Palm Skin – founder of tooth-cutting Mo’ Wax project Palm Skin Productions, countless 12”s,Ep’s, live gigs and DJ sets around the world fromTokyo and Sydney to Aberdeen and Ravensburg. Taken from the emperor’s new label of Mo’ Wax into the lush vales of Virgin for the first LP ‘Remilixir’. Kidnapped to record, play live and DJ for Neneh Cherry – led into innumerable studios to produce Youssou N’Dour, R.E.M, Gabrielle...sucked into Howie B’s tentacled Pussyfoot Records to release the second LP‘Kunstruk’... destined to tour Europe and Scandinavia with two lapdancers and a sleeper bus commandeered by a fugitive from the French foreign legion...all the while Djing and remixing – names and faces flash past in the foaming wake:
Fabric, 333, Galliano, UFO, TheRex, The Batofar, Global Communications, Maffia, Spacer, Earl Zinger... playing live for King Kooba, spinning as an opener for Art Of Noise, scratching live for Scare Electric, summoning live dub frenzies for Chris Bowden... Palm Skin – father of myriad offshoots – Cousin Grizzly for Tummy Touch, Boswick Gates for Om Records, South Sea Bubble for Pussyfoot, Moustache for discerning followers of camp German electro-tache everywhere, and now playing with The Bays, the absolute royalty of live improvised electronica...
2005 saw Palm Skin’s debut EP onFreerange entitled ‘So Bad’. This varied 3-tracker gave an insight into his darker, heavy dancefloor friendly capabilities and could be heard being dropped by all the top jocks from across the house spectrum. His follow up ‘Love Will Go’ dropped hard in May ’06 on the "Year of The Muppet" EP on Freerange, alongside the tracks "Leave Me Again" and "Get Live Tonight". 2007 saw the release of the "Fall Away" EP on Freerange, with remixes by Johnny Fiasco and Milton Jackson and also including the track "Wrecked".
2007 also saw Palm Skin Productions remix Manuel Tur, Hipp-E and Ski Oakenfull, all the while continuing to DJ and play live with The Bays everywhere from Goa to Tokyo, via Glastonbury, Glasgow and swanky, top-notch poncy London venue The Barbican. As well as on Bays' occupied stages, Palm Skin has been seen contributing live keyboard work to John Metcalfe's sublime part-classical part-ambient part drum and bass ensemble, not to mention playing for Tom Middleton's Lifetracks project and the deep ambience of Ayota for Ski Oakenfull, founder of the impeccable Primaudial label.
Complex legal wrangles forbid any mention of the sneaky 2007 release of Pacific Rim Dubs vol1 EP, but the forthcoming Palm Skin Productions track "Lose It" can be found on the imminent 100th release of the altogether more wholesome Freerange label.
2010 saw Palmskin's first foray into the world of folk, joining The Imagined Village - folk supergroup formed by Simon Emmerson, featuring Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood, Jackie Oates, not to mention Red Snapper's Ali Friend and fellow Bay member Andy Gangadeen. Palmskin has been beavering away in a folky-ambieny-electronica style, writing and producing for Imagined Village's album "Empire and Love" and is currently working on the next Imagined Village record, to be released late 2011/2012 on ECC Records. 2011 also saw Palmskin involved in the Musicity Project, working alongside Ski Oakenfull and Nick Luscombe in a venture exploring architecture and music. Oh yes, and there's the whole other thing of the next Palm Skin Productions album....