After just returning from a sold out Australian tour, and gigging the world over including many dates in the USA, Tourist aka William Phillips next stops in Brighton, Tuesday 29th Nov. His sounds are smooth and melancholic in character, typical of the British post rock generation that grew up on Joy Division before turning to electronic music. Some of his songs are pushed forward by the driving pulse of 4x4 techno, whilst others have syncopated garage style rhythms, fitting within the experimental post dubstep family - he describes his own sound as “sad dance music”.
Philips stakes his claim as one of the most promising acts around at the moment after winning a Grammy as songwriter for Sam Smith’s Stay With Me. After this mainstream involvement he decided to focus on releasing his own material, the result was the birth of his own record label - Monday - on which to release his own material. He’s put forth a steady stream of releases and has become known for a live set that recreates entire songs live with a three piece electronic band on drums and synthesisers. Top taste makers including Monki and Annie Mac have shown support, including the latter who has featured his Tourist guest mix on her show.
Catch Phillips here talking about each project as a journey and exploration of some area of his life, and his ambitions for his most recent album.