Digging Deeper with Pat Bedeau

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
April 16, 2019

Digging Deeper with Pat Bedeau

UK House producer Pat Bedeau is really starting to make waves in the underground scene and is definitely a talent to keep an eye on as he gathers momentum.

We grabbed a quick chat as he releases his debut artist album From The Mind Of on his own Bedfunk label.

Hi Pat, it’s a pleasure to chat with you today, how are you?

Very well thank you.

Please tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from and how you started making music?

I was born in Carriacou, a small island off of Grenada in the Caribbean. I have always had a love for music and come from a musical family, my uncle is a musician, my dad plays lots of instruments for fun and my brother also DJ’s. My love of music really started with dance, I love to dance. My teenage years were spent going to soul all-dayers and bars clubs and blues parties up and down the country. Whenever I would find myself in a studio I would just love the atmosphere and vibe, so I knew production was something I wanted to do. I got myself some basic equipment a PC, a sound card and a copy of Cubase and started playing around chopping loops of soul and rare groove tunes.

In 2009 I went to WMC in Miami armed with a couple of demos I made with Steve Gurley and passed around to a few DJ’s. It created a bit of noise and it got played by King Britt & Terry Hunter at a few parties. It was an amazing feeling to see people dancing to my track and it was then that I knew I wanted to make people dance. At the WMC closing party I met DJ Romain from New York, who said he was coming to the UK and he helped me set up my first proper studio, We spent a few months making tracks together, which is where I really learnt to engineer and get to grips with a DAW. I still get a buzz when I have a studio session, I don’t think that will ever change. It’s great to have the studio in my converted garage, that’s where the album was made.

Did you play instruments from a young age or something you picked up on later?

I played guitar at school, but never took it to a really serious level as got bored of the stuff I was being taught. I do not play an instrument but can play a little keys, enough to get ideas down. I have really studied music all my life, being a dancer I always felt music and I was always improvising, which comes in handy in a studio environment as it’s all about ideas, melodies and countermelodies for me, etc. I always work with a musician as I really like the soulful jazzy end of things and I was always taught to work with the best musicians and singers that you can and do what is best for the track. I always wanted to be a producer, bringing the project together, my goal is to keep working with great musicians and having an arsenal at my disposal to bring my ideas to life in the best way possible. A virtual band. In that respect I have worked hard to build these relationships.

Who are your musical heroes?

J Dilla, James Brown, Roy Ayers, Incognito, Brand New Heavies, Masters at Work, Kerri Chandler, Dennis Ferrer, Karizma, Steve Gurley, Nile Rodgers, Jamiroquai, Jill Scott, Erica Badu and Atjazz, to name a few.

And what specifically got you into making House Music, have you experimented with other genres at all?

No not really, I always wanted to make house music and always found myself dancing and humming my own bass lines, so I suppose the expression always wanted to come out. I may start playing with other genres in the future, but I find house music has such a range it keeps me busy enough. I tried to show that through the album.

Congratulations on delivering your very first album! What can you tell us about the release?

Thank you. Well it’s 10 brand new tracks and a bonus DJ mix of all the tracks, so something for everyone. I am really happy how it turned out and didn’t set out to make an album at first, so there was no pressure to hit a date. I had a really creative spell where I was writing a lot of lyrics and working up demos with Ziggy Funk. I wanted to work on late night music aimed at the dance floor for my sets. It was whilst out in The States on my way to Burning Man Festival, that it all started to come together. I did a photo shoot with a really talented Bill Kennedy in LA. I had sent some of the tracks out to a few friends and feedback was really good, but I couldn’t work out whether to release them as singles, but it was really starting to sound like an album. In the end I thought it would be nice to release on my own label to be in control of everything, both the music and design, so brought all the elements together and worked out the concept. I think full-length studio mix makes it accessible to everyone, not just DJ’s, that is how I like to listen to house music.

Who else features on the album and what did they bring to the table?

