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Meet Phil Gilchrist of MP Productions in Beverly Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phil Gilchrist.

Phil, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I began to take an interest in music when I was six years old, playing the drums in church along with my father for over 12 years. As the years passed, I started to pick up on singing, guitar, both electric and acoustic, piano, percussion and all the brass section. When I was in my middle school years, I performed at Disney as the act Simba from The Lion King. I did many performances for the school as well, which included pep rallies, dinner banquets and benefit concerts. High school approached and I started to take music more seriously. To set myself apart from other musicians, I began to study jazz composition, different genres of music and the laws of music theory. Since there were laws to music, I wanted to make my music stand out by BREAKING the laws of theory and began to create my own unique sound. Since making this discovery, I am blessed to say that I have performed with many different artists around the world, to include, Carnegie Hall, a partnership with Pepsi and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

However, it was attending college on a full music scholarship that made me realize the full potential of the industry and my desire to align with that potential. While I had a 3.8 GPA in school, I wanted to explore more of what the entertainment industry had to offer. I then sought out to open my own music production company. After opening my own company, I then began to connect with some of the most renowned musicians and music executives in the world. This was extremely exciting, given the fact that my world view expanded greatly, as I met and learned from these music executives. As a result of this, I was highly recruited to the L.A Film and Recording School and have been invited to do work with major corporations such as Sony Music and Sony Motion Pictures just to name a few.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have had struggles along the way. Being a pop musician, it was really hard to share the deep thoughts and emotions I had long ago, especially in my middle school and high school years. I was the type of person that wanted to fit in with the crowd. I thought that sharing my feelings would make me unpopular. It was a hard thing for me to except at the time. As I started to sing and create music, it allowed me to express those certain thoughts and emotions through music. I had more confidence and in doing so, I was able to secure the lead roles in some of the most renowned musicals, such as Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Beauty And The Beast just to name a few.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about MP Productions – what should we know?
I started MPProductions, a production company to work with upcoming musicians or beginners and teach them how to play piano, drums, guitar, brass instruments, music production, music composition, music theory, and vocal training. We believe that it is extremely important for a musician to understand how to put it all together, break it down, and put it together again. We strive to perfect the music in YOU. Recognizing that music is an art… it is the ARTIST that we seek to develop.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Persistence, hard work, dedication, drive, patience and the confident ability to achieve.

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Image Credit:
Alex Gilchrist, Lindy Lynch

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