Imagista is excited to announce that this Tuesday April 28 David Pattillo aka Strange Majik will launch his new record “Lights On” with a release party featuring many special guests at Bowery Electric in New York City. A veteran of the music scene and resident of NYC, Pattillo has been nominated for an Emmy for the “Live From The Artists Den” television series, produced the debut album of an up and coming Motown artist for super producer Linda Perry, and for the last few years has fronted The Dead Exs singing and crafting a blues guitar finger style in backwater dives around the country. Last year he even hosted radio show in the UK. His new record “Lights On” blends genres of vintage soul, 60’s guitar psychedelia, electronic chill, and organic hip hop.

Imagista: How would you describe what you do?

D.P: Musician, producer, bluesman, funkmeister, engineer, meditation junkie.

Imagista: How long have you been doing it?

D.P: All my life but I moved to NYC in the nineties and worked in studios with everyone from Public Enemy to The Beastie Boys learning the ropes and recording my music on studio downtime.

Imagista: What do you love about it?

D.P: I love playing shows that get dangerously out of hand and radiate the essence of unleashed creative energy… never play a song the same way twice, extend the jam, mix it up, destroy it, rebirth it, own it. As a producer, I like pushing artists beyond their limits, getting amazing performances, and making their records sound amazing.

Imagista: What are you most proud about or most excited about?

D.P: My 11 year-old boy and his new love for guitar.

Imagista: What’s coming up that really excites you?

D.P: My record release party on April 28! My life long dream was to have my music on vinyl and voila…here it is. A boutique label called Plane Groovy in the UK fell in love with “Lights On” and made the whole thing happen. It’s a life goal realized and a dream come true. I’ve got copies…come and get it!

Imagista: Who or what is your greatest inspiration? What makes you the happiest?

D.P:Gandhi has always inspired me for his persistence and wisdom. I dig what Russell Brand is up to these days and how Eckhart Tolle has simplified the concept of awareness for the masses. I love the playing live shows, rocking a crowd, getting them inspired to do great things. Otherwise I enjoy living in the moment, eating a plant based diet and daily meditation.

Imagista: Who in the creative world do you most identify or are most inspired by? What about them inspires you?

D.P: Richard Linklater, Fellini, Wes Anderson. The stories of the common man who strives for meaningful things and makes a difference in the world. I find cinema and some of the newer television series more enlightening than the musicians these days. Its feel like film is pushing the boundries beyond shock value and truly cultivating engaging stories.

Imagista: What do you like to spend your money on?

D.P: Guitars, Amps, Books, Hats, Boots.

Imagista:Who or what do you love most in the world and why?

D.P: My son Owen. . He’s a constant source of inspiration and a genuinely warm soul looking to do good things in the world. In the words of Sly Stone, “blood’s thicker than mud…it’s a family affair.

Imagista: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would you be doing or like to be doing?

D.P: Sitting on a beach, meditating on a mountain top, or bathing in the Ganges.

Imagista: Who do you think is the most underrated artist in the world right now?

D.P: Although he sadly passed away a few years back my friend and guitar mentor Chris Whitley. He had his own language of playing that to this day is mystifying to me. Knowing and playing with Chris was perhaps the closest I could have been to knowing Hendrix.

Imagista: What is your most valued possession?

D.P: My 1967 Guild D35. Its Brazilian rosewood, which is now endangered, and it’s warm and balanced. My good friend and luthier Erik Klaastad rescued it from a guy who had it sitting next to the fireplace in Vermont. The guitar had dried out so bad the top was cracked down the middle in two places like racing stripes and was near death. Erik worked his repair wonders, braced and glued it up like an old Stradivarius, and brought it back to life for me. I play it nearly every day.

Imagista: What are your three favorite places on the planet?

D.P: Big Sur, Montauk, and someplace new.

Imagista:If you were a bumper sticker, what would it say?

D.P: ..Keep on truckin’!!!

David Pattillo aka Strange Majik


Photographer: Tiff Pemberton

Musician: David Pattillo