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Active Child

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  • Born: Los Angeles, CA
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Active Child is the electronic-meets-choral project of musician Pat Grossi. Growing up in New Jersey, Grossi sang with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and was influenced by the rhythms of '80s alternative dance bands like New Order. Combining these elements with his otherworldly falsetto, live harp, and evocative lyrics, Active Child was born. The project debuted in 2010 with an EP, Curtis Lane, for Merok Records. These soaring soundscapes caught the ears of bliss popsters School of Seven Bells, who later toured alongside Active Child; they remixed each other's songs for a split 7". Active Child's first full-length recording, You Are All I See, followed in summer 2011 on the Vagrant label, taking listeners on an intimate journey of the highs and lows of relationships and identity. In 2013, Active Child returned with Rapor EP, which featured guest appearances from Mikky Ekko and Ellie Goulding.


Active Child is the working name of electronic music artist Pat Grossi. His debut album, You Are All I See, was released in 2011 and garnered substantial reviews from media outlets like Pitchfork Media and Drowned in Sound. In 2011, Active Child opened for the French synthpop band M83. In 2012, his song, "Hanging On," was covered by English pop artist Ellie Goulding and later included on her second album, Halcyon.

^ Howe, Brian (August 26, 2011). "Active Child: You Are All I See | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 26, 2014. ^ Calvert, John (October 27, 2011). "Active Child – You Are All I See / Releases". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved September 26, 2014. ^ McNeil, Kerry (October 4, 2011). "Active Child tours with M83; Plays CMJ first". CMJ. Retrieved October 4, 2011. ^ Bain, Becky (July 10, 2012). "Ellie Goulding covers Active Child's "Hanging On": Listen". Idolator. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 

eMusic Features


Active Child Talks Classic Hip-Hop

By Hua Hsu, Contributor

With his strident falsetto and taste for grandiose, imposing production, it is easy to hear the influence of Pat Grossi's training as a choir singer on his debut album, You Are All I See. What might be less obvious is the influence of 1990s hip-hop, a moment Grossi witnessed firsthand as the son of Priority Records' Vice President of Sales. "(My dad) was the one who was somewhat wheeling and dealing the albums out," Grossi… more »


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  • 12.06.14 dorking out on harp history n watching golf. come at me 😎
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  • 12.03.14 'they call me mister lonely eyes' portrait by the gifted @mcleodart 🙌 http://t.co/N00KGAX9uh