The Music of Shane Philip

Daily News – Nanaimo BC

Derek Spalding

Shane Philip’s sound is rhythmic, intoxicating

Life’s changing for the multi-instrumentalist Shane Philip, who is known world-wide for his dynamic didgeridoo-infused music.
He officially became a former Quadra Island resident yesterday as he and his family moved to Courtenay, where he bought his first home. All this amidst a very busy tour, which brings him to the On the Dock acoustic concert series at the Dinghy Dock Pub on Tuesday.
Philip has been touring constantly for the few years now. His rhythmic and intoxicating sounds are powerful enough to fill a room with dancing fans and soulful enough to quiet a packed house.
Those songs have captured audiences for years in Canada, particularly along the west coast, but for the past five years, he’s captured listeners around the globe.
He released Earthshake in 2006, introducing his unique sound and creating a small following almost instantly. By 2008, he released In the Moment, which showed further that he could seamlessly blend folk, reggae and blues genres into his own creation.
The title track of this album is one of his best works to date. The tracks include the occasional serf beats that made him stand out to me.
He followed this impressive project with Live at Baker Studios in 2009. Heavier on the blues side, this album had more of the grit that comes out during Philip’s live shows, which was essential for anyone who had never been to a performance. Now they could get a taste of that by adding the music to their playlist at home.
Philip is a one-man force on stage. His feet wildly work his drum kit while he plays guitar, the aslatua, the djembe and, of course, his didgeridoos.
His best work to date definitely came last year when he released Life Love Music. The album has a lot more vocals than I’m used to hearing and much more of that mesmerizing sound that he is so well known for.
Philip hooked up once again with producer Joby Baker and the two collaborated for what is another memorable product. Baker often plays bass and drums on the tracks and the two took a total of eight days to record. Might sound quick, but Philip is known for completing his projects quickly. The Baker Studios album took two days, as an example.
The result, though, of taking the extra time is a wonderfully polished recording that maintains the grit and integrity of Philip’s compositions.
This show will be one of the must-sees in the Got Pop? acoustic series. Philip will be joined by Chantel Upshaw, Ian Wall and Mark Lee at the Dinghy Dock.