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Patrick James Grossi born May 28, 1983, better known by his stage name Active Child, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer His debut album, You Are All I See, was released in 2011 and produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, and garnered substantial reviews from media outlets like Pitchfork Media and Drowned in Sound In 2011, Active Child opened for British musician James Blake and 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


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 2010:Career beginnings
    • 22 2011-present
    • 23 Tours
    • 24 Major festivals
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 Studio albums
    • 32 EPs
    • 33 Remix
    • 34 Compilations
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Grossi was born May 28, 1983 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of Bob Grossi, a sales executive for Priority Records and Donna Grossi, an abstract and figurative painter His father's music had been a childhood influence through the rhythms of '80s alternative dance bands like New Order and at the age of 9 he started singing with the Philadelphia Boys Choir Grossi at a very young age, began touring with the Philly Boys Choir in Europe, South Africa and Australia, performing at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and singing with a choir in South Africa As a teenager, he listened to a lot of early ’90s gangster rap and focused on sports and education During his college days in Colorado, the local arts landscape influenced him to pick up guitar and harp and rediscover his musical talent He combined elements learned as a child and during his time with Philly Boys Choir, with his falsetto, live harp, and evocative lyrics and debuted in 2010 as Active Child


2010:Career beginnings

Grossi's first release was Sun Rooms, a cassette put out on 14 January 2010 by Mirror Universe Tapes That same year, came a 7" vinyl single, She Was A Vision, which was released in February 2010 via Transparent The record includes the single She Was A Vision and b-side Voice Of An Old Friend His first official EP, Curtis Lane EP was released in June 2010, The Guardian remarked how the sombre young man creates glacial and gloomy music, and how the songs have a sort of spiritual quality Pitchfork wrote, Grossi seems to have pushed the cosmic, stately side of these tracks to the forefront


Grossi released his debut LP, You Are All I See in August 2011, featuring tracks such as Hanging On and Johnny Belinda Drowned in Sound remarked, "You Are All I See is all about the shimmer, Grossi's touch is so deft, and the sound so seemingly in tune with the natural world, he somehow is able to play with light" By 2013, he released albums and EPs for labels including Vagrant, Spunk, Plancha and others Several of his tracks have appeared on compilations and in multiple films including Divergent and The Host

In August 2011, Active Child appeared on NPR Music Mondays and in 2012, he appeared on a mixtape, I Like Boys Who Cry with Charli XCX Later in the year, he appeared in a compilation, The Singles with Lana Del Rey, PRAY with Gilbere Forte and Classixx debut album Hanging Gardens His second single album, Mercy was released in June 2015 by Vagrant and produced by Van Rivers Spin magazine described the album as "heartbreaking and luxurious " with Pitchfork remarking that his vocals on the record are "astonishing, like a rising updraft"


Around 2010, Grossi embarked on his first support tour with White Rabbits playing shows throughout the UK and Europe In 2011 Grossi announced he would be undertaking another American tour in November with M83 He announced tour dates to support UK electronic musician James Blake; in May 2011, the tour included a stop at Chicago's Lincoln Hall and New York's Bowery Ballroom The Los Angeles Times described his live performance as "one of the most original and ambitious sounds in Los Angeles" In February 2012, he announced a headline spring tour where after jaunting across the UK and Europe in February and March, Grossi landed stateside for a series of shows running from April 27 in Pomona, CA to May 22 in Salt Lake City, UT Grossi was supported for the US leg by alt-singer Balam Acab In May 2015, he again toured United States, at Lighting in a Bottle Festival opening at Bradley, CA, the tour was completed in nearly two months at The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian in Los Angeles, CA

Major festivals

Since 2010, Grossi has been touring consistently in the States as well as overseas, including performances at the Latitude Festival in 2010, Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2011 and Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012 Some of his major live performances at the festivals are

  • Latitude 2010
  • Mioogfest 2011
  • Hove Fest 2012
  • Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 2013
  • Symbiosis Gathering 2013
  • St Jerome Laneway 2012
  • Sasquatch Festival 2012
  • 2012
  • Montreux Jazz Fest 2012
  • Melbourne Arts Festival 2013
  • Lightning in a Bottle 2015


Studio albums

You Are All I See 2011, Vagrant Records

1"You Are All I See"4:05
2"Hanging On"5:26
3"Playing House" feat How to Dress Well3:23
4"See Thru Eyes"4:19
5"High Priestess"3:24
7"Way Too Fast"5:16
8"Ancient Eye"3:38
9"Shield & Sword"3:39
10"Johnny Belinda"5:03
Total length:41:19
Bonus Tracks
11"Call Me Tonight" bonus track3:18
12"Hanging On" White Sea remix, bonus track4:01
13"Diamond Heart" B-side, bonus track5:40
14"Body Heat So Far Away" bonus track3:57
15"Playing House" Chad Valley remix, bonus track4:01
16"Hanging On" live at WFUV, bonus track5:10

