Simon Phillips

cbphoto

Gold Member
Hello again,
Here it is the interview I did with Simon Phillips and Bill Evans.
Topics treated: timing, playing live with click tracks, creativity on the road, fills and transitions...What do they value the most in a drummer?
The interview was 30 minutes before their show.
Bill Evans had to leave the interview to warm up his voice.
Simon said "I can stay longer..." and that was exciting.
Laughs and great answers from these greats
I hope you like it!

https://youtu.be/PyG9I6CxABA
Thank you for posting this. It was really great to hear how these masters approach their art.

Simon's explanation of how to conceive & execute a fill opened my eyes to a new way of interpreting how & where to play a fill.

And for anyone who hasn't heard Vigilante, watch it here and do your self a favor and use headphones or decent speakers.
 

Juan Exposito

Junior Member
Hello again,
Here it is the interview I did with Simon Phillips and Bill Evans.
Topics treated: timing, playing live with click tracks, creativity on the road, fills and transitions...What do they value the most in a drummer?
The interview was 30 minutes before their show.
Bill Evans had to leave the interview to warm up his voice.
Simon said "I can stay longer..." and that was exciting.
Laughs and great answers from these greats
I hope you like it!

https://youtu.be/PyG9I6CxABA
 
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Tamaefx

Silver Member
Hi Drummerworld

I found this clip of Veronique Sanson live at The Olympia (Paris, France) from 1976, it feature the presentation of the musicians... and here you go, a 19 years old Simon Phillips on drums... he looks so young ...and the kit, my God, the kit... :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bh7fz30dcE#t=338
wow great and incredible find !
I didn't know Véronique Sanson was so charming back then ! She's just came back on stage a few weeks ago after years fighting disease.
Her way of singing can get on nerve if you're not used to, that's right ;-) - great artist though. With good songs.
Nice to see the young Simon Philips with her.
 

J-Boogie

Gold Member
Hello folks,
I suppose this is a dream come true, talking about music with some of my heroes SIMON PHIILLIPS and BILL EVANS.
This was my first interview ever, done 30 minutes before their show....
These musicians are the best in every aspect.
Next week we will post the full interview with these two men.
This is a teaser (me asking and enjoying every second)
Cheers!
(Our channel is https://www.facebook.com/mronlinedrumstv/)

VIDEO PREVIEW:
https://www.facebook.com/mronlinedrumstv/videos/398992057355546/
That is freaking awesome man!! Congrats
 

Juan Exposito

Junior Member
Hello folks,
I suppose this is a dream come true, talking about music with some of my heroes SIMON PHIILLIPS and BILL EVANS.
This was my first interview ever, done 30 minutes before their show....
These musicians are the best in every aspect.
Next week we will post the full interview with these two men.
This is a teaser (me asking and enjoying every second)
Cheers!
(Our channel is https://www.facebook.com/mronlinedrumstv/)

VIDEO PREVIEW:
https://www.facebook.com/mronlinedrumstv/videos/398992057355546/
 
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J-Boogie

Gold Member
Inspired somehow by the Hendrix/Mitchell thread, Simon Phillips came to mind. Two of my favorite performances of his are both Jimi tunes. One was from a Los Lobotomys dvd I had, where Simon and the band play my favorite version of Freedom that Ive ever heard/seen, the double bass is a mutha. The other Simon stand out for me is a tribute to Jeff Porcaro record where Simon and co. play If 6 was 9. Another incredible stand out performance by an man who showed me what was possible years and years ago on vhs tape! (his warm up exercise going from singles, double, triple, quads, hard soft, slow and fast as a roll, difficult to tell which was which!) Now I want to go listen to both of those performance, its been years, wonder if Ill feel the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOmgg-1B85A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfZMSedK_7A
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
For any Simon Phillips fan's out there, I've posted some pictures from two separate shows recently, one from a late Dec/2017 performance @ NYC Club Iridium, and the other being an early Feb/2018 show @ Havana Restaurant & Bar, New Hope, PA. Both events were in promotion of Simon's latest works titled Protocol 4, and feat. for live performances guitarist Greg Howe, Bassist Ernest Tibbs, and Otmaro Ruiz on keys.

https://longtrailahead.blogspot.com/2018/02/protocol-4-live-who-what-where-when.html#!/2018/02/protocol-4-live-who-what-where-when.html
Thanks for the post.

I wish Tama still made those tom-mount microphone brackets.

 
For any Simon Phillips fan's out there, I've posted some pictures from two separate shows recently, one from a late Dec/2017 performance @ NYC Club Iridium, and the other being an early Feb/2018 show @ Havana Restaurant & Bar, New Hope, PA. Both events were in promotion of Simon's latest works titled Protocol 4, and feat. for live performances guitarist Greg Howe, Bassist Ernest Tibbs, and Otmaro Ruiz on keys.

https://longtrailahead.blogspot.com/2018/02/protocol-4-live-who-what-where-when.html#!/2018/02/protocol-4-live-who-what-where-when.html
 

sween1911

Junior Member
I've had a Simon question for YEARS. It's pretty obscure, but if anybody can shed any light on it, feel free...

Simon played in the concert with Roger Daltry in the mid-90's, the "Music of the Who" special with Michael Kamen and the Juilliard Orchestera. They played it on PBS I think a whole bunch of times. He was playing the classic Simon monster kit, dual China cymbals over his head, the whole deal. It's one of the first videos of drumming I've ever seen that made me REALLY want to be a drummer. During the song "Who Are You", when there's a breakdown in the song and people are singing, he gets up and removes one of his toms. Unscrews it from the rack and passes it behind him. Of the four ride toms in front of him, I think it was second from the right. Then the song kicks back on and he finishes it without it. Always tried to figure out why he did that! It was the last song of the show.

I can only assume he broke the head and passed it to his tech to replace, but he didn't get it back. Why do that and disrupt the song and distract the people around you? Just leave the head and let your tech fix it between songs. Simon was/is no stranger to performing, there had to be a REALLY good reason he did that and I can't figure it out. It could be that the video that was shown on TV was edited and that really wasn't the last song, so the tech had time to fix it and there were other tunes to play after that. But still why do that in the middle of a song. Maybe I misremembered it, but it always stuck out at me.
 
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