DJ. Drummer. Producer. Label Owner.
Gabriel Palomo’s passion for music spans the history of his deep roots in rhythm, sound, and dance. Playing the drums since the late 70’s, spinning vinyl since the early 80’s, throwing parties since the ‘90’s, and producing since the millennium, from Chicago to Berlin, Gabriel has evolved through the journeys of old school hip hop break-dance beats, Italo-classics, early electro, acid-house and techno. Gabriel brings years of life experience and musical skills to any project he commits himself to.
Gabriel Palomo: DJ
His pre-teen style war beat street days as a breaker and graffiti writer (a.k.a. Sez) naturally led him to become a DJ, which he picked up easily after years of playing the drums since the age of six. In the early 80’s he discovered Kraftwerk and Afrika Bambaataa. Taking their musical messages to heart, Palomo became a renegade of funk, looking, seeking, finding the perfect beats which led him to the early Detroit techno scene and Chicago’s acid house craze. In 1993, he joined a legion of rave pioneers, hosting some of the city’s most memorable underground warehouse-loft parties. He has since been playing an integral role in keeping Chicago's electronic scene on the map having organized events under his leadership of EnvironMental Sound Therapists, Conjugate Projekt (best known for the unprecedented moving train party), along with 773 Tekno Saturdays (w/ Tim Xavier), D:Section (w/ Meiotic), De:Form (w/ Friction Detroit and Infrastructure NY), In Your System! (w/ Blueline Records and Majestic), and Linear.
Palomo’s drive, skills and dedication have landed him DJ sessions at every major club in Chicago, events across the U.S., festivals and club appearances throughout the world - Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
When out of the studio, and on the decks, Gabriel plays for packed venues of all sizes and types (including having played in a moving train car), Palomo is known to drop anything from techno to dark electro to tribal tech-house to old school acid tracks in any given set to keep the crowd moving and engaged, not missing a beat with flawless transition and key communication with the dance floor. Besides being one of the most respected DJs in Chicago and aside from headlining at many events, Palomo has played events over the last two decades with the likes of Surgeon, Function, Regis, Christian Smith, Speedy J, Chris Liebing, Green Velvet, Marco Carola, Ben Sims, Ken Ishii, Marco Bailey, Frank Mueller (Beroshima), Mark Verbos, Traxx, Joey Beltram, Mike Dearborn, Tony Rohr, Kyle Geiger and so many other musical explorers, the list goes on and on.
Gabriel Palomo: Producer and Label Owner
Driven by the technology of the past, present and future, he established Zuvuya Recordings in 2001 as a vehicle to share his concepts and ideas thru music. Palomo’s releases on ZuvuyaRecordings were charted and played by Dave Clarke, DJ Hell, Felix Da Housecat, Tommie Sunshine and DJ T-1000, media reviews from BPM Magazine and Germany’s De:Bug, and radio play in the UK, Germany, and XM Satellite Radio. The breakthrough release “Lunar” (ZUV002) in collaboration with Lee Chameleon earned Palomo his first licensing deals on CD mixes by Mauro Piccotto (Meganite) and DJ Hell (Timewarp). Zuvuya Recordings was well received for its combination of driven techno, electro and industrial qualities.
With the industry’s gamechanging shift towards MP3 based labels, Palomo seized the opportunity to launch a new label – Linear. By joining forces with other Chicago techno producers including Alex SanFacon (Kill Memory Crash), DeeCode, Silent Corp, and Kuya, Linear is a collaborative outlet to release linear…modular…techno. With nearly ten releases to date, Linear regularly charts on Beatport. Linear also releases regular podcasts from the techno community in Chicago and beyond.
Palomo’s past production can also be found on Fresca Recordings and Mindshift Records, in addition to remix projects of artists including The Horrorist, Tim Xavier, Greg Kobe, and Jeff Storm.
Gabriel Palomo: Drummer
In between DJing and producing electronic music, Palomo finds time to exercise his limbs beating on drums and crossing over to take the stage in Chicago’s thriving live music scene. Situated in between the nightclub and the music hall is his fiercely technical and nearly drum machine like performances with industrial trio Kill Memory Crash, of Ghostly International fame. KMC performances have taken Palomo to stages at Movement (Detroit) and Decibel (Seattle) festivals.
2009-10 saw Palomo on hiatus from most other production projects to focus almost exclusively on the meteoric rise of post-punk dance rock outfit The Streets on Fire. Born from an abandoned currency exchange, the four members nursed an infectious synergistic energy that worked its way from this raw rehearsal space to tireless studio sessions, radio play, video shoots, movie licensing and all the way to national tour engagements and SXSW showcases. Two albums (“Hot Weekend” and “This is Fancy”) and many a memorable dancefloor pits later, The Streets on Fire remains one of Palomo’s most anticipated band projects – an ongoing project TBD.
Continuing to take advantage of Chicago’s collaborative culture and wealth of multi-disciplinary artists that come from all over, Palomo also works with a third indie-alternative band, 55 - driven by a mix of DC rock, Montreal melody, Iowa twang, UK basslines, and Chicago dance.
His drumming has also appeared on other band projects The Head of A Girl, Thin Cherries, Fly Over State, Stroller, and Elvin.
Palomo will continue to work hard from all angles to share ideas and contribute his part on a global scale. If you ever have the opportunity to witness him live behind any one of his instruments of choice, this warrior will definitely rewire some neurons with his skills and anthology of electronic grooves.