“Sometimes you make something that people don’t like or don’t think is that great. Or something that you’re personally disappointed in. So you have to continually stand up for yourself – on the inside. You have to believe in yourself…” Pat Grossi, aka Active Child.
In a world full of cluttered noise, we seek to find solace in sounds that resonate deeply within us – moving, shifting, shaping perspective and feelings – providing us with a platform that allows us to make greater sense of the world… and ourselves. I like that in all of Pat Grossi’s music, I soulfully land somewhere awakening – especially when in the presence of his live sets. That choir-esque, classical voice; moody strings i.e. Harp / Cello (and bass, keys, drums) gets the internal ‘soot’ all rustled; having it emerge a little to the top; stirring your insides, but settling again to find this Active Child inspired ‘peace’. Just take a listen if you’re not familiar. I promise there’s a sound, moment or lyric that’ll do something to you.
Grossi possesses a great artistic approach to building, developing and evolving his sound, maintaining that signature new wave, new-agey; Enya-like, alt RNB / PBRNB (or hipster RNB) style. Hailing from a music and art fueled family (his Father is ex-Priority Records, Mom is still a superbly talented artist); Grossi organically trusts his process of creation and is driven by a spontaneous mood, thought or emotion, and proceeds to revel in that activation whilst it’s rich in possibility.
“Music will always be in my DNA, regardless of the audience…” Grossi
His albums, You Are All I See and Mercy have generated quite the stir and underground following + fan base. Grossi’s collaborations with Ellie Goulding, Mikky Ekko and Gilbere Forte have done exceptionally well in the realms of publishing, and provided Grossi with an opportunity to showcase his talents in different lights/sounds. Ellie Goulding’s cover of Hanging On has been a particular fav and success. But moving forward, we can’t wait to experience the next wave of Grossi brilliance.
In our chat, we touch on his up bringing and background, creative inspirations and work process; major influencers, demands of touring, the “business” of being an artist and more. Listen in to our interview with Pat Grossi, aka Active Child via Soundcloud or iTunes here.
Pat Grossi/Active Child on Soundcloud:
Exert from Pat Grossi:
“The stunning new two part video directed by pier pictures and featuring Aliana Lohan is now live at http://
Artistic integrity in Active Child’s Instagram feed. We are fans:
An earlier dedicated spoken word piece on Active Child, 2015 – “Dear God, Have Mercy”.
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Interview hosted and written by Georgii Speakman