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Jon Pattie


THANKS to Jon Pattie...


for speaking about his single, Won’t Be Young, and details about his new E.P., Reflections, Vol. 1. I ask what music he grew up around and which rising artists we need to watch; a few albums that mean the most to him and what is coming next year.

Pattie talks about the music coming out of Texas and what he wants for Christmas; if he gets time to chill away from music and which artist he’d support given the chance – he ends the interview by selecting a great track.


Hi, Jon. How are you? How has your week been?

Hey, y’all! I am doing great, thank you for asking! My week has been busy from dawn to dusk. Between a day job, my music and managing my own physical and mental health, there’s always a lot to do in a day. But I love it!

For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?

Sure thing! I am a Texas-bred, Nashville-based Indie-Pop singer-songwriter. I started my career in Austin, TX while attending The University of Texas at Austin but relocated to Nashville in 2018 to begin my newest series of releases, Reflections. My music is all about finding your path in life, developing who you are as a person and achieving your dreams.

Won’t Be Young is your latest single and has garnered a lot of praise. How did it come together and what inspired it?

Won’t Be Young was actually the first song I wrote when I began seriously pursuing a career in music. I wrote it while I was working an internship in Chemical Engineering - the degree I was pursuing in college. I was struggling with the realization that I wasn’t on the path I was meant to be on. I released a demo version of the track in 2015 but decided to bring it back and revamp the song with a new energy with the help of my producer, Josh Hastick. It felt like a fitting song to begin this new chapter of my life as it relates to me now as it did when I first wrote it. The sound of the song was inspired by some of the guitarists and musicians I look up to like Tom Misch and John Mayer.

It is from the E.P., Reflections, Vol. 1. Are there connected and personal stories that inspired the music?

Absolutely! Each song relates to different self-discoveries I made over the course of the last few years. As mentioned earlier, Won’t Be Young is about discovering my true path in life and how long it will take me to get there. Reflections was inspired by some family issues and personal issues I was struggling with and the realization that, if I wanted to keep moving forward, I had to let go of my past and let go of the struggles I was holding onto.

Lastly, State of Mind talks about how we only have one life and one opportunity to pursue our goals and dreams so we should make the most of it. It also talks about my lack of happiness with where I was but I know where my happiness is.


PHOTO CREDIT: Mario Devon 

What sort of music did you grow up around? Which artists inspired you to get into music?

I grew up listening to a mix of top-40 and Pop-Punk/Metalcore music. My parents listened to the radio a lot so that was very present in my life but the first artist I really connected with was Sum 41. I learned two of their albums, Underclass Hero and Chuck, in their entirety on guitar! I was in a few bands throughout high-school where we played music similar to All Time Low, Fall Out Boy; Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce the Veil and a lot of other bands in that same vein.

I was always very inspired by some of today’s great Metal guitarists like Misha Mansoor, Tosin Abasi and Tim Henson as well. It wasn’t until the last few years that I really got into Singer-Songwriter and Blues-Pop music. I’ve always been songwriting since I first picked up the guitar though!

As a Texas native; how much of the state’s music impacted you? Do you drawn a lot from the music of Texas?

Honestly, not too much. There are a handful of artists from my local town that I listened to - including Forever the Sickest Kids and Polyphia – but, with YouTube, iTunes and Spotify, it was always very easy for me to find artists from all over the world whom I was drawn to.


PHOTO CREDIT: Mario Devon 

Do you already have plans for 2019?

Yup! I’ve got a lot of stuff in the works including more tours, a YouTube cover series and lots of writing! I’m planning to be in the studio in early-2019 to start recording for Reflections: Vol. II.

Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?

Honestly, this past tour has been phenomenal. A lot of the shows I played at, I was able to see friends that I hadn’t in a long time and perform my new music for them. It was exhilarating! Specifically, my show at Opening Bell Coffee in Dallas, TX and The Foundation Room - House of Blues in Houston, TX were incredible. I am going to remember the shows for a long time!

Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?

Good question!

Continuum by John Mayer has been really close to me considering how much influence his songwriting and guitar playing has on my style. Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole is another album I’ve always enjoyed. J. Cole is an amazing lyricist! The last album would have to be Infinity on High by Fall Out Boy. I grew up listening to them and that’s just a classic album I could never get tired of.

As Christmas is coming up; if you had to ask for one present what would it be?

If I had to ask for one present it would absolutely be a subscription to the Headspace app. I’ve been using it for a while now for meditation but haven’t been able to upgrade due to the cost of Pro. I’d love to explore the other capabilities within it!


If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?

Right now, I’d love to support Ed Sheeran. His live performance is captivating and I would like to be a part of it! As for my rider, I really don’t need much besides water, peanut butter and a quiet space to meditate!


PHOTO CREDIT: Mario Devon 

Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?

I have a writer’s round booked on November 29th at Commodore Bar & Grille but, for the most part, I am prepping for 2019! I will be booking a whole slew of new shows for the next year!

What advice would you give to new artists coming through?

Stick with it. It’s going to take a while to really start finding your fans and getting into the groove of what the music industry takes nowadays but, if you’re passionate, patient, and willing to learn, you will go far.



Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?

Absolutely! Sam Hale is an incredible Alt-Rock-pop artist who is also based here in Nashville. I was able to tour with him and his live set is pretty stellar. You can definitely check out Tobe Nwigwe from Houston, TX as well. He’s an upcoming powerhouse!


IN THIS PHOTO: Tobe Nwigwe

Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?

Not really. is my lifeblood and it’s all I ever want to do with my time. I will take the occasional break here and there in order to keep my sanity, though! That usually includes meditation or watching an episode of a series on Hulu.

Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).

Well, thank you very much! Check out Can’t Take It by Sam Hale! It gets stuck in my head constantly, in a good way


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