Mercy 2015, Vagrant Records

2"These Arms"3:51
3"Never Far Away"3:18
6"Midnight Swim"2:11
10"Too Late"3:31
Total length:35:30


  • "Curtis Lane" Merok Records, 2010
1"I'm in Your Church at Night"4:35
2"She Was a Vision"5:07
3"When Your Love Is Safe"4:27
4"Take Shelter"5:33
5"Weight of the World"4:49
Total length:29:17
  • "Sun Rooms" 2010
1"She Was a Vision" 
2"Take Shelter" 
4"When Your Love is Safe" 
5"Voice of an Old Friend" 
6"See Thru Eyes" 
  • "Rapor" 2013
1"She Cut Me"2:12
2"Subtle" feat Mikky Ekko4:00
3"Feeling Is Gone"3:26
4"Silhouette" feat Ellie Goulding4:08
5"Calling in the Name of Love"4:16
6"Evening Ceremony"4:07
Total length:22:09


  • Steve Mason - Lost and Found
  • Wolf Gang - Back To Back
  • Marina and The Diamonds- "OH NO!"
  • School of Seven Bells - Heart is Strange
  • Hannah Cohen - Crying Game
  • Angus and Julia Stone - It's all okay
  • Angus and Julia Stone - Heartbreak
  • Lana Del Rey - Ride


  • Molotov Cocktail:A Spunk Sampler, 2010
  • LSTN #10, 2010
  • Adult Swim Singles Program 2011 2011, Williams Street Productions features "Hanging On"
  • #99, 2011
  • Triple J's Like a Version Eight, 2012
  • Un automne, 2012
  • Cyclonic Footsteps:Spunk Sampler 2013


  1. ^ Howe, Brian August 26, 2011 "Active Child:You Are All I See | Album Reviews" Pitchfork Retrieved September 26, 2014 
  2. ^ Calvert, John October 27, 2011 "Active Child – You Are All I See / Releases" Drowned in Sound Retrieved September 26, 2014 
  3. ^ McNeil, Kerry October 4, 2011 "Active Child tours with M83; Plays CMJ first" CMJ Retrieved October 4, 2011 
  4. ^ Bain, Becky July 10, 2012 "Ellie Goulding covers Active Child's "Hanging On":Listen" Idolator Retrieved February 20, 2012 
  5. ^ "Active Child" Billboard Retrieved March 17, 2016 
  6. ^ "Active Child – Sun Rooms" Discogs Retrieved March 17, 2016 
  7. ^ "Active Child – She Was A Vision" Discogs Retrieved March 17, 2016 
  8. ^ "Active Child No 697" The Guardian Retrieved March 17, 2016 
  9. ^ "Active Child Curtis Lane EP" Pitchfork Retrieved March 17, 2016 
  10. ^ John Calvert 27 October 2011 "You Are All I See" 
  11. ^ Edwin Ortiz 22 February 2014 ""Divergent" Soundtrack to Feature New Music from Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper & A$AP Rocky" 
  12. ^ Michelle Geslani 27 March 2013 "Listen to Active Child's sweeping new song, "Evening Ceremony"" 
  13. ^ Jeff Pearson 12 March 2015 "Active Child Announces New Album Mercy, Shares New Song" Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  14. ^ Cy Musiker 2 July 2015 "With his New Album, Electronic Musician Active Child Begs for "Mercy"" Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  15. ^ Harley Brown 1 June 2015 "Stream Active Child's Heartbreaking, Luxurious New Album, 'Mercy'" 
  16. ^ B David Zarley 6 June 2015 "Active Child Mercy" Pitchfork 
  17. ^ "White Rabbits:Tour Dates with Here We Go Magic, Active Child" 16 April 2010 Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  18. ^ "Photos:M83 / Active Child" Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  19. ^ Chee Kam 4 May 2011 "ACTIVE CHILD Announce Tour Dates Supporting JAMES BLAKE; Debut Album Due in August on Vagrant Records" Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  20. ^ Matthew Holmes 8 December 2011 "Active Child, How To Dress Well find their voices" The Japan Times Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  21. ^ "Live review:Active Child at the Echo" 9 August 2011 Retrieved 27 March 2016 
  22. ^ Bryant Kitching 3 February 2012 "Active Child announces 2012 spring tour" Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  23. ^ Hilary Saunders 3 February 2012 "Active Child Announces North American Tour Dates" Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  24. ^ "Active Child with:Low Roar,Live Nation" 
  25. ^ "Stream Active Child's Heartbreaking, Luxurious New Album, 'Mercy'" 1 June 2015 
  26. ^ "Active Child" Retrieved 20 March 2016 
  27. ^ "Active Child - Melbourne Recital Centre" Retrieved 20 March 2016 
  28. ^ You Are All I See Deluxe Version – Active Child
  29. ^ Mercy – Active Child
  30. ^ "Active Child - Curtis Lane iTunes" Curtis Lane - EP Apple May 24, 2010 Retrieved October 13, 2015 
  31. ^ Sun Rooms – Active Child

External links

  • Official website
  • Active Child at AllMusic

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