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Chatting with Patrice


Chatting with Patrice

Patrice is a veteran. Hailing from Watford before finding his footing in events across the North, playing internetional festivals in Amsterdam and Croatia since 2014, he's recently found himself part of the Swamp81 crew. We talked to him about the shifting industry tides.

CA$TLE: The last 18 months has been strange for music. Has it changed your perspective on what you do in any way?

Patrice: 100%. It’s been a difficult 18 months and it’s made me reassess everything pretty much. Lockdown forced me to have a look at myself critically, how I make money, how stable that income is, how I look after myself mentally and physically. I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way, but this hasn’t been an easy ride at all. There’s a small light at the end of the tunnel now so that’s definitely helping me stay positive. I’m just cracking on with other things until then really.

CA$TLE: What'd you remember the most from pre-COVID times? Is there one night in particular you often reflect back on?

Patrice: I mainly remember little snapshots of different events and nights. Playing in Ukraine last year was a big highlight for me actually. Surreal experience. I really hope I get to do that again soon. Apart from that not really man, just miss playing shows and being an idiot with my mates!

CA$TLE: Do you remember your first mix? What made you first pick up decks?

Patrice: I actually don’t. It was probably awful. Hopefully lost in the depths of the internet forever.

Patrice: What first got me into DJing was watching Benga play a festival in like 08/09. This is when dubstep was first properly bubbling outside of London and I was obsessed with it. I was 15 and this was the first time I’d watched someone DJ. He was playing tunes that I knew weren’t his and getting a huge reaction, my initial thought was “I could do that!”. Very naive because there’s a lot more that goes into DJing, but that’s what got me started. From there I got a very shitty set up and spent hours every day watching videos of people DJing, copying mixes and then eventually creating mixes of my own. Watching Boiler Room, Get Darker etc really helped me learn about technique at the start.

CA$TLE: What lead to emib clothing? Is emib an acronym?

Patrice: It’s not an acronym. Everyone will always try and find a meaning in something and I like the idea of that against something that has no meaning. It is what you make of it, however you see the brand is what it is. I find that an inclusive approach to designing clothes. That’s why I love Ralph Lauren, it has a different meaning to everyone even though he didn’t mean to do it and I find that really inspiring.

Emib Clothing is just an outlet for my interest in fashion and streetwear. It’s not something I ever want to look at to make a living because then it loses its meaning to me. I just want to make clothes that I like and collaborate with people I look up to. It’s taken a backseat over the pandemic as I haven’t felt particularly inspired to sell clothes during such a weird time. With that said, there’s loads on the drawing board for when we return to some normality - original designs and some more big collabs.

CA$TLE: Your electro tune with BIG KANI where you restricted yourself to a single synth and drum machine wasn't something we've heard you do before. Are there more experiments along those lines you want to try?

Patrice: I mean when we made DITB, I just wanted us to limit ourselves because I think that can really bring out the creativity. It wasn’t even a hardware thing. We were in his studio with no Internet, an 808 plugin, whatever bass we used and an audio clip of someone talking about having a fight on acid. I think we did the main body of that tune in like 2 hours. Great day.

In terms of experimenting, I feel like I’m still so new to production so I’m always experimenting when I make a tune. I don’t know what I’m doing basically. I want to keep pushing in that sense, and also experiment with other genres and artists.

CA$TLE: You've been part of Swamp81 for some time now. What'd you think makes them so unique?

Patrice: I think Loefah tapped into a totally new sub-genre of house music. It’s as simple as that really. He started a new wave of leftfield house that wasn’t stuck to a 4x4 beat pattern. I don’t think people can ever take that away from him.

When I was going to club nights in uni I was a huge Swamp81 fan. It’s such an exciting corner of club music that’s modern but also pays homage to the roots. It’s been such a privilege not just to have music released on the label but to be a part of it transcending into something bigger. I still think there’s dues left to be paid to Loefah and Swamp. I’m excited for clubs to open so we can really get it cracking.

CA$TLE: How do you plan to spend the rest of the year? Your project with Snowy sounds sick.

Patrice: Thank you man. Working with Snow is the easiest thing. I think we really get each other too which is why the music always turns out so good. We’ve got that unofficial Ruff Squad remix on the way out this year. Whether they let us clear samples or not, the people want it and if they want to claim £5 in streaming money, then this is the price we pay.

For the rest of the year, hopefully some gigs! I’ve curated a club event in Bristol for the 23rd of June, 2 days after clubs open. I think that’s gunna be a major return, I honestly can’t wait for it. Aside from the events I’m working on some super secret but very exciting stuff with Swamp81. All I can say is to just keep an eye out for that.