PRODUCER / COMPOSER / PIANIST / KEYBOARDIST
Dave Palmer began playing music professionally at the age of seventeen. His diverse and fascinating career was sparked in the clubs of Norfolk, Virginia and Dallas, Texas (where he graduated from the University of North Texas), spread to the west coast via Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California, and led to the studio and concert landscape of Los Angeles. During the course of this 25 year period Mr. Palmer played with a vast array of artists as a touring musician, studio keyboardist, producer, musical director (most recently for the Hollywood Bowl’s Beatles Tribute), and arranger. This collection of employers is as diverse in style as it is impressive in it’s make up. Fiona Apple, Chris Isaak, AIR, Seal, Turin Brakes, Twista, Joe Henry,De La Soul, Kanye West, Sawyer Fredericks, Dana Brown, David Slade, Patty Griffin, Fleetwood Mac, M83, Draco Rosa, Madeleine Peyroux, Perla Batalla, T-Bone Burnett, Avenged Sevenfold, Missy Higgins, Sam Phillips, Solomon Burke, The Goo Goo Dolls and Aureo Baqueiro are but a few examples of his varied professional experience.
Mr. Palmer’s musical credits also include notable film and television work. He composed for the critically acclaimed indie smash “Beginners'” as well as playing all the piano on the original works. In 2014 the RedBull Media House feature “On Any Sunday: the next chapter”, for which he composed the score, played to film and motorcycle fans worldwide. He has been a staple musician for the eclectic composer Brian Reitzell and played on and composed scores for films such as Beginners, Red Riding Hood, 30 Days of Night, Friday Night Lights, Peacock, Stranger Than Fiction, Goats, Boss/Hannibal(television), The Brothers Bloom, and Shrink. He has written for both film and television with songs/cues appearing in The Brothers Bloom, the Starz mini series Boss, NBC’s Hannibal, Goats, Earthlings, and Love Monkey. He has had his arrangements and production featured in the film Stepbrothers and the hit TV drama House. He also had two songs on the Disney Music release “Music inspired by the film WALL-E”.
He is a Grammy nominated songwriter(De La Soul) who has written with artists such as Luke Steele(Empire of the Sun/Sleepy Jackson), Seal, Twista, De la Soul, Uffie, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ammar Malik, Kwebs, M83, Jake Sinclair, Edie Brickell, Ohno, Cameron Avery(Tame Impala), John Hill, Ethan Gruska, Anna Robinson, Sonya Kitchell, and Jeff Saltzman to name a few.
In the past few years he has also worked on the score of some of the largest selling video games in the world including GTA5, Red Faction, and Watchdogs.
Current projects include scoring the new Audience network comedy “Loudermilk” for the shows creators Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort and Dana Brown’s newest film “Dust to Glory 2″. And a new jazz trio record with Jay Bellerose(T-Bone Burnett/Joe Henry/Ray Lamontagne) and Gus Seyffert(Black Keys/Roger Waters) is being finalized and will be available soon.