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!
Jamie: You grew up in Croydon, South London, but you are known for being a member of the East London Butterz crew. How did this come about?
Swindle: I met Elijah & Skilliam at the beginning stages of Butterz through Terror Danjah in 2007. I met Terror Danjah at a BBC 1xtra radio show.
Jamie: The British grime scene is big and very successful but still won’t get the recognition it deserves by the media, be it airplay or press. What is your opinion on that?
Swindle: I guess my opinion is we are creating our own industry which can survive without mainstream support. This is a good thing long term, things are much better now then they once where. Our audiences and social networks make it possible to make a living without airplay and press so it’s cool.
Jamie: Your own productions are often described as a mixture of grime, dubstep and bass music. If you would have to explain what your music is like to a complete outsider, what would you say?
Swindle: I would say come to a show and I’ll make ya dance!
Jamie: You like to go to various places all around the world to produce your music, such as Los Angeles or Cape Town. What makes it so interesting to work so far from home and have you ever thought of leaving the UK permanently?
Swindle: Maybe one day I’ll leave permanently, never say never right? I enjoy making music in new environments, I feel like it’s the only way to keep discovering new sounds and techniques.
Jamie: As a artist who travels the world you must have many stories to tell. What was the funniest thing that ever happened to you at one of your shows?
Swindle: Lol; i dont know where to start!
Jamie: What are you working on at the moment? Can we expect a new album in 2017?
Swindle: Always expect an album from me! I don’t stop working on music.. can’t say when it will be ready just yet but I’m definitely at it!
Jamie: We are looking forward to your gig at Gretchen. Is there anything you would like to let our audience know in advance?
Swindle: I like to party, dance and enjoy music, been ages since I’ve been in Germany I’m definitely trying to get on a groove with you all! Come through have fun and so yo!
Jamie: Thanks again and see you at the club!