All the artists brought their own flavour and did a great job. Leon Dorrill and I have been working really well together for years. For ‘Come Together’ I originally had the track and the hook, which I had sketched out and once he heard it we quickly worked out the verses and recorded really quickly. I am a big Jamiroquai fan and Leon really reminds me of him crossed with Marvin Gaye, so I am really lucky to work with him. The message in the song is a really positive one – the world needs to “Come Together”. I worked with Nicky Prince on ‘Beat Is Jumping’, who is a bit of a hero of mine (she doesn’t know this). I’ve known Nicky since my early days dancing and she has a fantastic soul-filled voice and also had chart success with ‘Neighbourhood’ with Zed Bias. I had always wanted to work with her, she is such a talent and the song came out great! Carrie Remington is in a band with my friend Matt, I really liked her voice and asked her to record ‘Hear Me Calling’. This is one of the most personal tracks for me on the album, Carrie did a great job on the vocals and injected real emotion. I met The Self Love Witch, via a friend, when I was looking for a writing partner, so we had a session and wrote ‘Love Yourself’, which carries a real positive message about believing in yourself. Myself and Finn Peters had collaborated on ‘Saxajuju & Mojito’ and that did really well, so I wanted to keep working with him as Sax is such a cool instrument. Finn’s played with some of the best bands in the industry, so I was pleased to work with him again. ‘Saxo’ is one of my favourites on the album as it takes you on a real journey and the breakdown is just insane. Ziggy Funk helped me tie the album altogether and I like the fact we managed to get live bass, acoustic and electric guitar and sax, taking it out of the box and giving the album real warmth.

There’s real cross-pollination of genres throughout the album from soulful to deep and jackin, are you a bit of an all-around music fan then?

Yes, I suppose I am. I think I have pulled in all the elements of every style of music I love, so I hope it will connect with many people.

How long did it take to write and what challenges did you have to overcome in the writing process?

In between other projects and remixes it was about 2 years work, although ‘Hear Me Calling’ was written quite a few years before, but never finished. The good thing of deciding to do an album is it forced to me evaluate all the work I had done and go through and see what needed to be developed and finished. There was no real pressure, apart from that which I put on myself to get it over the finish line and make it the best I could. As an artist doubt is one of those things you need to overcome. I am a pretty confident person, but I find putting out music really scary as music is so personal to me and everybody is a critic, myself included, so that was a big obstacle to get over, but glad that I did.

You also run your own label Bedfunk, how’s that going and what’s the story behind the label name?

I am really enjoying it, it has been a massive learning curve, but it is great to have that ability to control everything about a release and be free to do what you feel, not necessarily what is commercial, this is a 100% labour of love. I am really pleased with the quality of music and have been able to release tracks with E-man, by Alpha & Olmega from South Africa, so the label is global. The Bedfunk name based on my name and my style of music, which was sometimes called funky house. It’s really unique and very personal and was able to design the brand from the ground up which was really cool. I also really like the logo with the F set inside the B, it has a really strong identity. Bedfunk comprises of a record label and a clothing brand, it has been really fun developing the clothing range too and it is growing all the time.

Out of all your own productions and remixes which is your own personal favourite?

I think productions has to be ‘Synchronicity’. I wrote it on the way back from Miami after having so may synchronicity moments throughout the whole trip. It really felt like that was the moment that changed my life, when the stars aligned and everything just clicked, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.

What was the first dance record you bought?

I remember the first dance record I HAD to have was ‘To Be in Love’ by Masters At Work and India, it really blew my mind and is now a stone cold classic.

What’s the best DJ performance you’ve seen this year?

It was Boxing Day last year. I went to see a DJ called Glenn Woods who was playing in Milton Keynes, Glenn used to be a resident DJ of mine when I did Strictly Music promotions. He is a fantastic DJ and had not heard him for many years. It brought back so many memories and he was spot on as I remember him and we got to go back to back for the first time at the after party, it was a special night for me.

Who else is kicking it musically for you on House scene right now that we should be looking out for?

The Journeymen for sure, they are good friends of mine and great DJ’s and their productions are really solid, they are making big moves. Also Sy Sez is another DJ I like, for both productions and DJ’ing. Atjazz he is just an amazing producer and Louie Vega is always in there, his work rate is phenomenal.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to achieve over the next year? And, anything exciting in store for the near future?

To keep developing as an artist. I am still developing my sound and I think the best is yet to come. I really enjoy writing and want to do more of it. I love collaborating with people and there are many singers I would love to collaborate with as well as the singers I have already worked with too. Release wise, I will be putting out a a hard copy double CD of the album. I have a track out with E-man called ‘Like Before’ on DJ Spen’s Quantize. I also just finished another remix for Casa Devi ft. Nicky Prince called ‘Night Sky,’ which came out really nice. I had my first vinyl release, a remix for Casa Devi again called ‘Peaceful Thoughts’, which is now out on digital and have another track in the works with Finn Peters on flute. So already a busy year so fat with no plans of slowing up.

Finally, please tell us a secret nobody knows about you?

I am taking piano lessons. Thanks for the interview it’s been fun.

 

From The Mind Of is out now on Bedfunk and available on Traxsource