1. Who are you and what do you do/study?
I’m Pat, your local queer memologist, about to graduate from University of Hamburg with a BA in English and German linguistics. I’ve dabbled in most creative disciplines – it’s kind of “Jack of all trades” situation, especially considering the “master of none” part.
2. What or who inspired you to start making music?
When I see something I like, I need to participate – and boy, do I like music. I was raised on my mum’s Beatles LPs and Falco CD and my father contributed Truck Stop and Hans Albers cassettes for good measure. (One of many questionable parenting decisions on my father’s side.) Serious answer: the importance of music for me is in connecting with one another, be it with the artist, the audience, your fellow musicians. My heart opens up just thinking of these moments when harmonizing with someone leaves you suspended in time or a song plucks the strings of your self.
3. How long have you been playing an instrument or singing?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember but only started lessons in the last couple of months. Apart from the obligatory recorder 101 in primary school, my first instrument was the clarinet, which I picked up in third grade, so i could join the concert band. The summer after graduating high school I finally got my act together and taught myself how to play the guitar for accompaniment. My latest acquisition is a five-string banjo that I had taken out of the library last year (way to go, Northampton!) and then treated myself to one this year.
4. How would you describe your style?
Acoustic amateur with a love for harmonies and low notes and a heavy case of melancholy. You can find some of my music here.
5. What or who inspired you to start writing?
I have a deep love of both language and storytelling and feel overwhelming admiration at their ability and ubiquity. The discovery of being able to use them to conjure up entire worlds and influence emotions is like finding a magic spell you never want to live without again.
6. What is your favourite genre to write in/topic to write about?
I’ve tried my hand almost every kind of article you’d find on *tba but my love for evocative language has led me to do mainly creative writing. Sometimes I struggle because I’m not convinced what I am writing is relevant or necessary, so I write about topics that I have more access to than many others, like mental illness, queer issues, or linguistics.
7. How did you get into tba?
I got into *tba in my first semester when I was still young and full of ideas and less tired when it seemed like a good home for me and all the articles/stories I churned out.
8. Tell us one random fact about you.
I use they/them pronouns and don’t believe in the concept of random facts.