Patrick Wimberly

Jonathan Patrick Wimberly (born May 29, 1983)[1] is an American record producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and mixing engineer best known as being one-half of the synth-pop duo Chairlift. The band parted ways in 2017 so Patrick and former bandmate Caroline Polachek could focus on their careers as producers/songwriters.[2]

Patrick Wimberly
Wimberly performing at Treefort Music Fest in March 2016
Wimberly performing at Treefort Music Fest in March 2016
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Patrick Wimberly
Born (1983-05-29) May 29, 1983 (age 39)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresIndie pop, electronic
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsDrums, bass guitar, keyboard
Years active2005–present
LabelsKanine Records, Columbia

Wimberly has worked on Grammy-winning albums such as Beyoncé's self-titled album and A Seat at the Table by Solange, both of which topped the Billboard charts, and produced MGMT's album, Little Dark Age.[3][4][5] He also has writing and production credits on critically lauded albums by Blood Orange, Empress Of, Wet, and many others.[6][7] In addition, Wimberly has scored for both film and television, with an example being as High Maintenance on HBO.[8]



Wimberly has been actively producing records since 2010. Since the disbandment of Chairlift in 2017, he has spent the majority of his time producing records and collaborating with different artists. In 2018, he produced MGMT's fourth record Little Dark Age. Public Access T.V.'s February 2018 release Street Safari was also produced by him. This record was produced at his studio in Brooklyn.[9] Wimberly produced the single "Sweet Sound of Ignorance" by Soko, French-born and LA-based singer-songwriter and musician, which came out in 2017.[10]

Wimberly has also worked with Solange, Beyoncé, and Dev Hynes. He was a collaborator with Solange from 2011, and produced several tracks on her 2016 album A Seat at the Table, which reached number 1 on the Billboard 200.[11][12] Wimberly produced "No Angel" with Caroline Polachek, which was featured on Beyoncé's self-titled album in 2013, which also was a number 1 record on the Billboard charts.[13] In 2016, Wimberly worked with Dev Hynes of Blood Orange in which he produced, composed, and performed on several tracks.[1] During the same year, he also worked with Wet to produce their debut record Don't You. Chairlift released their third album during this time, which Wimberly had a prominent role in producing with Polachek.[14] Kelsey Lu co-produced her live EP Church with Wimberly in 2016.[15]

Wimberly produced the Das Racist album Relax, also recording and mixing, and produced Acrylic's album Lives and Treasure. Both were 2011 releases.[16] Latin singer Tecla released We Are The Lucky Ones in 2013, which Wimberly produced.


Originally from Nashville, TN Patrick met bandmate Caroline Polachek at the University of Colorado in 2004.[17] After moving to New York City in 2006, Patrick and Caroline, along with former band member Aaron Pfenning, formed Chairlift in early 2007.[18]

In 2008, Patrick went on tour with Chairlift to open for the experimental indie rockers Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti.[18] Shortly thereafter, Chairlift's song "Bruises" was featured in the September 2008 commercial for the iPod nano; becoming their most widely known and breakout single following the release of their debut album Does You Inspire You.[19][20]

Following Does You Inspire You, Patrick worked on Chairlift's 2012 sophomore album Something (Chairlift album).[21] The album features singles "Amanaemonesia" (2011), "Met Before" (2012), and "I Belong In Your Arms" (2012)[20]

In January 2016, Chairlift released their third and final album, Moth.


Patrick has collaborated on many records and television series, his most recent collaborations include working with MGMT on their fourth LP, Little Dark Age. Public Access T.V. also enlisted Wimberly to produce their upcoming sophomore LP Street Safari.[5][22] His television contributions include composing music for the HBO series High Maintenance on the "Globo" episode.[23]

Some of Patrick's most notable collaborations include working with Beyoncé on her self-titled surprise album Beyoncé on the track "No Angel."[24] Beyoncé debuted at number one on the Billboard 200[25] Patrick procured this opportunity being a part of Solange's band, in which he was also a pivotal part of her 2016 LP A Seat at the Table.[4] Among Patrick's collaborations in the same year includes work with Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) on his album Freetown Sound, where Patrick played drums, percussion, and bass on song "Desirée." He worked on Wet's second album Don't You as well.[26][27] In 2014, Patrick mixed Arcadia, the debut album of Caroline Polachek's side project Ramona Lisa.[28] Within the same period of time, he also mixed Tune-Yards album Nikki Nack and worked with Kelela and Tink on their song "Want It."[29]

Patrick's collaborations reach across a comprehensive spectrum of artists and genres, including working with Fort Lean on their 2012 Change Your Name EP. During this point, he also worked with Latin singer, Tecla, in which he composed, produced, and performed on the record We Are The Lucky Ones.[29] Das Racist also employed Patrick's talents during this period of time as well, having him thoroughly collaborate on their album entitled, Relax.[30]

Television appearancesEdit

Patrick has had multiple television appearances. In 2016, Patrick appeared on Saturday Night Live with Solange performing "Cranes in The Sky" and "Don't Touch My Hair."[31] This was not the first time he has appeared live with Solange, as he played alongside her on December 10, 2012, on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon performing "Losing You," her lead single, off her True EP.[32] In 2013, Patrick appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly, with fellow Chairlift band member Caroline Polachek performing "Amanaemonesia", Something.[33] His first appearance on television with Chairlift, was on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson playing their breakout single "Bruises" off their first LP. Other notable television performances, include playing drums with Das Racist on November 28, 2011, playing their hit "Michael Jackson" on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.


