Our self-deprecating hero of song began playing in Vancouver with his first band, The R.A.F., before beginning his tenure as a solo performer, opening for the likes of Craig Cardiff and Brian Dunn.
This seminal inspiration grew into a keen desire to explore, listen and learn. Eager to set off on his own, Dave began the first of several solo tours throughout the UK and Ireland. His debut tour was booked to a wide range of audiences in pubs and venues. Travelling by the grace of enthusiastic fans, a few distant relatives and the national rail services, he was able to test the limits of his own commitment to living the life of the touring musician.
It was upon his first return from Britain and Ireland that he met Grammy Award-winning producer, Ben Mink, in a Vancouver music shop. According to accounts, it was a conversation concerning Rory Gallagher that led to the young man’s invitation to the master’s studio. The sessions that followed were a catalyst for their collaboration on Phillips’ debut EP, the artful and meticulously crafted ‘1887-1905’.
Several dates across Canada as well as performances in New York City added more than a few extra miles to the singer’s road map.
Naturally, more touring followed, including return trips to the UK and Ireland. In addition to the inevitable pubs and ‘back room sessions’ were several radio appearances on Belfast’s Ulster radio, Balcony TV in Dublin and the Voltz Artz radio show in Dylan Thomas’ beloved hometown of Swansea.
All these experiences have culminated in the sessions for his first LP ‘9 O’Clock Gun’ which is set to be released independently in 2012. It’s shaping up to be an important snapshot of this stage in the songwriter’s creative development, one that is greatly anticipated by fans of his work-Fans who feel that there’s a long exciting road ahead.