At the age of 25, Pat Robitaille has independently released four full-length albums and countless EPs, held the #1 spot on MuchMoreMusic's Daily Top 10 countdown, played hundreds of shows with world-class acts including support spots for The Beach Boys, Gordon Lightfoot, The Tragically Hip, Peter Frampton & Matthew Good. He's also performed at the Mariposa Folk Festival & Hillside, two legendary Canadian music festivals. Quite an accomplishment for someone who bas been mostly self-managed up to this point. Then again, Patrick's always had the ability to make things happen in his own, unique way…
His journey into the world of music started at age four with his plastic Fisher-Price guitar, strumming and singing along to James Taylor cassette tapes. As a child, he was diagnosed with a form of Epilepsy that was potentially life threatening & would require major surgery. At age 11, he was given his first guitar and it would prove to be his saving grace. From that day on, the seizures have never returned.
"Even to this day, my music is my therapy. I think, in turn, it becomes the therapy my fans need in their lives too. That's how music connects us all."
His early home demos, made at age 15, would prove worthy enough to compete in the major US music market. On the strength of these recordings he was quickly snatched up by Ben Grosse (Ben Folds, Vertical Horizon, Filter, Marilyn Manson) in a production deal that landed him in Los Angeles, California. At age 18, he was recording tracks in legendary recording studios and sitting down with countless major labels. This quick glimpse of the music industry was a little too much for a kid who just wanted to make his own music. So, after an inspirational stint in Nashville, TN, he made the crucial decision to do things on his own. The result? A burgeoning independent career, as real and honest as the lyrics in his songs.
His most recent effort, a full-length album entitled CHANGE, was released in Sept. 2010. It's an obvious sonic departure for the acoustic guitar slinging, Windsor, Ontario native. On CHANGE, Patrick turns up the electric guitars and vintage keyboards. He called on friend and musical mentor Adam Rideout-Arkell to help him craft an album with a vintage-meets-modern sound.
"It's an album about love lost. Lyrically, it reflects on some major relationships that have failed in my life. Musically, it reflects on the song-writing and instrumentation I was exposed to during my time in Nashville. I was hanging around with a crew of insanely talented and successful people, and I soaked it all up like a sponge."
CHANGE features Robitaille's most honest and mature work to date.
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