Taiwanese-American underground rock musician and Internet personality Patrick Lew (born November 15, 1985 in San Francisco) began his music career and pursuit at age 13 in the summer of 1999 when he was learning guitar and composition at a local music store. And quickly formed his first band with his childhood schoolmate and friend Tommy Loi, called Goldenweasel. Despite limited musical expertise and proficiency at the time. Lew's first serious band was Silent Minister (also known as Samurai Sorcerers), which was founded when he was a freshmen at Raoul Wallenberg High School in San Francisco. Lew began promoting and DIY'ing his own music and work locally and via Internet as early as 2001, at the age of 15 on social-networking and indie music websites. That same year, he issued and independently self-released his first demo tape, titled Live! Like A Garage Band! which featured songwriting ideas Lew had composed on his guitar and written lyrically when starting out as a local musician making ends meet as early as 1998 or 1999.
Lew played rhythm guitar and founded the project with schoolmates, often performing music as hobbyists and a Garage band. He attempted to take music seriously, and considering to pursue music as a career whilst still teenagers. In October 2002, the band Silent Minister performed in the "Battle of the Bands" event at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and later due to constant promotion of their recordings and band kit via Internet, was signed to a Los Angeles indie record label Statue Records, until May 2005 when Silent Minister disbanded due to musical and professional differences. During 2005, Lew took a year-long sabbatical from college education at City College of San Francisco to play and pursue music and guitar playing with others.
At the time, Lew's ambitions in music were to get himself noticed and some degree of success, but recently is focused on music as a part-time career and pursuit. Lew later attended City College of San Francisco, where he met a close schoolmate and keyboardist Zack Huang alongside Dave Arceo, and formed the nu-metal band Band of Asians. Lew's musical background and history mainly consisted of recording and playing guitar, bass and writing his own songs and singing in his former projects. And posting them through websites via Internet. Many of Lew's song ideas were viewed as unconventional or amateur-ish, early on in the years when he began promoting his home-made tracks online. Lew's music received mixed to negative reviews from critics initially, but in recent years, his music has fared more gentle yet average reception by indie critics.
Although, much of the musical activity for Lew was recording demos at home and posting his music via Internet, and sporadic live performances at bars locally in the Bay Area. Much of Lew or his former band's live events were reportedly to been poorly attended or vaguely recognized, but stories and recollections were told by Lew on his blogging or music website, due to lack of their networking bringing in audio and video recording devices such as digital cameras, to film their performances and other reasons. During most of 2007, Lew and his former band Band of Asians undertook a major local San Francisco promotional gigging tour.
In 2008, after three years of performing and writing music with Band of Asians with schoolmates he known from community college, Lew launched Patrick Lew's Band as a full-time musical pursuit and also passionate hobby. Other important contributors for the Patrick Lew Band include, Dave Arceo (ex-Band of Asians drummer) and Jeremy Alfonso (former Distorted Harmony lead guitarist). On October 30, 2009, has gotten engaged to his long-time female friend Faith Marie Lambright, which his fiancee also became a contributor and auxiliary band member of the Patrick Lew Band on keyboards. Lew published and released his fourth home-recorded studio album, Let It Rise And Against on iTunes and other digital retailers. And, has been recently active on YouTube creating home-made produced videos of himself performing his music and song ideas on his guitar and accompanied by his voice. By early 2011, much of the elusive recognition and local merits were to an extent realized for Lew as he became critically successful as a Bay Area local musician and artist. In addition to Lew's somewhat cult-like following in the San Francisco underground, certified the amateurishly semi-professional artist Patrick Lew for a week as #2 musician/band under the Rock genre in the Contra Costa County, California scene.
In the March 2008 issue of Recording Magazine, Lew was featured in the classified ads section promoting his former band, the Band of Asians, and their website. Aside from creating, performing and advertising independently produced Alternative Rock music, some of Patrick Lew's expertise as an Internet personality and celebrity consists of photography and writing blogs and stories of his recollections with his involvement in the culture, arts and recreation in the San Francisco Bay Area region. A lot of Lew's photography and writings are found exclusively on certain sections of his music websites and major social-networking sites.
During 2010, Patrick took a brief sabbatical from music to invest time in his relationship with his long-time female friend Faith Marie. Amidst many difficulties and personal controversies that Patrick Lew endured and experienced throughout most of 2010, he reconciled with his fiancee/soon-to-be wife Faith, and directed most of his focus on playing musically in side projects (including Heavy Sigma) in San Francisco's East Bay and recently graduated college with a Bachelors Degree in music education and Philosophy. Currently a freelance local musician performing in his Antioch home recording studio/band rehearsal room as a hobby, Lew is enthusiastic about his music as of now and is open in pursuing success in the field of musical entrepreneurship. On February 9, 2011, Lew performed his first official live musical performance in nearly three years at his college/university California State University, East Bay for an open mic event. Which an amateur recorded and produced video of this performance has since surfaced online. During early to mid 2011, Lew went on an unsanctioned, low-key, and surprise local tour in Contra Costa County, California performing raw renditions of his original music and several post-rock improvisations. Some of these performances can be found on Lew's YouTube account.
The Patrick Lew Band released and promoted Lew's fifth home-recorded album titled Murder Bay, which was recorded between 2009 and 2011 in Lew's home recording studio in Antioch, California, and was released as a free downloadable MP3 album via file-sharing websites such as Mediafire and various Patrick Lew's Band music pages online. During August 2011, Lew's romance with his first serious girlfriend Faith Marie Lambright at first ended due to irreconcilable differences and for personal reasons. The couple however, reconciled two months later and putting past differences aside to work together musically and romantically. By the end of 2011, Lew, Arceo, and Lambright recorded and electronically participated via online collaboration for Lew's new solo project Heavy Sigma and self-released as a free download on the Patrick Lew Band website, an EP titled Oddities. Consisting of unfinished musical ideas and a few cover songs, including Paul McCartney and Oasis. Currently, Lew is working on his solo project Heavy Sigma while taking freelance offers as a guitarist for local musicians and bands in the San Francisco Bay Area.