Rawness of Reality

A Tale of World Class Finesse - Pick Patek #20

January 17, 2020 Kevin Stalker Season 1 Episode 20
Rawness of Reality
A Tale of World Class Finesse - Pick Patek #20
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A Tale of World Class Finesse - Pick Patek #20
Jan 17, 2020 Season 1 Episode 20
Kevin Stalker

In this episode, you have the opportunity to meet Pick Patek. Pick is a rapper, singer, producer, and engineer. With his following growing, Patek works hard every day producing, writing and recording music for his next release. When he isn’t creating, he is either working at his internship or in-class studying at the University of Pittsburgh. He also enjoys rock climbing.

Pick started making music in 5th grade, but it wasn’t until he started collaborating with fellow rapper NxG in 2016 that he began to take music seriously. For the past four years, Pick has been working nonstop on his craft, putting together a team of managers, producers, and DJs, performing in cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Chicago at established venues as well as basement and backyard parties. While he has accomplished a lot (such as amassing over 2 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music), Pick won’t stop until he is known locally and nationally as a great.

Also, Pick has started a new vlog in 2020. Below a few links to his Youtube channel. Modern Art Tapes Vol. 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oqakMhxIrI)
Off White (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-PDcFLdxoU)
Spotify:
When In Oakland (https://open.spotify.com/album/3YgDAzYgisXq0l0dhw3sC8)
IG: @pickpatek
Beats: @josephj_callahan
Don't forget to subscribe, follow us on Instagram @_rawnessofreality, @kstalker9
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Show Notes Transcript

In this episode, you have the opportunity to meet Pick Patek. Pick is a rapper, singer, producer, and engineer. With his following growing, Patek works hard every day producing, writing and recording music for his next release. When he isn’t creating, he is either working at his internship or in-class studying at the University of Pittsburgh. He also enjoys rock climbing.

Pick started making music in 5th grade, but it wasn’t until he started collaborating with fellow rapper NxG in 2016 that he began to take music seriously. For the past four years, Pick has been working nonstop on his craft, putting together a team of managers, producers, and DJs, performing in cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Chicago at established venues as well as basement and backyard parties. While he has accomplished a lot (such as amassing over 2 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music), Pick won’t stop until he is known locally and nationally as a great.

Also, Pick has started a new vlog in 2020. Below a few links to his Youtube channel. Modern Art Tapes Vol. 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oqakMhxIrI)
Off White (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-PDcFLdxoU)
Spotify:
When In Oakland (https://open.spotify.com/album/3YgDAzYgisXq0l0dhw3sC8)
IG: @pickpatek
Beats: @josephj_callahan
Don't forget to subscribe, follow us on Instagram @_rawnessofreality, @kstalker9
Remember, Stay Raw with Reality

spk_0:   0:00
it inspires me because I realized that it's not just about me. It's not just like I want to be the famous, like it's not just that it's a team thing. It's like, Yes, like I'm making the music. But this is like it's almost like a company At this point, the product is the music. I'm in charge of that. Other people in charge of other things getting the product out. Two people finding shows, creating merged and doing all sorts of other little behind the scenes things. And it's just like when I'm like, Oh, I need a break from music And then I see everything else like continuing to move forward and everyone else working on like,

spk_1:   0:40
Okay, this is like, kind

spk_0:   0:41
of my thing. I need to be the one who's working the hardest thing. I need to be the one who's setting Example. Not other people citing example for me so that just like, inspires me to go harder.

spk_1:   0:49
Welcome to Episode 0 to 0 for rawness of reality, I'm your host, Kevin Stocker, and in this episode you have the opportunity to meet Pick Protect. Pick Originally is from New York, found himself in Philly and has established his roots here in Pittsburgh. He is an artist, producer, college student, collaborator, writer and creative. He is blown up on the music scene right now. But enough from me. There's pick protect big Shout out today, having picked the tech on the podcast. Some may know Emma's Ogi pick or pick, but those air religious throwback names for the boy. But you have big shoutout Welcome the rawness of reality. Thank

spk_0:   1:29
you. Thank you. My name is Pick Patek. I'm from Philly. I go to pit. So I'm living in Pittsburgh these days and I'm a rapper and a singer producer.

spk_1:   1:38
All right, Awesome again. Thanks for coming on, but I got a clear they Yeah. So you're from Philly? Yeah. And here you are, in Pittsburgh. And you moved here about two years ago or three years ago. At this point, I think,

spk_0:   1:50
three years ago, Um, something like that.

