Performing & Recording Artist
I have 2 artistic projects.
As Phil Best, I create music in an intelligent classical crossover style. I’ve been performing professionally as a classical pianist since I was very young. My style of playing is very accessible, intelligible and expressively clear and honest. I perform a wide range of solo piano repertoire, including many highly virtuoso and demanding works. I also perform my own compositions and improvisations, which are influenced by both classical and popular musical styles. I sometimes sing classical song repertoire, accompanying myself. My approach is unconventional, unpretentious and extremely passionate.
As PJ Best, I play and sing and produce my own soulful, jazz songs, compositions and improvisations. Again, my approach is to create powerful feelings and atmospheres in an accessible and informal way using pianos – acoustic and electric – along with other electronic elements. I enjoy creating vivid colours with intricate rhythmic and tonal patterns with infectious grooves supported by an electronic rhythm section or a cajon beat which adds a certain busking feel. I have a genuine love of catchy melodies which I sing in a soulful way.
I do live performances from time to time, both playing the keys and singing (I’ll post details here). I love to improvise and generate a very natural, spontaneous and directly expressive show that is accessible and intimate. Every performance I do is different, as the unique space generated by everyone in the audience inspires my process.
My setup gives me access to a huge range of piano and keyboard sounds. I might even experiment on the spot and play sounds I’ve never heard myself. The software Pianoteq has a vast range of pianos including historic and futuristic ones. I also have a Roli Seaboard which is a very innovative kind of keyboard – or waveboard, so called because of the smooth wave-like bumps of the silicone rubber surface of board which means I can play very organic sounds that are complex and highly atmospheric.
I like to create a strong rapport with my audience. So I talk about the music… not too much though – I’m a musician not a storyteller or stand up comedian and music needs no explanation but I enjoy creating a show that amuses, entertains and guides my audience through the musical journey. As well as venues, I also enjoy doing house concerts using my amazing portable setup. If you’d like to book me, please drop me a line.