We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Weir and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Life is too dull to be bogged down without creativity. I think we pursue an artistic career because it feels like the only way to truly enjoy life and express feelings that otherwise have the potential to just bottle up. Music and writing music is by far the best therapy I’ve come across, so why not try to make that a career? I mean could you imagine making a career out of going to SEE a therapist? That would be AMAZING.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I honestly think that the three of us in You Were Never Lovelier met during very transitional moments in our life, which has given us a self awareness others may not. We’ve explored such different aspects of life compared to one another that we have this sort of group consciousness between us. Like a hive mind. A CREATIVE hive mind, not like a, “The Thing” hive mind. At least we haven’t explored that path yet, but I would never rule it out.
I initially quit pursuing a music career at 17 years old, after being in a band for 4 years with mild success. I figured that was it, and I had to move on. I got into the film industry and didn’t touch a guitar for 6 years give or take. Almost out of the blue I found myself suddenly chasing a music career again, after coming across a post on craigslist our singer Jay Edwards had posted. That was it. I was BACK IN BABY. That was a very tough decision for me to make though. I had the stability and tenure in an entirely separate field. All of which could be gone if I was absent too long. But sometimes you have to take a chance, and I’m thrilled I did.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well – I can cut to the chase here. It would be bars. Every bar, pub, water hole, etc. I will show them the bars. My special shoutouts would be Pogos out in Lake Balboa, Good Time at Davey Waynes in Hollywood, and the drink carts in ride lines at Universal. Seriously, those carts might be the best decision any exec has ever made.
However I will always make sure to follow up a night of bar hopping with a Taco Bell buffet.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d say the entire music scene that we are surrounded by. It is a very open and understanding support group of sorts where everyone is looking to make a name for themselves, but also help lift up the others that surround them. It is truly a peer to peer connection of sorts. Although I wouldn’t be myself if I also did throw a shout out towards All Time Low, the band that keeps reminding me why I love playing music so much in the first place. Also, my dog Maddie. She is not only my dog, but also my rock.