Susanna J. Patten with behind the scenes genius
from DJ Downtown
where are you from:
Sunny humid brutality of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
instruments you use:
Brains. MPC. Logic. Guitar. MPC. Bass. Claps.
style of music:
I played drums and sang in bands for years. But wanted to make pop songs with programmed drum beats and synthesizers that satisfied my craving to make catchy songs that people can dance to.
what’s your message?
if you can tap a rhythm you can write a song.
do you play shows and how do they look like?
Not yet. But SOON! I am working on it. My most hated thing is artists who make music like this just singing to a backing track live, it's so uninspired and uninspiring. I just bought a few really fun gadgets to make the live show super interesting to watch...stay tuned!
what was the craziest show you’ve ever played ?
I Heart Hiroshima have played some insane shows. Maybe this festival in Ho Chi Minh city with Ratatat where it was torrentialy raining and the main (only) stage had no roof so the PA was exploding in front of us and we were getting electrocuted. Or Bologna when we were on tour with The Rakes and the crowd were insane and chanting like they were at a football match. We thought they reall liked us but then they tried to steal everything from us when we had finished playing - merch, guitars, pedals,drumsticks, everything - so then we just thought they were insane.
what was the worst and why?
oh mannnnnnnn. Maybe in Edinburgh in 2009 'cause I was in the worst mood in the history of existence and was basically just an angry pms dragon lady and you could pretty much see fire and lava dribbling out of my ears. Generally though, I am a chipper motherfucker!
what are your future plans?
Finish the record and release it. Play loads of shows. Tour a bunch. Play guitar better. Spend lots of money on weird and wonderful gear. Buy a puppy. Become a scrabble genius. Make people dance.
are you going for the big deal or are you more the d.i.y. type?
I'm going to be a big deal in a D.I.Y fashion...yeah? Ha.
your 3 favorite bands:
The Smiths, Jay-Z, The Go Betweens.
your 3 favorite colors:
Navy Blue, Forest Green and Charcoal.
your 3 favorite dishes:
and my sisters roast pumkpin and quinoa salad.
your 3 favorite movies:
Best in Show
Some Kind of Monster and
your 3 favorite books:
Just Kids (Patti Smith)
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
Our Band Could Be Your Life (Michael Azerrad).
your 3 favorite records:
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
The Knife - Deep Cuts,
Jay-Z - The Black Album
your 3 favorite venues:
The Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay NSW Australia,
The Zoo in Brisbane QLD Australia and
The Powerhouse Brisbane QLD Australia.
your 3 favorite hobbies:
Making bad (awesome) jokes
okay, new category! your favorite joke:
"Why did the scarecrow win an award?
Because he was outstanding in his field.
your 3 favorite animals:
3 things you totally need on stage:
A 60's Slingerland Drumset
and a set of Rokit KRK Studio Monitors.
what do you fight?
My right to party.
what’s your best song eva and why?:
This is hard.
I'd say at the moment I really like "Love Street" cause it poppy and happy and summery and it reminds me of home in Brisbane!
"THIS TIME " This is a song called This Time. It's dancey, it's about as "club" as I get. It's about going with instinct, when you know that something feels like the right thing to do. It's about a girl. Is that clear enough?