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2016 was the year Palms Trax proved he can cater for any crowd, any time

He's the sensation armed with funk, soul, house and party classics

  • Words: Jeremy Abbott | Photos: Philipp Gladsome, Camille Blake
  • 15 December 2016

It’s 4pm on Sunday at Dekmantel. The Main Stage is near full and the sun is shining. The DJ tasked with getting everyone back in the mood for another night is Palms Trax, and the UK selector is firing. Delving into tracks by Kerri Chandler, Chaka Kahn and Stardust, it’s clear Jay Donaldson is just as happy playing funk, soul and party classics as he is rolling house. No surprise his tour schedule has been nothing short of staggering this year.

“I was scheduled to play before Robert Hood at MMA in Munich, this huge underground club that feels like winning a cameo in The Matrix Reloaded,” says Jay, speaking to us from Mexico. “He was late, so I ended up playing about three hours of 135 BPM techno and trance, then went straight to Paris and played back-to-back with Marcellus Pittman and Casper from Dekmantel at Concrete.”

After making himself known via two EPs on Lobster Theremin, Donaldson settled onto the gig circuit before becoming a member of the Dekmantel crew.

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