Fade Up :: Palace
December 3rd 2013
Every week, Fade Up sets you up on a hot date with an emerging Australian producer who Sandro Dallarmi thinks are worth getting to know. You can hear the new Fade Up mixtape before it hits the Flog by tuning into Sandro’s show on FBi, The Mixing Bowl.
A while ago, producer Jeremy Smith put together a fun mash-up album called B.I.G. Flume with his mate Jaymee, and it went all kinds of bananas on the internet. Now he’s reinvented himself as Palace and is making tropical beats that you can hop, skip and jump to in a club. He’s from Perth too, which tends to be a good sign with this type of music (slip inside Slumberjack for proof of that).
Sandro Dallarmi :: You were one of two guys responsible for that B.I.G. Flume mash-up album that went pretty viral earlier this year. Tell me about that.
Palace :: Yeah so Jaymee was mixing Biggie’s raps with Flume’s stuff in his DJ sets, which Harley was already doing in his live sets. Jaymee came over one day with the songs he wanted mashed and I put them together in Ableton, we did it all in about 5 hours. Once Jaymee had put them online Harley posted it on the Flume Facebook page and it went nuts.
Your first track as Palace was a remix of Paces. The man himself said that he wished he’d written the original like that, so obviously you’ve had your head in the game for a while. Apart from those rap mash-ups, what led up to this point?
I was so stoked when I read that comment! I’ve been into electronic music for years now. I was listening to Skitz Mix and happy hard core in primary school, then in high school I was listening to bands like Enter Shikari. When I was about 16 a friend of mine who was already making music showed me Justice, and that was a real turning point for me. I watched A Cross The Universe and decided making electronic music was what I wanted to do. I think it was in year 11 or 12 that I got my first copy of Ableton and started learning. I have had other projects in the past but I feel with Palace I’m really starting to come into my own and be comfortable enough with to put stuff out seriously.
From what I can tell through the lens of SoundCloud, the scene seems to be pretty strong for bass and beats music in Perth. Would you agree?
Sure! There’s so much talent brewing here. It’s pretty exciting to be a part of it all, everyone seems to make everyone else want to work harder. It’s cool because Perth is so small we all constantly bump into each other at shows and share the stuff we are working on. Heaps of friendly competition keeps us on our toes and I hope in the coming year the rest of Australia gets to hear the result of it all.
Listen to Palace’s Fade Up mixtape below
- Palace :: Fade Up Mixtape #18
Jessie Ware – ‘Wildest Moments (Star Slinger Remix)’
Falcons x DJ Hoodboi – ‘Tick Tock’
Eat More Cake – ID
Kilter ft. YOUTH – ‘Hold Me (Paces Remix)’
Paces – ‘Leave (Palace Remix)’
LDRU – ‘The Tropics’
Papertoy – The Love’
Rattraps – ‘U4EA (Palace Remix)’