Barry Palmer (musician)

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Barry Palmer is an Australian musician, songwriter and record producer, based in Melbourne. Barry was a member of the band Hunters & Collectors, from 1988 to 1998.


Palmer began playing alongside his brother Craig Palmer and bluesman Chris Wilson in popular R&B band The Sole Twisters.[1] He came to prominence as guitarist and songwriter for indie darlings, Harem Scarem[2] and Crown of Thorns, later joining one of Australia's truly iconic bands Hunters & Collectors in 1989.

In 2005 he was the subject of a documentary series The Hit Game on ABC television, which showed him producing and developing four unsigned artists: Deepface who were later signed to Fly Records (a division of JJJ); Belinda-Lee Reid (ex-Lash) who was later signed to a substantial deal; Vanessa Morefea who later signed to Instant Karma in the UK; and finally the Wolfgramm sisters, who have toured with Jet and the Countdown series.

Palmer toured the globe and Australia for many years with Hunters & Collectors, the band selling over one million albums in their home territory and along the way writing and performing songs that have become a part of the Australian musical and cultural landscape. In recognition of their status within the Australian music community and their contribution to Australian music, 2005 saw Hunters & Collectors inaugurated into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Whilst still in Hunters & Collectors, Palmer formed Deadstar with Caroline Kennedy[3] – releasing three albums to critical acclaim and radio success. From their first indie hits, such as "Going Down" and "Don't It Get You Down", to later pop songs like "Deeperwater" and "Run Baby Run", the band toured Australia and the UK until disbanding in 2001.

Palmer started his own 360º music production company and label, Gigantically Small in 2008 and co-wrote with, produced and worked with some of Australia's finest young artists.

2012 saw Palmer transitioning to mobile technology, co-founding a global tech start-up, Soundhalo, with his son Declan. Soundhalo is a real-time live concert HD video delivery mobile application, launched with artists such as Alt J and Thom York's Atoms For Peace.[4][5]

Baz has since launched two more global tech start-ups including Weyo and more recently Vampr (musician social-professional network named by Fast Company in their Most Innovative Companies list 2022) with co-founder Josh Simons.[6]

Hunters & Collectors reformed in 2013 for the AFL Grand Final performance followed by a run of shows around Australia in 2014, that saw the band also play support slots with Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones.[7]


During this time Palmer wrote and sometimes produced songs with many other artists – "Cry" with The Mavis's (gold sales and APRA most performed song of the year),[8] "Rip It Up" with 28 Days (gold),[9] "Take Me Away" with Lash (lead track for US movie Freaky Friday with the soundtrack selling in excess of 500,000), "Love Comes Easy" with Vika and Linda (first single from Princess Tabu),[10] "Home Again" and many others with old songwriting partner Mark Seymour (produced first solo album, King Without A Clue)[11] and a swag of other songs with artists as diverse as Michael Spiby of The Badloves, Dan Brodie (producer, Beautiful Crimes, EMI), Tim Henwood of The Androids (producer/writer), Shihad, The Fauves, Amiel ("Tonight"), Lisa Miller, The D4 (writing and producing), Carly Binding (Mushroom/Warner), Luger Boa and Dash and Will.

Palmer continues to write and record, concentrating particularly on the artists signed to his production company, Gigantically Small.

2006 saw the release of Dirty Days for Jaed (The Devil's Music/Instant Karma, produced and arranged by Palmer), garnering rave reviews from the UK press.

Deepface (Fly Music) placed the highest Australian dance song on the ARIA dance charts for four months with "Been Good" (co-written by Palmer, C. Kennedy and A. Klippel) and was nominated for an ARIA award for Best Dance Release. The release of their album Feel The Love saw the trio debuting in the Billboard U.S Dance Charts top 50.

Missing Hours (originally signed by Palmer, later to Sony) produced by Palmer. Emma Hewitt disbanded the act in 2009 and headed to London to forge an incredibly successful trance career. In 2010 she won best trance vocalist at the Miami International Dance Music Awards.

The Coalition of the Young, produced by Palmer and signed to Gigantically Small. Declan has since moved on to form Declan and the Antics. 2011 sees Declan going solo and releasing his debut e.p in September.

Gigantically Small signed the wonderful Dash and Will in 2007 and then inked a deal with Universal.

2008 also saw Palmer co-write and produce an album for Jimmy Christmas of The D4 with his new band Luger Boa (Warner Music).

Matt Walters released an EP in February 2009, and his debut album produced by Paul McKercher in May 2011.

Palmer has most recently signed Boy in a Box and then licensed the band to Warner in May 2011.

Palmer's Gigantic Studios opened in 2011, but this studio was later taken over by Jan Skubiszewski.[12]

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  1. ^ "Harem Scarem". Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Mick Geyer: Music Guru - DOCUMENTARY #1 Making Connections". PBS 106.7FM. Archived from the original on 28 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ Chris., Bourke (1997). Crowded House : something so strong. Sydney [N.S.W.]: Pan Macmillan Australia. ISBN 0732908868. OCLC 154701423.
  4. ^ Best, Paul (25 July 2013). "Australian soundhalo music app hailed as a 'game changer'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Wanna Download An Official Bootleg Of A Concert As It Happens? Alt-J Have An App For That - Tone Deaf". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  6. ^ "The 10 most innovative music companies of 2022", Fast Company. 8 March 2022, accessed 19 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Hunters & Collectors Announce First Australian Tour Since 1998 - Music Feeds". Music Feeds. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  8. ^ "The Mavis's: Pink Pills Still Thrills". theMusic. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Release "Rip It Up" by 28 Days - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  10. ^ Kimbo (19 January 2016). "WOMEN OF AUSSIE MUSIC: VIKA AND LINDA BULL". WOMEN OF AUSSIE MUSIC. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Mark Seymour | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Romancing The Voice". theMusic. Retrieved 28 August 2018.

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