Six Questions With Pat ScarlettSix Questions With Pat Scarlett

Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.

Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.

We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.

Next in the hot seat is Montreal & New York City-based indie alt-rock musician Pat Scarlett. We have had the pleasure of covering the Pat in the past, so we are excited for this feature! If you’re not familiar with him, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.

For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?

I guess my music can best be described as a brand of Alt-Rock or Alt-Pop – often loud guitars, bittersweet melodies & lyric motifs.  I divide my time between Montreal & New York, & I guess both cities influence what I’m doing.  I’ve had various projects in the past & have recently transitioned to doing my own thing.  I’ve been working on a record for a while which I’m planning to release possibly this summer.

As an artist, how do you define success?

Well, in this industry I wouldn’t distinguish my definition of success from what passes as success pretty across the board – you do what you do but if you’re not living the kind of life you want to live, well, I guess that would fall short…

What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?

The greatest struggle, I would say, is just a critical mass struggle – if what you’re doing resonates with people, then it’s just a question of getting enough of those people to hear it & you’re rolling…

If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?

I think that would grow pretty tedious pretty quickly – and I guess that wouldn’t be a career as far as I’m concerned.

I guess we’ll showcase this one, then:

Who do you consider your greatest influences?

I guess my first influences would probably be my greatest influences – the music coming out of the 60s & 70s was a starting point for me – everything from Hendrix & the Who to the Velvets & the R & B from that era started things off for me.

Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?

Just being out in the city does that job – I probably couldn’t do this work secluded on any consistent basis – I need the city – it’s a constant backdrop, a constant influence for the music.

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