spk_1:   1:53
Okay. And so when you move here, your music just started to blow up. Yeah, I

spk_0:   1:58
will. So I had released a song The summer off. Wait. Yeah, off directly. After I came out of high school, I made that song and put out over the summer. And then so lake everybody from high school was like listening to like, my old stuff, you know, is whatever. But like, off White was, like, a lot better than the stuff. So then when I came to pit, and then like all the people I've met a pit immediately, like I just showed him that song Bond, they were, like, on the wave like and then they would go back and be like, Oh, you got so much better like this summer. Like it z So they were like, Oh, they motivated me toe. Like, continue this in a way that I probably wouldn't have continued it. Okay, How did not make that song

spk_1:   2:37
the cool thing? Cool thing for me. About how you came here from Philly and then made that song You had music when you moved here. You look kind of popped up on my social feed. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. I've known about you for a while. Now, toe have you on is really cool. So thanks again for coming on, but yeah, when you popped up, I was like, Oh, there's just like they're just like Oakland student. I was telling my friends, I remember is a couple of years ago. It's like there's this Oakland student at Pitt. He's like, really fucking good at music, like you guys should check him out and like we listened. Teoh, I'm pretty sure it was off white at the time. And then as time goes on, I see you're doing good things like you're putting good work out. There is quality music and the cool thing about your music and how you're putting it out is you really focus on the team mentality. Yeah, and is that something that you've always kind of focused on? Our is this, like team mentality that grow here in college, or is it something that kind of cultivated in Philadelphia?

spk_0:   3:36
So in Philly, when I started making music, I was making music with three other people. So, like we were in this collective called Huff. And so I've always sort of worked with a team on music, whether they were just like sending me beats or like, we're doing like collaborations or whatever. Even if it was just like my own songs like, I would always send it out like the rest of the people be like what you asked Think like what should be changed? Yeah, stuff like that. So, like, I've always sort of been a part of the team. And then we all went to different colleges. We all were like, Okay, this is over. Like, we're gonna go our separate ways. You still make music, but like, it just doesn't make sense to keep with this collective. Um, And then, like once I moved to pit, there seemed to be like a lot of people who wanted to help out and just jump on board and just do anything that they could and just sort of build a team around that.

spk_1:   4:29
So you said you would like, crater and work and then send it out to different people to get feedback in their turn. And, uh, I know, I know. It's a struggle for a lot of people to receive feedback. Yeah, and it could be very difficult hearing what other people think when they're actually being genuine and honest about it. So what's that, like hearing constructive criticism from peers of yours when it's not like the best of criticism?

spk_0:   4:52
Yeah. So I have Lake. I have, like the people that I can trust till I give me their honest feedback and one music. And a lot of times like, we don't agree. If I think something is great and everyone's like knowledge does, that's just not a good song. I'm like, whatever. But like, I probably won't release it cause, you know, they're the people who are gonna be listening. Yeah, they can kind of speak for they're they're coming from more objective standpoint. Um, so I mean, it's It's never like fun necessarily to hear like Oh, that's bad. Especially if it was something I really worked on. But I'm very grateful for it. I think I've seen other artists, like come to my studio to record with me and bring their friends along. And their friends are just like, hyping them up. Whatever they say, like whatever lyric it is, it's like, Oh, that's a bar That's a bar

spk_1:   5:42
And I'm like Like, was it though like not says get Really? Yeah, it's just

spk_0:   5:48
like it's like, I know you can do better. Like I've heard better. Like like you should challenge each other. Yeah, we should. And I think, and I think, um, it's it's interesting that you bring up this point because I think that it seems just like a lot of artists are good with hearing like, Oh, yeah, that was fire that was fired And then they just seem they just It looks like they are feeling very accomplished, like, based on that validation. And it's like No, like we need more competition, like friendly competition like we're all Yeah, you know, all the Creator's need to be like late Frank, Not necessary friends, but, like not enemies like No need to be like fighting with you with one another. But there needs to be like more competition, because that's what drives people

spk_1:   6:26
to come to breath. Yeah, yeah, I completely agree. And I think that point was really brought up to me because we're relatively close to age and knowing that people in the younger generations now get a bad rap of, like, not being able to handle things or it's like, Oh, these guys, they're softer. What's it like snowflakes or something like that that they would call a younger people just about her that you're showcasing that that's not necessarily the case with everyone, and I don't think it is, but it's cool to see not only somebody who's creating but an artist has created good music. Toe Have a good mind set about it. Yeah. All right. So, back to this. Clearing their about Pittsburgh. Philly. Do you have any beef between the Pittsburgh Philly? Like sports drama? You don't really care about sports. I did hear that. Your giants that kind of throws me off. Um, but yeah, you did You find out I was a Giants fan? I'd do thorough research, you know, like that's

