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Patrick
Watson

singer–songwriter

Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songwriter. His music is as a mix of indie rock and classical music, with intermittent influences of cabaret, folk, jazz and soul. In a recent interview, Watson, a self-confessed Debussy and Ravel enthusiast, said he wishes to give his listeners goose-bumps, and that he wants to make something “really touching, using whatever tools that allow you to do that.”

He released his first album, Waterproof9, in 2001, and a year later formed a four-piece band that also goes by his name, Patrick Watson. Band members are bass player Mishka Stein, drummer Robbie Kuster and guitar player Simon Angell (recently replaced by Joe Grass). In 2003 the foursome released Just Another Ordinary Day.

In the following years Watson performed with Philip Glass, James Brown, Feist and Voicst. In 2007 Patrick Watson's album Close to Paradise was awarded the Polaris Music Prize and the band was voted New Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards.

Watson performs regularly in the Netherlands, playing at the Pinkpop and Lowlands festivals for example. In Belgium he played at Rock Werchter in 2008. On 29 April 2011 Patrick Watson played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra led by Stefan Asbury for the Queen’s Day Night concert. Watson made the soundtrack for the movie The 9th life of Louis Drax (2016) by Alexandre Aja. His fifth album Love Songs for Robots from 2015 is being met with international success.