This week we caught up with Patrick Young, bassist of the band Avarice and student at Newcastle College University Centre. Patrick studies BMus Popular Music Performance alongside his band has just released his first album Sanctify on Newcastle College's in-house label PushPuzzle.
Name: Patrick Young
Course: BMus Popular music performance
Role in the band: Bass player
Who are you inspired by and why? I am inspired by players such as Jaco Pastorius by his innovation when it comes to the bass guitar and the way he uses harmony like no other bass players ever had before. I am also a big fan of bass players such as Cliff Burton of Metallica and Joe Dart of Vulfpeck.
What advice would you give to your 16 year-old self? I would tell my 16 year old self to explore music more in-depth earlier, as I only started really investing myself in music a bit later on.
What has been the best part of your course? The best part of the course probably has to be meeting other students on the course, such as the rest of the guys in the band, and other great people.
Tell us what you are most excited about for your upcoming album release? I am mostly excited that we are finally putting our music out there to be found and hopefully enjoyed by others.
Tell us something that has positively surprised you while working on this project? When I started working with the band I had never really explored or played much metal, so I was positively surprised about how much I found myself getting into the music that we were playing and how much I enjoyed the genre.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could take only 3 albums – which 3 would you choose? I would bring Bleach – Nirvana, OK Computer – Radiohead and Paranoid – Black Sabbath
What is the best thing about college for you? The best thing about college to me is being able to do what I love doing and being shown how to turn it into a career.
Make sure to check out Avarice's new releases, which are available to download on Spotify.