about
Simon
Simon Phillips is a GRAMMY® Award-nominated drummer, producer and composer.

Regarded as one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers, Simon's style not only reflects his technical gift but also his distinct musical sensibility. Whether it is rock, fusion or jazz, Simon applies the same precision and intensity to his drumming, which is never lacking in emotion and feel.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Simon has worked with rock bands and artists including Jeff Beck, Michael Schenker, Nik Kershaw, Mike Oldfield, Judas Priest, Mike Rutherford, Tears for Fears, 10cc and The Who. After Jeff Porcaro's death in 1992, he became part of the world-famous rock band Toto. After leaving the group in 2014, Simon ventured into the fusion and progressive rock worlds as both a drummer and producer.

Awards & Honours

Nominee | Contemporary Instrumental Album

61st Grammy Awards

2019

#1 in Fusion category

Modern Drummer Readers Poll

2019

Winner | Protocol II

14th Annual Independent Music Awards

2015

Inducted into Hall of Fame

Modern Drummer

2003

Old top-down of Simon Phillips playing the drums
Across more than four decades, legendary drummer Simon Phillips has shown an uncanny ability to excel in most any musical environment. Precision, intensity and emotion are hallmarks of Simon’s sound in every setting. And working with many of the world’s most prominent musicians from an early age, he has repeatedly made his mark through scores of historic recordings and tours around the globe.
Simon Phillips Photoshoot sitting in front of his Yellow Drum Kit
Timeline
From Dixieland to Jazz-Fusion: Explore over five decades of Simon's career
1969 - 1973
12 year old Simon Phillips playing drums in his father's band
By his twenties, Simon had already worked with iconic figures including Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Pete Townshend, Al Di Meola, Jon Anderson, Jan Hammer, Stanley Clarke, Jon Lord, Mike Oldfield, Brian Eno and others. Several of these artists had been important pioneers of the jazz-rock genre in the early and mid-1970s, also called fusion.
1969 - 1973
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1969 - 1973
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1963 - 1969

Early Years

First recording with Sid Phillips band at BBC Aeolian Hall, London - 2 tunes recorded: Suger Foot Stomp & Aggravating Papa (6 years old). Sat in with the band each year at a New Years dance in Garston, Herts from 1965 to 1968 for 2 or 3 songs. 

1969 - 1973

Dixieland

Joined the Sid Phillips Dixieland band at age 12 touring the UK extensively. Started to play BBC Radio Broadcasts with the bandfrom 1970 and then recording sessions until 1973.

1973 - 1974

Section 3

An audition for the London production of Jesus Christ Superstar garnered employment at the show for the next year as well as a short stint at Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the start of various studio recording work around London studios. Joined Dana Gillespie’s band for a record (Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle) and tours of the UK and first visit to New York City.

1975 - 1977

Sessions

Various session work in London with many artists, movies and jingles as well as being a member of Chopyn, his first rock band.

1977 - 1983
Simon Phillips Protocol V / 5 Band Members with Ernest Tibbs, Otmaro Ruiz, Jacob Scesney and Alex Sill

Protocol

By his twenties, Simon had already worked with iconic figures including Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Pete Townshend, Al Di Meola, Jon Anderson, Jan Hammer, Stanley Clarke, Jon Lord, Mike Oldfield, Brian Eno and others. Several of these artists had been important pioneers of the jazz-rock genre in the early and mid-1970s, also called fusion.

First Tours

Joined the Jack Bruce Band – 2 records and various tours, Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola, Toyah Wilcox and various recording sessions.

1983 - 1988

First Studio

First production with Mike Oldfield “Crises” and further albums, engineering and producing. Built his first studio in 1986. Joined Mick Jagger for “Primitive Cool” and tours in Japan and Australia. Recorded first solo mini album “Protocol”

1989 - 1992

The Who

Joined The Who for their 25thanniversary US tour. Various session, live shows and tours.

1992 - 2000

United States

Emigrated to the US, joined Toto and built a new studio in Sherman Oaks as well as re-commenced production and engineering.

2004 - 2012

Phantom Recordings

Opened Phantom Recordings studio in Sherman Oaks. Recorded Toto’s “Falling In Between” in 2005 and many more projects.

2013 - 2017

Protocol

Recorded “Protocol II” and “Protocol III” and the recording of “Protocol IV” was the final project of the studio in that location.

12 year old Simon Phillips playing drums in his father's band
Young Simon Phillips playing the drums
Old top-down of Simon Phillips playing the drums
Across more than four decades, legendary drummer Simon Phillips has shown an uncanny ability to excel in most any musical environment. Precision, intensity and emotion are hallmarks of Simon’s sound in every setting. And working with many of the world’s most prominent musicians from an early age, he has repeatedly made his mark through scores of historic recordings and tours around the globe.
Simon Phillips Photoshoot sitting in front of his Yellow Drum Kit
Simon Phillips old studio
Younger Simon Phillips playing the drums at a concert
Black and White Photo of Simon Phillips holding drum sticks in 2000s
Simon Phillips sitting in front of his drum kit with his arms spread out