Interviews: Swindle

Cameron Palmer, known by his stage name Swindle, is no newcomer but definitely one of the rising stars these days. The London DJ and producer is coming to play at Gretchen for the first time, April 21, so we took this opportunity to speak to him about life, music and future plans.

Jamie: First and foremost thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for our blog. Let us start with this one: Who is Cameron Palmer if he is not playing music across the globe?

Swindle: Thats pretty much all of me! Lol, I’m also a father!

Jamie: I read that you have started DJing at the age of only 12. How did you manage to pay for the equipment and the records?

Swindle: I started playing music at 12, guitar/keyboards that my dad had. I didn’t have turntables till about 14. 

Jamie: What was your first record and have you still got it?

Swindle: Wow I don’t actually know this, I used to collect drum & bass records and at some point sold my collection. I still massively regret this today! Continue reading “Swindle”



1) Vex Ruffin – Conveyor / Stones Throw

2) Gebrüder Teichmann & Aura Samba – 2 Cities / Berlin – Lagos

3) Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda – Expectations

4) Kingston All Stars – Presenting Kingston All Stars

5) Local Talk 5 5 1/2 Years Later Part 1

6) The Willow Band – Willowman / Funky Guitar Man

7) Ahmed Malek & Flak – The Electronic Tapes

8) Gerardo Friesin  – Blue Latin

9) The 5 Elements (Dj Normal & Bufiman) – Water & Air EP

10) Tagi & Steven Beatberg – Youaresurrounded


Features: Jeff Parker and The New Breed

This week we will continue our series of jazz events with a truly outstanding artist. On April 7 we are opening doors for Jeff Parker and The New Breed. So many interesting facts to talk about, where do we even begin?

The American jazz and rock guitarist, born in Hampton, Virginia, in 1967 was attracted to music from an early age on and decided to study at the Berklee College of Music. Soon after he moved to the jazz capital Chicago and started working on his career as a musician. Parker  became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a non-profit organization, which supports and encourages jazz performers, composers and educators. According to its charter the ACCM is devoted “to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music”. Also members of the organization are, for instance, George Lewis, Chico Freeman, Anthony Braxton and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. But Parker was not only interested in playing jazz, his skills as a rock musician were widely acknowledged when he joined the famous post-rock band Tortoise. The almost entirely instrumental music of Tortoise is quite experimental and, rather than the standard rock and roll sound, a mixture that incorporates everything from the so called krautrock, dub, minimalist music, electronic to various jazz styles. Their last album “The Catastophist” was released, by the Chicago based indie label Thrill Jockey, i Continue reading “Jeff Parker and The New Breed”