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An Interview w/ Christopher Prudhomme of Psych-Pop Duo Painted Palms

  • January 27, 2014
  • 3 min read


By Chris Ryan

Recently our readers asked us to interview the sensational synth psych-pop duo Painted Palms. We jumped at the opportunity to interview this duo that is quickly stepping up in popularity and below is what we got back from, one-half of the cousin duo, Christopher Prudhomme.

Your music and style on ‘Forever’ have a very 60s-psychedelic feel (Syd Barrett meets MGMT) to it. Is that what you guys were feeling when making this totally awesome record?

Christopher Prudhomme: 60s pop was definitely something we were listening to and drawing influence from. I think we’ve learned a lot from that era of music, because it was a time when people were really pushing the limits of what you can do with within the confines of a pop song.

We read that Kevin Barnes from Of Montreal discovered your music after the release of the Canopy EP. How did his discovery lead to where you are today?

Christopher Prudhomme: When Kevin asked us to tour, we had never played a live show or even had a practice. It forced us to learn our songs live, and that process typically causes you to deconstruct the songs and look at them as an audience member as well as a performer. So that teaches you a lot. Also, Kevin and all of this wonderful friends/family gave us our first amazing touring experience. We were lucky to be able to watch such seasoned and talented performers every night.

Can you explain the process of making a record while both of you are in different states?

Christopher Prudhomme: Typically Reese will send over a beat with a chord progression, and we will construct the song section by section until it’s finished. After that, there is a process of fine-tuning and sanding down the rough edges so to speak. Occasionally I’ll send over an acoustic demo of part of a song, and we will decide if it makes sense to build it into a bigger thing. Forever took a while to make because a big part of the process was experimentation. We weren’t sure where we wanted to go for a while. But after all of that was over and we narrowed our focus things started to make a lot more sense.

If you were left on an island for the rest of your life and could only have 3 records with you, what would they be?

Christopher Prudhomme: That situation would probably make me sad, so I’d want stuff that would make me comfortable. Maybe the White Album or Paris 1919 by John Cale. Probably something by Kanye West. Silent Shout by the Knife for hunting.


Often times at AudioFuzz, we give our readers a sense of what the music “feels”, “tastes” and even “looks” like in our reviews. Could you try telling us what your music “feels”, “tastes” and “looks” like?

Christopher Prudhomme: Hopefully all of these senses would blend together and become indistinguishable from one another. Maybe it’d look like a pulsing orb. An orb made from a superfluid.

Orb Superfluid


Painted Palms debut album Forever 


March 4th – Bootleg Bar w/ R.L. Kelly 

Check out the music video for their latest single “Forever” below:

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"


  • omg such a fun interview! totally downloading their album now from itunes…love that he answered that last question haha!

  • LOVE the video! Do they have more than just this one album??

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