Ben Andrews

Simon Phillips 101

Drumming star Simon Phillips talks about his childhood, early career, and reflects on the best times for music.   

“I grew up in a very musical family,” Phillips said. “My father was a clarinet and piano player.”… But Phillips knew long before age 12 that he would be a musician. “I knew what I was gonna do from 3 ½-years-old,” he said. “I don’t know how I knew it, but I absolutely knew I wanted to play drums.” He does appreciate many other musical styles. But what is important is the delivery of a song more than technique… “I don’t care what you’re playing. I always prefer composition over technical ability.”

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