Originally from Southern California, Patrick Spike Park started playing the violin and piano at age 5 and then concentrated only on the violin throughout high school. In 1985, he joined the punk rock band, Lifestyle, and started playing his violin through effects and an amp. Later, he joined the gothic band, Homeland, by request from Anton Newcombe (from Brian Jonestown Massacre fame). He later ended his live career with the acoustic folk band, Sullivan Substation.
Being a fervent music fan all his life, he was always making mixed tapes and was known to dj in the most basic form at parties. He was finally introduced to a dj booth at the infamous Bauhaus in Brugge, Belgium (1990), where he poured drinks and played records at the same time. He moved his way up to Amsterdam, then eventually became one the first ambient djs (1991) premiering at Per's Time Machine at the Melkweg. He was known to play too much percussion in his ambient sets, but this soon became known as lounge, making him one of the first lounge djs in the scene. In1992, Spike laid down a violin track on Outland Records' (NL) Staccatto Please, Concerto in E with Eric Nouhan and Dimitri. He also threw the first house party in Prague, CZ.
He made his base in Amsterdam for years, being a resident dj at the amazing Supperclub, and also was Music Manager for Club NL, in addition to playing all over Europe including Paris and Ibiza. He has played in many diverse locations, such as conventions, retail shops, salons, museums, and private parties and has been sponsored by numerous apparel, eyewear, and accessory companies.
Presently, Spike concentrates on down tempo lounge, house and other eclectic mixes as the best backdrop that the public can network, converse and even try to flirt to.
Monikers include: Ambient Spike, Spike, Spikedelic, Patrick Spike Park, 4p1ay
1990 Bauhaus, Brugge, Belgium
1991 Per’s Time Machine, Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1992 Cosmos Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1993-1997 Various locations in Southern CA
1997 Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
1998 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1998 SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
1999 Supperclub, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000 Club NL, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Various parties and venues in Düsseldorf, Munich, Ibiza, Paris
2002-2004 Various locations in CA
2005 Doraku Sushi Honolulu, HI
2006 Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, PRAE, Honolulu, HI
2007-Lotus Soundbar, 39Hotel, Sunset Room, Mercury Bar, The Manifest, Fresh Café, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Vans Triple Crown, HIFF, EuroCinema, Democratic Party of Hawaii and various retail locations and yoga sessions.
Pat Park’s tracks