Phildel

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Phildel
Birth name Phildel Hoi Yee Ng[1]
Born 1983 (aged 32) .[2]
Kensington, London, England[3]
Genres Pop, alternative pop, neoclassical, Dream Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Years active 2007—present
Labels Decca Records
Website www.phildel.com
Phildel singing at her gig on 6 December 2012 at St Giles in the Fields Church, London

Phildel is a British singer-songwriter from London. Her name is a composite of her Chinese father and Irish mother's names – Philip and Della.

Biography[edit]

At the age of nine, Phildel's mother married a strictly religious Muslim. Her name, religion, lifestyle, and dress-code were forcibly changed, and all of her personal possessions were taken from her. Music became a forbidden evil within the household, meaning no radio, no CD player, and no piano. She was renamed Zara.[3] For the next decade Phildel was treated as a servant within her home. However, Phildel spent lunchtimes with sympathetic music teachers and the school piano, at the girls' day school in Barnet (Queen Elizabeth's School for Girls).[3] The school became a refuge in which she could write and play her own compositions. She eventually ran away from home at age 17 to escape her home-life and follow her dreams.

She soon purchased a second-hand computer and some music demo software packages and began putting together her first home-demo. Within a short while, it attracted the attention of Roger Watson (a former Chrysalis Music MD), and his support of her music lead to collaborations with Spike MaClaren at Massive Attack's studio and Sam Dixon (known for his collaborations with many artists including KT Tunstall and Duffy's 'Rockferry' album).[4]

In 2007, she wrote the piano piece "The Kiss" which was used for a worldwide TV advertising campaign for Apple iPad 3.[1] It was also used for Marks & Spencer's advert. Her music has also been used on Persil and Omo washing powder.[3] Another of her tracks "Piano B" was used for an Expedia commercial[5] followed by two more high profile filmic campaigns in France in 2008/2009.[4] In 2008, another track, "Everyone's Memory Is Snow" (renamed "A Better World"), was used for the commercial for an insurance company, which Zizou praised.[6]

She said "Four of my tracks have been used in commercials around the world, two of them in the UK. They all came about in different ways, through different individuals, agencies or publishers. But my publisher Warner/Chappell Music have been very proactive in the realm of pitching my music for advertising. I re-invest whatever income I make into top-of-the-range studio equipment and cameras for documenting everything and creating visuals. So, it all goes back into my music."[5] She was complimented on her "sonic soundscapes" by Trevor Horn. Her music has been cited as an inspiration by Mariah Huehner, author of the True Blood and Angel comic books.[3] They have also been used in theatre productions and by celebrity fashion designer Henrietta Ludgate's live shows. She soon returned the favour by wearing Henrietta's dress at a performance at St Pancras Old Church.[7]

During December 2008, Phildel joined the bands Radiohead and Goldfrapp to become a Warner/Chappell Music Publishing artist. She worked at the world-famous Metropolis Recording Studio, to complete her neo-classical album. Called "Qi" Chinese for Energy. This was then followed by the recording of her artist album (for Decca). Her debut album for Decca The Disappearance of the Girl, was released on 4 March 2013.

She appeared on BBC Breakfast show on Thu 21 March 2013, to promote the album.[8]

She was invited on 23 May 2013 by BBC Radio Merseyside's Dave Monks to his 'Introducing' show after a recommendation from Stevo, she performed acoustic renditions of "Storm Song" and "Holes in Your Coffin".

In the summer of 2013, she collaborated with Sleepthief in America, on his new album "Mortal Longing". The two tracks in which she will appear are named "Dust & Cloud" and "Where The Heart Is".[9]

She then performed at Vancouver Folk Music Festival on 20 July, as part of her USA and Canada tour.[10]

In Nov, she collaborated with Peter S. Beagle (author of The Last Unicorn) on a new track 'Dark Water Down', mixing poetry and music. They then appeared together at a gig at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco, USA.[11]

She was interviewed by Gareth Lloyd on BBC Three Counties Radio as part of 'BBC Introducing'.[12]

She currently lives in the Chilterns, where some of her videos are filmed.[2][13]

On February 4th a re-mastered version of her album 'Qi' was released.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Qi[14]
  • Released:1 January 2010
  • Re-mastered version:4 February 2015
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital download
The Disappearance of the Girl

10 May 2012 (2012-05-10)[15]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Tracks
The Cut-Throat EP[6] The Wolf, Ghost, Holes in Your Coffin, Slow Cloud, Piano B, Switchblade
Tales from the Moonsea
  • Released: November 2010
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital EP
Storm Song, Union Stone, Beside You
The Glass Ghost[16]
  • Released: November 2013
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital EP
Heaven: An Introduction, Glass Ghost, Comfort Me, Porcelain, Celestial, Comfort Me (Delerium remix)"

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album

BEL
DEN
IRE
NL
2012 "The Kiss"
2013 "Storm Song" Free download (to promote the Album "The Disappearance of the Girl")
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Phildel The Disappearance of the girl". www.directcurrentmusic.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Phildel, singer, 29". London: www.independent.co.uk. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Mossman, Kate (31 March 2013). "Phildel: 'I learned to visualise the sounds I could hear'". London: www.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Phildel". www.last.fm. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Q&A's : 10 Questions For – Phildel". stevomusicman.wordpress.com. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Phildel The Disappearance of the girl". lunanavis.blogspirit.com. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Phildel: The Disappearance of the Girl at St Pancras Old Church | Gourmet gigs". Festivalsfoodoverforties.wordpress.com. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Singer and songwriter Phildel explains how her strict upbringing inspired the music she writes today". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sleepthief Third Album". indiegogo.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "36th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival Highlights". vancouverscape.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Phildel featuring "Dark Water Down" poetry and music by Peter S. Beagle and Phildel and TBA". www.eventsfy.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "BBC Introducing in Beds,Herts and Bucks". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Buckinghamshire artist's new album". Berksandbucks.greatbritishlife.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Phildel (Classical & Instrumental)". Myspace.com. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Phildel The Kiss". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Phildel". Facebook. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 

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