Young and prolific Pat Kane is a growing presence on the local scene. His most recent EP, What If The Stars Are Satellites, was released in January.
Every second Wednesday of the month around 9 p.m., Pat Kane, guitar in hand, walks into Wilmington’s Nomad Bar, takes up a position in the corner of the room, and begins playing his music. Regulars at The Nomad know Kane and his work, but so does almost everyone in the Wilmington music scene.
At the tender age of 26, he has more than 50 songs and nine EPs to his credit, and having just wrapped up his second year in a row playing the Shine A Light On The Queen concert, his fame is sure to grow. But ask him what he thinks about playing music, and the first thing he will tell you is, “It should never be about getting famous.”
As a teen growing up in Wilmington, Kane was inspired to pick up a guitar by a friend who had just started playing. At the time, Kane liked heavy metal music, and the image associated with that genre. Metallica was his favorite band; he liked how aggressive they were. For him, they personified rock and roll.
Then Eric Clapton changed his life.
“I can remember going to a Clapton concert for the first time and just saying, ‘holy shit, this guy gets it!’ Clapton kind of got me to find more music, music with a soul,” says Kane, “I began to dive deep into blues and music associated with blues.”
Since then, he has worked toward finding that sound and transforming it into his own. He started playing as much as possible and learning everything he could. He recalls being a freshman at Brandywine High School and playing gigs five nights a week.
“My music was young back then; I was young,” he says. “It’s changed a lot since I first started playing, since I released my first EP, and so have I.”
As he grew older Kane traveled—as far as San Francisco and even Thailand—and played live gigs. As he did, his music evolved.
He’s a musician who lives in the present through his music. “It reflects whatever I’m dealing with at the time that I write and record,” he says. “I draw from what I know and feel.” He describes his music as “psych, blues, and then folk, always in that order. That’s the kind of music that I love to make.”
Since Kane is a solo act—most of the time—so he has complete control over the music he loves to make.
But that also means when he’s recording he has to play all the instruments and record them separately for each song.
He’s not shy about explaining why he doesn’t have a band behind him: “I love playing with other musicians, but I also love having creative control over my music and the more musicians you add the harder it is to keep that same style.”
Kane has an unconventional way of marketing his work. He releases all his songs online via Bandcamp and has yet to ask for money for them. “I just want people to listen to my music,” he says, adding, “if they want to make a donation that’s cool, but just listening to my songs is enough.”
His most recent EP, What If The Stars Are Satellites, was released online in January and beautifully complements his singing, song writing, and guitar playing abilities. The first track, “Be Here Now,” is insanely psychedelic and feels as if Kane is guiding you down the rabbit hole while The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane dance beside you.
His albums are an experience, and Kane suggest a way to get the most out of that experience: “Put some headphones on, smoke some weed and relax,” he smiles. “Listen front to back. Go for a ride.”
Pat Kane plays at The Nomad Bar, 905 N. Orange St. in Wilmington, every second Wednesday of the month. His music can be found at patkane.bandcamp.com.