James is originally from the Northern Rivers of NSW and currently resides in the Gold Coast, QLD. After playing in bands since the age of 10, James has made a career out of freelancing as a live & session musician, providing musical education and working as a live audio engineer. He has played at venues all over Australia and has worked with a variety of artists up and down the East Coast. James is acclaimed for his versatility and professionalism in the modern industry; being able to fit into various scenarios with ease. Whether it be acquiring regular work in recording studios along the East Coast, touring with original music artists, playing in multiple corporate cover bands, providing private musical tuition or audio production, James is seen by many as highly skilled and adaptive to different areas in the modern day industry. 

In addition, James has furthered his musical comprehension and ability through a Bachelor of Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium which has given him even more professional experience and industry knowledge.

James has been privileged to have played with numerous successful artists - most notably on drums for one of Australia’s premier instrumental rock guitarists, Todd Robinson, Brisbane based funk/soul rocker, Jake Whittaker and the super-group corporate show band, EPIC.
J.P has worked in recording studios with artists/producers such as, Mitch King, Blake Malone and Jared Adlam and has worked in touring production with the likes of, Damien Leith, MI-SEX, James Reyne, Nazeem Hussain, Arj Barker and the ABC. Not to mention he has played on countless TV adds, gaming soundtracks and other jingles along the way.



Pearl Drums James Palmer
EPIC Band Byron Bay
EPIC the Band
EPIC The Band

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