Century. The name though spelt different is pronounced the same. Fate can be a weird thing.
"I apologize if I was unable to include all the bands I have worked with, however I will do my best to update on any I have missed."
Part 1 "No son of mine is going to play the drums...
Phils formative career in music was almost cut short at an early age.
"One day I came back from school with a snare drum. The school had kindly donated it for the evening. My old man took one look and said "that's not staying in the house". It was kiboshed immediately. Somehow I think he related that to the army and the poor sod that has to go in front of the infantry banging a tin drum. Not great odds thinking about it. So that ended that career."
He moved on to the piano which involved lessons he kind of liked.
"I was always curious to know ABBA chords but that obviously clashed with the real lessons, so by my own admission I wasn't the best of students".
Summers spent as a teenager in a second hand record shop being paid in records. Music was omni-present. At the same time he bought a second hand guitar and for some reason it didn't conflict with the old man "God bless him".
"My first experience being in a band was inspired by the Pistols. Everything before that paled into insignificance except my childhood memories of Rolf Harris singing 'Two Little Boys' and the chorus of the Beatles 'She Loves You... yeah yeah yeah'. These were my earworms."
"The romance of playing dwindled as I had fallen in love with a "TEAC" 4 track tape machine that a friend of mine had in his house, to me this was the bollocks...I loved the magic; that was the beginning."
This was a time when there were perhaps more studios than bands. Technology was in its digital infancy. SSL was the new messiah. The job of the assistant was total.
Originally Phil worked as an assistant/engineer at Eden, Master Rock, Mayfair and Townhouse studios. This was over the period of the eighties at a time when studio budgets were bountiful, working with true pioneers of their time.
It was an education in itself, as you knew that anyone who walked through the door was going to make waves. Great time for studios.
Artists, all household names, included:
XTC, The Jam, The Ruts, Public Image Limited, Squeeze, The Damned, Robert Wyatt, Vic Goddard, Japan, Thin Lizzy, The Jam, Black Sabbath, Kirsty McCall, Simple Minds, Spandau Ballet, Aztec Camera, Desmond Dekker.
Phil went on to become Chief Engineer at Master Rock Studios in north London where credits included James, Little Richard, Dave Edmonds, Phil Everly, Captain Sensible, A Ha, 23 Skidoo, Comsat Angels, and The Cure.
In the 90's the productions were becoming more prominent developing artists like The Levellers, Television Personalities and The Auteurs. There was also a spell as artist/producer with 'Decode' but this was over shadowed by the success of the Mercury Music Prize nominated 'New wave' LP by the Auteurs.
The Auteurs and the future collaborations with Luke Haines were in many ways one of the the most exciting periods due to the variety of projects that developed ('Baader Meinhof' and 'Blackbox Recorder' ). This era has been uniquely captured in lukes book 'Bad Vibes' a must read.
The real pleasure of working on bands root and branch has given Phil a wonderful insight into all facets of production. There is no stone unturned. His style has combined the analogue school with the ever changing micro - studio environment spanning over 30 years. Fiercely independent but still connecting with new bands, he relishes the challenge of finding that sweet spot that makes the difference.
With the advent of digital recording and the luxury of not having to go to the same old studios means Phil producing in some amazing places and enjoying the production process in a completely different way. Sadly a lot of studios have vanished, but change has opened up many different avenues, some good, some bad. I guess thats part of the new world order.
For your pleasure here are the hits 'n' misses in this 'Global Analogue - digital Village' of ours...
Productions included: Placebo, The Auteurs, Pulp, Black box recorder, Elastica, Television Personalties, Feeder, Deus, Pulp, Baader Meinhoff, Das Pop, Balloon, British Sea power.
These really were the analogue years. And now the digital years:
At present Phil is enjoying the pleasures producing (grammy nominated) "Zoe" in Mexico and keeping Shakira off the number one spot. This has brought him closer to working with some really good musicians from Latin America. Other bands include: Enjambre, Sanchez Dub, Jumbo, Morbo, Le Baron, Estados Alterados, 69 Nombres, Bomba Stereo, Quiero Club, Dorian, 424, Bohemia Suburbana, etc...
This is a completely different vibe and an exciting challenge.
PV has finally got his reward... Zoe received two Latin American Grammy awards for best single and best album in November 2011 and was again nominated for the Latin Grammy 2013 for Zoe's single "Bésame Mucho".
He's also doing some musical and audio supervision for massive shows in great venues as the Auditorio Nacional, Foro Sol and Palacio de los Deportes.
His studio in Mexico City, Toy Factory, is already available inside Panoram Studios at special requests.
ZOÉ - MEXICO
ENJAMBRE - MEXICO
BOMBA STEREO - COLOMBIA
JUMBO - MEXICO
NEW WAVE & NOW I'M A COWBOY
OLYMPIAN/ TO SEE THE LIGHTS
ONE WAY & OUTSIDE /INSIDE
FOR THE DEAD / HAUNTED BY YOU
SLEEP WELL TONIGHT
THE IDEAL CRASH
BRITISH SEA POWER
PRIVILEDGE - CLOSER TO GOD
SALVA DOR DALIS GARDEN PARTY
BLACK BOX RECORDER
MORBO - MEXICO
LE BARON - MEXICO
QUIERO CLUB - MEXICO
THE MELOVSKYS - MEXICO
SANCHEZ DUB - MEXICO
424 - COSTA RICA
CIENFUE - PANAMÁ
BOHEMIA SUBURBANA - GUATEMALA
ANNI - ESPAÑA
VIC GODARD & THE SUBWAY SECT
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