We are sharing our recent interview with a guitar slinger and singer/songwriter Patrick Carpenter
Twist Online : First of all please introduce yourself to our readers.
Patrick Carpenter : My name is Patrick Carpenter. I moved to Nashville in 2014 when I transferred to Lipscomb University. I moved cause of school, but I came up to here to begin working on my music career. I began out as a lead guitar player for a few acts around town, but last year I finally began my own solo thing as well.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Patrick Carpenter : Kenny Chesney was the first guy I saw where I said “he’s cool, I wanna be like him.” But as I got more invested into music I really became captivated by the guitar players. My first Guitar hero was Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi and quickly guys like a Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana became huge influences for me as well. But, I was always drawn to country music. The songwriting is too good and when I first became interested it was really good. That’s when I found Brad Paisley. His mix of witty lyrics and lightning fast guitar was incredible. He’s been a huge influence on me as a musician and writer as I have started setting a foundation in this business.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recently released first official EP “Coming Back Stronger”?
Patrick Carpenter : “Coming Back Stronger” was such a crazy process. I had found a producer and we began tracking, for some reason the project was put on the shelf and then I had to find a new producer. I was a few months behind on the project, but it was so worth the struggle to get it to where it is. Which is kind of the theme I was going with. There’s loud anthem style drums and guitars, I wanted my love for old school rock to show through and I have a few guitar solos kind of reminiscent to a few of my hero’s as well.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Patrick Carpenter : it was incredible! It hit No. 13 on iTunes and is still getting great reviews and streams. That was such an incredible day. So much went into this and to see it do this just blew my expectations.
Twist Online : Any particular track from the EP that’s your favorite?
Patrick Carpenter : probably “Drink of You.” It’s about to cross over 40K streams on Spotify. Pretty cool considering this all began 5 months ago and I’m still building a following and all that. Also, that song is just so fun to play live. We may or may not extend the guitar solo just a little at the end.
Twist Online : What’s the best part of being a music artist?
Patrick Carpenter : You get to become the soundtrack of people’s lives. Music is great because it can literally define a moment for someone. The opportunity to do that and be successful at it, to me, is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
Twist Online : Working in studios or performing on stage, what do you enjoy more?
Patrick Carpenter : Both are so different. I love the studio because that’s where you’re at your peak of being creative. It’s where ideas change and songs evolve into something new. Playing live is a blast too, especially with a great crowd. I actually love changing things up live, like maybe make the intro longer or the guitar solo just to add some extra flare and personal touch to it.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Patrick Carpenter : I am! So we are now working on a new album called “Friday Night Hallelujah.” Coming Back Stronger was an EP, this is a LP, my first one of these as well. I wanted to do something new, but I wanted to do a project where the listener gets to learn about me more. There’s personal songs, crazy bar songs and some beach tunes as well. I really wanted this to be something where you get a really good idea of who I am and what I wanna do. It should be out early summer.