Welcome to the official Phil Mulford website.
|I am a busy professional bass player based in London. My professional career of 35 years covers all aspects of popular music including Touring, Recording, Television and Theatre work. This website gives an overview of my credits, the equipment I use and news for forthcoming gigs. There are links to the equipment I use and to associated artists I have worked with, reviews pages for equipment, a playlist for what I am checking out and bass transcriptions. There are also links to You Tube clips featuring bands/artists I have been working with. The transcriptions page is passworded, please email me for the combination to get in to this section. If you teach bass, drums, keyboards or guitar individually or in an ensemble you might be interested in the Rock and Read course. It a simple way to get students reading stave notation in a clear simple way. Check out the Rock and Read page here.|
|The new year has kicked off with a great start with dipping in Waitress, & Juliet and Lion King, along a great Thunderthumbs Gig in Feb and quite a few sessions. From the end of Feb until the beginning of March I played on 7 session, four at British Grove Studios, one at Air Lyndhurst and a further two at Abbey Road in Studio 1.
There was the closing of my long term Theatre Show, ‘Kinky Boots’ to kick the year off with on Jan 12th followed by some depping in ‘Lion King’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘School of Rock’, ‘Waitress’ back at the Adelphi Theatre and I can add the new musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre ‘& Juliet’ to this roster.
Highlights have been more Gigs with the Thunderthumbs Project’, four nights at the Pizza Express Jazz Club with the Legendary US sax and guitar duo of Paul Jackson Jr and Eric Marienthal, various sessions including playing on the soundtrack for the recently released ‘Cats’ Movie working with music producers Marius Devries, Greg Wells and Nigel Wright and some delightful Gigs with a Trio with Tommy Blaize. There’s also been a few
The Boaters Project album was released in May 2016 and has been fantastically well received. The Project, my little group with vocalist Jacqui Hicks, keyboards player Simon Carter and drummer Frosty Beedle have been playing together for so long we can’t remember how long it is… We have now sold out of the initial CD run and it is now available on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. Catch up with updates on Facebook at @theboatersproject or on the website which is www.theboatersproject.com.
Over the past 2 1/2 years I have been charted around 30 songs for the ‘Thunderthumbs Project‘. I wanted to play some of the great music that Louis Johnson contributed to, as a sideman and as a member of his group with brother George, The Brothers Johnson and as a composer. There band is a 10 piece, I felt this would be a minimum to play this music and do it justice. We have three singers, three brass and four in the rhythm section. It is such a lot of fun, with most of the tunes being rarely played on gigs, so it is especially nice to give them an airing. We play everything from Louis’ recording debut in 1972 with ‘We’re Gonna Make It’, from Billy Preston’s album, ‘Music Is My Life’ right through to the big hits for Quincy Jones Productions in the 1980s from George Benson, Michael Jackson and many others. Our next Gig is at The Bulls Head, Barnes on Friday 28th February. Come on down and feel the groove. Checkout the Facebook page on @ThunderthumbsBand
I am now going on to finish some tunes for a long overdue bass album. Some of the tracks date back to the 90s and have been sitting around and now is a great opportunity to put them out there. There are some amazing players who have great contributions and I already have 9 tracks near to completion. I just need 2 or 3 more tracks to make the thing complete.
My Studio has had a small refit which has included a new interface and mic preamps from the British Company Audient. I am using the iD22 interface and ASP-880 which has expanded my capabilities and upped the quality of my signal path hugely. I’m really enjoying the experience of using this very well put together and high quality gear. Nearly finished is the renovation of my 1973 Fender Rhodes which needed a total rebuild. I have replaced the felts and shims and have nearly finished it after about 40 hours work. I just need a few springs and washers to get the thing all working, then I have to set it up. Wish me luck.