And he answered them…
I wrote about Palmistry’s debut song, and its wonderful and dense video, for This is Fake DIY. I fell in love with the inundation of atmosphere in the track. Needless to say, his aesthetic and musical prowess has teed up excitement. His woozy, late-night electronics inspire a yearning for late night walks. And the soulful yearnings of past love are so well delivered, it almost makes heartbreak beautiful.
So to help me flesh out my blog, I asked him some boringly stock questions. So it transpires, he was once an online poker play. I should have asked him if he’d ever played against Shane Warne or Teddy Sheringham. But Instead, I quizzed him about music and ambitions. Boring, right?
“Night Truths” is very dense and atmospheric. The accompanying video just enhances this. Is atmosphere an important element for you in music?
Definitely. I spent a few years trying to create “soundscapes” with field recordings and I was just into making ambient and drone inspired pieces.
What are your main musical influences?
In the last year I’ve been listening to a lot classic old school UK Garage mixes and classic grime like Ruff Sqwad. But the likes of The Dream / Terius Nash, Arvo Paart are a staple of my listening.
I’m still really drawn to sampling field recordings.
How do you think London, both in its electronic music and its lifestyle, has altered Palmistry?
London’s fast pace has definitely fuelled a desire to retreat into isolation and record music. But [London] has also inspired the Palmistry project, just by the diversity of culture and mix of interesting people living here.
London has been a great place for pushing new threads of electronic music. Sick labels like Hyperdub and Nightslugs are putting out a lot of my favourite records.
What’s your live set up like? Or, how do you hope to assemble a live show?
At the moment it’s not much of a setup. I just focus on vocal performances and fx with a laptop but eventually I want it to be a genuine live performance with maybe one other person on an MPC. Then I’d just do vocals and some other minimal shit on a sampler.
I wouldn’t want to turn it into a standard band thing – that would be really boring for me. But yeah, theres quite a few things that need to be explored to really turn it into a genuine live experience.
What do you hope to accomplish through your music?
On a personal level I just want to make something I would be really proud of, like make a minor masterpiece one day and if people dig it then that would be cool. In the bigger picture, If I was able to fully focus all my time on just making music, that’d be bless.
There’s little information about Palmistry on the internet. Although this might flatter your ethereal music, is there anything people should know, that they perhaps don’t?
Nothing that exciting, but before I was spending my life making music with a computer I used to put in the same amount of hours playing online poker. Sleeping all day to compensate for the American time zones for tournaments, winning and losing equal amounts of money.
One night I saw a friend lose 10 grand. He’d built it up over a few years [and lost it] in one night. Thats when I took my foot off the gas and ended my dreams of being the next crackpot pokerkid of the world – like Matt Damon in that movie Rounders.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2012?
Hopefully I’ll release an EP. That’s nearly finished and good to go. And I also wanna drop a mixtape later in the year called ‘Chung & Dangerous’.
Thanks for the interest Kyle.
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