Composition of lullabies for the Mayborn Group
I wrote a few lullabies with my colleague Josh Weller for a clock for kids.
I did a version of Baabaa Black Sleep and an original composition on acoustic classical guitars.
Re:tract Live at Blue Dot Festival
We were invited to play on the stage at Blue Dot festival on the Friday giving us the rest of the festival to enjoy ourselves.
Blue Dot is an amazing festival offering something for everyone.
Astraea Live at St. James's Church London
Performing to a nearly sold out audience in a beautiful church with full band and string section. An absolute dream of a gig.
Re:tract on BBC Radio One
Re:tract had a single played on BBC Radio One with Huw Stephens.
Re:tract's new song 'Amber' was played on the show which features Martha Philips on vocals and me on bass guitar.
The Hands Behind the Craft
Music Written for Video Series
I wrote and recorded a few pieces of music for a series by Opal Video on crafts.
These were written to the brief to match the vibe of the video.
Live Video Recording with Astraea for the Mahogany Cover Sessions
I spent the morning in a large photography studio recording a live session on bass and triggering samples with Astraea for Mahogany Cover Sessions.
The video has come out really well which you can see below.
Loop creation for with Neeta and Rogan Music.
This was two full evenings into the early hours improvising and jamming to create two packs of loops for Novation Blocs Wave App.
One was a Motown pack using old-school mic techniques, and the other was a psychedelic electronic jam.
The Nave Video Sessions
I spent a full day in The Nave in Leeds with The Beat Collective recording two songs with full videos for promotional purposes.
These will be knocking about soon.
Great crew all round and a really good day.
Highly recommend The Nave for any recordings you may need. The have incredible spaces, gear and are very reasonably priced as well.
Gig with Astraea in London at St. Pancras Old Church
Played a belter of a gig in London for Astraea (The voice and Producer behind the Lloyds TSB adverts).
For this gig I was primarily singing which was nice, though I was also playing the electric guitar and triggering samples on an MPC.
Hopefully there will be videos to come.
Lots of Strat Modding
I spent a fair amount of time over the summer modding my strat.
Ranging from bridge and pickup upgrades through to a new switch for the pickup selection options and capacitor changes.
It sounds like a whole new guitar now for a very small amount of money!
See my Blog page for full details and parts
Re:tract on BBC introducing Manchester
Re:tract has been on Manchester BBC introducing radio show with Michelle Hussey and Natalie-Eve Williams.
Re:tract's new song 'Amber' was played on the show which features Martha Philips on vocals and me on bass!
Update: the content in no longer available online.
Theme Tune for TikTok TV
I had a commission for a theme tune for a kids YouTube Channel called Tiktok TV.
This is a very bouncy and short piece of music written mostly with synths and a vocoder.
You can listen to it here:
Podcast 'Beyond the Boxed Set' reaches Top Ten in iTunes Film and TV Podcast Charts
I've had loads of great feedback regarding our Theme Tune for this Podcast and we have since done the outro and some stingers for between sections in the show. The Theme also got new massive drums from Joe Montague. Check out the Podcast at:
Phil and Sian play Live on BBC Radio Leeds in Leeds City Centre
As part of a Christmas songathon for charity, Phil and Sian played a selection of Christmas songs for the audience present as well as those listening in.
Phil plays a bass guitar session for critically acclaimed British Country Duo Ward Thomas
The product of this session is still a secret and will hopefully come to fruition some time soon in 2018. Working alongside great musician's and producers such as John Arkell, Jenny Keller and Mark Levin.