Welcome to the official Phil Mulford website.
|I am a busy professional bass player based in London. My professional career of 30 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.|
|I am enjoying playing in the London Production of ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Adelphi Theatre and since my last message the live Cast Album was nominated for a US Grammy Award. We didn’t win, but it was nice to be in the frame. I now have a Bass Mods 5 string for the Show which is an Indonesian made Jazz Bass type and my ‘Frankenbass’ Jazz Fretless that I had built up for “Dirty Dancing’ in 2006. I have a fairly simple rig with a Carl Martin Match Box for switching, a TC Polytune 2 and a Morley Pro Series Volume Pedal. For the fretless there is an early 80’s Boss CE-2 chorus pedal for the fretless which adds a bit of an old school vibe. The monitoring path is a Roland M48 mixer, I have some Ultimate Ears UE7s and a Buttkicker under my seat.
The Boaters Project album was released last May, it was a real journey of 4 years recording and mixing it. You can get a copy here; www.theboatersproject.com. The band is the Boaters Trio with Jacqui Hicks that has been working together more than 15 years; Simon Carter on keyboards, Frosty Beedle on drums and myself and we have recorded some of our ‘favourite’ tunes, songs by Stevie Wonder, Al Green and the like. The album has some great guests, Paul ‘Shilts’ Weimar on Sax, Malcolm Macfarlane on guitar the Average White Band singer and ex-Tower Of Power vocalist Brent Carter and my old friend again from the AWB Freddy Vigdor.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 great players who have made contributions already with 9 tracks near to completion. I juts need 2 or 3 more tracks to make the thing complete. Watch this space!I have also played on a couple of albums that have become available recently. I have a long association with Ola Onabule and I was lucky to have played upright on his new release, ‘It’s The Peace That Deafens’. We recorded the live rhythm section tracks at his Casa Del Funk Studios in Bedford with Jack Pollitt, Ralph Salmins and Chris Nickolls on drums, John Parricelli on Guitar and Ross Stanley and Pete Adams on Keyboards, playing some varied and beautifully written material. There were some tricky odd time signatures to play. Also released is Pete Adams new album ‘Dirty Boots’ where I played upright on ‘She Sails At Dawn’ and electric fretless on ‘Bella Donna’. It was a treat to be involved and Pete and I go back to the middle 80s playing in bands.The Studio refit 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.
Next up is renovation of the 1973 Fender Rhodes which needs a total rebuild. I have the felts and shims and have nearly finished it after about 40 hours work.