Patrick Wayne – “I Dont Listen To Music At Home”


Q&A with S&S

S&S: What’s your style of music? How do you describe it?
Patrick Wayne: Funky, upbeat house music

S&S: Who or what was most instrumental to you when it came to music?
Patrick Wayne: Absolutely the Hot Mix 5 and all of the DJ’s that came after them on WBMX and the original B96 Mixmasters…coming from the far north suburbs orignally, my only exposure to new music was thru the radio, especially the years before i was able to drive into the city.

S&S: What drives you creatively?
Patrick Wayne: Hearing interesting new sounds in alot of the new music that is being produced…my mantra is “Play Different”, so my ears stay open to what my favorite producers are doing and hearing the evolution of Dance Music…in my DJ sets, i dont stick to just “Chicago House” or “Disco House”…i like to incorporate alot of different styles of House to break up any possible monotony while still keeping it four to the floor.

S&S: How much does your audience influence you and your music selection?
Patrick Wayne: Well, i dont hold any residencies, so any time im asked to play, my first question is “what should i play? what is your crowd into?” i know the older crowd, theyre gonna want primarily old school and 90’s for the most part…the younger generation, they seem to be more open to new music, which i LOVE playing, so i take it party by party.

S&S: What artists or genres do you listen to when you’re not working?
Patrick Wayne: no artist in particular…just whatever happens to be on the radio when im in my car..The Loop, KISS FM, Q101…i dont listen to music at home unless im producing or practicing…when i used to go out alot, on the way to a club, and especially on the way back, i always listened to the Jazz station that used to be in Chicago because i knew that i was going to be hearing “BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM” for 5 or 6 hours at the club.

S&S: Do you have any favorite memories of growing up with your family?
Patrick Wayne: most definitely…my family was always super supportive of me being into music…before i started DJ’ing, i played drums, so you can imagine all of the racket i was making during those years, but there were never any complaints about noise or any of that…even to this day, when i go visit my parents, one of the first questions is always “how is your music coming along? have you been playing any gigs?” they get a kick out of my gig stories and all of the pictures.

S&S: Is there anything you would like people to know about you?
Patrick Wayne: That im really down to earth, and genuinely a nice guy. Especially online, people sometimes misconstrue some things i say, but when they actually meet me face to face, they walk away like “wow…hes actually super nice.”

S&S: Are there any charities you are working with or excited to tell us about?
PW: No…not at this time, but if there was one organization i would definitely support, it would be the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital.

S&S: Are there any questions that you wish people would ask you?
Patrick Wayne: hmmm…maybe just general DJ’ing questions…ill share any information or techniques that i can.

S&S: And on the flip side of that, are there any questions or references you wish people would stop asking or using?
Patrick Wayne: no…no question is a bad question…how does someone learn if they dont ask questions?

S&S: What artist(s) have you been the most excited to work with?
Patrick Wayne: definitely Georgie Porgie…ive been a fan of his since “Baby Come Back”

S&S: Are there any artists that you dream of working with on a collaboration?
Patrick Wayne: for sure! Keith Nunnally, Olav Basoski (one of my producer heroes!), Dajae…the list goes on..

S&S: What can we look forward to next from you?
Patrick Wayne: well, ive been taking a break from producing for the better part of 2016, but im back at it…i have a few things in the works…im looking to start a bandcamp page for my newer productions…most likely in 2017!

Q&A By: Shannon “Skip” SyasS&S Chicago

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S&S Records, Inc. (and S&S Chicago, Inc.) was established in 2005 by 4-time GRAMMY® nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and global DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. Merging Hurley’s worldwide commercial success and Syas’ strong global following, the dance label has become home to numerous musical greats and one of the most respected blogs on the internet.

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