spk_0:   7:27
crazy. Yeah. Um, yeah, I'm a Giants fan. I was born in New York. Okay, I lived there for two weeks, and I moved to Philly. Um, some. But I think I guess I was just always adamant about being a Giants fan. I really like their jerseys. I'm not, like, big into sports. Yeah, um, but it was really cool because, you know, before Super Bowls,

spk_1:   7:50
No. Yeah. So I'm like an undercover pats fan around here, but I am a pats fan. Yeah, and I get a lot of crap for it. Yes, here in Pittsburgh. But realistically, I think it's just like something fun that goes on in the city. People don't really take it too seriously. Like I'll wear it. Tom Brady. Jersey out. People will be okay with it. They might threw stuff at me. That's about it. But don't do that in Philly, though. No, No. Okay. Do you wear your, like, giant? Scary in Philly?

spk_0:   8:19
Uh, so I don't have that much money to be spending on that kind of stuff. Okay. My parents refused to get me anything Giants related.

spk_1:   8:26
It's probably best for you. Get my brother eagles jersey. No problem. Oh, that's that's actually okay. Yeah, that's cool. So I'll also it's the Eagles paraphernalia. Have you been then investing your money back into your music? Yeah. Okay. That's America's house. That has that been going for you? I see You got some new gear? Yeah, right. Right. Yeah, I got

spk_0:   8:46
some. We funded sweatshirts we broke, ordered them from lake Rush order teas or something like that. And and we just sold.

spk_1:   8:56
And the ah, this was a collaboration with modern art. Like the artwork itself. Yes.

spk_0:   9:02
Oh, So, actually, my designer Petra, she sent me to like, album artwork's Petra. Yeah. Okay. Petra Lee. And this was one of them. And then the album Art that's actually on the cover of the album is like the other one that she sent. And I was like, I like that one But like, let's save the other one for, like, merch And then that's what we did

spk_1:   9:28
That's what's cool. Okay, so when I first saw that, it looked like you were laying down, but yeah, e it kind of does. Yeah, it was, like on the side. I was like, Is he laying down on this? And I look closer? I was like, Now he's singing. So is this like a live performance picture? Yeah, There. That's cool. OK, do you Can you really recall what? Ah, moment, that's from

spk_0:   9:50
Yes. So, yeah, my fraternity, we threw a philanthropy concert. It was a small thing in, like, an auditorium on the campus. But I remember I got some pictures. I was wearing this jean jacket that my sister painting for me was fire. And, um, like we just kind of went with it. I just sent Petro a bunch of pictures off me, and a couple of them were from that show. Like, I think I got really good pictures from that show. And she just chose this one picture and just went with it. Okay,

spk_1:   10:25
that stuff. So a big part of, like, the listener base for rawness of reality is college students. Yeah, And with that in mind, I think they'd like to know what it's like coming from a college student like yourself. You're 20 years old. Yeah. Okay, so you're 20 years old. You're a musician. All right? As you produce your own music, do you write your own music as well? Yeah. And so you're juggling all this and that we haven't even touched school yet. So now you put school on top of that. What's your degree in engineering? Computer science. Computer science. Okay, so computer science and music and everything else you have marriage going, you're You're pretty much Loki blowing up here yet in this city. A CZ Well, as Philly, I'm sure. What's that like being being that you're 20 years old with all of that?

spk_0:   11:17
So I've definitely had to rely more and more on my team, which I'm like, very grateful that I have. But I've just been ableto lake offload like a lot of stuff that I would end up spending time on to other people that are capable of doing it, and I can trust them to do it. So that's, like, super helpful. Um, so that most of my time is then spent just making music, okay? And like finishing it.

spk_1:   11:42
Okay, so that brings me to my next point. Yeah. How do you meet people that are so awesome in your circle to get there?

