Interview – Mr Palmer
For the benefit of anyone who’s been living under a rock for the last ten years…who on earth are you?
I started Do4Self Records as a movement not just a label. Indy artists need a former to be reap the full benefit of their hard work. Iíve been in the business for over 10 years, started as Black Majik with Soldiez At War a we sold over 100,000 units of our first album. A few years with that crew and a record deal later I became a solo act because my taste in music kept growing. As Mr. Palmer I incorporate Rap, EDM, and Chicago-House is in my roots.
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
Freedom of expression drives me; providing a real examination of the type of environment I grew up in, the same neighborhoods that so many kids still have to attempt to survive. Jumping on stage and just painting that picture of my world for the audience and them sharing it with me at that moment is the best thing about being in the music business.
Is there a secret to success?
No secret at all because for many of the greats the keys to success are the same: never be afraid to change and keep the passion for music in you. I like all genres and try something new every time I head into the studio.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
Best moments in the business so far have been starting the label, Do4Self Records did that late last year. In my life in general of course its the birth of my two children, my daughter Bailey and my son Dre. Now we are launching a clothing line to support our brand movement.
What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
Leaving a lot of the street and gangster style behind me – I’m still going to make music about where I have been but now I see its better to change it up and make more music about the many other aspects of my life, and the world around me. Its hard to let the past and your old environment behind you in some cases so I just focused on where I’m going in life – I’m the self made CEO not some thug. So it was easy at that point to change my stage name and build all new material around who I am evolving into – enter Mr. Palmer.