Since childhood, I’ve always been fascinated by the magic of musical symmetry and structure. I improvise and compose musical patterns simply because it feels so good: it brings solace and catharsis. I enjoy virtuosity and complexity but also intimacy and simplicity. I love dark, melancholy music but also sweet, soothing sounds.
My music has classical, jazz and pop influences. Because of the relatively broad palate of my music, I’ve split my work into two projects. As Phil Best, I play classical music in my own accessible style alongside my own compositions and improvisations which are sometimes highly meditative in nature.
My jazzy, soulful compositions and songs are presented as the work of Louie Harrison (my beloved Grandma’s name was Louise Harrison). In both projects, I aim to create accessible music that is expressive and deep.
Making music for me is all about exploring the inner landscape of feeling, telling stories, communicating deep meanings that are beyond words, in a way that is clear, natural and unpretentious. I always practise hard – some might say obsessively – to develop my piano and singing skills and improve my command of musical language but I do this only to generate a stronger emotional and spiritual connection to the deep source of music which is universal – something we all know and share!