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paul hitension 6packPaul Phillips Vocals, Guitar, Song Writer, Producer

  It all started for Paul at the age of 8, often performing for his parents’ friends and family and was gladly paid for being a showman, acting like either James Brown or Mick Jagger. But Paul always had dreams on being on Top of the Pops. At the age of 14, when his brother (Lloyd Phillips) approached Dave Joseph to form a band that thing began to become more serious. Most of their time was spent after school hours practicing at either David’s or Paul’s house, that group was called Hott Wax.

 

His main music influences at the time were Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder (and any of the Motown groups), Elton John, Rolling Stones, Isley Brothers, James Brown, Bar Kays and any music from the Philadelphia Camp.  

 

If he was not in a group, as the stereotype goes, he would have been a great sportsman as at school he was captain of everything from athletics to rugby. It was some 40 years later, on meeting a primary school friend, that said “hey you’re the guy who was always smiling with a six-pack”

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    After gaining good grades at school, Paul studied at College for an electrical engineering apprenticeship. After two years of employment Paul left and became a professional musician, signing to Island Records in 1977, and the rest is history.

 

He left the band in 1982 to pursue a career as a record producer. His first production was with the group AD 2000 of which he was a band member. He then had a top 40 hit with DC Allstars a Studio Project, with his version of “I feel like Bustin Loose.” However, the major music press at the time thought that the record could have only been made by the original Chuck Brown, but Paul was proud to say this record was recorded and mixed in one day at Phil Fearon Home Studio, with friends including Tee Morris and Courtney Pine. 

 

 

 Dare to Dream Produced by Paul Phillips,

 

 

 Paul worked for various Record Labels including Streetsounds (with mixes on many of the Streetsounds hip hop compilations), Streetwave, Hardback, Music with Attitude, MWA, Trax, with Morgan Khan, and Uptown Records*.
Paul was one of the guys who made the decision to sign up a young 16 year old singer called Dina Carroll who was the Voice on records “Set it Off” “One Nation” "Solution to the Problem" another studio group Masquerade. Dina Carroll was later signed to Paul’s friend Dennis  

Ingoldsby of First Avenue Management. 

 

What You Wouldn’t Know 

 

 Paul plays guitar, uncredited, on Sinead O’Connor’s “Mandinka“, produced by Tee Morris and Lloyd Phillips. 

  

Paul remixed tracks for Talking Heads (Nothing But) Flowers. Dare To Dream with the late Viola Wills.  

 

Worked in India as the Musical Director for a series called City of  

Dreams with the famous actor Saeed Jaffrey, Persis Khambatta former  

Miss India (who stared in Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979). Laila Rouass aka (Amber Gates footballer’s wives) also starred in the  

film this was her first acting role. 

Had the pleasure to work on buttercup a Stevie Wonder song with Stevie calling to wish him luck. 

 

He spent some time in Los Angeles with Kenny Copeland recording Kenny’s single with the Rose Royce band. He also used to hang out in New York with the likes of Russell Simmons. Paul and Andros Georgiou’s as member and a producer of group the Boogie Box High with and George Michael singing lead vocals and also producing on various songs.

One of the highlights of his musical career was when he was asked to jam on stage with Prince and Eric Clapton, but Paul being modest declined, as he did not think that his guitar playing was up to such a great standard. And of course, meeting Earth Wind and Fire, Luther Vandross, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, The Jacksons (including Michael on many occasions).  

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