spk_0:   11:50
So it's kind of crazy how it all came together. It definitely took about two or three years to create this team. So I met Dylan over there. Shut out the doing Manager Dillon. Yeah. So I met Dylan my freshman year through It's Theo and Summer After My Freshman Year the stewed Ryan D M. To me on Instagram and was like, Come through the studio like Let's Link and I was like Like everyone just deems Just like it's like It's like, yeah, I don't know anything about You Saw responded like, Who are you? And he was like, Oh, glad that you asked. And he had produced for, like Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande and like platinum plaques and everything. And I was like, Okay, I'll come through, come through um, so Ryan, He's produced a lot of stuff for me, and he just helps, Sort of. He helps with, like, the vision on some managerial kind of stuff. Through Ryan, I met Mellow, who's also my manager. He's more of Lake Big Picture Management and then Dillon over here because don't lives literally a block away from me. Look like we just linked usually 56 times a week and just feel like an hour and just, like, work on like stuff. Oh, that's cool. So, yeah, don't sort of the more like like, like, what do we need to do it right now? Let's get this done in the mellow he lives in L. A. So it's like, hard to, like always communicate with him every day. So it's more just like bigger picture like Long. He's got his stuff where he's working on the stuff over that I'm working on stuff over here. Um, through mellow, I met Ryan, who is my deejay, and he was very he was just from the jump. He was like, I wanna be your deejay like, Let's do this like it wasn't it wasn't like it took time to foster relationship with Mellow and first Ryan. But Ryan, the deejay he was just deejay hypnotic. Um, he was just, like, very quick to be link. Let's let's get this going

spk_1:   13:54
when you So when you have people kind of coming around you agreeing that they want to work with you and and you see that What? How does that make you feel? Just that in general.

spk_0:   14:06
So it inspires me because I realized that it's not just about me. It's not just oh, like I want to be a famous like it's not just that. It's like it's like it's a team thing. It's like, Yes, like I'm making the music. But this is like it's almost like a company. At this point, it's like the product is the music. I'm in charge of that other people in charge of other things, getting the product out. Two people finding shows, creating merged and doing all sorts of other little behind the scenes things. And it's just like when I'm like, Oh, I need a break from music and then I see everything else like continuing to move forward and everyone else working on like Okay, this is like kind of my thing. I need to be the one who's working the hardest thing. I need to be the one who's setting example. Not other people set an example for me, so that just, like, inspires me to go harder.

spk_1:   14:59
Is that a struggle for you or No,

spk_0:   15:01
Um, not really. It's sometimes like when I feel uninspired, and I'm just like, I can't really think of what to write about or what to make. But the way to get through it is just a either go out and find inspiration or just fight through it and make something good.

spk_1:   15:18
So would some of your more recent songs. You've amassed quite a bit of streams. Yeah, I think it was skyfall skyward. Sky skywards. Yeah, skywards. It just hit over like 500,000 on Spotify. That's awesome. What's that feel like for you being issues you've been creating music for about three years now? Yeah, and when you first put out music you like, But you knew you wanted to do it, But you weren't exactly sure what you were talking with a friend about it. And you guys agreed that this is something you wanted to take. Seriously?

spk_0:   15:52
Yeah, my friend Noah the next tree.

spk_1:   15:54
And so it's kind of like deep in this question a little. So what is it like having a song that's a mass like this many streams and your listeners is like, Awesome. You're at, like, 40 or 30,000 someone. Yes, I'm like that which is cool growing each day. What's it like seeing this happen? And like talking about it with Noah? What's that? What has that? It's crazy

spk_0:   16:17
because in high school we would drop music and then we were like, Beg, we extended to Everyone will be like

spk_1:   16:24
Listen, listen, listen, listen.

spk_0:   16:26
When we get like 203 100 plays, we would be like, That's crazy, Let's go And like on Soundcloud, Um, and to see, like 500,000 plays like Like I'm not even sure that I know what that means in terms of people like, I can't visualize what that actually

spk_1:   16:44
looks like. I get them all into this room. Yeah, it's just

spk_0:   16:46
the 500,000 streams like that's That's a lot of streams. That's a lot of people had that song. Skylar's being their top song of 2019 and 20

spk_1:   16:56
minute riots like It's a good song.

spk_0:   16:58
Yeah, and and the funny thing about that song was I made it maybe two weeks before that album when in Oakland came out. Um, I was just like, Oh, I need another hit song. Make this. I've made it like on my little laptop keyboard in my lounge in my dorm but, um yeah, talking about it with no away plea, we're both, like, so focused on just continuing to progress and stuff so we don't necessarily talk a lot about like, Oh, like it feels so good to be where we're at because I feel like artists can definitely get into a trap of, like all, like, I've accomplished this much like it's easy from here on out. It's like, Yeah, I have 500 K on a song that I put out two years ago like That's cool. But people are getting 500 k the first day that they put out a song like That's where I want to be like like let's just let's just step this up. We've seen what this song could do. I could make better songs like that, better songs than skywards. Let's see what can happen next see how many streams you go in the next one.

spk_1:   18:03
That's a That's a good mind set about it. Yeah, it's like, next up. You're not. You're not focused on the past. Yeah. Okay. Cool. 6 a.m. Studios. Yeah. Again. You're 20 years old. Your musician producer artists making all this stuff. Ah, college on top of it. And now I hear that a couple months ago, you opened up six AM studios. You charge about $20 an hour. 20 an hour? Yeah. And dude, what, like that's awesome. That's sick. But what even motivates you to do that? What gives you the time? Do you get up? Doesn't start at 6 a.m.

