Interview: Philip George
Philip George’s unique brand of house music has hit the UK charts on several occasions since his breakthrough in 2014 (just a year later hit single ‘Wish You Were Mine’ was pipped to the number one spot by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’). Despite this chart-topping success and spots on the bill at a smattering of UK festivals, including EDC and Reading & Leeds, the 22 year old still records music from his bedroom in Nottingham. We caught up with the young DJ to find out about his latest collaboration with Canadian outfit Dragonette, and what 2016 has in store for him.
Hi Philip, what are you up to today?
I’m currently at home, writing music and enjoying spending time with family and friends as I’m not really gigging that much at the moment.
How did you first get into DJing?
Through producing, I guess. I was producing drum & bass many years back and obviously it comes hand-in-hand with producing. I love it just as much as producing now though!
2014 and 2015 were both huge years for you, with a top five single in each. What’s the plan for 2016?
To carry on the venture! I’m loving every moment of this journey so far and I don’t want it to end; every day more and more good news seems to come about. I’ve just had a new single that has been released called ‘Feel This Way’. It’s a track I have done with Canadian electronic band Dragonette. I’m really excited about this track becuase it’s completely different to the first two; it’s got really cool disco elements that work wells on the dancefloor but remain radio-friendly. I also have a busy summer coming up touring all over Europe, so naturally I’m really excited about that.
You made your first UK hit, ‘Wish You Were Mine’, in your bedroom in Nottingham. Did you know even then that it was a banger?
I didn’t! I actually made the track over three years ago, would you believe! And genuinely had no idea what I was even making at the time: I just knew was that it was house music. When it started to blow up a year later after being uploaded to Soundcloud (in the first year it only got a few hundred plays) I couldn’t believe it!
How has the creative process changed since making music in your bedroom?
Not a lot to be honest – I’m still in my bedroom! *laughs* Although I am planning on moving out of here soon and building a new studio this year. I can’t wait for that. I’ll still need that homely feel to the studio though; it’s how I feel relaxed.
What has had the biggest influence on your sound – musical or otherwise?
I don’t really know. I guess just good memories and family and friends. That is what keeps me going in life and it resonates in my music 100%.
What’s the secret to a memorable set?
Just appreciate what is in front of you, and if you can do that you will enjoy yourself more. Whether you smile, dance, whatever it is; the crowd love it when the DJ gets in on the action!
Your entire music collection is about to be destroyed and you can only save 3 tunes, which would they be?
The La’s ‘There She Goes’, Soul Central ‘Strings of Life (Stronger On My Own)’ and Netsky ‘Memory Lane’.
Philip George will be at Arch 9 on April 23rd as part of new club night Made In Sheffield. See facebook.com/Arch9Nightclub for more.