I love RnB, Funk, Blues, Rock & Jazz; including the fusion of all of these different styles of music and have done since I can remember. As a musician, I’ve always sought out a similar feeling to the one I had as a child - losing myself in the music and only coming up for air when the record ended.
The ‘business’ of making music has affected what kind of music is made and who gets support from the industry. That consideration of ticket sales or what is currently popular or what will sell influences the quality of what we hear. The music I grew up listening to was made from the heart - often the music many of us love is from decades past, perhaps because of the beauty of genuine human expression being so very present.
Project PH play from the heart. We write and arrange, but no two shows are ever the same. We play through our arrangements on cues from me as the bandleader, following wherever our soloist takes us, and sometimes I'm transported similarly to when I was a child, becoming lost in the moment during a performance whilst experiencing pure joy.
I see recordings as promotion - they are fixed moments in time that we come to love, but to me, they are an advertisement to invite the listener to come and see musicians live, where magic happens nightly and a show always offers something unique and surprising. We hope to get our music heard by as many people as possible by releasing some of those moments in time as captured on record, but also to inspire the listener to come and join us at a live show to witness this band doing what we love. Recording live in the studio, we do what comes naturally every time we play together.
With the fast-changing record business plus technological changes, we find ourselves at an advantage as independent artists with access to platforms enabling us to share our music widely, but it's also a time that requires most musicians to seek funding for our music to be heard. Your participation in this endeavour will help to create something that means so much to the whole band. We all contribute to the forming of our sound, we are a real band as in the days of old.
I'm so excited to make music with this lineup of musicians all of whom excel on their instruments and feel like family. Kim Murray - guitar, Laurie Lowe - drums, Hamish Balfour - keyboards, Adeola Shyllon and Paris Ruel - vocals, plus special guest Roberto Manzin - saxophone all thank you for your support and we hope to see you at a live show very soon!