By Thomas Semioli
His website is modestly subtitled “Music & Mayhem” – and when you watch my interview with Phil Spalding from Terminal Studios in Bermondsey, London for Season Tres of Know Your Bass Player on Film – you’ll know why!
And if you’ve been listening to pop music on purpose or by accident, chances are you’ve heard Phil Spalding. A chameleonic player, composer, writer, and clinician, Mr. Spalding is that rare bassist who serves a multitude of genres with authenticity and a sense of “joie de vivre.”
A groove and melodic master whose expertise extends to the stage and the studio Phil’s credits are astounding: Seal, Sir Mick, Sir Elton, Terence Trent D’Arby, Joe Cocker, Toyah, Mike Oldfield, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Right Said Fred (“I’m Too Sexy”), Matthew Sweet, Bernie Torme, GTR with Steve Howe, Steve Hackett; Original Mirrors, Jewly Perso, Ray Charles, and if I keep dropping names I’ll break the internet….
Phil has used many basses throughout his storied career, however his favorite appears to be…the mighty Fender Precision!
Dig Phil discussing his John Entwistle Fender Precision: https://youtu.be/vYbyb1-IO2M
Among Phil’s current projects is P.S.O. I highly recommend that you follow Phil on Facebook and www.PhilSpalding.Com – we can’t keep up with all his activities on KYBP! This blokey never gets knackered!
Dig Phil with Toyah in 1981: https://youtu.be/HWJWRbkGZBQ
Dig Phil and Right Said Fred: https://youtu.be/P5mtclwloEQ
Dig Phil with Original Mirrors “Boys Cry” https://youtu.be/XriIplP_-uE
Dig Phil with Robbie Williams “Me and My Monkey” https://youtu.be/sY8LWPyOMpU
Dig Phil with Mike Oldfield https://youtu.be/x5wP4SDYgro
Dig Phil live with GTR from ‘86 https://youtu.be/qOujKHcwAW4
Dig Phil and P.S.O. on a remake remodel of Mike Oldfield’s “Moonlight Shadow” https://youtu.be/Go-epkDEkvo