Albums / EPsEdit

Release date Artist Album / EP Label Charts
June, 2007 Patrick Wimberly Daylight Savings EP self released -
Sept 11, 2008 Chairlift Does You Inspire You Kanine Records -
Jan 24, 2012 Something Columbia Records / Young Turks US: No. 184

UK: No. 131

Jan 22, 2016 Moth Columbia Records -


Year Artist Title Record label Charts
2007 Chairlift Evident Utensil Kanine Records
2008 Bruises US: No. 101

UK: No. 50

2011 Sidewalk Safari
2012 Met Before
I Belong In Your Arms
I Belong In Your Arms

(Japanese Version)

2015 Ch-Ching Columbia Records
2016 Crying In Public
Moth to the Flame
Get Real

Mixing creditsEdit

Year Artist Album / EP Title
2010 Empress Of - Hat Trick
Ramona Lisa Arcadia[28] -
2011 Das Racist Relax -
2013 Empress Of - Realize You
2014 Kool A.D. Word O.K. -
2015 Kelela - Want It (feat. DJ Dahi & Tink)
Tune-Yards nikki nack Sink-O[29]
Tei Shi Verde EP -
2016 Fort Lean Quiet Day Might've Misheard
Kelsey Lu Church EP Dreams[34]
2017 Confidence Man Confident Music for

Confident People

The Life The Seventeen EP[36]
2018 Kevin Krauter Toss Up Keep Falling In Love
Joji BALLADS 1 Slow Dancing In The Dark
2019 Buscabulla - Vamano
2020 - NTE

Production / Writing creditsEdit

Year Artist Album Title Credit RIAA
2008 Chairlift Does You Inspire You - Producer / Writer
2010 Das Racist Sit Down, Man -
2011 Acrylics - Asian Pear
2012 Das Racist Relax Relax Executive Producer
Michael Jackson
Brand New Dance
Booty in the Air
Fort Lean Change Your Name EP Producer[37]
Chairlift Something - Co-prod / Writer
2013 Beyonce Beyonce No Angel Co-Prod Album: 2× Platinum
2014 Kelela - Want It (feat. DJ Dahi & Tink)
2016 Chairlift Moth - Co-prod / Writer
Wet Don't You Weak Co-Prod / Writer
These Days
Blood Orange Freetown Sound Desiree Writer
Kelsey Lu Church EP Dreams[34]
Jade De LaFleur - Shotgun Producer / Writer[38]
Solange A Seat At The Table Interlude: Tina Taught Me Co-Prod / Writer[39] Album: Gold
Don't Touch My Hair

(feat. Sampha)

Where Do We Go
Scales (feat. Kelela)
2017 Soko Sweet Sound of Ignorance Producer
2018 The Dawn of MAY Phantom - Producer
MGMT Little Dark Age Days That Got Away Producer[40]
Public Access T.V. Street Safari Producer / Writer[22]
Blanche - Wrong Turn Producer
Joji BALLADS 1 Slow Dancing In The Dark Producer / Writer[41] Single: 2× Platinum

Album: Gold

2019 Hobo Johnson The Fall of Hobo Johnson Mover Awayer Addt'l Prod
Anna of the North Dream Girl Dream Girl Producer
My Love
Lonely Life
When R U Coming Home
Quinn XCII From Michigan With Love Life Must Go On Producer
Buscabulla - Vamano Addt'l Prod
2020 - NTE
Soko Feel Feelings Being Sad Is Not A Crime Producer
Are You A Magician?
Oh, To Be A Rainbow!
Quiet Storm
Replaceable Heads
Let Me Adore You
Time Waits For No One
Hurt Me With Your Ego
James Vincent McMorrow - Headlights Producer
Ellie Goulding Brightest Blue New Heights Writer / Producer
Bleach Producer
Joji Nectar Pretty Boy Writer / Producer


Year Artist Title Label
2011 TV On The Radio Caffeinated Consciousness (Das Racist/patrickWhat remix) Interscope
The One AM Radio Sunlight (patrickWhat remix) Dangerbird Records
2013 Nite Jewel One Second Love (patrickWhat remix) Secretly Canadian
2015 R.W. Grace Pluto (Patrick Wimberly Remix) Liberation Music
Brous The Sound (Patrick Wimberly Remix)[42] -

Composer creditsEdit

Air date Network Title Episode
Jan 19, 2018 HBO High Maintenance S02E01 "Globo"[43]


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