Daisy Palmer started her career as part of the Kingston Youth Concert Band in Greater London. Moving to the percussion section from the trumpet she quickly took to the kit, timpani, tuned, and auxiliary percussion with keen enthusiasm. Palmer then became drummer in the Kingston Youth Big Band, opening up opportunities to start projects with other London musicians. These ranged stylistically from soul and jazz to indie and metal, helping her to diversify and develop the musical versatility for which she is known today.
During a 3-year BA Hons degree at Bristol University, Palmer started playing with well-known artists on the Bristol and U.K. music scene including Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Get The Blessing, Adrian Utley, and Lillian Boutte. She also formed her own band Chairfight which led to the foundations of the project Mesadorm. In 2010, she joined Goldfrapp for the “Head First” World Tour and moved back to London during 2012. There she was a founder member of the band Feverist which led to a collaboration with composer Martin Phipps writing the soundtrack to Series 1 of Peaky Blinders. Since then Palmer has toured and/or recorded with Paloma Faith, Rae Morris, MIKA, Barry Adamson, Hannah Peel, Beth Gibbons, John Metcalfe, Beth Orton, Pepe Belmonte, Mesadorm, and Bellatrix.
As well as continuing to work with Paloma Faith in 2019, Palmer is also running an imprint label–Babylegs Records–a collective imprint founded by the band Mesadorm working with promising left-field artists in the industry. Her other focus for this year will be Feverist who are planning to make a new album with Mi7 records, and Mesadorm who are releasing an acoustic album in April/May 2019 which they will be touring. Palmer will also be performing some drum clinics around the U.K in March and April as follows:
March 1 – Bristol Bimm
April 16 – London Bimm
April 17 – Manchester Bimm
April 18 – Jopson’s Music Academy
Palmer used exclusively Gretsch drums on The Architect tour with Paloma Faith 2017/2018. The Architect charted at number 1 on release in November 2017 and has since gone platinum. She particularly favors the BroadKaster as it offers enough vintage sensibilities and versatility for playing a wide range of musical styles within the Paloma Faith show.
Main feature image: Dave Phillips.