Phil Harding started in the music industry aged 16 at London's Marquee Studios in 1973, where he got to work as an assistant
engineer under the guidance of top producers on albums for artists such as Elton John, Kiki Dee and Barry Blue. As Phil’s career
progressed, a long list of credits began to accumulate, with artists as diverse as The Clash, Killing Joke, Toyah, Amii Stewart
and Matt Bianco, all taking advantage of Phil’s fast-growing reputation as a top engineer.
By 1984, a newly-formed production team at The Marquee - Stock/Aitken/Waterman - was added to the list. Phil
engineered and mixed their first chart successes, Divine and Hazell Dean, and their breakthrough international hit and first No. 1
single, Dead Or Alive's 'You Spin Me Round'. Moving across to the now-famous PWL Studios in London, 'The Hit Factory', their
success was unstoppable - for artists such as Rick Astley, Mel & Kim, Bananarama, Pet Shop Boys and Kylie Minogue. Phil's
partnership (from 1986) with Ian Curnow in the basement studio of PWL saw them become internationally-renowned remixers/producers,
with multiple UK and American singles and club chart successes for a huge list of artists, including Diana Ross, Depeche Mode,
The Jackson 5, Erasure, The Four Tops, Five Star, Chic, Jesus Jones, John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, ABC, Imagination,
Climie Fisher, Donna Summer, Voice Of The Beehive and Debbie Harry.
In 1992, Phil left PWL to set up his own production company, P&E Music, with Ian Curnow at The Strongroom studio
complex in London. A further deluge of hits followed as producers and industry 'go-to' remixers. Even when occasionally working under a number of new aliases such as ‘CHAPS’ and ‘Power Syndicate’, success came for artists such as East 17
(including 1995 Christmas No. 1, 'Stay Another Day'), Deuce, 911, Caught In The Act, Let Loose and Boyzone (including the 1996 No.1
Since the 2000s, Phil became closely involved in music education and was appointed co-chair of JAMES (Joint Audio Media
Education Support), involved in masterclasses, accreditations and course planning; as well as being a director of the MPG
(Music Producers' Guild).
During the last decade, Phil has worked with Lamont Dozier in Los Angeles mixing Cliff Richard's 'Soulicious' album, published
the book, 'PWL From The Factory Floor' with an accompanying 'Phil Harding Club Mixes of the 80s' CD. In 2017, he completed a
PhD doctorate in Music Production at Leeds Beckett University.
Phil's current music production team, PJS Productions (with
Julian Wiggins and Simon Dalton), has recently completed projects for Holly Johnson, Belinda Carlisle, Samantha Fox, Curiosity
and Mel & Kim.
In 2019, Phil's new book, 'Pop Music Production' was published (in the Routledge Press academic series, 'Perspectives on Music
Production'), which examines the pop music culture, business, songwriting and production processes around his work in the
2020 has seen Phil embark on a tour of University lectures around the UK, star in an 'In Conversation With...' event and feature in
further radio, TV and press interviews.