On Record | In Conversation
Carl Phillips | On Record | In Conversation
Broadcaster Satnam Rana and Journalist Adrian Goldberg present twenty-two conversations with Birmingham musicians, promoters, managers, venue owners and entrepreneurs who have all contributed to local, national, and international music culture. Join us and our special guests for conversations about their lives in music, their connections to the city, and how Birmingham has inspired or influenced them, personally and musically.
Selected dates also feature free live performances from the artists appearing On Record. The first of its kind, On Record is a multi-artist, multi-genre concept album forming a sonic love letter to the city of Birmingham. Produced as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, the eleven-track album will be available on a limited vinyl release and across all streaming platforms.
Carl Phillips is the founder of Moseley Folk and Arts Festival and Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul, along with Tanworth In Arden’s Lunar Festival. In this episode Adrian Goldberg talks to Carl about growing up in Birmingham spending most of his teenage years at Rockers record shop in Birmingham and his shock at being allowed to do his 2 weeks work experience there before leaving school.
While hanging out at Rockers Carl recalls being asked to go and buy all the Acid House music he could find in Birmingham, so they could stock it in the shop and remembers being encouraged to put on his first club night. After recording the single 'Jesus loves the acid' which was put out on Rocker's record label, the unexpected consequences saw a host of popular club nights in Birmingham cancelled when the national press reported the club was a drug den.
However, this wasn't enough to stop Carl whose determination and love for music has seen him set up two of the biggest festivals in the city and even meet some of his musical heroes including Neil Young.