Check out the song: “Hollow”
2011 is shaping up to be a great year for singer/ songwriter Patrick Sieben. His new disc, Awakening, has been released and is receiving tons of accolades. He has opened for Bon Jovi and has had the distinct honor of performing for former President Clinton. Sieben currently plays 5 nights a week in Las Vegas taking his energetic brand of alternative/ pop rock to the masses. Here is how the conversation went.
Are you satisfied with the way, Awakening came out?
Patrick: I couldn’t be happier with how the album turned out. I put everything I have into it and had the opportunity to work on it with some of the best musicians in the business. Every step of the process was incredible and I really think my enjoyment was conveyed in the final product.
What lyrical themes do you cover?
Patrick: As a musician my life is constantly changing; Different cities, different friends, different gigs. Unfortunately, some relationships are hard to maintain with these crazy changes. “Out Of Reach” is the heart-breaking story of a long distance relationship. I wrote “The Mess Of Me” about a person I worked with early on that at a point stopped trying to further my career. I express that no matter how hard someone tries to stop me, I’m not going to give up on my dream.
When you begin to put an album together are you concerned at all about commercial success?
Patrick: I attempt to make music that I would like to listen to. Some songs I write for me, and others I write for the listener to relate with. I don’t expect everyone to enjoy my music, but I do want to touch as many lives as I can through my music.
Times are tough these days. Do you have a job when you are not touring?
Patrick: Luckily, I am able to support myself through music. Not every show is glorious, but I am happy just to be playing music!
Who are your biggest influences on your playing?
Patrick: I grew up listening to The Beatles. However, some of my other big influences are Jason Mraz, The Foo Fighters, The Script and Parachute.
If you had not become a musician what other career path would you have liked to attempt?
Patrick: Personal Assistant to Will Ferrell. I don’t think I have to explain.
What is the toughest lesson you ever learned in the studio and on the stage?
Patrick: Always be prepared, always be ready. You will make mistakes, play through them.
Any touring plans lined up in support of the record?
Patrick: I currently perform 5 days a week in Las Vegas, so I am staying busy. I will be playing for the troops in the Middle East in March.
What is next for Patrick Sieben?
Patrick: It all depends on if you guys listen and spread the word!! The goal is just to play every night and play to bigger audiences every night. I was honored to have opened for Bon Jovi before nearly 20,000 people and my goal is to again get to the big stage.