10 questions with La Palma

How did you get into creating music? Tim Gibbon: We both found our ways into music as young kids, it's hard to imagine life without music flowing. We first connected with each other years ago when we were living in Washington DC and playing with bands in a pretty tight-knit musical scene. Three years ago we reconnected and started collaborating on some recordings, passing sound files back and forth since we live in different cities. It started very casually, but there's been a steady momentum and now we've finished our second album! Where do you get your inspirations from ?

Chris Walker: We take inspiration from pretty much any place we can from our families to each other to whatever random sound files we find on our phones. You never know where an idea for a song will present itself and I think we're both pretty good about being open minded to that force taking whatever form it pleases. Use three words to describe your music! Tim: Immersive, intimate, infinite What’s your favourite song of yours and why?

Chris: Currently, I'd say it's 'High Wind Knife'. It's probably the one I've listened to the most off the new album and keep going back to. The idea for it came out of a conversation we'd had in one of those rare moments where we get to hang out in person. Tim took my short demo of the song and extended it, writing and singing a verse and basically doubling the length of the song. It's one of those songs I wrote that I kind of had doubts about until Tim showed me I had no reason to. Tell us one artist you are listening to right now! Tim: Helado Negro's new music has been helping me through the pandemic for real. I love his recent collab with Jenn Wasner (Flock of Dimes, Wye Oak) and pretty much everything she does. And so much local music inspiration to shout out too: folks like Karl Blau, Strange Parts, Birdie Busch, Ali Awan, Laura Lizcano, Daniel de Jesús, Carol Cleveland Sings, ThebandIvory, Omar's Hat, Hermit High Priestess... sorry that's more than one!

Who would you like to collaborate with the most?

Chris: Anyone from Animal Collective or Daft Punk. Where is your favourite place you have ever performed?

Tim: Johnny Brenda's is a real gem of a venue in Philly. We were able to play one show there before the pandemic shut everything down. Where is the one place you dream of performing?

Chris: Latin America, remote beach bonfire acoustic set. What are you most looking forward to in 2021? Tim: I'm so excited to live music to sloooowly get its footing again, I've missed it so much. But I'm also glad that an online music infrastructure has developed over this pandemic year, enabling musicians like us to collaborate and share music across a long distance. What are you working on next?

Chris: We have a few visual ideas we're playing around with to support the album. Keep your eyes peeled!!