Patrick Tabaks was busy preparing his debut album Lost My Mind for a September release. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter spent much of 2020 writing and recording the nine-song collection at studios in the UK, Sweden, Canada, the US as well as his Latvia. native.
Lyrically, Lost My Mind finds the singer contemplating existential questions and exploring his own emotional psyche. “The album is really about what has grown in me all my life,” says Patrick. “It’s about what I grew up to experience or what I asked myself. So a lot of the songs are sort of talking, I wouldn’t mean philosophical questions, but questions that you don’t really want to think about every day. But these questions stay in your head. And the other half of the album is half romantic. It’s about my emotions.
The album’s first single, “From Time to Time”, was inspired by the bittersweet nature of mourning. “[It’s] a song about the people you’ve lost in your life. The song is about my grandmother and my grandfather. I really couldn’t spend that much time with them [growing up]. Now that I think about it, I wish I could have spent more time with them. It’s a song that gives you the feeling of loss but at the same time the feeling of happiness that you had when you spent all these moments with these people.
Another upcoming single, “Are you even real, ”Marks a shift to the left both in sound and in content. “[It’s] a bit of an outlier, ”says Patrick. “The music itself is a bit different from the rest of the songs. But I thought it was an interesting song with an interesting concept… “Are You Even Real” is [about] my fear of what happens after death. I just think talking about your fears is just as important as talking about the rest of your emotions.
If Lost My Mind has an undeniable pop sensibility, its influences range from jazz and flamenco to lo-fi rock. Such versatility is not surprising for an artist who has been a musician for almost as long as he has been alive.
“I started making music at the age of six,” says Patrick. “I remember my sister teaching me to sing on our piano at home. And I really started to like it a lot. And when I was seven, I started going to a music school where I found my inspiration working with these teachers. All these people who were also in music … it gave [me] an idea of what it is to be a musician and the joy that can be derived from it. I think that’s really where my inspiration came from.
Under the tutelage of his teacher Valda Tracuma, Patrick began singing opera at the age of 11, performing at the Latvian State Opera and became known as “the boy with the golden voice”. Over the next four years he performed in a duet with famous opera singers such as Sonora Vaice and Elina Shimkus and performed in productions of various opera houses in Latvia and abroad.
Even with his own album completed, Patrick has no plans to slow down. He is currently co-writing and co-producing new songs with singer Elizabeth Luka, and collaborating with producer Tim Lars on an electronic pop single called “Countryside” which will be released in the fall. He has also started rehearsals for the lead role in a new musical “The Child Of The Star” written by Janis Lusens which will debut on November 14th. Patrick was also part of the cast of the musical Rent when production resumed in late August 2021.
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