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Artistic Dad Interviews:
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Philip Polk Palmer
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Musician Dad Interview with Philip Polk Palmer
May 2017

Name: Philip Polk Palmer
Bands: Philip Polk Palmer
Websites: www.silbermedia.com/palmer

QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a musician?

Philip – Fourteen.

QRD – What are a few highlights of your musical career?

Philip – Getting support from Silber. Opening up for the Rosebuds - I was honored that my band came highly recommended. They are a damn good live band. Scoring an independent film back in the nineties. Last but not least, coming up with new songs is always a highlight for me.

QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?

Philip – I never decided that I wanted to be a dad. It just happened. But now, I wouldn’t go back for the world. Don’t they all say that? Well, it’s true.

QRD – Has your son effected the music you make &/or listen to?

Philip – I listen to kids’ songs now. It’s what happens. & nursery rhymes.

QRD – Do you think being involved in music has made your children different than his piers?

Philip – That is hard to determine. I do feel like Elliot is extremely responsive to music & anything rhythmic. He has even tried to dance to my dog licking the water out of his bowl. I guess my dog’s tongue keeps good time.

QRD – Do you think being involved in music has made your children different than their piers?

Philip – I honestly don’t know.

QRD – Would you rather see your son eventually become a musician or parent?

Philip – I’d prefer to see Elliot grow up to do what brings him joy, whether that be music, parenting, both, or something else altogether. That being said, I can’t help but wonder what could come out of him, musically.

QRD – Both family & music seem like things that will take up as much of your time as you’re willing to put in.  How do you end up dividing your time?

Philip – From morning until evening, most of my time is spent with Elliot. I work on my music after 11PM.

QRD – What does your son think of your music?

Philip – Elliot loves my music, but Elliot loves all music. Thus far.

QRD – Do you think you could ever do a musical project with your son?

Philip – I intend to get Elliot involved in a musical project, but I don’t have any particulars worked out yet.

QRD – Any words of advice to young people?

Philip – If you’re going to get involved with music, in any capacity, learn to play at least one actual instrument before delving into the virtual world. & learn to tune your instrument by ear.

QRD – Anything else?

Philip – Thank you, Brian, for the interview & for being so dedicated to music.