Behind The Noise


PATRÓN, the desert groove rock project fronted by Loading Data frontman Lo (aka PATRÓN), made their mark last month with the release of their self-titled debut album. In the run up to the release PATRÓN revealed a series of live sessions, the last ever to be recorded at Alain Johannes‘ legendary studio 11AD in Los Angeles where the band’s album was produced. Featuring Nick Oliveri on bass, Joey Castillo on drums, Aurélien Barbolosi on guitar, Lo Patrón on vocals and electronics, and also Alain Johannes on guitar, we caught up with the frontman himself to find out more about the second single from the album, Who Do You Dance For?.

Can you give us your quick elevator pitch on this track? Why does this one standout for you as a band?

Unlike most of the tracks of the album this is a rather short one. It’s sexy, it’s groovy it’s straight to the point. Joey Castillo on drums, Nick Oliveri on bass, Aurélien Barbolosi on guitar as well as Alain Johannes. It’s one of the faster songs of the album. It’s a catchy tune that makes you want to shake your money maker.  

How did you tackle the writing process for the song? Was there anything unique about this track compared to your usual/previous approach? 

I wrote it just like any other song I write. But it came together really fast. I came up with the guitar riff that runs throughout the whole song, then came the vocal melody of the chorus. The verses came last.

Can you tell us how the song’s theme came about? 

It’s inspired by a true story. I had a thing for this exotic dancer while living in Florida a few years ago. I remember asking myself at the time if I could handle being in a relationship with a girl who fully undresses every night in front of a crowd. I never got the answer to that question because I never heard back from her after our first date.  

Tell us about the video, do the themes of the single transfer to the video? 

We weren’t able to shoot a video for this tune as shit hit the fan right when we were going to start filming. So we decided to use the footage from the recording sessions back in LA at Alain Johanne’s 11AD studio. It gives a good idea of what the sessions were like. Which is also kind of cool. It’s more immersive than a narrative video or a video where a band is pretending to play.   

Do you have any behind the scenes stories from the video shoot?

Nothing major. Nick was late. We waited for him for quite a bit. I started wondering if he was actually going to come. Joey was already behind the drums, everybody was ready to go but no Nick.  He eventually showed up. But once he got there it all went really quickly. We had a real good time and managed to record three tracks that afternoon.

Anything else you’d like to add for our readers?

Hope you enjoy the tune and go listen to the two other singles from the new album. There’s sound for every one!

PATRÓN‘s self-titled debut album is out now via Klonosphere, available to purchase HERE.

A 30-something year old journalist and freelance PR often found at a gig, a festival or holding a dictophone to a band and asking them all kinds of questions. I'm a sucker for whiskey and vinyl.