Tonight London based house producer Palms Trax joins us tonight for that monthly lesson in all things acid and Chicago house, Society. With day jobs at both Boiler Room and Phonica Records, a hand in clubnight Streets Of Beige and a healthy love of the Burrell Brothers, he's a man who knows a thing or two about good music. We caught up with him ahead of the party tonight to talk about his musical roots and underrated house gems...
How was Palms Trax born?
I guess from a desire to make music a bit more spontaneously than how I had been before, timed impeccably well with an unhealthy fascination of the Nu Groove back catalogue - it was just really refreshing to hear all those records after two years of aspiring to be the smooth peanut-butter of bass music so I just got the worst flute sound I could find and mined it for all it was worth.
You're from Bristol, a city with a prodigious music scene- what influence do your roots have on the music you make now?
Well it was only when I moved to London that I became aware of dance music properly, so not actually all that much to be honest. I did play piano for a long time so that helps in the writing process, but I think it's always what I'm discovering now that inspires me the most. If it wasn't too late to play the tambourine for Talking Heads then it would be a different matter altogether, but there's only so much years of Black Sabbath abuse can do for your drum programming.
You also work part time at Phonica Records- how does this shape your record buying?
Well it's not so much my record buying that it's shaping, as it is my overdraft.
You're releasing on Lobster Theremin which is vinyl-only... why does the UK dance scene need more vinyl only releases?
Well I still buy some music digitally but I think it helps to get away from this disposable relationship that a lot of people have with electronic music, as well as it being a genuinely exciting way to discover it that isn't always instantly gratifying but constantly rewarding.
What's one Chicago house underrated gem we can expect to hear from you tonight?
No idea if it's underrated or not but The Don - Message of Love, heard it on a Delroy Edwards mix somewhere and it's the best record I'll ever buy for the price of a Solero.
Join Palms Trax for Society Presents Robert Owens tonight Thursday 28th February at Dalston Superstore from 9pm - 2:30am.