KYLE MINOGUE  -  EAST 17  -  RICK ASTLEY  -  CHIC  -  THE JACKSON FIVE  -  THE FOUR TOPS  -  DIANA ROSS  -  PET SHOP BOYS  -  BOYZONE  -  THE CLASH  -  DONNA SUMMER  -  DEPECHE MODE  -  BANANARAMA  -  ERASURE  -  DEAD OR ALIVE  -  CLIFF RICHARD  -  OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN & JOHN TRAVOLTA  -  FIVE STAR  -  THE THREE DEGREES  -  DEBBIE HARRY  -  JIMMY SOMERVILLE  -  SINITTA  -  JIMMY RUFFIN  -  JASON DONOVAN  -  THELMA HOUSTON  -  GARY MOORE  -  T’PAU  -  LET LOOSE - ABC  -  MEL & KIM  -  JESUS JONES  -  LONNIE GORDON  -  PETER ANDRE  -  ROXETTE  -  BROTHER BEYOND  -  SAM FOX  -  MATT BIANCO


These are just some of the artists Phil has worked with in a career spanning 30+ years.


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.  Phil has just started writing a book about his escapades at PWL in the 80’s and is making good headway.


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 ISBN | 978 1901447521, Phil’s long-awaited ‘Phil Harding Club Mixes of the 1980’s’ cd compilation is also available from Cherry Red from November 14th 2011.


In May 2011 Phil mixed 11 songs in Los Angeles with legendry Motown Songwriter and Producer Lamont Dozier for the new Sir Cliff Richard album ‘Soulicious’, featuring artists ranging from Candi Staton and Deniece Williams through to The Temptations and The Stylistics. ‘Soulicious’ is due for release in 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.


www.pwlfromthefactoryfloor.com

www.jamesonline.org.uk

 

Interests




Music

Raw Food

Spiritualism

Gardening

Films / Theatre

Art



occupation




Industry: Music

Occupation: Songwriter / Producer / Lecturer

Location: Bury St. Edmunds. UK



I-POD Playlist




  1. 1.Tom Baxter

  2. 2.Ron Sexsmith

  3. 3.KT Tunstall

  4. 4.Ray Lamontagne

  5. 5.Damien Rice

  6. 6.Hannah Scott


contact




phil.harding@virgin.net


Interview at bbc radio suffolk May 2008













Neat video megamix of some of my 80’s remixes done at PWL

 

Who is Phil Harding?

Phil Harding & Steve Levine. Radio 2 interview Feb 7.2008