Today we’d like to introduce you to Graham Patzner.
Graham, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised to a family of musicians and have been making art for my whole life. I went to college to study acting but dropped out after two years and began working on songwriting and soon formed Whiskerman, which has been playing on the west coast for about nine years now.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Here’s a little piece I wrote about our new record, Kingdom Illusion: Kingdom Illusion explores the disentanglement of thought structures and belief systems that plague both the inner and collective landscape. Singer-songwriter Graham Patzner, after losing the relationship with the mother of their child, found himself in a somewhat frenzied and impassioned renaissance of new ideas, sounds and characters. Nearly personifying the devil at times on the record, Patzner explores the fringe of humanity, the cast out and deplored, as well as the crumbling of tired religious and dogmatic beliefs. The bulk of the songs were written in a few months at the height of the shift from a doomed relationship to wild exploration. The album paints homage to this transitory period where the veil is lifted and the tower is falling, always honoring the destruction.
Musically this marks a new period for Whiskerman. Ramping up more touring and hitting the festival circuit, their sound has consumed some of the chaos, vibrancy, madness, ecstasy and glory of the west coast live music scene. But instead of getting crunchy, or funky, Whiskerman has turned to the underworld to weave a heavier, sometimes aggressive and melancholic sound. From weeping dual slide guitars to majestic string arrangements, all the way down to straight down and dirty rock and roll, the album dances through complex mythical themes with an air of magic, whimsy and irreverence that keeps the spirit of the jester alive and cackling throughout.
Whiskerman’s last record, Champions, was released in 2014 and in the last four years, the band went through a variety of changes, including a new drummer, Dan Schwartz and a new guitarist Jeremy Lyon. Now settling on a solid quintet lineup, Whiskerman is continuing to work on new material and plans to make they’re follow up to kingdom Illusion much sooner than four years.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Making art is a conversation with eternity and it is a way to understand our existence. Make art to make art.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Whiskerman.com, or Whiskerman on YouTube or any of the streaming services. They can support us by buying vinyl from our online store.