The last two years have been an exciting time for Phil Tangent to say the least. Thanks to Bailey, Billie’s Smile, produced in 2009 received numerous plays on BBC 1Xtra. Due to the positive feedback, Bailey brought the track to the attention of Marcus Intalex culminating in Phil’s first release on Soul:R and propelling him firmly into the Drum & Bass scene.
The 12” received great support from respected DJ’s and producers alike; Klute, Lenzman, Doc Scott, DJ Hype, Fabio, Random Movement, Presha, A Sides and DJ Lee to name a few, not forgetting the aforementioned Bailey and Marcus Intalex.
Phil attributes his parents’ record collection to the development of his musical style, growing up listening to a melting pot of genres including soul, reggae and world music. However, it was to be on his journeys to school listening to his Sony Walkman where he would find his true musical calling and the vehicle for where all his influences could be melded together as one.
Through listening to early LTJ Bukem mix tapes, he discovered Drum and Bass was the versatile arena where he could combine everything he loved about music and the way it could take you to another place.
Aside from production, Phil’s undeniable obsession with djing continues into its thirteenth year. Phil has been fortunate enough to fulfil a lifelong dream playing Fabric’s Room 2 for Marcus’ 21 Album launch in 2011 and playing at Soul:ution at Sun & Bass (Sardinia, Italy) in the same year.
Having released on such an influential label as Soul:R, Phil is steadily building on his initial success. He collobarated with New Zealand’s Tokyo Prose to produce ‘Parity’ and ‘Rearview’ which saw a release on Samurai Music and recently accrued a release on the Rubik imprint with ‘Forgiveness’ and ‘The Hardest Part’. He has another 12” due for release on Soul:R in 2012 and an EP forthcoming on German Label Santorin plus various other projects. The future is yet to be written, but is set to be a busy one as he goes from strength to strength.