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BIOGRAPHY

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A musical biography: From 20th to 21st.

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."

Part 2 The early boot camp years:

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.

Part 3 The end of the analogue years:

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:

Part 4 Latin America and beyond.... tales from Mexico City

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.

CREDIT

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PLACEBO

RADIOHEAD

PULP

ZOÉ - MEXICO

ENJAMBRE - MEXICO

BLACK SABBATH

ELASTICA

SNOW PATROL

LITTLE RICHARD

BOMBA STEREO - COLOMBIA

JUMBO - MEXICO

DORIAN -ESPAÑA

23 SKIDOO

THE AUTEURS

BAADER MEINHOF

SUEDE

NEW WAVE & NOW I'M A COWBOY

GENE

THE LEVELLERS

FEEDER

OLYMPIAN/ TO SEE THE LIGHTS

ONE WAY & OUTSIDE /INSIDE

BUBBLEHEAD

FOR THE DEAD / HAUNTED BY YOU

SLEEP WELL TONIGHT

THIN LIZZY

THE IDEAL CRASH

BRITISH SEA POWER

DRUGSTORE

SQUEEZE

TELEVISION PERSONALITIES

PRIVILEDGE - CLOSER TO GOD

DAVE GRANEY

SALVA DOR DALIS GARDEN PARTY

STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL

MR SPACEMAN

JAMES

DAS POP

AZTEC CAMERA

BLACK BOX RECORDER

IAN DURY

STARFIGHTER PILOT

BLOWOUT

DEUS

MORBO - MEXICO

LE BARON - MEXICO

QUIERO CLUB - MEXICO

THE MELOVSKYS - MEXICO

SANCHEZ DUB - MEXICO

424 - COSTA RICA

CIENFUE - PANAMÁ

BOHEMIA SUBURBANA - GUATEMALA

CAPITAN SENSIBLE

ANNI - ESPAÑA

PIL EVERLY

VIC GODARD & THE SUBWAY SECT

ROBERT WYATT

XTC

CONTACT

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MANAGEMENT


America

Control Freaks

pcarrera@controlfreaks.com.mx

52.55.5264.1869

52.155.2653.7719

London

Glass-eye Productions

00447930183259

finalvinall@yahoo.co.uk

Europe

Golden Gate Management GmbH

Shanghaiallee 9

20457 Hamburg

ggm@goldengatemanagement.com

ph + 49-(0)40-2800 879 0

fax + 49-(0)40-2800 879 28

TOY FACTORY

(PANORAM STUDIOS)


Reynosa 9

Hipódromo Condesa

Mexico City

LISTEN

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  • Placebo

    Pure Morning

  • Zoé

    Arrullo De Estrellas

  • Pulp

    Razzamatazz

  • Deus

    The Ideal Crash

  • Enjambre

    Hematófago

  • Snow Patrol

    Starfighter Pilot

  • Black Box Recorder

    England Made Me

  • Elastika

    Stutter

  • The Auteurs

    Lenny Valentino

  • Bohemia Suburbana

    Tengo Que LLorar