics usually come first. Writing has always been an outlet for me, and I feel like music is about being honest and vulnerable. I don’t try to write to fit a specific sound or genre, I just let the stories flow. All of my songs start out on acoustic guitar or piano, and I’ve been working with Rick Greenwood to produce them.
We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
I wrote “Twisted” when I was jamming with a couple of guys who used to be in a heavy metal band. I was trying to write over a riff they came up with, but it ended up becoming an entirely different song. “Twisted” is about a sort-of-relationship I had at the time, and maybe shows a side of me that people don’t expect. A lot of my songs are darker, or about healthcare, but this is a fun one where I let loose.
What’s next for you?
My next project will be released this fall, and I am pulling together a full band for 2019 so stay tuned!
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