One way to catch a glimpse of Patrick Weblinís musical mind is to lock yourself up in a room with the Mood24 Records catalog. As curator of his own underground label his taste ranges from deep tech and minimalistic to more tech or deep house oriented tunes. And a focus rather on quality than quantity.
Being part of a generation that witnessed the explosion of a new phenomena called house music, Weblin too started going to raves an beach parties in the mid 90ís. And after getting infected with the groove, he also started playing at events in his hometown of Cork, in the deep south of Ireland. With his solid mixing skills and excellent track selections it was no real surprise Patrick soon became a well known name in the business.
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Tzinah Records: To start with, please, recommend us something to listen to while we go through this interview. It can be anything.
Patrick Weblin: Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
Tzinah Records: Could you remember when and where have you felt it for the first time that you were to become a music artist?
Patrick Weblin: I think it was back around 1995 when i was collecting DJ magazines and i got a free cd-rom with “Coldcuts – Timber” track and video on it, i remember thinking how cool it was they used real life samples and put them together to make a track. I was hooked from that point.
Tzinah Records: Why did you choose to create and play this particular type of music? Are there any artists that touched you deeply while developing your own style?
Patrick Weblin: My music taste has varied over the past number of years, i dont think i “chose” this style ,i just happened to feel comfortable making it and i feel good when i am making it. But this style has always been there really. Barac, SIT, to name just a tiny portion of my influences, even my friends music has giving me inspiration while devolping my style.
Tzinah Records: Please, briefly, describe for us, the current state of the underground music scene in the place you come from. Is it any good?
Patrick Weblin: Its ok, some friends run good nights around my city but i think most people are very uneducated and just follow the mainstream. But other cities like Waterford and Dublin do big stuff. Some of the biggest names play there alot.
Tzinah Records: Without giving out too much about your secret weapons, please tell us how does the magic work in your production routine. Software? Analog? What does your DJset-up imply?
Patrick Weblin: Production routine could be anything, from listening to podcasts everyday and thinking i like them drum patterns. Then i get to studio and recreate the drums to certain point, change a bit, and build from there. My son is always in studio with me pressing buttons and shit, sometimes out of nowhere some good sounds come out so i record and edit from there. Dj setup involves “borrowed” 1210s and old pioneer djm.
Tzinah Records: What are the aspects of your daily life that are influencing the shape and sound of the music that you currently make?
Patrick Weblin: Once again its from listening to music from influential artists, whether its in the car or at home making food, i am always listening and forever learning.
Tzinah Records: Which underground house DJ or producer would you love to take out for a summer picnic? With which artist (from any music genre) would you spend 24 hours stuck in an elevator?
Patrick Weblin: Hmmmmmmmmm thats a tough one, if its only one then i suppose Svan Vath, that man is crazy and i think we would share some interesting stories :)
Tzinah Records: Have you already played in your most-dreamed about venue? Which one is that?
Patrick Weblin: I dont particularly have a dream venue, i feel with the right crowd and friends while you are playing makes it good, wheather its in the middle of nowhere halfway up a mountain or some big city club. But Sunwaves would be nice to play at :)
Tzinah Records: What motivates you to be an active part of the underground movement?
Patrick Weblin: Hearing response from people about my tracks and seeing people dance to my music motivates me.
Tzinah Records: What’s your favorite type of breakfast?
Patrick Weblin: Omlettes and tea.
Tzinah Records: What do you do when the music is not playing?
Patrick Weblin: Spending time with my family, or if i need time to relax i go fishing.
Tzinah Records: What’s the story behind your Tzinah Family Podcast? How did you record it and are there released or unreleased tracks?
Patrick Weblin: Tzinah has always been the forefront label in my opinion and as i am a new artist to this label i wanted to put some tracks together for people to enjoy as i do with other peoples podcasts.
Tzinah Records: Supposing you come back reading this interview in 10 years from now; could you try saying something to your future-self?
Patrick Weblin: Keep having fun doing what you do!