Ten points to PALAIS for having the creative conviction to genre hop on his new EP “Apolis”. In a global music scene that insists on electronic artists releasing music in one genre, or otherwise using a pseudonym, the young Perth producer proves to our ears that diversity is a pleasure. I, for one, love so many genres and sub genres that PALAIS’ ability to meld hip hop, house, and electronica so smoothly is refreshing.
We catch up with PALAIS (aka Jeremy Smith) just as he was releasing the impressive new EP to discover that his Perth roots go deep. He has been influenced and supported by many of his local contemporaries and even all the vocalists are from his home town. While the EP was literally created on the go, from airports and hotel rooms, PALAIS confesses that the library was his favourite place to work.
If you’re a fan of danceable jammy club tunes, to evocative electronica and pop with a future feel, you’ll end up a PALAIS convert like us and loads of other producers and punters out there.
When did you first realise that music was going to be a way of life for you?
It’s hard to pinpoint that one. It’s always been a way of life, even before I realised it was something I wanted to pursue. In my early teens I listened to a lot of hardcore music like Parkway Drive and Alexisonfire and I really wanted to either drum or be a vocalist in one of those bands.
It was when I was 16 my friend introduced me to Justice and Daft Punk, and when I watched Justice’s A Cross The Universe I realised electronic music is what I wanted to be doing.
How has the Perth music scene influenced and nurtured your music?
The Perth scene has been amazing to come up in. Considering how small it is, there are some incredible success stories in Tame Impala, Empire of the Sun, Ta-ku, Drapht and Shockone, to more recent ones like Methyl Ethyl, Slumberjack, HWLS and Zeke Beats. It’s super inspiring to be around and these artists who are fully supportive of the little guys such as myself. I’m very proud of my roots here in Perth.
What do you enjoy about delivering your tunes live at gigs?
So far I’ve only played them out in a DJ capacity, but Chimera seems to get a decent reaction out of the dance floor which feels pretty great! I’m really looking forward to re-working all these tracks into a live performance. I’ll get back to you on how they go.
If you could collab with any other artist right now, who would you choose and why?
I think right now I’ve got it in my head I’d like to work with The Weeknd. I’m working on a track at the moment that would really suit a vocal from someone with a similar vibe to Abel, but fuck it would be good if he’d just want to jump on it.
While your tracks have a solid bass feel, they foray across sub-genres including future, glitch-pop, trap, downtempo. Do you have a favourite?
I’m definitely into more solid groove-based music at the moment over the half time syncopated stuff. The latest Tourist and Bonobo albums are absolutely gorgeous. I like to listen to a wide spectrum of music and a lot of it definitely has those hard hitting sub frequencies. Drake’s ‘More Life’ album is a perfect example.
With the release of your ‘Apolis’ EP, what are you hoping to achieve as a producer/artist?
I really wanted to do an EP because it was on my list of goals I want to achieve. Before starting it, the thought of creating a body of work was a pretty daunting one and now I’ve proven to myself I can do it. For people listening to it, I hope it shows my broad taste in music and that I’m not just going to make the one sound over and over again. I’m going to continue to push myself to try new things.
Next on that list is a proper live set which I’ll be ticking off next week (march 31st) at my EP launch in Perth and then I’d love to start working on a full length album.
Anything else you would like to add?
A lot of work has gone into this project, and there’s been times where I may have been a nightmare to deal with. I’ve got a really solid team working behind me and without them this EP would have never seen the light of day. I’d like to thank my housemate Scott (Loston) for helping me out with the artwork as well as all the moral support and advice over the past year, Shawn Naderi for doing a stellar job on the stem masters for the EP, Aden and everyone at etcetc for your continued support and not dropping me (lol), the Viv + team at Mucho Bravado for your fine PR work, Sean my manager for doing manager stuff and Sean Finney for being a top video and photo lord. Oh and mum.
Most importantly to everyone listening, buying, sharing my music and coming out to the shows it really means the world to me. I can’t wait to meet everyone in the near future.