RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW XAN PALMA WHAT HAPPENED?
Hiya Xan thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Music has been an important part of my life since I was 5 years old. I loved to dance and sing and wondered why people didn’t sing all the time like in musicals. Now, I pursue music both as a passion and in my day job in music distribution. Music consumes my life in the best way.
Introduce us to you / all to the members and your musical history.
I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. It didn’t take long for music to hook me. I was in piano lessons at age 6 and voice lessons soon after. At age 12, I started writing songs with friends and was in a local indie rock band from 17-19.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
My earliest memory is listening to “Telstar” by The Tornadoes at three years old. The song fascinated me as a child. I appreciated how music evoked emotion and eventually wanted to create it myself.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
“Kiss Me Through the Phone” is my debut single, so my career can only go up from here! I’m excited about the future and can’t wait to release more original singles this year. In the meantime, I continue to post covers on my TikTok/Instagram @xanpalma and perform around Nashville, TN.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
The most important lesson I’ve learned in the music industry is to be kind to everyone. It’s a small industry, so word gets around. But more importantly, life feels better when you approach others with respect and grace.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?
I’m a self-taught guitarist. I speak Italian. I have my MBA.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
The ability to pay someone to help grow and manage my social media accounts. That would be nice!
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
My lyrics are inspired by everyday life. I try to be forthright and specific about wording and musical phrasing when I write. I hope the attention I give to my lyrics, as well as my vocal abilities, make me stand out as an artist.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
In 2024 I will release two more singles also inspired by my lived experiences. They echo the high energy, anthemic feel of ‘Kiss Me Through the Phone’ while venturing into more revealing and dramatic territories lyrically and vocally.
What was the recording process like?
Recording with Noah and Herschel at Southside Sounds Nashville was natural and fun. I met Herschel VanDyke at our yoga studio in Nashville and played a gig with him and Noah Bellamy. We soon recorded some songs together. I wrote the lyrics and melody, Noah and Hershel assisted in production, Herschel played drums, and Noah played all other instruments, recorded, and mixed the tracks. Preston Cochran is the mastering engineer.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I enjoy writing on guitar much more than writing on piano, because it’s closer to the sound I’m going for. As a self-taught guitarist, sometimes I want to play something that’s outside of my level of proficiency. Playing music is a progression of learning that ebbs and flows. You hope to steadily improve, and it’s best to maintain a sense of levity about your art.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
I wouldn’t alter a thing, musically. I am working on a music video for this track and can’t wait to share that with the world.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?