Top Fives with Sid Pattni

Sid Pattni has already established himself as an internationally recognised artist even though he’s fairly fresh to the industry. The still relatively new producer has recently followed up his successful debut EP Le Vidé with a catchy, atmospheric new single ‘Mr Alpha’, lined with local singer/songwriter Whisky Winter’s eclectic vocals. The final product of his work, what Pattni has simply put as “mucking around” with the drum pad, snares and kicks and then incorporating other sounds into the track one by one, may carry as many as 15 to 20 layers. This extensive layering contributes to the compilation of ethereal, sonically rich beats textured with elements of hip-hop and soul.

Having been born in London, his childhood years were then spent growing up in Kenya before moving to Perth as a teenager. He was a respected drummer in the local music scene until broken wrists caused him to drop his serious knack for the drums to pursue the piano as a means of physical therapy, with doctors predicting a shattering 10 per cent chance of mobility to the wrists. His injury, perhaps taking on the form of a gift in disguise, led Pattni to graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts to become a music school director and local piano teacher in Subiaco. It was here where, purely by chance, a student of his showed him some of LA producer Knxwledge’s work. Pattni was so drawn to this sound that he became obsessed with the idea of pursuing a career in producing.

His latest track has garnered the interest of fellow local talent Ta-Ku as well as party purveyors Indian Summer, Swick and Lewis CanCut who have each provided their own personal take on ‘Mr Alpha’.

Alana Mitchelson: You are a fully qualified piano teacher. When teaching those still in the early stages of learning, they must learn to play many of those standard, clichéd ‘beginners’ tunes. What are the Top Five songs you find most annoying of that description and why?
Sid Pattni: I try to never teach those clichéd standard tunes because most of the time they are the reason people get out of piano as quick as they get in. They have been done to death so I usually let my students pick what they learn so they enjoy the process of learning. If you do your job right then an amazing thing happens whereby the students start to self teach, all you need to do then is guide that process.

In saying that, if I have to teach ‘Gangnam Style’ to one more kid I will quit.

AM: You’ve seen your fair share of the world having been born in London and later growing up in Kenya. What are the Top Five cities (or countries) on your list of places you would most like to visit on tour in the future and why?

1. San Francisco – I travelled through there a few years back while I was backpacking and immediately fell in love.

2. Brazil – I’ve never been to South America before so anywhere in there really, but Brazil sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

3. Alaska – After reading ‘Into the Wild’ I have always wanted to go there. If I could go on tour and play music amongst that scenery I’d be content.

4. Turkey – My mum and brother currently live there and constantly tell me how beautiful it is so I really want to go and see what all the hype is about.

5. Jamaica – I can’t think of a single reason why anyone wouldn’t want to go on tour there.

AM: Who are the Top Five artists you would love to collaborate with and why?

1. Jeff Buckley – Just so we can talk about music, art and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

2. Toro y moi – I love the textures in his music. I would love to collaborate with him so I can blatantly steal every production technique he uses. Ha!

3. Miles Davis – Miles was always ahead of the game in one way or the other. I think if he were alive now he would be taking risks that most other artists would be too afraid to take. I would love to be around Miles in 2013.

4. Yves Klein – For those not familiar with him, he’s a French painter and performance artist who played a big part in European art in the 50-60’s. If I ever go through a musical crisis then Yves would be the man I’d call to steer me back in the right direction.

5. Marvin Gaye – I feel that if I could collaborate and make music with that voice and that tone then all would be right in the world.

AM: You’ve indicated in a previous interview you’re a bit of a Seinfeld fan. What are your Top Five quotes or funny moments from the series?
SP: There are far too many. If my love for Seinfeld can be summed up in one clip it would be this:

AM: Your most significant musical influence is Knxwledge. What are the Top Five tracks of his that have left the greatest impression on you and, in turn, the music you produce?
SP: Knxwledge is highly influential because he creates a sound and atmosphere that I have never heard before. That is a hard thing to do in 2013 when everything sounds like something else. It is its own genre. From a production point of view, it’s highly unappealing; it’s messy and inefficient in every way. For the most part there is no form, the tracks are all at different volumes and sometimes a track may only go for a few seconds. It’s captivating because through all that noise he somehow manages to create order within the chaos. If anyone knows Knxwledge then you know he is prolific with the amount of music he puts outs. I could pick a few dozen tracks but instead I’ve picked five of his best EP/LP releases.

1. Hexual Sealings Part 4

2. ‘Karma.Loops.Prt.1

3. Karma.Loops.Prt.2

4. Komfi EP

5. Wrap.Taypes.Port.1

AM: Another was Jeff Buckley. You have said he embodies everything you would like to become as an artist. What are the Top Five aspects of his work in particular that inspire you?

SP: There’s too much about Jeff Buckley that has inspired me and I find it very hard to articulate how much he has influenced me as an artist. In a nutshell it’s because he was tireless, because he was a perfectionist, because he was well informed and because he was a true artist.
He was a rare commodity then and still is now.

Originally published at Everguide.


About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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