Who should attend?
- Suitable for all academic levels / genres and specialities.
- This will be a lecture about adapting the right 'attitude' and work ethics for the Music and Media Industries.
Why you shouldn’t miss this class
- This is a great opportunity to find out if you are ready to interface with the industry and, if you aren’t, then what you need to do to get ready.
Phil Harding started in the music industry aged 16 at the Marquee Studios in 1973. There he worked with some of the top producers in the world as they recorded the great albums of the day.
As Phil’s career progressed, a very hot list of credits soon started to stack up with artists as diverse as The Clash, Killing Joke, Toyah and Matt Bianco, all taking advantage of Phil’s ever-growing reputation as a top engineer. At the start of the 1980’s, the name of a newly formed production team was added to the list – Stock/Aitken/Waterman. Phil engineered and mixed their first chart successes (Divine and Hazell Dean) then their breakthrough and first No 1 single, ‘You Spin Me Round’ by Dead or Alive. The hits came almost faster than you could count them – Mel & Kim, Bananarama, Rick Astley, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and Kylie Minogue at the famous PWL Studios in the 80’s.
By the early 1990’s Phil was regarded as pre-eminent in his field and left PWL to set up his own production facility with Ian Curnow at the Strongroom Studio complex in Shoreditch, London. A further deluge of hits followed but this time with Phil and Ian as producers for: East 17 (including the Christmas No 1 ‘Stay Another Day’), Deuce, Boyzone, 911, Caught in the Act and Let Loose.
2009 saw the release of Phil’s first book – ‘PWL – From The Factory Floor’, a memoir of the famous Pete Waterman / SAW studio in the 1980’s.The ‘Expanded Edition’ of ‘PWL from the Factory Floor’ is available from Cherry Red Books, Phil’s long-awaited ‘Phil Harding Club Mixes of the 1980’s’ cd compilation is also available from Cherry Red Records. In May 2011 Phil mixed 11 songs in Los Angeles with legendary Motown Songwriter and Producer Lamont Dozier for the Sir Cliff Richard album ‘Soulicious’, featuring artists ranging from Candi Staton and Deniece Williams through to The Temptations and The Stylistics. ‘Soulicious’ reached the Top 10 in the UK charts October 2011. Phil is currently Chairman of JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Services), regularly participating in JAMES Masterclasses / Accreditations and Course Planning for Music Technology and Music Production Courses at UK Universities.
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