Dad Interview with Philip Polk Palmer
Name: Philip Polk Palmer
Bands: Philip Polk 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.