If you've been to Patrick Droney's MySpace page and thought you were hearing John Mayer, you wouldn't be far off. The adorable 15-year-old songwriter is a huge fan of John, and it shows in Pat's music--his album, Other Side, is filled with heartfelt lyrics about relationships that he wrote himself. The debut disc drops September 23, but you can find out more about him right now in our exclusive Q & A with the swoonworthy singer.
J-14: What's your favorite song off your upcoming album?
Patrick Droney: They're all pretty cool to me but probably a song called "Save Me." It's about wanting something more and finding help. The music sounds cool.
J-14: Which songs are influenced by your relationships?
PD: There's a couple. "Need Me Now" is one. It's kind of like, you've been in relationships, you've seen how it goes and you've been hurt. The chorus is: "Say you need me now, but I'll let you know." It's asking if you're ready to get back into the relationship. Are you ready to open your heart again? I think that's a question that everybody asks.
J-14: Who would you want to work with in the future?
PD: John Mayer. I love everything about that guy--he's awesome.
J-14: Who did you get to meet when you performed at Bamboozle?
PD: Fall Out Boy and All-American Rejects. I've been really lucky to play some really cool venues and meet some great people. Everybody is pretty cool--they don't really care how old you are. They're just pretty open, which is cool. [At Bamboozle,] you get to play to your own demographics. We do a lot of high school shows which is fun. It's a little different when you're playing at a club, and there's older people who don't really know who you are. But when you're at a high school, you can relate to the crowd and just go for it and be their friends.
J-14: How did you balance high school, performing live shows and making the record?
PD: It's hard, but you have to have your priorities in check. School is very important. Education is very important, so I just get that done, go home, do homework and [then play] music. I go to private school so they're kind of more lenient with me taking off.
J-14: What do you do in your free time?
PD: I'm really busy with music and traveling, so I really like to just chill out, catch up on some TV, hang out with friends and maybe go on a bike ride--something that you wouldn't do on tour.
Partrick with J-14 editors Emily & Ashley