spk_0:   18:40
So, um, out of respect for my roommates does not start a six. OK, um,

spk_1:   18:46
so it's out of your dorm room. It's

spk_0:   18:48
out of, So I live in an apartment. Okay, um, I have two roommates, I guess housemates, because we all have our own rooms, but I just do it right out of my room. Okay? Um and yeah, we started it. So it was me and my friend Noah, not from high school. Different Noah home. He also goes to pit He's a sophomore, but he started making beats last year and he's worked all summer and he's gotten so much better. Just seeing the progress is crazy. And I was like, Wow, this kid's like, motivated. He's motivated me to do things. Um, so and we would just, like, make beats together a lot just for fun. And I was just like, one day like, let's let's, like, sell these beats like, let's make some money, like in the short term and just see what we can do. And, ah, originally we wanted to engineer at my friend Ethan Studio. Bye. That was kind of far away. Um, and I was like, I have, like, nice equipment in my room, like I can step like my mixing game up a little bit and we can charge people for it. Most studios in Pittsburgh seemed to be like fortyish an hour and with, like, okay, quality. So I'm thinking like, people are gonna love 20 an hour with okay, quality. Just cut it in half. There's literally no expenses on my end. I already have all the stuff. Yeah, it's just, you know, we split it three ways myself, like I get 1/3 of the cut, No one gets 1/3 and then 1/3 goes back until, like the studio as an entity that then we're gonna, like, reinvest. We're gonna get some new sound panels were going to just get, you know, more decorations, whatever it like we need for the studio, and we've made a decent amount of money off of it. It's just like it's just it feels good to like, hustle like that. We probably work about anywhere from like 5 to 10 hours a week with sessions. It really depends on who's free for a session of what our schedules are like. Like you, said Ling. I'm in school. It's just you coming up out of nowhere with assignments and stuff. So we gotta, like, watch out for that year. But besides that, like we usually do sessions in the evening, actually,

spk_1:   21:04
have you have you yet? Had somebody come in that you were like, Oh, I gotta do some music with them like I gotta

spk_0:   21:11
collaborate. I think that's a tricky question. I think that all the artists that come through have have lake to see, like their process and to see like what they do to make a song like it's It's all been like, very unique and very much like why, like I would have never thought to do that or like, you know, while like I'm never, ever going to do that it, like it goes both ways. Um, I think that all of the artists come through are definitely super inspiring to me, though, to see, like them come through and then they're like all like This is such good quality Likely, Let's link again like let's keep doing this. And I'm just like building relationships with these artists. I think a lot of them don't share my style. But I think that nonetheless, whether or not we end up collaborating, I think it's really good just to build those connections off artists that you respect and that respects you as well.

spk_1:   22:07
I'm glad you brought up your style because, uh, I heard you talk about modern art in past works that you put out and you said something along the lines where you view the passwords is good. Yeah, those some of them have been successful, but modern art is the first work that you've created that encompasses you as a serious musician, serious artists and showcases your style in all different ways. Yeah. Uh, so what is that style? What does that sound? And do you think it's still evolving?

spk_0:   22:39
So it's funny you say that because last night I was talking to my friend and he was that you should make, like, album like just like freestyles like Over Like Soundcloud rapper type beats and stuff like that. And I was thinking like, Well, that's not really my style But then I was also thinking, like modern art really was just like an experiment of like Let's just see what I can do. Yeah, in terms of just like all these different types of beets and styles of music and stuff and one. And Kanye is like a huge inspiration to me and seeing like, video, like, always look of videos of a canyon studio like on YouTube. And he's just like whether or not he records on the beat. Whether and I makes a song, he's always making something that lake you've never heard before. It's just something completely new and refreshing, and that's what I try to do with my music. I wouldn't say that I have a specific style. I wouldn't say that I am trying to Lake, even necessarily find a style. I'm trying to make it so that my style, I can be on anything. And then people are like, Oh, he brought his like own thing to the table on like this, like generic Trap e or Lake This boom BAP beat like he could do anything, and that's that's where I'm trying to be. And that's how I want people to see me in my music. I

spk_1:   23:57
kind of like a adaptable to whatever. Yeah, and I think the next project,

spk_0:   24:02
um whenever that may be coming out should really exemplify. I think it'll really go even further into different styles. It's not so much that it becomes disjointed, but to the point where it's like, Oh, it's not just like there's one hit song and every song on the album is kind of similar. And

