Phil Spalding is an English bass player who has played and appeared with performing artists such as Mick Jagger, Seal, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Elton John and Randy Crawford.
Spalding started out as a computer operator for a High Street bank, before he joined rock artist Bernie Tormé in 1976. Later he joined Original Mirrors before beginning a collaboration with Toyah Wilcox, in December 1980. Whilst with The Toyah Band he recorded and co-wrote songs for their studio albums and toured with the band, until 1983. Since then he has been a member of GTR and Mike Oldfield’s band. More recently he has appeared on albums by Michel Polnareff, Suggs, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.
Spalding also recorded all bass tracks on the Lion King sound track studio album.
Phil about Guitarist session 2019:“Now back from the Prauliena bootcamp in Latvia at the GITARISTU SESIJA. My THIRD time teaching and performing here along with Mr Matt Backer who was a ‘VIRGIN’ before this trip!!! My God they know how to pack a lot of work into a short time. Classes starting at 9am and still jamming at midnight; COMPLETELY MAD but passionate and heartfelt !!! A big thank you to IMANTS PULKSTENIS (MR CLOCK: that’s his name translated !) and all the team who made it happen. I had some wonderful students who I’m sure are going to go onto bigger things, we saw some wonderful bands, did some great interviews (thanks to RADIO SWH and MR FRED) and all in all were treated wonderfully … It might be a small country but it has ONE OF THE BIGGEST HEARTS IN EUROPE. BRING IT ON … MORE NEXT YEAR PLEASE !!! Love, hugs, kisses and MISSES …. GOD BLESS YOU, WE LOVE YOU ALL !!!
In addition, Matt has composed music featured in hit television series such as NCIS, Law and Order and Date My Mom, films like Domino and Horton Hears A Who, and adverts for household brands including Carlsberg, McDonaldʼs and Chrysler.
Matt’s debut solo album, The Impulse Man, resulted in two US Independent Music Network Number 1 singles and won Best Adult Contemporary Newcomer at the New Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Matt’s latest Blues album Get Backer is produced by Matt and his long-time collaborator Ian Shaw (Nick Heyward, Julian Cope).