In this Dream Tour segment, the indie pop artist, palmboy, reveals who he would want on his ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
Dead or alive, no-limits. If you could choose anyone for your ultimate tour lineup, who would you choose and why?
Oh man, buckle up for this absolute mess of a tour haha. I grew up on classic rock and grunge (my parents are from Argentina and those genres were pretty big over there at the time) for most of my childhood, as well as hip hop which always stuck around because of my older brother, leading into the end of middle school and most of high school, being really into all subgenres of metal–– metalcore, deathcore, hardcore, you name it. Towards the latter half of high school, I got really into alt/indie and pop-punk. College took me into a short-lived phase of electronic music, which was finally my gateway into becoming a producer and songwriter of pop music. Given that context, I’d say this lineup would have to be pretty all over the place so I’ll go ahead and limit myself to 4 –– we’re figuring this out together.
First would have to be one of my all-time favorites–– Queen. At home or in my parents’ car, there was always a copy of Queen’s Greatest Hits blasting out of a pair of speakers. Freddie’s voice just absolutely put me in a trance, his energy was electric. Brian May’s one-of-a-kind, bitey guitar tone is still one of the most pleasant sounds to my ears. Also, the fact that you could go from a driving, four-on-the-floor funk record like Another One Bites The Dust, to a dynamic, rock-opera masterpiece like Killer Queen or Bohemian Rhapsody was just unbelievable.
The second would be Denzel Curry. I know, we just jumped ahead about 50 years, but fuck it––this is my chaotic lineup. I grew up on a lot of Ja Rule, 50 Cent, Fat Joe (who I was lucky enough to write a song with back in 2018–very mind-blowing full-circle moment), Kanye, and have still been finding new rappers who inspire me to this day. I found Denzel Curry’s music on Soundcloud back in like 2015, and “Ultimate” just blew my fucking brains out. Having been really into heavier music at the time as well, he managed to make the nastiest, heaviest rap song I had heard in a while. Ever since then, he’s honestly been super consistent with records like “ULT” and “Ricky” that still have that same energy, and just so much artistry in his flow and lyrics.
The third pick would be Basement. They’re an incredible grunge/alternative band from the UK whose album “Colourmeinkindness” is still one of my most listened to albums of all time. It’s like grunge but with more of that modern energy from pop-punk on some of the songs, still keeping a super tight level of musicianship and lyricism that lacks in a lot of the newer bands in that scene. Discovering that album in 2013 really helped me find my love for the alternative scene, and heavily influenced a band that me and my best friend at the time started called Intervention. I left once I moved to New York for college, but they’re still around and rip. Definitely check them out.
Last but certainly not least goes to Young The Giant. My first memory of hearing their music was in my friend’s car in 2011 driving to school and “Cough Syrup” came on the radio. I had no clue what it was, but it was so different from what I had been listening to at the time that I just had to find more of their music. Since that year, I’ve followed every single album of theirs, each playing a pretty significant role in my life as they came out. Mind Over Matter came out in 2014 near the end of my time in high school, as I was starting to figure out who I was as a person and what music inspired me. That led into Home of the Strange coming out in 2016, which I listened to every single day taking the subway from my dorm in Chinatown to campus at NYU. Hearing their evolution as a band and how confidently they were willing to experiment with totally different styles played a big role in me taking those same risks with my own songwriting and production.
Anyways, I’ll end my rambling here. I’m not super into manifesting, but let’s see if by this article hitting the universe, somehow a tour like this comes to fruition in the future. I definitely wouldn’t be mad about it. Much love and thanks to Digital Tour Bus for being kind enough to let me word-vomit here for a bit. My single “Minefield” is out everywhere on October 5, 2021––if you dig it, share it with your friends and tell me what you think!