spk_1:   24:24
the baby, you know, like all kind of sounds. Yeah, like this, you know, I love to be Oh, I'm not talking about on the baby. But yes, some of it sounds very soon. There's Yeah, there's definitely artist that I

spk_0:   24:40
feel like have their big songs and then they try to mere that over and over again. I think skywards is like was a big song and then blow October is also pretty big, very different style of music and

spk_1:   24:52
didn't like Did someone break your heart? Is that where blue October came from? I wrote that so long ago. Let me think about that for a second. I got was listening to it and I was like, Damn, this man's heart were again like, No, See, I don't think I don't think I was heartbroken,

spk_0:   25:05
though I don't think I was, Um I think I think it just it was It was October. Okay, um, I think I was just like, you know, I was just like, missing people from high school, but like, it wasn't like I was heartbroken. It was just like all like this is like like, I can really get myself into a mood if I like, Think about these people, um, that I've been, you know, relationships and whatever

spk_1:   25:31
suited past memories and motivate the music Yet that such what's up?

spk_0:   25:36
Even even if, uh, yeah, even if you know, it's just, like, very insignificant. If it inspires me to write like a story based on it. Then that's facts like it works.

spk_1:   25:46
No. Yeah, that's that I completely agree with that. Yeah, I think those past moments can really help influence what you create. Now. It's kind of like using that passed, like, really creatures look consumption. Yeah, we consume so much, but we don't always give ourselves an ability to create. Yeah, but if you use that in which you've already consumed to create, it could be really beautiful, because if you create from memory, it's Yeah, yes,

spk_0:   26:12
I think the one other thing about it is there's There's, like a lot of things that I might say on a song about somebody or to somebody, as if, like I'm speaking to them that I wouldn't want to say to them in person, just out of it might be uncomfortable. It might be like out of pocket, whatever, but, like, I can stay that on a song if it's generic enough of a song that they don't realize it's about them

spk_1:   26:37
okay again. But you know they're gonna listen. Thio. Yeah, no, it's it's

spk_0:   26:42
it's really interesting when, like the people that I write songs about the post on their stories like I love this song. Lee, you have no idea what this is about, do you?

spk_1:   26:50
Yeah, it's just funny. So it's not like it's

spk_0:   26:53
not to clarify. I'm not I'm not trying to start, but I'm not like talking down on people. It's just like, Oh, this is like a story that will happen with us. And I was inspiring, like me to write this song. It's not like only I wrote about you in this song, but it's like

spk_1:   27:07
So have you had anyone reach out to you and be like, Yeah, this is like, This seems like something we were a part of her like, That seems like a moment we were once in

spk_0:   27:16
Yes, um, that's happened a couple times to varying degrees of anger towards me. But where some people are like James, that was a terrible thing to do. Why would you ever do that? Vs Oh, I get it. That's a great song. I must still listen to it. I like getting songs written about me right more

spk_1:   27:38
so I'm not trying to blow up your spot. You just referred to yourself as James. Yes. Okay, Okay,

spk_0:   27:44
I'm trying that late. Loki. I'm trying to call myself. Pick more. Yeah. Like, just become Lee.

spk_1:   27:49
What's that? What's that like? Kind of like internally. You have your name in which you were giving up birthday, and you have the name in which that people are knowing you by What is it like when you see somebody, they come up to you in there like you pick, pick Patek where someone comes up there like, Hey, what's up, James? Is this person is also there.

spk_0:   28:06
So with with James, it's like That's like, That's That's usually when people meet me and they've heard about me first. They call me pick If it's I'm meeting them for the first time and they have no idea about the music. I'm like It's James. That's usually kind of how it goes. Um, I would say that maybe it's like more like inner circle calls me James. Like just everyone else calls me pick. But I don't think it's like that black and white. I think it's more based on, just like how we've met and under what context our relationship lies.

spk_1:   28:46
Okay, so then you started with a G pick. Yeah, about ninth grade, right? O g fake. Yep. So where did that even come from?

spk_0:   28:54
Um, well, I was I wrote this song called Yeah, with my friends in ninth grade. And, uh, I think one of lake, like we had my one friend, Ray. He was going by Conrad West. Um, and like this, uh, and then it was like me and him on this song. I think maybe it's just me, but this kid Thomas, he produced it. And for some reason, I thought he was going by a lake. Ogi. Primo is helping like that because his last name is pre mush. Um, so I had a line in the song. I was like, Yes, I'm with Kanye Condrey. Weston O G. Um, but I guess everyone thought I was referring to myself, so they started calling me Augie pick. Come. So I just kind of stuck. I was like, All right. That's, you know, I'm not going to change this kind of a good name.

