By now you guys should know that North West London is slowly but surely becoming the booming centre of music with all its incredibly talented rappers and singers. Among them is Patrin.
The Harlesden-based artist started writing from a very young age already and finally released his debut mixtape Time Will Tell not too long ago – a both lyrically and vocally remarkable and unique project, coming with 12 tracks in total which are covering thought-provoking and profound topics such as issues in today’s society, self-encouragement or reflections on past events.
His latest single taken from it is Things Change, Things Change – a truly intoxicating track featuring the stunning vocals of songstress Carmy Love (who is Too Rare To Die Casscade’s sister as I now found out, obviously talent must run in the family). Discussing the topic of change, Patrin evaluates the process of change and growth as an artist and reminisces of an old friend.
I sat down with the gifted wordsmith and we had a fun chat about how he started writing songs, his mixtape, and more. Read below.
First of all, the usual basic question – can you tell me a little about you and how you first started making music?
I go by the name of Patrin, I’m an artist – I make music but I started off doing poetry. From poetry I then developed into doing music. But I still do poetry because I love the sound of poetry, people can take in your words more. It’s not necessarily to a beat, I love that the most. About myself, I’m just a young, aspiring guy on my way as most people. Just loving what I do, just hungry.
How did you start getting into poetry then?
Into Poetry…To be fair, I’ve always been able to write, it was always one of my skills. I have always loved writing. I use it as an exhale to let out my thoughts because I’m a deep thinker so I gotta let it out. Also, when I was younger I used to play football, I thought I was gonna be the best footballer in the world [laughs] but unfortunately that didn’t happen so it pushed me towards music, and poetry.
At what age did you start writing?
Writing…Oh man, probably in year 6? How old are you in year 6, I’m guessing like 10/11? So yeah at 10/11 years old I wrote my first rap. It wasn’t the best but I tried, I tried.
Everybody has to start somewhere!
Exactly, exactly! I tried.
How did your music style develop over the years?
I would say at first, when I started doing music I thought I really want to get out quick, I wanna make money off it quick. So I adjusted my style but I realized quick that that wasn’t who I was. So then I started adjusting to how I felt more comfortable, some people call it conscious – I call it real and honest, I want it true, I want it to be timeless and honest. That’s how I developed it.
How would you describe your musical style in three words?
Three words… [laughs]. Honest, open, vulnerable.
Which artists do you look up to then?
I look up to many artists, many figures. But in terms of artists I listen to… I listen to a lot of Tupac, a lot of Lauryn Hill, J. Cole, Wretch 32, Youngs Teflon, a lot of Too Rare To Die as well. So yeah man, I listen to a lot!
Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with one day?
The Compozers. I love The Compozers! I think they are dope, I love The Compozers a lot. Who else… There is a lot of dope singers out there. There is Jorja Smith. I’m watching the scene, there’s a lot of young guys doing their thing right now which I like a lot. I feel like it’s been a long time coming so yeah…
There are a lot in the North West area right?
Yeah, North West is coming! It started a little bit on a back foot behind but it’s coming up and taking over.
Definitely. So about your mixtape, why exactly did you call it Time Will Tell?
You know what, I was actually trying to think of a name. Like how can I call this any meaningful. But then I said to myself to not worry about it too much, and to focus on the music because the rest will come up init. The more and more I started working on the tape, the more I came up with the name Time Will Tell. I feel like I work with a matter of time, I feel like I have a will and the rest is kinda linked to that. Time Will Tell.
How long did the recording time take, or the writing process?
The recording took me probably three weeks?! Over like two, three weeks. The writing takes the longest. I’m very specific with the lines that I write. But I love writing anyway. The recording is never a problem.
Do you have your own studio at home?
No I don’t! I’m actually working on a set-up but I can’t engineer! I need to learn how to engineer. I kinda love the studio vibe as well, you know?! But it is definitely something I do need to learn.
Your mixtape showcases a lot of emotions and deep thoughts, what are the key topics you want to portray?
Obviously I feel like painting a picture, Michelangelo creating a sculpture, that’s what I’m doing with the words, picturing them like a sculpture. I want to keep it honest, open and timeless. Those are the key things I have always wanted to portray.
Did you base the songs on real live events?
Definitely, a hundred percent. If not my own personal ones then other real life events. In Things Change I talk about a friend of mine, how we haven’t spoken in a while. Then the song Well Wishes where I talk about a friend who is in jail at the moment, and it is based on a conversation we had. I’m trying to keep it real, I don’t wanna make music just for the sake of it.
Do you have a personal favourite song from your mixtape?
Ahh you are kidding me, it changes all the time! If I had to think, I would say… probably Don’t Low Your Worth. When I wrote the second verse I shed a tear because it’s that personal . That one gets to me the most, it comes from a deep personal perspective. But I like all my songs.
“I became more open, more honest, free and less insecure. I have developed my musical style sonically . I learned how to make music. Before, I knew how to write but now I can form a whole song, chorus, verse…I’m still learning, so I’m still growing. I’m enjoying it.”
About your new single Thing’s Changed, Thing’s Changed- How did your collaboration with Carmy Love come about?
Carmella, Carmy Love! She is the sister of a friend of mine, you know Casscade from Too Rare To Die? That’s his sister. She came through and just killed the track! Check her out!
For the visuals you added your song Stay in the end, is there any connection between the songs?
You know what it is, Stay I recorded because I wrote it and then I was filming a song called Letter 2 World with my videographer William Clarke, and he was like yo, he’s got a new camera, so he wanted to film with the new camera but we had started the video with his old camera, so he asked if I have any songs which spring off the top, which I know by heart and can freestyle. So I added it to Things Change, Things Change. Everyone was like “where’s the next video, where’s the next video”, it took quite a while until I brought out Things Change, Things Change . So that’s how it came about.
That’s so interesting to find out why some shots look older than others in the visuals! But anyway, coming from North West London – how has the scene here shaped you? Because obviously it is kind of different than, let’s say, South, right?
I think it’s kind of the same topics, the same struggle. I rap about things I see on a day to day basis so I talk about things in my surrounding. So being in Harlesden definitely shaped me, I rap about the things going on here. But whether you are in Hackney, Tottenham etc., the struggle is similar. I don’t think the sound is different, the message is the same, I feel like everyone is talking the same language. I just feel like North West has got a lot of talent, so much talent.
What is your favourite thing about music?
It’s being a vessel. A vessel to be able to speak to people. Everything I write is honesty so I want to prophecy it to the rest of the world.
Finally, what is next for you?
More shows, more music, more videos. I’ll probably put out another project.
[Laughs] You’re gonna hold me to that init, nah but next year maybe. I just want more music, shows, more public speaking, more everything. I don’t know what next year holds. I need to get my headline show sorted! It’s on my bucket list, next year I definitely want to do a headline show. Hold me to that!
That’s a wrap!
Check out his mixtape below, you will not regret it.