Wendel Patrick
(Ramona Lee)

Calling Wendel Patrick multi-talented is an understatement. The 39-year-old Baltimore resident usually has a Fender Rhodes keyboard, two turntables, effects processors and a microphone for beat boxing and vocal percussion at his shows.

When Patrick bumped into Erik Spangler (aka: DJ Dubble8) after a closing performance at last year's Artscape, they talked about creating an improv-based hip-hop series. Last November, they created the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, which now performs monthly shows around the city.


The duo uses instruments to improvise with musicians and MCs they choose to perform with them, and their latest show is at the Windup Space at 9:30 tonight. He recently talked about his eclectic iPod, gummy bears and more.

Worst pet peeve? People who don't use turn signals. It takes almost no effort.

What song are you hating/loving right now? I'm loving J-Live's "Half A Glass"

Last concert/gig you went to? Hornfrost [Whoarforst with horns] at the Windup Space

Favorite musical instrument? The piano.

Your worst habit? I'm a Haribo gummy bear fiend.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Auto-Tune.

What's on your iPod? Everything. Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Keith Jarrett, Big Daddy Kane, Mahler, Peter Tosh.

Your all-time favorite hip-hop album? Probably [Eric B. and Rakim's] "Paid In Full," but that's really difficult!

Last great book you read? "The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace

Food you hate? Avocado!

Favorite place to get a drink? The Windup Space.

Who inspires you to make music? Music is very personal to me. I write what I feel, so I guess anyone or anything that makes me feel ... enough.

TV shows you can't get enough of? I got rid of my TVs two years ago because I had had enough.


Favorite/least favorite fashion statement? Favorite: Wearing what's comfortable. Least favorite: skinny jeans

Best advice you ever got? Figure out what you love doing the most and make that your job.

Favorite thing about Baltimore? It's a truly vibrant, supportive artist community.