spk_1:   29:46
And then a few years go by and you drop it. The

spk_0:   29:48
job that Oh, gee, because I thought was corny. Um, I just went with pick, and then I was making an instagram one day for make my music. Um, and I made the handle pick protect, and people just start calling me pick. Protect

spk_1:   30:04
what is protect men like the watch, the watch and then pick. Does that mean? And even

spk_0:   30:10
that's for my last name. Pickering. Okay, cool.

spk_1:   30:12
All right. That makes sense. I want to thank all of our listeners who have made it this far. If you have enjoyed the episode, please like, subscribe and radius five stars, Liver view, it really goes a long way. If this is your first time for British time listening, if not, skip ahead. So the way bears time works is like this. I sit down with the guest, we split a package starburst, and I asked them some pretty quick questions. Expect quick answers, but I don't always get that. And that's okay, because some of the answers are meaningful and really impactful to the guest. Listen in to hear how pick the tech breaks down. Very stoned. So now we're gonna we're gonna set way into, like, a different part of the interview. Okay? I keep calling any discussion discussion here. So this is very stomp What we do Is I break out, break out this pack of Starbucks? Yeah. Do you like starving? I love I saw in the video. I got excited because I was watching a video you had and you take two bags of Starburst. You put him there years. Uh, you know what I'm talking about? Was it, um Was it the roof gone video? I think so. Yeah. Way reported An Acme. Yeah. Yeah, that's crazy. Yeah. So I saw that you had service, and then I was like, Oh, he's gonna fuck with started, but yeah, Cool. So, yeah, this is a tropical pack. So you have various time that sent the first time for burst time, but here we go. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna ask you some questions for you. Take a cz many as you want, but I was gonna pass them round of these guys over here. You're starting back. I want some tea. Oh, um, so, yeah, pretty much this This I'm gonna ask you a couple questions. I can answer him long, fast break time. They're supposed to be fast, but really take your time. Sometimes I have a tough time coming up with questions on the spot off the cuff off for it. So Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars? All right, that's what's up. Okay, Number one artist and Pittsburgh, you would like to perform any type of work with right now on I go with Angie. That's who was in my mind. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Let's yet. That's what's up. Okay, I could see you and Benji actually having a killer hit together. Yeah, we made a song together

spk_0:   32:42
awhile ago and never came out really later. The first time I met him. Yeah,

spk_1:   32:48
okay. Favorite tropical Star Wars flavor. You know, I haven't had these in a minute, so I'm about to find out to our listeners if there's a break within this moment because we're chewing starburst. They're not the easiest to go down us, Pops. That's so good. It's over. Juicy, tasty tropical starburst. Oh, Where's the Where's the sponsor? Said Yeah, right. No. All right. Favorite book to read. Um, if you're just gonna pick up a good book friend day.

spk_0:   33:29
Oh, I was difficult. See, I really like James Patterson books. They're very, very easy to re aria. Oftentimes poorly written, riddled with spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. But they're very like entertaining. And you get through, like, 500 page book in, like, three hours.

spk_1:   33:47
Yeah, so? So you said as, like, grammatical and spelling. You like to read him so that you can correct him in everything. Okay. Yeah. Most anticipated movie A 20 Tony.

spk_0:   34:05
Oh, I don't really watch movies like that. That's the thing we could

spk_1:   34:08
drop that most anticipated album of 2020.

spk_0:   34:12
Oh, the Drake and Future Want Drinking Future? Yeah. Okay. Our span anticipated for the longest time I love Drake and L A future

spk_1:   34:19
coffee or tea T Pitts burgher Philly. Oh, I'm not gonna answer that. All right? Yeah. Pennsylvania. And, uh, what is rawness of reality mean to

spk_0:   34:31
you? I mean, you're just coming up with these questions off top. So it's just like raw, unedited, unfiltered. You know, if you want to get deep with that, everything's fell to these days. So, you know,

spk_1:   34:43
you get all that hot and ah, anything coming up in your life or going on that you want the listeners to be a part

spk_0:   34:49
of. Well, we're putting out of logs. We got the 1st 1 coming out this week. Okay, Um and I want people to watch and sort of follow along and get involved with Lake the movement and feel like they're part of it. And I just went because I mean, like I said, like Like like I make the music. But then there's, like, the team that surrounds me. And then there's, like, the fans and everything, and I'm just trying to lake. I'm trying to get more involved with that. Like, I'm generally kind of antisocial, but I'm really trying to branch out and like and like, touch audiences reach out.

