About Philly Mixtape

Hey, kids! My name is Patrick DeMarco and let me tell you, ever since I got my music claws on my first Fisher Price tape player when I was just four years old, I became completely obsessed with all things music. Even at such a young age, it all just connected with me. Through the years, I’ve wrapped myself up in all sorts of music genres, theories,charts(BIG thank you to the dearly departed Casey Kasam and his ‘American Top 40′ radio for show for that elusive study), and also music trends. I’ve also gotten to explore so much with music in my 30-ish years on this pulsating planet-sing, dance, DJ, record, produce, lead singer of a 9th grade garage band-you name it, somehow, I’ve managed to pull it off…
Two years ago, through pure, “Sure, why not?” feelings, I jumped on the chance to work as music columnist for Philadelphia Magazine’s sister publications, G Philly and Ticket. During this time, it all just kind of musically clicked for me, espcecially for a guy who had just wrapped up a DJ business and at this point, had seemingly dabbled in every morsel of music lovin’-finally, CeCe, it all made sense. By writing about music, not only do I get to express myself in ways I never thought possible, but I also get to rock a gig where I could talk about it 24/7. Yas, please. However, it was about a year-and-a-half into my stint that I got this crazy idea for a new kind of music site…
Call me Barbara, because it was soon that I wondered, “Why not have a Philly music site that not only features dazzling local talent and keeps everyone up to date on mainstream music, but also delivers all sorts of different views on music, almost like a modern day mix tape?” So, on yet another, “Sure, why not,” thought, Philly Mixtape(somehow) was conceived in the music bedroom. (Fun fact-the name ‘Philly Boombox’ was a very close runner up, but, no.), and now, here we are today…
Never in a million years did I think I would ever get the chance to do something like this, and everyday I continue to feel so incredibly blessed to not only have so much love, laughter and music in my life, but I’m also happy that I never gave up finding what I knew I had inside of me when it came to music. For all of those dark days that we all go through(I’ve had plenty, trust me), I know I’m so grateful that I had that chord, that melody, or that catchy pop hook to keep me strong on days when I just didn’t feel like it. I also feel so honored that I get to share with everyone all of the music that has kept me going all these years-and most certainly still does today.
My true goals for ‘Philly Mixtape,’ is that, for one, the music artists and featured columns keep you guys werkin’ it on a daily basis, but two, that the site also shines a strobelight down on you, even on your darkest days. When times get tough, remember to always stop and listen to the music-it’ll do you good, I promise.

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