Pat McKillen

About Pat McKillen

A prolific songwriter, McKillen finds joy in every part of the creative process. As the sole producer of his first two albums and latest EP (Stagefright [2011], The Red Headed Enemy [2013], Love Without Me EP [2014]), every song represents a complete cycle of the creative process. Dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the organic nature of his songwriting, McKillen brings life to songs recorded mostly in his Chicago apartment. The result is an evolving sound that couples a powerful and passionate voice with a fusion of musical genres including folk, pop, and rock.

The process of recording, mixing, producing, and even creating the artwork for his musical endeavors is a labor of love. He is always looking for new ways to bring his world to words and his soul to sounds.

McKillen continues to adapt to an ever-changing music scene and always seeks to find ways to enhance the solo singer-songwriter experience. An experienced looper, he brings the layering techniques of the studio into the live setting for a performance that resonates with a wide range of ages and audiences. His 2014 release “Love Without Me” features 7 tracks that represent a significant departure from his more traditional folk / acoustic sounds of the past. Staying true to the basics (focused lyrics and infectious vocal melodies), McKillen introduces a much more percussion-driven sound, drawing on influences such as Bon Iver and Coldplay to create a sound that expands the notion of a traditional singer-songwriter. Recording and releasing the EP only months after his second full-length release, McKillen looks to the future with excitement and the promise of more music to come.