Philip is a young composer that lately has been emerging in the advertising industry more and more. Born in France he has spent most of his time living in Rome, where he began studying and composing music.
In 2012 moves to Milan, a lucky charm since his music will be chosen for the world campaign of the new BMW 3 series, F31. Keeping his eyes on his true dream, the movie industry.
In April 2014 Philip has launched his lates album “Understanding Folk”
How would you introduce your music to someone who doesn’t know it yet?
I would play it to them, without saying a word. I prefer not to influence a feedback, unless it is a commercial pitch…
An adjective to describe yourself:
I would say a noun: “water”. It is definitely the element that represents me the most. Water is in constant movement, it adapts to context and surfaces, it always has a different shape…
French origins, grown up in Rome and now living in Milan: which of these cities influenced you the most? Which inspires you the most?
Yes, I was born in France, near to Paris, but I’ve lived mostly in Rome. I think Rome strongly contributed to my musical education. I don’t have “inspiration” preferences. Mostly because I look at inspiration as a sort of abstraction and far from any spacial and temporal concept, as it is a sentiment born from nothing and everything.
Is there an artist or musical genre that has mostly influenced you?
Many, since I can remember I would listen to music. I’ve always loved listening to opposites genres. What I want is listening to “good music” regardless to the genre. Talking about spiritual influences I would mention my great-uncle Franco Prosperi, director and biologist, together with Gualtiero Jacopetti; movies like “Mondo Cane”, “Africa Addio” (winner of the David di Donatello) and “Addio a Zio Tom”. People like the great composer Riz Ortolani, passed away recently, author of “More” that quickly became the soundtrack of the 60s, Grammy Award winner, nominated for an Academy Award and sang by idols like Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Doris Day and the Supremes.
How did your style change from the earliest to the latest project you’ve approached?
The biggest change comes from experience, like so many other disciplines. For sure the attention to details has improved, together with the self criticism and the desire to keep getting better!
“Music and Images are born to embrace each other. In my opinion, if in balance, the union between them is more powerful and communicative then any other art form.”
I can’t imagine a parallel life too far from music…at the end of the day we are all involved in it someway or another, right?
You’ve worked on the soundtrack of various famous commercials. Among them the BMW one with the beautiful “La lumière du vent”: how important is the harmony between music and visual arts?
Music and Images are born to embrace each other. In my opinion, if in balance, the union between them is more powerful and communicative then any other art form; it goes traight to the heart and it follows “laws of communication” that are uch more universal then many other.
What’s the difference between writing music for a given video or writing for a personal project?
I don’t see at video as a limit. Images are a source of inspiration that sparkles creativity. Often when I write without a video I visualize it in my mind, as it were essencial for me.
What are some of the most interesting projects you’ve worked on?
Generally I think the most interesting are the cinematographic ones. The music has to represent a precise emotional context and give it the right “taste”. This is even more true when we talk about short films. A while ago. “The Noise of Snow”.