By: Hollie McGowan
“I’ve been here [in L.A.] for six weeks writing and playing a few gigs, but I still live in Van,” the electronic music producer and performer Pat Lok explains.
Over the past few years, Lok has gained a notable reputation as one of Vancouver’s most prominent producers both nationally and internationally. His recent achievements of hitting over 2.5 million plays on Soundcloud and appearing on major networks such as BBC Radio One has helped to give not only the country, but the up-and-coming West Coast city, a name for itself on the global stage.
“There are a lot of electronic music producers and artists within the last decade that I’ve seen make their presence known while letting their work speak for themselves,” says Lok over Skype. “It’s cool because [where they’re from] is a part of their story and a lot of people wear that Canadian pride [without having to flaunt it].”
One of the major aspects of the Vancouver electronic music scene, and many other Canadian music scenes for that matter, is the multiplicity of influences found within our country from East to West. “I think one of the benefits that come with growing up in a place like Vancouver is the exposure and diversity of cultures; it comes out in the music that I like to make,” he says. “We’re not a country founded on rebellion and we’re constantly evolving which has made us very dynamic. That is our identity!”
With awareness of diversity in cultures comes an awareness of diversity in people and their music tastes. Lok seeks to write his music for a range of people and aims to bring as many of them under his electronic music umbrella as possible. “I try to write music for everyone from electronic music nerds to people that didn’t even know that they may like dance music,” he mentions. “If I can evoke something out of myself with a finished track or song, I hope that it’s also being communicated to others.”
On June 23, Lok released his debut album Hold On, Let Go via the French record label Kitsune. The album itself, is all about continuing your work as an artist while holding on to the essence of what brought you there in the first place: the music. “That’s what this whole process of writing the record has been about,” Lok explains. “[The title is] multifaceted and [references] my own personal growth [as an artist]. It’s about knowing what things are truly important and knowing what to let go of whether that’s your songs, relationships, or your own hang-ups.’
“This record is a snapshot in time for me,” adds Lok. “I wrote most of it on tour over the past half year, from Tokyo to New York and from Los Angeles to Paris. Sonically it reflects that up-and-down pace of the road and my effort to find moments of peace amongst it. We are only the sum of our experiences, but at the same time we can’t carry all of it with us every day; so the real difficulty lies in choosing.”
Pat Lok new record Hold On Let Go is now available on iTunes and Apple Music and performs at the Fox Cabaret on July 22nd.Fox Cabaret, pat lok