Chomthawat, aka Pat, founded the influential Thai alternative rock band 'Barbies' in 1995. He then joined the legendary GMM GRAMMY's producer team 'RPG' (Rewat's Producer Group) in 1997 to work with all the tops GMM artists at the time including Mr. Team, Peter Corp Dyrendal, YNot7, Bo Sunita, Nat Meria, Christina, Marsha and many more. He produced last Barbies album for SONY MUSIC THAILAND in 2000, then moved to NYC to pursue an MBA degree.
Tired of spending years with processed sound in modern music production, he was determined to concentrate more on Jazz or other music with a cleaner sound. Pat's first year in New York, however, did not go as planned. Shortly after arriving, he was literally chased after by the then newly formed New York group 'American Popular', which opened doors to the real music industry in the US. Pat's collaboration with these artists led him to perform showcases at many of New York's 'it' venues such as CBGB's, Mercury Lounge, Knitting Factory, Madison Square Theatre and so on. He also toured the US many times with different acts, showcasing in many music festivals such as SXSW.
Pat eventually returned to his old arena in the recording studio for production works at NYC's legendary 'Wax Music Studio' - where world-class musicians with the likes of Ron Carter, Jon Cobert, Will Lee, Ira Siegel, etc. still make music the old-fashioned way. The experience from working with Thailand's top production team did prepare him to a certain level, and it only got more real from then on.
Having pretty much done it all in the Big Apple - with non-stop live performances with his own band and also as a hired-gun act, while earning credits from doing music & sound production for record labels, tv, theatre, films, and artists around the globe - Pat felt it was time to take a break and decided to come home to Thailand in 2006. And a long break it has become. He left his New York days behind to join BUTTERFLY RECORDS as a producer/mixer and later went independent in 2007.
While vacationing with an old band mate, Apirat Techavachara or 'Sig' the bassist from Barbies, the very idea for Thailand's first school of rock was kicked off. Pat and Sig decided to play seriously with the thought and thus, ROCKADEMY was born in 2012.
Apirat Techavachara, or better known to his friends and fans in his Barbie days as Sig, credits his father's influence for his love of music at a very young age. Growing up, he was drawn to rock music and joined Barbie as its bassist from 1996-2001. Two years later after graduating with a Master in Music Entertainment Business from New York University, he became a Project Manager for Bakery Music under BMG Music Entertainment, and later joined Sony BMG Entertainment as A&R Manager.
With extensive background both as a musician and a record label personal, Apirat seemed to have made it in the industry. However, things took quite a turn in 2009 when he himself became a father. And taking his little girl to different classes gave him a new perspective of music and how it could be conveyed differently to children and grown-ups alike. The idea blossomed after a trip to New York in 2011 - when Apirat witnessed how music schools in the US were turning toward a new approach in teaching music. The performance-based curriculum was the key and he was confident this could work in Thailand as well.
Together with his three other partners, Thailand's first school of rock, ROCKADEMY, was established in 2012. Having gathered a large network within Thailand's music circle, Apirat's tasks as ROCKADEMY's Administrator are to lead the marketing & finance team, along with managing other aspects of school activities, follow-ups, and relationship management.
For Apirat, this venture began with his love for music combined with his determination to stand out differently in the music industry. With his life-long dream realized, this rocking daddy anticipates more excitement to come at ROCKADEMY. And what else could he say other than "Let's rock!"