RBMA presents

Palmbomen II live


  • Saturday 18 22:50 - 23:50

    SonarComplex by Red Bull Music Academy - Kaldalón

Kai Hugo's project Palmbomen has been a mixture of band versus electronics. Influenced by Italo Disco, New Wave and Krautrock, the music for this project always contained drummachines and sequenced synthesizers on one side, and drums, bass guitar and singing on the other. While trying to bring this live with a band, Hugo struggled to have these two sides under one name, and decided to split the project in two. One side stays Palmbomen, as which he will continue to play as a band, and only a band, without sequenced parts,  drummachines or computers, only people playing instruments. The other side will be Palmbomen II, which is completely based on drummachine and sequenced synthesizer.

Between moving from Berlin to Los Angeles, Hugo spent the summer of 2013 in Holland, and made an album (self titled) for his project Palmbomen II. His focus slowly shifted more towards early eighties house and other 'homemade' electronic music from that time and he decided that he wanted to have the same work ethics as the artists he was listening to. Hugo concluded that the spontaneity and roughness of these songs are a results of the nonexistence of 'total recall' in the way people were forced to work in those times. Make your rhythms and harmonies, arrange these and play them live, record to tape, and that's it. This is very different from today's production methods. When sculpting something for weeks or months, tracks often tend to get sterile, and lose their initial spontaneity. Now located in Los Angeles Hugo works on a setup to play these Palmbomen II songs live. A setup that is 'hardware only', and is full of self-modified machines, combined with homebuilt electronics to control lights, in order to create a venue's total atmosphere.