“Figure out what scares you the most, then do it like you didn’t even notice it.”
Check out the interview with Palm Baker exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Palm Baker: I grew up playing blues on electric and acoustic guitar. I ended up studying music classically for 8 years on a whim before moving to London for school. I started producing with artists across Canada and the States, and even met one team of EDM producers out in Sweden. I did some groundwork in business marketing and brand development, and hit the scene as Palm Baker in January of 2017 with the Wayside EP. This past summer has been unreal, and I’m excited to have my second EP Faces dropping Sept. 7 2017.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Figure out what scares you the most, then do it like you didn’t even notice it.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Being an artist can be scary. You never really know if you’re ever doing anything right, but you just keep doing it – I’m not sure why. You have to have that passion in you though because off days/weeks are a lot tougher otherwise. Everything is tough though. These days you’d have to kill someone just to get a desk job, so you might as well enjoy what you do.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I’m constantly networking. You never know where you might find a cool opportunity or a helping hand in the industry. I used to be nervous to chat myself around when I was performing big stages until I found out everyone is pretty friendly. It helps to know what you’re talking about, but also ask lots of questions. And if you don’t want to do that talking, make sure the music talks volumes.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Toronto is dope. I grew up just outside the city, in the suburbs, but you can see the CN from anywhere. Getting to work in the city now is surreal. The city doesn’t sleep, and neither do I most nights, so we work well together. The nightlife is good, and while it’s competitive, you just gotta find where you fit in it all and then start working through it. Nothing happens overnight except a solid hangover.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I’m not sure where I’ll be next week, but if things go well I’m hoping to be working more frequently in Toronto and Montreal, as well as branch out to Vancouver, Boston, and NY. I think a tour would be fun. I’ve done a lot of one stop gigs in other cities in Canada, but I think it’d be fun to set up my own tour and just live on the road for a month or two.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I grew up in a mosh pit. Holly Springs Disaster and bands like that. It wasn’t until a house party in late 11th grade where my buddy slapped headphones on me that my taste in music really grew up. Now that I’m back in Toronto I find inspiration all around. A lot of my friends work as photographers, artists, models, writers, producers, etc. in and around the city, so I just try to keep the good ones close.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
2017 is a big year for music. New Drake, new Kendrick, new Tyler, new Jay, etc. It’s good vibes. I dig for new music all the time, and there is a lot of great music out there. The market is hyper saturated right now which makes everyone worried it is going to collapse and music will Y2K, but I’m more optimistic.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.palmbaker.com