spk_1:   35:30
But before I cut this off, what do you mean by your anti social? You live in an age really like That's not OK. You can't be antisocial in a social media age. Yeah,

spk_0:   35:40
no, it's It's difficult. Yeah, See, like Like I usually don't have Snapchat unless I got a show coming up that I want to promote. And then people get math, not answering me for me, not seeing them like I just don't like it. Um, I don't know. I think like it's there's just like so many other things that I want to focus on, like at any given time that being like social just doesn't seem like the best use of time. Um, often not like the most comfortable thing to do anyways for me. So I just end up spending a lot of time of music and not a lot of time on Lake social Media and trying to, like, reach out like I feel like like like I have good friends. I have good people that I can call my friends and rely on, and that's all that that's That's what matters to me, like the fact that I have, like, a good support system that I could be there for them. They could be there for me. You and um, once once I feel like comfortable, it's It's not like the first thing that comes to my mind like branch out until they continue to meet people, something that so that's that's what I mean.

spk_1:   36:49
And I think a lot of people, mainly younger generations college students now who are really confronted with that idea of social media is like tough toa kind of like engage in every day and even more so when you're creative, you you almost it's almost completely necessary that you have a social media, but I don't not only have it, you actively use that so that people are continually being engaged with you.

spk_0:   37:17
And it can't be half asked either. Like, there has to be thought put into it like all the things that people say. Oh, you should just be like, candid. You should just be like, you know, you should have a phobia like No filters, whatever. Like Like you

spk_1:   37:29
can't do that. People say that and then you do it and they're like off this guy. Like I think it's a trickle down effect, though that's coming from, um, like, like the very, very top influencers of social media are so active and so on it. Yeah, people are consuming all this so much, they get it and they're like, aren't what else? What else is there? Yeah, and they're not pushing anything else on their end. So it's kind of like that thing where it's like you also have to create stuff, have a balance in your life. Yeah, of that consumption and creativity. The

spk_0:   38:01
other thing about social media is, is it's like it's the way that I connect and reach out to people. And then people can reach out to me like I get a lot of messages, especially like when my songs go into somebody's discover weekly playlist on Spotify. Then they'll message Be honest, Emily like skywards like sticky fingers. Whatever just came in to discover weekly like I love it like Like I listen to our music is very good and they'll just mess with me and I'll respond and stuff like that. Enough. I wasn't on Instagram. They probably would have just listened to that one song and just been like like this, just any song. But it's like now they have a connection with this artist, and now it's like it works in both of our favorites, like it's I mean, I mean, I like having connections are just think. It's funny. Yeah, cool. And then it's like Then they wrapped me and then we just kind of like it expands like the network then, and it's just it's very helpful for that. So it's like it's very useful on. It's just frustrating sometimes because for me, like, that's not necessarily the first thing that I would want to do. I want to focus on

spk_1:   39:05
yeah, I I completely get that. That's Ah, that's really all the questions I have for you today. Um, any shows coming up? Did you Did you say anything about shows yet?

spk_0:   39:14
I have. Well, I had a show on Friday. Uh, it went well. I have another show this coming Friday. I don't know when this wins this video was

spk_1:   39:22
this This podcast should release within the next week. Okay. Yeah. Um, why do you have a

spk_0:   39:28
show in the 17 Friday 17th? Um, if it doesn't come out before then, I have a show on February 15th. I believe in Greensburg and show March 4th in Chicago.

spk_1:   39:44
Is that your first big show out of us? My first Lake Lake. Let's travel from this. That's excited. It had lining to Really Okay.

spk_0:   39:53
Yeah. Very excited for that. I have Lake. I have some family. Should have to. They're gonna come out in school either. Palm to see. Yeah, that's cool. Um, like my neighbors from like I was a kid, like, moved to Chicago so they might come out. Ooh, that's certainly got that. Yeah. So it's and I've never been Chicago, so it'll be fun.

spk_1:   40:15
I hear good things. I also haven't been But I hear good things. Yeah. My, You anything? Uh, all right. Yeah, that's all. Uh, thank you for listening today. We'll see you. Thank you for listening. See, Eyes this pick Patek. Ladies and gentlemen, what a guy I enjoyed Speaker with Pick Patek. I hope you all that we're engaged listening. If so, please subscribe Radius five stars and leave. Some reviews are episodes can only get better from here. I also want to give a big thank you to my campus, our production manager and Joeckel on the beets. If you are listening to this episode and it's Friday, January 17th and you have some free time tonight picked the tech will be performing at Mr Smallest DD So if you have a chance go check amount. And remember, stay wrong with reality.