INTERVIEW: Pat Kiloran

Who is Pat Kiloran?

Pat Kiloran grew up in a white, middle-class suburb of Minneapolis, MN. He cut the yard. He played N64. And he took piano lessons like every other kid on the block. His instructor constantly told him, “You are one of my most talented students, but you never practice your pieces.” So, Pat quit.

Songwriting quickly became the means and end of Pat’s music. “I didn’t want to play other people’s songs anymore. I wanted to say what I wanted and make people feel how I felt.” Whether through crashing drums, unprecedented guitars, or convicting lyrics, Pat’s goal was to make people feel something. But not just anything. Something real.

Pat played in several punk and rock bands throughout his high-school and college career. None of them made it. But the bonds built and broken during these times were ones he continued to carry; remembering the back and forth, the push and pull, the up and down between the songs, the listeners, the instruments, the artists.

After moving around the country for a couple years, from LA to Toronto, Pat and his newlywed wife settled in Nashville, TN. He released his first solo EP, Mess EP, in February of 2015, but over time felt that the music of that release did not quite evoke everything that he was hoping for. He had more to say.

Take a listen to ‘Saint Sierra’ – his latest release and then read on to see what Pat had to say when Talk About Pop Music recently caught up with him.

Hey Pat thanks for chatting with us! I love your sound – how would you describe it?

I’ve called it “guitar-pop” before. I try to keep a lot of aspects of alternative and “live-band” music alive and well inside of a more “pop” structure.

‘Saint Sierra’ is so catchy – what’s it really about?

‘Saint Sierra’ sounds like a song about a lover you just can’t stay away from on the surface but it is really about the dangers that pornography and over-sexualization (particularly of women) pose to us as a society and as individuals.

Best decade for music?

I guess that depends. The 60’s and 70’s were definitely some of the best as far as the technological and emotional growth of music goes. I love the 80’s because people were creating sounds that no one had ever heard before, using synthesizers. The 90’s and 00’s finally took all of that and just jumbled it all together into its own thing. And I love a lot of the music that is being made now. So, I honestly couldn’t pick one. Music is always relevant and evolving.

80s! 80s! Haha. Who are your musical gods or goddesses?

I honestly couldn’t tell you. I gain influence from so many spheres and people. Recently, I’ve been a big fan of Kanye and other rappers like Kendrick and Chance. But I also love big, ethereal indie-pop acts like The 1975 and LANY. Huge Ryan Adams fan. Huge John Mayer fan. It’s all over the board.

Hmmm Kanye. But The 1975 – yeah, let’s listen…

What was the first song you sang in public?

Hmm. I’m not sure. I can’t remember what songs I used to sing in elementary school or anything. But when my first band ever in 9th grade played our first show, I believe we opened with a song we wrote called “Please Hang On.” And it was really bad.

I’m sure it wasn’t that bad! What was the last song you sang in public?

I just played a show the other night in Nashville, TN. And I ended my set with the first single off of my new record called, “I Don’t Really Care.”

Ok cool. This isn’t that actual performance but let’s hear you sing that song live…

What music is on your iphone right now?

I actually don’t keep music on my iPhone because I only have 16GB of space. So, I think the only music actually on my phone is my own record, in case I need to send it to someone.

You should upgrade your phone 🙂

Throwback Question – Blur or Oasis?

Blur is cooler, to me. But Oasis probably takes it just for the classic factor.

Okay here’s Oasis…

Tell us something embarrassing about yourself…

Well. There are probably a lot of things I could say, and a lot of things I shouldn’t. But I’ve always thought about what I’d say if I got a question like this. So, I’ll go with my gut and say that I definitely pick my nose a lot. My wife gets really mad at me and calls me gross. And it is. But it’s just one of those habits. I’ve definitely eaten a booger in the past. And if you say that you haven’t, I think you’re lying.

I can’t say I’ve eaten one but I do like to pick and flick haha!

Have you heard of Eurovision? If so, would you do it?

I don’t know what that is, unfortunately.

Hmmmm – we need to have a discussion!

What was the number one song when you were born?

“Black And White” by the king of pop, Michael Jackson.

Awesome! Here it is…

What was the first song you bought/downloaded/streamed?

One of the first records I bought was Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium.” But I think the first song I downloaded was possibly “Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson, somehow.

You are only allowed one song on repeat for the rest of your life – what would it be?

Dang. Um. Jeff Buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah’.

Excellent choice but I prefer Rufus Wainwright’s version and it’s my blog so…

What’s your favourite joke?

I make fun of vaping all the time. Any joke about vaping. I also love comedy by and/or in the form of “Tim & Eric.”

What’s your favourite lyric ever?

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”

I can almost hear the bagpipes and that leads to have you ever been to Scotland?

No, unfortunately. But I was in London, England a couple winters ago on vacation.

Yeah – unfortunately you were in England is what I think you mean haha.

What’s next for you?

I’m continuing to push my new record, ‘I Know Everything That You’ve Done.’ I am going to be going on a couple small tour runs next year. And I am planning on recording some new singles in the very near future. And I’ve having a baby in April, I guess.

All the best of luck for the future and thanks Pat, for chatting with me!

How great is Pat? Let me know what you think in the comments below or tweet me @PopAndTalk.

Listen to more of Pat on Spotify:

Follow Pat on the web:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/patkiloran

Twitter – https://twitter.com/patkiloran

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/patkiloran/

 

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