The ClubPlanet Interview: Philip George

The ClubPlanet Interview: Philip George

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
02.18.2015

Discovered online by 3 Beat Records, “Wish You Were Mine” exploded out of nowhere, the catchy house track by Philip George sampling Stevie Wonder’s 1969 Top 10 hit “My Cherie Amour.”  At just 22 years old, the British producer had created the summery-grooved track for his DJ sets with no idea that it would nearly top the UK pop chart.  Endorsed by Stevie Wonder himself, watch out for Philip to dive further into the Motown catalog since he has been signed as an artist to the label!

RS:   Is this your first time in Los Angeles?
Philip George: Yeah, it is my first time here in Los Angeles but my third time in America. It is absolutely amazing.

RS:   Did you go to the Grammys?
Philip George: No, we were traveling that day but we did go to the Universal afterparty at the Ace Hotel.

RS:   Who did you run into that blew your mind?
Philip George: All of the Motown guys actually, it was great to meet all of them after all they have done for me. They are really nice and cool people.

RS:   On the Motown tip, how did you get your hands on Stevie Wonder’s "My Cherie Amour?"
Philip George: I actually found it.  I must have had it on my computer for a while because I was looking through the audio files on my computer and I had loads of acapellas when I came across it. I must have downloaded it or got it from somewhere and I just used it.

RS:   So you made the song and then 3 Beat found it, how did it get to 3 Beat?
Philip George: It was sitting online, and 3 Beat contacted me through the website and it just went from there. They got in contact via the source where the music was uploaded and it has just gone from there basically. We have been messaging and eMailing since.

RS:   Did you have any idea that the song would explode as big as it has?
Philip George: No, not at all! When I first made the song it was literally just a song to play in the club, so the fact that it has gotten this big is just phenomenal. I would never have expected that it would get # 2 in the UK and it has blown up here in the US and in Australia. It is mind boggling; I did not expect it to be this be big at all, it’s crazy.

RS:   How did it feel when you heard that Stevie Wonder approved it?
Philip George: I was speechless, to be honest with you; I did not know what to say. I cannot believe that he has heard it and I can’t believe that he knows who I am. It is absolute madness but it's the best thing in the world, it is what dreams are made of. I grew up listening to Stevie Wonder and it is just crazy how the power of dance music has brought it this far for me. The fact that he wanted to get involved with it is crazy, it’s so cool man.

RS:   Now that you are in the Motown family, are you going to work with other Motown artists?
Philip George: It just depends on what the future holds, but it would be great if I could work with Motown artists. There is an opportunity, and it is going to be great because the doors have opened now and I am just looking forward to seeing what is next.

RS:   If you could work with another Motown artist from the past or present, who would it be and why?
Philip George: If I could work with someone, I would have to say that it would be Marvin Gaye. I know that he is very popular, but the songs are probably the most well known in my mind and I think that he has an absolutely strong and incredible voice. I would love to work on one of his songs or on one of his acapellas one day, that would be great.

RS:   What are you working on now? What is coming up next?

Philip George: I am working on my follow-up which is my next single and it is going to be a summer tune again. It is going to be a house track, but with a similar kind of vibe and completely different instruments. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens when it comes out because what I have made so far is going to be a summer anthem.

RS:   Is it going to be another sample track or is it based around a new vocal?
Philip George: It is going to be a bit of both I think. We are going to have a fresh vocal and we are also going to use a sample which sounds a bit weird, but it makes a really good sound. We are just going to use a bit of both, but I don’t want to give too much away. Just wait and hear what it sounds like because it is going to be good.

RS:   Were you involved with the making of the video for your song?
Philip George: It was actually filmed in New York, and I had a really good day filming the video. I am in the video a few times and it was really fun. The guys were great and I was really happy with the video.

RS:   In your DJ sets, are you strictly a house guy or do you bring in other genres like trance and drum & bass?
Philip George: My house sets are a little bit surprising, and when I play live they are actually a little bit different to what people expect. I do play some other genres now and again, but I am a house DJ and I kind of surprise everybody with the stuff that I play because it is not what people expect.  Every show that I have played with my style, which is sometimes a darker and underground sound, the crowd has reacted amazingly. It has been incredible to see that people have been enjoying my sets. If you ever get a chance to see me you will be shocked by what I play.

RS:   What are shufflers?

Philip George: Shuffling is a dance and I don’t know if it has kicked off over here, but in the UK it's gone massive and it is a dance that everyone has been doing. If you get a chance you can type in UK Shuffling house on the internet and you can see the dance moves. Everyone seems to be doing it in the UK, and I am personally not a big fan of it, but it has taken over the UK.

RS:    Let me ask about a few of your favorite things. What is your favorite place to eat in London?
Philip George: I am pretty standard; I like to go to traditional places like Nando’s, which is a chicken place.

RS:   What is your favorite production software to work in?
Philip George: I actually produce on Fruity Loops.

RS:   Who is your favorite DJ?
Philip George: My favorite DJ is probably Hot Since 82.

RS:   What is your favorite TV show?
Philip George: Breaking Bad, I really like that series.

RS:   What is your favorite kind of Jeans?
Philip George: Probably Spray On Skinny Jeans by Topman.

RS:   Really? I thought that you would say Diamond Supply.
Philip George: No, I am a pretty standard guy.

RS:   One last favorite, what is your favorite kind of pudding?
Philip George:  Treacle sponge pudding, 100%

RS:    I will have to try that the next time I am in the UK.  Since the song was released, have you been back to the Next store where you used to work?
Philip George: I think I have, but it wasn’t the one that I worked at. I don’t think that I have stepped into that one since I left and I don’t think I dare.

RS:   Do you get recognized in public over in the UK?
Philip George: Now and again, but not as much as what people probably think. I don’t know if that is just because it is still very fresh and nobody really knows who I am. Now and again I get the occasional person that comes up to me and says “Are you Philip George.” It is nice but as crazy as it sounds I like the fact that people don’t swarm me and don’t come over to me every 5 seconds wanting a picture. It is great because I can be myself and that may change, but at the moment I really enjoy doing what I am doing. I am doing what I love but at the same time I can be me and that is the greatest part. Hopefully it will stay like that, maybe a little bit more popularity but I just don’t want to be swarmed every two seconds for a photo. We will see what happens but I am happy as it is.

RS:   What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Philip George: A massive thank you for all of the support, I obviously wouldn’t be in this position without them. It is insane that everyone has been on board with the music that I have made, keep up the support. I wouldn’t be here without you and even a shout out to the people that are shuffling to my music. It’s a crazy moment for me and without everyone out there I wouldn’t be here. Thank you to the labels and my family as well.

Interview conducted February 2015..

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