Simon “Schoolboy” Phillips
Soulful Session AKA Simon ‘Schoolboy’ Phillips has been involved in all aspects of the media as a profession at over the course of the last 24 years.
From his humble beginnings from Pirate Radio in his hometown of Leicester gaining recognition to then feature in Nottingham, Birmingham & as far a field as Scotland in the early 90’s to then eventually heading south for Regular TV appearances on Channel 5’s Wright stuff, MTV Base, The Lick, The Mobo Awards, The Brits, BBC’s Liquid News as the man in the know when it comes to what’s hot in the world of music.
Known primarily as A Radio host Schooly’s journey From Choice FM to Galaxy to host Capital Radio’s evening the centre piece for London’s New music with just under a million listeners a week the show within a year had Gaining international acclaim for hosting and showcasing & Premiering the likes of Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, The PussyCat Dolls, James Blunt, Jamie Cullam, Nelly Furtardo, James Morrison, Rihanna, Akon, Eminem, Ja Rule, Ashanti Blunt, 50 Cent, Beenie Man, Outkast, Coldplay, Soul II soul, Jamiroquai, The Game, Sean Paul, assisting them to commercial success further asserting his position as one of the most sort after powerhouses in the UK music industry for breaking music, often refered to as “the man who killed pop” for his influence on promoting successfully urban/Underground music in the UK mainstream further solidified by his weekly residency a SOUND Leicester Square for the legendary RARE night with Ronnie Herel & Trevor Nelson
The show gained the attention of ‘Microsoft ‘who were in London and asked Schooly to feature on the Flagship Project Gotham which was the first game to launch the xbox world wide and Schooly can be heard as the presenter on the Radio station while driving around London and also assisted in the European launch of the xbox with microsoft
Behind the scenes schooly was instrumental in launching the careers of Shola Ama, Kele Le Roc, Amy Winehouse, Blue, Nelly Furtado, Craig David, Blue, Phats & Small, Moloko, Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Usher, Joe, Brand New Heavies, Lauren Hill, Blue, liberty X, Corrine Bailey Rae, Kanye West, Akon, Beverley Knight, Shola Ama, The Game, David Grey, Maxwell, Maroon 5, Christina Milian, to name but a few, and the first point of call for labels such as Universal, Polydor, Def Jam, East West and A&R’s world wide looking to break new acts.
From his humble roots as an underground club DJ to one of the most respected & established mainstream broadcasters is quite an achievement, and even after all this the determination and enthusiasm still runs high and is a to his dedication to his commitment and passion for Music Production, Radio & TV Still burns deep
A DJ first with a wealth off continued international respect and accolades few can compete with :
5 Time Mobo Nominated Best UK Radio/Club
Resident DJ @ The Southport Weekender
Resident DJ @ Vocal Booth Weekender
Since Moving to Dubai in 2007 Schooly took over the reigns as Head of Radio 1 and Drive time presenter taking the station to the UAE’s premiere and most listened to English speaking frequency in the space of 2 years this combined with his DJ & music production duties and re establishing his Soulful Session Radio show/brand.
With many successful Soulful Session nights & events including weekly broadcasts @ Nasimi Beach, Sade after Party, Armani Prive, 360, and closing parties for the Dubai Jazz Festival
Soulful Session is also a successful but fledgling production outfit having secured at top 40 hit on the traxsource 100 download worldwide chart and a buzz track of 2012’s A buzz track at Miami Winter Music conference 2012 Featuring JJ with Secret Passion and 2013 Schooly released his first full EP release on Tony Records along a string of noted remixes for Proceed records in Italy, A Deeper Groove and Funky Street and Liquid Deep recordings.
2013 Schooly was personally signed by Tony Humphries to his Tony records label for his “Ear” in knowing what makes good music and his ability to find new talent and create his own unique brand of soulful magic. Since then has gone on to score 2013′s summer anthem Hostile Takeover and follow up with 2 tracks in the traxsource top 100 Featuring Leane with Mr. Weather Man & My Baby
Schooly has attracted the likes of Frankie Knucles, Eric Kupper, DJ Spen, Kenny Carpenter, and Tony Humprhries who have all remixed work within the first year of signing to the label. His Debut album will be released via Tony records April 2014.
Along with various other productions and remixes for the likes of Positive flow & Omar, Beverly Knight, Opaz, Rainy Payne, Louise Golby, Rayne Martine Girault, Natasha Watts, JJ, Kaysee, Fabrizio Marra & Haldo, A Deeper Groove, schooly is about to establish himself yet again along with his resident nights at 360 @ Jumirah beach hotel for Soulful Session LIVE every Wednesday.
There are not many DJ’s who still after so long in the game that has the passion and foresight Schooly can offer the along with the depth and energy and knowledge on air and behind the decks whether intimate or main room its always authentic and 100% passionate. .