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posted Friday, February 23, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 08
LGBT newcomer Matt Palmer is hoping to attract eyes and ears to his music
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LGBT newcomer Matt Palmer is hoping to attract eyes and ears to his music

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Another year, another crop of new artists hoping for a breakthrough in music. Enter Matt Palmer, a Big Apple-based newcomer who already boasts a loyal fan base across the Pacific, as three of his releases have landed on the top ten Japanese iTunes R&B charts. His 2014 EP Stranger Than Fiction marked Palmer's first recording as an openly gay performer. A graduate of the by-selection-only Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, the young singer-songwriter has collaborated with Jackie Boyz, who has worked with Madonna and Justin Bieber, and Fraser T. Smith, who has produced for Adele, Sam Smith, Celine Dion and Leona Lewis. His new EP, Get Lost, will be available March 9 in record stores nationwide. Via email, I caught up with Palmer to get the scoop on his music and inquire about a possible tour. Here's what he had to say to Seattle Gay News.



Albert Rodriguez: What comes to mind when you hear the word 'Seattle'?

Matt Palmer: Two things come to mind, actually! First, 'The Real World: Seattle,' which was definitely one of the best seasons. Secondly, my good friend Justin who moved there last year, and I still need to visit!

Rodriguez: Tell us about your new album Get Lost. It's described as a 'visual' EP? Can you tell us what this means? And, what's the leadoff single?

Palmer: Get Lost is a 7-song Visual EP that tells the story of a relationship from start to finish. We shot seven interconnected music videos that tell a single story. Since each of the songs has a video, there's not a real 'single' for this project, but I would call 'Solo Act' & 'Inevitably' the tracks that we're highlighting the most.

Rodriguez: Are you planning to tour at all in 2018?

Palmer: I would love to tour and will hopefully be setting up some shows in the LA area in the very near future. Stay tuned!

Rodriguez: Was coming out a non-issue or a big deal for you, personally and professionally?

Palmer: I would say it was a big deal for me both personally and professionally! My family are beyond supportive now, but it took a little bit of time for everyone to get used to the idea, which I understand. Once I became secure in my identity in my personal life, coming out professionally just made sense. I feel like the best art comes from when an artist is being truthful, so even though it was certainly a tough decision, I felt like there was no other choice.

Rodriguez: What was the first concert you ever went to?

Palmer: I feel like my first concert was something VERY '90s, like Marques Houston's group Immature, but I definitely have early memories of going to Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Patti LaBelle concerts with my mom.

Rodriguez: If you could open a concert for any artist right now, who would it be and why?

Palmer: I think Bruno Mars and Beyoncé are currently the best performers on the planet, so being able to open for one of them would be a dream come true.

Rodriguez: What are you hoping to accomplish with Get Lost? Do you have any specific goals for this EP?

Palmer: Of course, I hope that I can get as many eyes and ears on it as possible, but the real goal was to make something that I can be proud of, and I've already accomplished that.

Rodriguez: Do you lean Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey?

Palmer: I ADORE Whitney Houston and think she was one of the best live vocalists that ever walked this Earth, but Mariah is, was, and will always be my favorite artist. Her voice, songwriting ability and catalog put her in a league of her own.

Rodriguez: For anybody that hasn't listened to your music yet, what's the first song they should check out?

Palmer: I would recommend listening to 'Solo Act' - I think that song is really strong lyrically, melodically and has a driving uptempo vibe that people seem to enjoy!

Rodriguez: Will we see you performing at any Pride festivals this summer?

Palmer: I would LOVE to, but none lined up just yet. As soon as I get all of these videos out, I'm going to start pitching myself for Pride festivals. Hopefully, some will have me!

Rodriguez: Do you lean 'RuPaul's Drag Race' or 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'?

Palmer: Everyone tells me to watch 'Drag Race,' but I haven't started yet! There are so many seasons and it would take me forever to catch up, but I'm sure I will when I get some free time. I love the 'Housewives' though, and Atlanta is definitely the most consistently entertaining of the franchise. Speaking of Bravo, 'Vanderpump Rules' is one of the best shows on television, so PLEASE get into it if you haven't yet.

Rodriguez: What's your favorite thing to shop for?

Palmer: Set me free in an Apple Store, and I'm in heaven.

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